Angel Reese and Co’s Poor Show Continues As Mississippi Humbles the LSU Tigers at Home.

Published 01/29/2024, 9:05 PM EST

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Misery continues for Kim Mulkey and the Lady Tigers as JerKaila Jordan’s 23 points and 5 rebounds and a 19-point performance from Darrione Rogers humiliates LSU 77-73 at the Humphrey Coliseum. A memorable night for the Mississippi State Bulldogs which saw them go 9 of 17 from the 3-point range, to hand LSU their second consecutive conference loss.

LSU yield at Mississippi

A dull start saw the defending champions trailing the State Bulldogs in the opening 10 minutes. JerKaila Jordan’s 9 points led the way for the hosts to have a 16-2 run. Nonetheless, the usual starting five for Mulkey didn’t let the State Bulldogs run away with the game. Consequently, the Lady Tigers made their way back into the but ended the first quarter with a 2-point deficit.After this, LSU got on level terms very early in the second quarter. Moreover, with the help of two free throws from their All-American forward–Angel Reese, the visitors got themselves ahead. Reese got the much-needed support from LSU’s ruthless No.4 Flau’jae Johnson who hit her first 3 to further extend the lead. As a result, the scoreboard was 40-35 in favor of LSU at half-time.

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The second half began with a tug-of-war between both teams. Jerkaila Jordan stepped up her game and caused trouble for Kim Mulkey’s crew to get the home team on a 7-0 run. Furthermore, her brilliant offensive play got her past the 20-point mark with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Eventually, that forced an LSU time-out as it was becoming extremely difficult for Angel Reese and Co. to handle her tenacity. A 6-for-6 from the field saw the Lady Bulldogs finish the third quarter with a 6-point lead.

A last-minute time-out couldn’t save the embarrassment for Kim Mulkey as LSU went down despite a late three from Mikayla Williams.

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What went wrong in the third quarter?

The Lady Tigers had the upper hand and were looking comfortable at half-time. At this time, a barrage of field goals and beyond-the-arc shots from the opposition turned the tables against LSU. Following this, the Bulldogs were able to pile up 28 points while the Tigers could only add 17. In addition to this, a decent 8.3% gap in field goals combined with LSU’s horrid 3-point shooting (3 for 13 from beyond the arc) further played in favor of the home team.

The second consecutive conference loss for the defending champions deepens LSU’s problems. Their inability to sustain a quality offensive side is hurting their contention for another national title. We will have to wait and see whether they can cope with their defensive issues in the next game.

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