KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — LSU hit a hot start with a three from Alexis Morris, it was only the start of their first half dominance.
The Lady Vols turnover issues continued to plague their chances, tallying 13 before the half, LSU finding 11 points off them.
LSU’s offense looked unstoppable and their defense a solid wall. Tennessee was able to knock off some good looks but even those weren’t falling, the Lady Vols shooting 35.7 percent from the field at the end of the first half.
The third quarter looked like a brand new team for the Lady Vols, they settled in offensively, allowing them to cut a once 17-point deficit to just four before the final quarter.
Outscoring the Tigers 21-11 in the third, Tennessee set themselves up for a nail-bitting final ten minutes. Rickea Jackson tied the semi-final up with less than seven minutes to go. Jordan Horston did her one better, giving the Lady Vols their first lead of the night midway through the fourth.
Jackson led the charge in scoring with 26 points, followed by Horston with 17.
From there, the back and forth brought the crowd inside Bon Secours Wellness Arena to their feet, Tennessee finally getting a statement win over a ranked opponent, 69-67.