TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama's women's basketball team turned a tight game into a rout with a late run to beat LSU 65-51 on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) led 50-48 with 6:44 remaining before using a 15-3 surge, including an 11-0 run to close the game, to send the Lady Tigers (10-5, 2-2) to their second straight loss.
LSU shot just 3 of 15 from the free throw line for 20 percent.
LSU's Raigyne Louis led all scorers with 15 points. Louis added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Chloe Jackson added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high six steals, and Jaelyn Richard-Harris a season-high 10 points, going 2-for-2 from 3-point territory, for the Lady Tigers.
Alabama was led by Hannah Cook and Ashley Williams with 14 points each. Meoshonti Knight and Shaquera Wade added 10 apiece for Alabama, which trailed 31-28 at halftime.
Alabama jumped out to an early 13-3 lead over the first five minutes of the first quarter, but the Lady Tigers narrowing the Tide’s lead to 19-16 behind an aggressive series of fast breaks from Louis and Jackson.
Louis scored five points to open the second quarter, giving LSU a two-point lead. Jaelyn Richard-Harris scored the Lady Tigers’ next eight points, including two 3-pointers, as LSU led for most of the second quarter and went into halftime with a 31-28 advantage over the Crimson Tide.
LSU’s lead climbed to as many as seven points before Alabama began to chip away. Thanks to an 8-0 run, Alabama regained the lead and ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer to give them a 48-45 advantage.
The Lady Tigers, who shot 42 percent for the game, made only two shots from the field in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers stay on the road with a game at Florida at noon Sunday.