AUBURN, Ala. -- Sophomore Brandy Montgomery scored a game-high 23 points, but Auburn's comeback attempt fell short as LSU earned a 60-49 win Thursday night at Auburn Arena.
For the fourth time in five games, Auburn out-shot its opponent from the floor (39.0 percent to 37.9 percent), but 24 turnovers were too much for Auburn to overcome.
"We are just hurting ourselves by turning the ball over and giving up offensive rebounds," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "Those are things that we have control of, and we just have to do a better job of that."
Montgomery's 23 points came mostly courtesy of six 3-pointers, which matched a career-high that she set earlier this seasno at Virginia. She was 8-of-14 from the floor, playing a season-high 35 minutes, and was Auburn's only player in double figures. Katie Frerking had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.
"I thought Brandy did a very good job," Williams-Flournoy said. "We have learned over the past few games that it can't just be one person. If we get Brandy scoring and somebody else scoring, that gives us an opportunity. Most of our games we only have one person scoring, and that is just not helping us. We need a few more people to score big. I am happy she shot the ball well tonight. That is a plus for us. "
After LSU took a 25-18 lead into halftime, the Lady Tigers extended that to as many as 15 points at 38-23 with 14:27 to play. But Montgomery had a 9-0 run by herself, knocking down three consecutive 3-point tries over the next 2:30 to cut the LSU lead to six points at 38-32.
LSU would again move ahead by 11 points at 44-33 with 9:57 to play. But once again, Auburn would answer with an 8-0 run, sparked by another Montgomery 3-pointer, a Montgomery layup after a Khady Dieng steal, and a Dieng trey to cut the LSU lead to three at 44-41. From there, though, Auburn would be unable to get any closer. It was 50-46 with just over four minutes to play, but LSU ended the game on a 10-3 run.
LSU scored 28 points off Auburn's 24 turnovers and also took advantage of 16 offensive rebounds, turning those into 13 second-chance points. Danielle Ballard led LSU with 13 points and also recorded seven rebounds and six steals. LSU was a perfect 14-of-14 at the free-throw line.
Auburn will play its fourth road game in six contests on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Columbia, Mo. Tip for Auburn's contest with Missouri is set for 2 p.m. CT at Mizzou Arena.