MTSU women’s basketball unable to stop LSU’s second half in March Madness

Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball had another March Madness upset in mind, but a back-breaking stretch of the third quarter doomed the Lady Raiders on Sunday in a 83-56 loss to LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The No. 11 seed Lady Raiders (30-5), who upset Louisville in the first round, thanks to one of the biggest comebacks in tournament history, were trying to advance past the second round for the first time in program history.

Fifth-year guard Savannah Wheeler led MTSU with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Second-team All-American Angel Reese scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for No. 3 seed LSU (30-5). Flau’jae Johnson led the Tigers with 21 points.

Mar 24, 2024; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Lady Tigers guard Aneesah Morrow (24) drives to the basket against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders guard Savannah Wheeler (4) during the first half at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Foul trouble in second half for MTSU

LSU dominated the final 14 minutes, erasing an almost double-digit deficit, thanks to a run of 39-8 that began in the third quarter and extended into the fourth.

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LSU took control of the game late in the third quarter, erasing a nine-point deficit to take a 59-49 lead entering the fourth quarter.

MTSU battled foul trouble in the second half, including 6-foot-6 center Anastasiia Boldyreva fouling out with a minute left in the third after scoring nine points with five rebounds. Reese waved bye after Boldyreva fouled out.

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