Angel Reese delivered a record-breaking double-double and received plenty of offensive help from Jasmine Carson and others.
Carson scored 20 points and Reese had 14 points and 14 rebounds for her school-record 20th straight double-double to lead No. 4 LSU to an 89-51 win over Alabama Monday night.
The Tigers (20-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) had lost a place in the rankings hours earlier after their narrow 79-76 win over Arkansas. They quickly returned to dominate another league opponent, extending the program’s longest winning streak to 20 games.
“We don’t discuss (rankings). I didn’t know we were falling behind in the polls until someone casually said so to me as we went to dinner,” said LSU coach Kim Mulkey, who has 20 wins in each of her 23 seasons.
“Drop in the polls? Undefeated? We’re just trying to win the next game.”
The Crimson Tide (15-5, 4-3) had a three-game winning streak and produced a season-low in points.
Carson, a West Virginia grad, made four 3-pointers in the first half and fell a point short of her season high.
“Jasmine Carson really, really lit it up from 3, and it just snowballed from there,” Mulkey said.
Reese didn’t need her typical offensive big night after amassing 30 points and 19 boards against the Razorbacks. But she surpassed Sylvia Fowles’ previous school record of 19 consecutive double-doubles set during the 2006-07 season.
“When you go 20-0 and break a record (by) one of the greatest players of all time, not just at LSU but in women’s basketball history…she’s in wonderful company,” Mulkey said.
Alexis Morris had 17 points, made three 3-pointers and had seven assists for LSU. LaDazhia Williams had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Brittany Davis led Alabama on 5-of-15 shooting with 11 points, seven below her season average. Sarah Barker scored nine goals but only made 4 shots out of 15.
“I thought we did a pretty decent job on Angel,” said Tide coach Kristy Curry. “It’s exactly what we’ve been preaching to them all week — you can’t let Carson, you can’t let Williams, you can’t let Morris do what they did to us.”
The Tigers began taking over late in the first quarter and started an 18-0 run that went into a steamy second quarter. LSU beat Alabama 28-7 in the second and led 47-18 at halftime.
Reese hit a basket, drew a foul and converted a free throw. She then grabbed the rebound on the other end and passed to Carson, who hit the buzzer for her fourth 3-pointer.
The shots didn’t fall that way for Alabama.
“I’m not going to sit here like a lot of coaches do and say we just missed shots,” Curry said. “First, let’s commend LSU.
“Secondly, I thought we missed a couple of layups in the second second that were undisputed. And we allowed that to affect us. We just allowed it to kind of have a domino effect on us.”
LSU: Returned to form after narrow win over Arkansas. The Tigers had won their first six SEC games by averaging 26.3 points.
Alabama: After holding Texas A&M at 46 points, Tide couldn’t stop LSU. Alabama made 19 of 65 shots (29.2%) and 5 of 27 3s (18.5%).
Alabama led the SEC in free throw percentage with 73.9%. The Tide went off the line 8 of 14 (57%). LSU made 13 of 18 (72%).
Alabama visits Arkansas Thursday night.
LSU is visiting Tennessee next Monday night.
AP Women’s College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll
This story was originally published Jan 23, 2023 9:14 p.m.