GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Eleanna Christinaki scored 15 points, and No. 20 Florida rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the LSU women’s basketball team 53-45 on Sunday despite horrendous foul shooting.
The Gators (15-3, 3-2 Southeastern) trailed 38-33 entering the fourth quarter, but Ronni Williams made two layups and Christinaki had a 3-pointer and a layup to turn a six-point deficit into a 44-41 lead with four minutes left.
Anne Pedersen’s jumper with a minute to play pulled the Tigers (7-11, 1-4) within 48-45 but, after a Florida turnover, LSU missed two shots and then gave up offensive rebounds off two missed free throws.
Florida, coming off a home loss to Georgia after entering the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2008-09 season, was 5-of-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 11-of-26 for the game. The Gators, who also had 24 turnovers, shot 50 percent from the field.
Alexis Hyder had 13 points and 10 rebounds for LSU.
“I thought our team really tried to execute the game plan and did so for three and a half quarters,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “They showed a lot of heart and showed a lot of togetherness out there. We have been talking about maintaining that mental energy and controlling the controllables and staying positive with each other out there, and I thought we did that for the most part.”
The Lady Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for their final home game in January, hosting Arkansas at 7 p.m. Thursday.