Auburn Women's Basketball loses to No. 13 LSU, falling to 0-3 in SEC play

<p>Dec 5, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Honesty Scott-Grayson (23) goes up for a last second lay up during the game between Auburn and Oklahoma State at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Grayson Belanger/AU Athletics</p>

Dec 5, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Honesty Scott-Grayson (23) goes up for a last second lay up during the game between Auburn and Oklahoma State at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Grayson Belanger/AU Athletics

AUBURN, AL — The Auburn Tigers Women’s Basketball team (8-5, 0-2) hosted the No. 13 LSU Tigers (14-2. 2-1) on Sunday afternoon, where LSU came away with the victory 76-48. 

Both of these Tigers teams came into the game following a SEC loss, LSU losing to No. 1 South Carolina and Auburn losing to Missouri. 

As both teams looked to rebound in conference play, the visiting LSU Tigers started out the game on fire from the floor, shooting 63% from the field in the first quarter, to jump all over Auburn 26-8 at the end of the first. 

The home Tigers were able to slow the game down in the second quarter, dropping LSU’s shooting percentage to 27% for the quarter and 49% for the game. Unfortunately for Auburn, they couldn’t get the lid off the basket themselves, shooting a poor 26% from the field for the half. 

Auburn made small progress to decrease the deficit, and was down 40-21 heading into the locker room. 

“We didn’t battle. I thought when we came back out in the second quarter, we battled a little bit more. But I just thought we didn’t come out and battle (at the beginning)," head coach Johnnie Harris said. 

As the third quarter started and went on, Auburn finally began to find its shooting stroke, knocking down consistent jump shots and back door layups. But they simply could not stop LSU defensively, as the visiting Tigers scored 21 points on 58% shooting in the quarter. 

Auburn did however begin to score, with 20 points in the quarter and getting two players into double figures for scoring, Aicha Coulibaly with 10 and Honesty Scott-Grayson with 11 at the end of the third. 

LSU held a 20 point lead heading into the fourth quarter, leading 61-41 over Auburn. 

LSU continued its dominance into the fourth quarter, where the No. 13 Tigers were too much for the Auburn Tigers to handle. LSU defeated Auburn 76-48 and improved its SEC record to 3-1. Khayla Pointer led the way for the Tigers with 24 points and also snagged 10 rebounds, giving her a double-double. 

For Auburn, the Tigers drop to 0-3 in SEC play. Coulibaly led the way in scoring with 13 points, followed by Scott-Grayson with 12. 

The two major factors on the stat sheet that stood out were rebounding and three-point shooting. Auburn was outrebounded 50-35 , and the Tigers did not hit a three-pointer until there was less than two minutes to go in the game, going 1-13 from downtown. 

For LSU, the Tigers improve to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. The Tigers head home to host Missouri on Jan. 13. 

For Auburn, these Tigers fall to 8-6 on the year and 0-3 in SEC play. The Tigers hit the road for back-to-back road games at Florida on Jan. 13 and at Texas A&M on Jan. 16. 

For more Auburn Women's Basketball coverage, continue on weglfm.com or go to Auburntigers.com. 

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