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LSU guard Alexis Morris drives to the basket past Iowa State's Maggie Vick (32) and Ashley Joens (24) on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU coach Kim Mulkey promised her team that beating a ranked opponent would be a cause for celebration.

The party's on in Baton Rouge.

Alexis Morris scored a career-high 25 points and Khayla Pointer had 20 as LSU upset No. 14 Iowa State, 69-60, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Thursday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In a video shared by LSU on Twitter after the game, a jubilant Mulkey could be seen celebrating the victory in the locker room with screams, jumping and beverages flying through the air.

The team had one message for LSU fans: "Stay tuned ... This is just the beginning."

LSU (6-1) handled the top 3-point shooting team in the nation for its fifth consecutive victory, and the first against a ranked non-conference opponent since it beat No. 7 West Virginia in the 2014 NCAA tournament at the PMAC.

Morris connected on nine of 18 shots and made a career-high five 3-point baskets. Pointer was nine of 19 and added seven assists, six rebounds and two steals without a turnover. Both played the full 40 minutes.

“I give credit to my teammates and coaches,” said Morris, a fifth-year senior transfer who played at Baylor, Rutgers and Texas A&M before this season. “I just let the game come to me.

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“Actually, I was kind of nervous before the game and me being nervous is usually not a good thing. I did put up some shots this morning with one of my coach's dad. He told me, ‘You’re going to have a big night tonight,’ and I did."

LSU’s defense was a key factor, forcing 16 turnovers while committing only seven. Iowa State entered the game averaging 12 3-pointers per game, and made six of 13 in the first half. But LSU held the Cyclones to three of 10 in the second half. The Tigers’ pressure and quick hands netted 10 steals, their second-best output this season. Ryann Payne had a career-high five steals.

“A lot of things happened that could have made us go south," Mulkey said. "Autumn gets in foul trouble, she was assigned to Joens. (Jailin) Cherry goes down, Ryann steps in. I thought we grew up in a lot of areas with those type of things happening, and it started on the defensive end.

“We did everything we asked them to do on the perimeter. Switched on ball screens and handoffs. My coaches were great with their suggestions. They can tell me 20 things, and I might take one but it might be important."

Cheryl Miller Award winner Ashley Joens had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Emily Ryan chipped in 13 points for Iowa State (7-1).

The victory sets LSU up nicely for a run at a ranking. Because of exams next week, LSU doesn’t play again until it faces Texas Southern on Dec. 12

“I did emphasize we aren’t supposed to win this game,” Mulkey said. “We aren’t even getting votes in the polls anymore. You lose one game, you can forget that. Maybe we’ll get a vote next week.

“We have little milestones. We’ve beaten two teams that are NCAA tournament good, Missouri State and Iowa State. That’s big for this program. It helps us in recruiting and it helps us gain confidence. We’re going to celebrate.”