LSU women's basketball punches Elite Eight ticket with gritty win over Utah
LSU women’s basketball is not done dancing yet! Though the finish provided some drama and tension, the Tigers were able to take down No. 2 seed Utah in Friday’s Sweet 16 action.
The outcome came down to the final moments when LSU’s Alexis Morris was fouled by Alissa Pili with 10 seconds to go. Morris drilled both free throws, giving LSU the 64-63 lead.
Utah would get a chance to tie things up with Jenna Johnson getting an offensive rebound. LSU’s Angel Reese would be called for a foul on Johnson’s putback attempt with 4 seconds remaining.
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Fortunately for the Tigers, Johnson airbed the first free throw and missed the second with a shot to tie the game. LSU was able to hit some free throws and sneak away with a 66-63 win.
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LSU’s star of the game was LaDazhia Willimas. She scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting to lead all scorers in the win.
Defensively, the Tigers were able to frustrate Utah’s leading scorer Alissa Pili. Normally averaging 21 points per game, LSU held Pili to 14 points before she fouled out of the game late.
With the win, LSU will move on to face Miami on Sunday with a shot at the Final Four.