Coach Kim Mulkey’s 650th win will have to wait for another game, as LSU women’s basketball was upset against Florida in a 73-72 loss Sunday at the Extratech Arena in Gainesville, Florida.
The Tigers (17-3, 5-2 SEC) trailed the Gators (15-5, 5-2) early on and found themselves in a back-and-forth battle for much of the game. An inability to stop the offense in Florida late proved to be costly.
Florida grabbed the trajectory corresponding to each LSU bucket and put play away at the free-throw line, making three of its last four attempts to close it.
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The Gators finished with three players in double figures led by Kiara Smith, who finished with a team-high 23 points. Zippy Broughton and Jordyn Merrit had 14 and 16 points respectively.
LSU, meanwhile, failed to capitalize on a career-high 35 points from guard Khalya Pointer.
Here’s what we learned from the Tigers’ loss:
The wiser bears the burden
Pointer was the only LSU player in double figures. Alexis Morris finished with eight points. The rest of the starting five combined for just 22 points.
Pointer was also the only player to shoot more than two free throws, finishing with 15 tries and scoring 12.
Threes were few and far between
In three of the last four games, LSU has managed to score less than 10 3-point attempts. In two of those games, against South Carolina and Vanderbilt, the Tigers shot under 40%.
It was more of the same against the Gators, as the Tigers shot just two three-pointers in the top half and missed both. They shot nine and made one on their last try of the game.
Most of the team’s 3-point attempts came from Pointer, who took six and hit the only one.
Meanwhile, the Gators were much more active from the 3-point range, at 17 and 35%. Merrit had four three-pointers.
The Gators have done a good job not only forcing the Tigers to make mistakes, but also to take advantage of those mistakes. LSU turned the ball 19 times and averaged 13.7 per game in Sunday’s game.
Florida took advantage of all of their additional assets, scoring 22 points on sales.
The Tigers were able to force 16 turnovers, but only managed to score eight runs.