GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Ryann Payne scored 17 points off the bench and eighth-seeded LSU ended a five-game losing streak with a 71-62 win over ninth-seeded Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Tigers (9-12), who lost to the Bulldogs 68-59 a week earlier, earned a date with top-seeded and second-ranked Texas A&M.
LSU handed the Aggies their only loss of the season, 65-61 in overtime on Jan. 14.
Sarah Shematsi joined Payne to give the Tigers a huge advantage in bench points by adding 13.
LSU’s reserves had a 34-15 advantage.
Jessika Carter and Rickea Jackson both had 14 points for Mississippi State.