Lady Tigers fall to Arkansas, 63-54

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas went on a 7-0 run to break a tie and the Arkansas Razorbacks held LSU to one field goal in the final five minutes as the Lady Tigers dropped their second straight Southeastern Conference road game 63-54 Thursday night in Bud Walton Arena.

LSU (10-6, 1-2 SEC) trailed 14-0 from the start but recovered and even took a three-point lead midway through the second half. The Lady Tigers committed 17 turnovers, including four in the final 3:43 in which Arkansas separated the score one final time.

The Razorbacks (13-3, 1-2) picked up a must-win after starting SEC play with an 0-2 record with losses to Auburn and Texas A&M. Arkansas recorded 12 points off turnovers, got 16 points from its bench and took advantage of its opportunities from the free-throw line, making 18-of-29.

“When we dig ourselves a hole, we have to climb out of it,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. “Every time we took care of the basketball, we scored. We had several turnovers in the final minutes of game and that was the difference. We also fouled too much tonight and that totally takes your momentum away when you are making a run.”

Quistelle Williams led the way with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Arkansas. Williams converted three straight field goals after LSU took a 48-46 lead.

Theresa Plaisance led all scorers with 22 points and three blocks. It represented her 15th consecutive double-figure scoring game. Bianca Lutley added 13 points, while freshman Danielle Ballard contributed 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

LSU returns home to play Mississippi State at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.