Commodores Fall to Ranked Tigers

Brinae Alexander ties career-high with 24 points

BATON ROUGE, La. — Vanderbilt fell to No. 12/14 LSU on Sunday afternoon inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center 82-64.

Brinae Alexander paced the offensive effort for the Commodores with 24 points tying her career-high set in 2019.

The first points of the afternoon were garnered by Alexis Morris for LSU, but Vandy responded immediately with a layup of their own by Alexander with 8:40 left to play in the opening stanza. The two teams were tit for tat down the stretch, each attempting to mount a small run to distance themselves from one another.

The Tigers led 21-15 headed into the second period.

A quick trip to the free throw line for Alexander began the scoring for the Commodores in the second stanza. Iyana Moore joined in on the scoring with Alexander and combined for 19 of the 21 points scored by Vanderbilt. Kaylon Smith added two points to the cause as the visitors headed into the half trailing 43-36.

The second half was all LSU as the Tigers were able to hold the Commodores to only nine points in the third while tallying 23 for themselves.

Vanderbilt, however, outscored LSU in the fourth period 19-16 thanks to seven quick points from Alexander before her exit. Contributions from Bella LaChance from deep, Demi Washington down low and a jumper by De’Mauri Flournoy concluded the game for Vandy.

For just the second 3-pointer of her career, Smith stepped behind the arc in the waning moments of the first period. She concluded the game with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block.

Moore added 14 points, her twelfth double-digit game of the season, along with seven rebounds and three assists.

LSU (17-2, 5-1 SEC) ended the game with four in double figures and a pair of 20-point scorers. Morris and Faustine Aifuwa combined for 40-points.

Vanderbilt (10-8, 1-3 SEC) returns to Memorial Gymnasium to face Missouri at 7 p.m. Thursday.