LSU women fall at Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. — Keiara Avant scored a game-high 19 points, and Hampton won its second straight game over a Southeastern Conference opponent as the LSU women’s basketball team fell 67-58 on Friday night at Hampton University Convocation Center.

The Lady Tigers (1-1) had a streak of eight consecutive nonconference regular-season wins come to an end. LSU also fell to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team for the first time; it had been 6-0.

Hampton (3-0), the defending MEAC champion, beat an SEC opponent for the second time in five days. The Pirates knocked off Mississippi State, 56-48, in Starkville on Monday. Riding the momentum of that victory, Hampton used suffocating defense on LSU’s guards, forcing 22 turnovers that led to 21 points.

“We have to have players match their intensity,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. “They came up with some critical offensive and defensive boards. We have to make sure to box out and give teams only one look. Give credit to them. When you have a player like Avant, you have to have someone match her intensity.”

Theresa Plaisance led the Lady Tigers with a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-double of her career. Freshman Danielle Ballard added 13 points, and Bianca Lutley reached double figures for the second straight game with 13.

LSU shot 5-of-21 for 23.8 percent in the first half. After trailing 6-2 three minutes in, Hampton put together a 19-0 run to take control. Nicole Hamilton’s 3 at the 11:02 mark put the Pirates up 21-6.

Trailing 35-18 at the half, LSU fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half. The Pirates iced the game at the line; Avant scored nine of her game-high 19 from the stripe, and Hampton finished 19-of-24.

Alyssa Bennett was Hampton’s other double-digit scorer; she had 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and added nine rebounds.

LSU outscored the Pirates 40-32 in the second half and out-rebounded Hampton for the game 42-41.

The Lady Tigers continue their four-game road swing at Georgetown at 6 p.m. Monday.