Shorthanded LSU drilled by Louisville, 73-47

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm •  Published: March 30, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eight wasn't enough for LSU, and a full roster might not have helped the seventh-seeded Tigers much against Louisville on Sunday.

After showing their resilience in two wins to reach the Sweet 16, the Tigers were overwhelmed and exposed 73-47 by the third-seeded Cardinals on Sunday.

Danielle Ballard, Jasmine Rhodes and Theresa Plaisance were the only LSU players to score for the first 33 minutes.

That wouldn't work any day, and it was no match for a Louisville squad that needed just seven players to lead another rout of LSU.

Ballard had 24 points, Rhodes eight and Plaisance seven as the Lady Tigers shot 24 percent from the field. DaShawn Harden also had seven points for the Lady Tigers.

"This team, they did all that they could considering," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said, "and our bench, they came in, and they tried their best. I'm proud of them for that.

"We didn't execute as well as we wanted to, but it wasn't that they were fearful. I think, when you look at Louisville, they're a very experienced team. They have unbelievable guard play. They have depth. They did a nice job of pushing the tempo."

LSU (21-13) is used to being shorthanded, reaching last year's Sweet 16 with seven players. The Lady Tigers actually had more bodies a week ago before losing Raigyne Moncrief (knee) and Jeanne Kenney (concussion) to injuries in successive wins over Georgia Tech and West Virginia.

That left them with eight players against the Cardinals, and the disparity showed as the Lady Tigers' bench was outscored 28-0. LSU had only two assists.

"We were just never in our rhythm, running plays," said Ballard, who finished 12 of 25 from the field.

Take away Ballard's shooting and the Lady Tigers were just 4 of 42 from the field.