It was a hard fought win for us. I think we played really well. When we were down 10, I thought we were trying to do too much individually. We really needed to get back to our offense as a team and we did that. That is what happens when you have a group of guys that wants to win very badly,” said Tigers Coach Trent Johnson.
LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell knocked down a three point basket with 9.8 seconds left in the game to help lift the Tigers to their first win at Rupp Arena in over twenty years. The last time LSU won a game in Lexington was back in the 1989 season.
The pride of Denham Springs said that his team just fought hard to the very end and that’s why they picked up the clinching victory. “We just played within our game plan. It was a loud environment at first, but we kept playing hard. We knew we were going to have to play hard and we never quit,” said Tasmin Mitchell.
LSU posted their 25th win of the season with their win over the Wildcats after winning just 13 games in all of last season. The Tigers are now an impressive 13-1 in Southeastern Conference Play with just a couple of regular season games left.
LSU has won 13 straight conference games after losing their first contest of the season to the Alabama Crimson Tide. LSU had clinched the SEC West Title earlier in the week with a win over the Florida Gators and then locked up the outright SEC Title with their thrilling win over Kentucky.
The Tigers earned the top seed in next week’s SEC Tournament in Atlanta and a first round bye as well. LSU was thought to be only about a six or seven seed in the NCAA Tournament a few weeks ago.
Now on their current pace the Tigers could earn as high as a #3 seed in the big dance with a strong finish. The NCAA Tournament of 64 begins in two weeks.