No. 14 LSU pulls away from Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jeanne Kenney scored 30 points to lead No. 14 LSU over Missouri 87-68 on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers (14-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 50 percent overall and a hit a team-record 13 of 19 (68 percent) from beyond the arc.
Theresa Plaisance added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Anne Pedersen chipped in with 13.
Missouri (13-5, 2-3) shot 40 percent from the floor and 40 percent (11 of 28) on 3-pointers — but just couldn’t keep up.
Missouri was led by Brianna Kulas with 30 points, while Jordan Frericks and Morgan Stock both scored 11. Frericks added 11 rebounds.
Missouri jumped out quickly to take a 12-2 lead after almost four minutes, but LSU clawed back to lead by two at the break, 42-40.
LSU pulled away in the second without going on a run, consistently scoring three buckets for every two by Missouri to gradually grind out the win.
LSU’s previous 3-point single game record was 12 versus Jackson State on Feb. 9, 1995. The 87 points for the Lady Tigers were a season-high, and it marked the seventh time on the season that LSU has eclipsed the 80-point mark.
Missouri was handed its second home loss in three games after winning its first eight home decisions on the season.
For Kenney, the 30 points came on an efficient 7-of-10 from the floor. The former St. Michael star knocked down a career-high tying six 3-pointers and was 10-of-12 at the foul line. The last time a LSU player amassed 30 points was Allison Hightower against Ole Miss on Feb. 7, 2010.
The 15 points enabled Plaisance to become the 31st member of LSU’s 1,000 points club.
Pedersen provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 13 points. She made four of her six field goal attempts which included all three of her 3-pointers.
DaShawn Harden, Shanece McKinney and Raigyne Moncrief provided six points apiece for the Lady Tigers. Rina Hill chipped in five points and three assists. All 10 players who saw action for LSU scored a basket and tallied an assist.
After erasing a 10-point early deficit, LSU regrouped to take a 42-40 advantage into the locker room. The Lady Tigers seized momentum midway through the second half and outscored Missouri by a 45-28 margin during the second 20 minutes.