LSU women’s basketball dropped its second consecutive game on Monday night, losing 77-73 at Mississippi State.
After the game, head coach Kim Mulkey continued to harp on something that’s plagued the Tigers all year: defense.
“Again in the second half, we can’t seem to defensively get stops with this team when they matter,” Mulkey said, “That’s how we lost the South Carolina game.”
“You have to make stops at this level and we don’t seem to be doing it,” Mulkey said.
LSU’s 77 points allowed on Monday night was the highest total allowed by the Tigers in conference play this year and the most LSU’s allowed since Nov. 14.
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Despite an offense that ranks third in the country in points per game, LSU’s defense is allowing 62.8 points per night, good enough for just 144th nationally.
Per possession, it’s a bit better with LSU ranking 21st in defensive rating, but that’s not where LSU needs to be to defend the best offenses in the country. And that’s something LSU will have to do if it wants to repeat come March.