LSU rallies, hands Mulkey historic win No. 650

JOURNAL STAFF

BATON ROUGE – A fourth-quarter rally fueled by 19 points in the final 10 minutes from guard Khayla Pointer made basketball history Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It made LSU a 78-69 winner over Kentucky in an SEC women’s basketball game, and made Kim Mulkey the fastest coach, man or woman, to reach 650 career victories in NCAA Division I basketball.

Mulkey, part of two national championship teams as a player at Louisiana Tech, reached another career coaching milestone on a resume’ that already has earned her induction in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. It came on a day when it appeared her first LSU team was in danger of losing a third straight league contest.

LSU (18-4, 6-3 SEC) trailed by five after 30 minutes. Pointer, an All-SEC guard, had scored only nine, but erupted and spurred a pivotal stretch when the Tigers made 9 of 11 shots.

Locally, Sunday Centenary dropped both ends of a doubleheader at home.

MEN

SHREINER 90, CENTENARY 76: The Gents lost at home for just the second time this season in falling to the Mountaineers Sunday in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game at the Gold Dome. The Gents (10-8, 5-5) got a game high 18 points from Seth Thomas, 14 of those coming in the second half. Jalen Behr was the only other Gent in double figures with 16 points. Schreiner (10-10, 8-3) shot 54 percent from the floor and had Darian Gibson and Jalen Ned both tally 17 points. Kamden Ross tossed in 16 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers.

WOMEN

SCHREINER 78, CENTENARY 68: The Ladies fell to the Mountaineers in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game Sunday at the Gold Dome despite leading at the half 33-32. Junior guard Destini Powell had a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds for Centenary (3-15, 1-9) while sophomore guard Addy Tremie scored 21 points. Schreiner (9-10, 6-4) was led by Gabby Ivarra who scored 16 points and grabbed 11 missed shots.

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