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  • Writer's pictureAbby Alonzo

Haleigh Bryant & Kiya Johnson Score PERFECT 10’s To Lead LSU To Win Over Kentucky

The LSU women’s basketball took a tumble in the rankings following last weekend’s loss to Auburn, which was its first in SEC play. But the Tigers remained in the top 10, and after a 2-0 week that featured decisive wins over Alabama and Arkansas, they are moving back up in the rankings. In the latest AP Top 25, they moved up one spot to No. 9. That will set up a top-10 matchup on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as undefeated No. 1 South Carolina comes to town with ESPN’s College GameDay in attendance. LSU will look to snap the Gamecocks’ nation-leading 27-game road winning streak. The Tigers are 18-2 on the year and 4-1 in SEC play so far. With a win on Thursday night, they would almost certainly climb back into the top five.

LSU’s men’s basketball team seems to have turned something of a corner to begin SEC play. After a rough non-conference stretch, the team began SEC play 3-1 with a ranked road win against Ole Miss. It also took down Texas A&M by double-digits on the road, but it couldn’t get the sweep when it hosted the Aggies again on Saturday in what was a 73-69 loss.

LSU gymnastics began conference competition on Friday, hosting No. 6 Kentucky in the PMAC. It couldn’t have gone much better for LSU with the Tigers posting a score of 198.125, the highest score we’ve seen around the country this year. LSU had a strong performance on vault, headlined by a 9.975 from Haleigh Bryant and a 9.925 from Savannah Schoenherr. But it was the floor that pushed LSU’s score into the upper echelon. The Tigers’ floor score would have been a season-high for any team in the country and was the third-highest in program history. Kiya Johnson stole the show and anchored the rotation with a perfect 10. Johnson finished with a 39.650 in the all-around, a season-high for her. The win was Jay Clark’s 50th career victory at LSU after taking over the program in 2021. Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Missouri on Friday. Missouri, which is coming off a win against No. 20 Georgia and has just one loss to No. 4 Alabama, will be another tough test for LSU.

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