LSU women face another 3-point shooting threat in Alabama | LSU

Arkansas, who led LSU’s No. 3 women’s basketball team into the final seconds of their game, was perhaps an asset to the Tigers in more ways than one.

The Tigers can expect another barrage of 3-point shots when they travel to Alabama on the SEC network at 6 p.m. Monday.

After plowing through 19 opponents with relative ease, LSU had to work a little harder to subdue the Razorbacks (79-76) in one game. Coach Kim Mulkey said her team “grew up” with clutch games.

The Tigers (19-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) conceded a season high in points but played enough games at both ends of the floor. Flau’jae Johnson sunk four free throws in the last 16 seconds, Alexis Morris hit two key shots and the Tigers got two big saves in the last two minutes, one for a shot clock violation.

“I didn’t think our defense was that bad,” Mulkey said afterwards. “They spread you out. You have some failures. We didn’t come back. Alabama is a little different than Arkansas. We had to play them here last year. We know they can shoot the 3 ball.”

LSU steps into the game and is tracking a few achievable milestones. The Tigers might become only the second team in LSU history to start 20-0. The 2015 softball team won its first 25 games before losing.

Also, forward Angel Reese has a chance to break LSU’s record for consecutive double-doubles in a season. Against Arkansas, Reese had 30 points and 19 rebounds to equal the 19 straight game record set by Sylvia Fowles in the 2006-07 season.

Arkansas had the most tries and scored 3 points, but Alabama is second in the conference in both categories and leads all SEC teams in 3-point percentage with 38.8.

The Crimson Tide (15-4, 4-2) have league fourth-leading scorer guard Brittany Davis, who is averaging 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Davis was returning from injury and had 14 points in a 61-46 win over Texas A&M. Hannah Barber also had 14 points while Sarah Ashlee-Barker had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tide’s second-best scorer Megan Abrams has missed the last two games through injury but could play on Monday. Alabama’s 6-0 forward Aaliyah Nye leads the conference with 46.1 3-point percent (41 of 89) and Davis shoots 35.4 percent.

Alabama has won three straight games, including Ole Miss, its first SEC loss, and its only conference losses are to Tennessee (89-76) and Missouri (66-65).

The Tide also leads the SEC in free throw percentage (73.9%) and is coached by the rare wife-husband team of Kristy Curry and assistant Kelly Curry, both of whom crossed paths with Mulkey at Louisiana Tech. They are training together in their 25th season.

Kristy Curry is in her 10th season in Alabama, where she has a 168-136 record and is 477-285 overall, with head coaching stints at Purdue and Texas Tech.

“Kristy and Kelly and I worked together at Louisiana Tech and put our heads together when I was at Baylor and she was at Texas Tech,” Mulkey said. “She’s a good friend of mine. It’s going to be a fight.”