LSU women's basketball at Alabama: Score prediction, scouting report
What will No. 3 LSU women's basketball's energy be, back on the road, taking on a talented Alabama squad in Tuscaloosa?
In their last game, Kim Mulkey and her Tigers (19-0, 7-0) found themselves in their first knockdown, drag-out of the season in the fourth quarter at home against Arkansas.
The Hogs were three minutes away from upsetting LSU inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Thursday night, but senior point guard Alexis Morris knocked down two gigantic shots while freshman wing Flau'jae Johnson sank four critical free throws in the final 16 seconds to lift their team, 79-76.
LSU expended more energy and emotion than it has had to through 19 games this season and was close to seeing its program-record 18-game win streak snapped on its own floor.
How will the Tigers bounce back? Can they regroup fast enough to take on Alabama and star guard Brittany Davis in just a few days' turnaround Monday night (6 p.m., SEC Network)?
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Angel Reese goes for LSU women's basketball history
With another double-double, her 20th straight, LSU sophomore forward Angel Reese will break legend Sylvia Fowles' program mark for consecutive double-doubles. Reese tied the record against Arkansas, scoring 21 of her 30 points in the second half.
LSU Tiger guards must shut down Alabama's Brittany Davis
She is where the scouting report begins and ends for the Crimson Tide (15-4, 4-2).
Davis is the Southeastern Conference's fourth-leading scorer at 17.6 points per game. The senior guard has one of the best all-around skill sets of any guard in the conference and has the ability to take over games offensively, as she did recently in a big win at Ole Miss.
Tigers guards Morris, Johnson and Jasmine Carson will need to have Davis checked at all times. If they limit Davis, victory will be much easier.
LSU will need a better 3-point defensive performance at Alabama than it had against Arkansas
The Razorbacks are known for their 3-point prowess and several defensive lapses down the stretch from the Tigers led to them losing the lead late. Arkansas made 10 3's Thursday.
Alabama is just as good at shooting from the outside as Arkansas. The Tide paces the SEC in made 3-point percentage at 39%, headlined by the league's top two shooters in Hannah Barber and Aaliyah Nye at 49% and 46%, respectively.
LSU cannot allow Alabama to make close to double-digit 3's.
LSU 68 Alabama 60: Reese gets her 20th consecutive double-double while Alabama starts hot but LSU's defense gets enough stops down the stretch to close out another SEC road victory.
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