Morris scores 25, LSU women knock off No. 14 Cyclones 69-60
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alexis Morris scored a career-high 25 points with five 3-pointers and LSU defeated No. 14 Iowa State 69-60 on Thursday night in the SEC/Big 12 Showdown.
It was LSU’s first win over a ranked team in the Kim Mulkey era.
Morris’ five 3s also were a career high and Khayla Pointer scored 20 for LSU (6-1), which won its fifth straight game under the former Baylor coach.
Ashley Joens scored 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers, for the Cyclones (7-1), who were off to their best start since winning 14-straight to open the 2013-14 season. Emily Ryan scored 13 points and Lexi Donarski 10.
LSU led 38-32 at halftime and got some breathing room when Pointer scored six-straight to help push the lead to 56-44.
Donarski hit a 3 and Joens had a layup to close the third quarter and reversed those shots to open the fourth to pull the Cyclones within 56-53. But LSU responded with six straight and ISU never challenged.
Morris was 5 of 7 behind the arc and LSU was 7 of 10 while shooting 45% (28 of 62).
LSU was 9 of 23 from distance and shot 40% (21 of 52).
LSU starting guard Jailin Cherry injured late in first half, left court favoring her left leg and did not return. She was on the bench the second half.
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