Lady Tigers ride defense past Georgetown

LaSondra Barrett and Destini Hughes spark 20th-ranked LSU to 51-40 victory over the No. 14-ranked Hoyas

From LSU media relations

LaSondra Barrett

The 20th-ranked LSU women team held 14th-ranked Georgetown to 24.2 percent shooting and senior forward LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points as the Lady Tigers out-muscled the Hoyas in the home opener, 51-40 in front of 4,599 fans Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU improved to 2-0, while Georgetown (1-2) dropped its second straight contest.

"This definitely isn't a game where I would say come watch for the offense," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "Both teams played extremely hard. Georgetown is traditionally a defensive-minded team, so we knew they were going to get at us and try to disrupt us. I'm proud of our group for coming back in the second half, maintaining their composure and finishing this game out the way they needed to."

The victory was the highest non-conference home win for LSU since the Lady Tigers knocked off No. 5 Ohio State, 75-51, on Dec. 10, 2006.

Destini Hughes

Senior point guard Destini Hughes chipped in 10 points and was 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Barrett added 8 boards and 4 steals. Senior forward Courtney Jones scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and swatted two shots.

For the second straight game, LSU overcame turnovers with toughness and poise down the stretch. The Lady Tigers committed 23 turnovers for the game and shot 2-of-12 from 3-point land, but their defense suffocated the Hoyas, who were just 3-of-23 from beyond the arc.

Georgetown All-America candidate Sugar Rodgers was 4-of-20 from the floor and finished with 10 points.

The Lady Tigers iced the game at the free-throw line, draining eight free throws in the final 3:17. Barrett accounted for the final margin with two made shots from the line with 38 seconds left.

Georgetown shot just 7-of-28 for 25 percent in the second half. The Hoyas out-rebounded LSU 49-42, but the Lady Tigers netted 13 second-chance points.

LSU travels to face in-state rival Tulane at 7 p.m. Saturday in New Orleans.

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