The LSU women will face a different Miami basketball team than seen in the regular season

The LSU women will face a different Miami basketball team than seen in the regular season
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But LSU has the slight edge in rebounding, and their 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is markedly better than Miami’s 0.68.

“There’s a lot of grit in their guards,” Meier said about LSU, “a lot of grit on the backside, and if you give Angel (Reese) a ton of attention, then they hunt the backside like nobody’s business.”

Oklahoma State entered the first-round matchup with one of the most efficient offenses in the country. The team ranked 24th in the country in overall field-goal percentage and 14th in three-point percentage. Against Miami, the Cowgirls shot only 38% from the field. The ‘Canes, who had four players score in double figures, shot 43%.

Against Indiana, Miami caught fire from three-point range, shooting 8 of 14 from beyond the arc. Three players — Lola Pendande, Destiny Harden and Jasmyne Roberts — combined to score 53 of Miami’s 70 points.

Then, when the ‘Canes faced Villanova, Roberts erupted for 26 points and nine rebounds. Harden chipped in 15 points of her own, and by leaps and bounds, Miami was more efficient. The Hurricanes shot 45% from the floor to Villanova’s 36%, and 30% from 3 to Villanova’s 12.5%.

“I think the teams that have solid defense,” Mulkey said, “and are committed to what they do prevail. Either one of us could’ve won that game last night, and I would attribute it to both teams playing good defense.”

Pendande, a 6-foot-4 senior, likely will guard Angel Reese. On Saturday, Meier called her the “anchor” of Miami’s defense, which has withstood matchups against high-quality offensive teams and players this postseason. The ‘Canes have faced Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes, a first-team All-American, and Villanova’s Maddie Siegrist, the country’s top scorer.

“Any big win we’ve had, there’s a Lola stop that gives me faith,” Meier said. “There’s a Lola stop that ignites our team. There’s something she does that just anchors us. And there’s gonna have to be quite a few Lola stops.

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