2014-15 Women's Basketball Deposits
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Published: September 01, 2013, 12:00 AM (CT)
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Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)

Over the last 16 years, the LSU women’s basketball team has established the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as one of the toughest road playing sites in not only the Southeastern Conference but the nation. Since the 1996-97 season, the Lady Tigers have posted a remarkable home record of 228-37 (.854), including averaging 14 victories per year.

Since the 2004-05 season, LSU is 114-24 at home and over the past 10 seasons, the Lady Tigers are 144-26 in the friendly confines of the Maravich Center. LSU has proven to be tough to beat in SEC play in the venue. In conference games, the Lady Tigers are 94-22 (.810) at home over the past 16 years and an amazing 54-13 over the past nine seasons. LSU is 47-19 at home against top 25 teams over the last 16 years, and the PMAC can back up its claim as one of the nation’s most-feared road sites.

In Nikki Caldwell’s first season as head coach in 2011-12, LSU increased attendance by over 1,000 more fans than the previous season. Caldwell guided the Lady Tigers to their best home record since the 2008 Final Four season with a 13-4 mark, including a perfect 4-0 record against ranked teams during the regular season. Caldwell’s squad followed that up with a 15-3 record in 2012-13 highlighted by one of the most memorable atmospheres in school history when LSU topped No. 8 Penn State, 71-66, to reach the Sweet 16 with a roster of seven players.

In addition to their success on the court, the Lady Tigers have also played before record crowds. Over the past 11 seasons, LSU has established 14 of the top 15 crowds in PMAC history, including a record crowd of 15,233 against Tennessee on Feb. 10, 2005. During that span the Lady Tigers have played in front of 10 home crowds of over 10,000 fans.

LSU finished the 2005-06 season ranked 14th in the nation in average home attendance with 6,273 and played in front of five crowds of at least 8,000 people. In 2004-05, LSU finished 10th in the nation in average home attendance with 7,317 fans per game, by far a record for the Lady Tigers. During that season four crowds of over 10,000 were recorded for games, including the record crowd of 15,233 against Tennessee. LSU ranked third in the SEC and among the top 15 in attendance nationally in 2011-12, averaging 4,315 fans per game and 73,348 total.

LSU rarely gets upset on its home floor. The Lady Tigers are 173-15 over the last 16 years against unranked teams. LSU posted undefeated records at home over non-ranked opponents in 2007-08 (11-0), 2006-07 (11-0), 2005-06 (10-0), 2004-05 (10-0), 2002-03 (8-0), 2001-02 (11-0), 1999-00 (17-0), 1998-99 (11-0) and 1996-97 (11-0).

During the 1999-2000 campaign, the Lady Tigers set a school-record with 17 home victories with their only loss coming at the hands of second-ranked Tennessee.

In 38 years of history at the PMAC, LSU’s home court advantage can be compared with the best programs from across the country as the Lady Tigers have close to 80 percent of their homes games with a 418-111 overall mark. LSU claimed its 400th all-time Maravich Center victory in Caldwell’s first season with a 53-49 victory over Mississippi State on Feb. 9, 2012. LSU has also put together winning streaks of 43, 26, 24 and 22 games at home. The Lady Tigers have also gone undefeated four times, going 15-0 in 2005-06, 12-0 in 2004-05, and 14-0 in both 1977-78 and 1985-86.

Built in 1971, the PMAC underwent completed renovations prior to the 2005-06 season that included an updated concourse with new concessions, new seats and a new sound system. The concourse features interactive kiosks and displays recognizing the history of LSU basketball, including one exhibit of the late Hall of Fame head coach Sue Gunter. It also houses the plaques of all members of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The capacity is 13,215 following the renovations.

Home Attendance at the PMAC
Year Games Attendance Average
2002-03 15 66,852 4,457
2003-04 17 59,689 3,511
2004-05 12 87,806 7,317
2005-06 15 94,090 6,273
2006-07 15 83,593 5,573
2007-08 15 80,512 5,367
2008-09 18 73,069 4,059
2009-10 16 54,133 3,383
2010-11 14 46,047 3,289
2011-12 17 73,348 4,315
2012-13 18 69,438 3,858

During the summer of 1988, Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer signed legislation changing the official name of the building to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in honor of the LSU star who had died tragically earlier that same year.

In addition to the normal basketball-seating configuration, a proscenium stage can be lowered into place at the north end allowing some 4,000 seats for theatrical productions. An additional 1,000 seats can be placed on the floor for graduations, convocations, lectures, concerts or other special events.

The Maravich Center has played host to several famous musical artists over the years, including KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Def Leppard, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Garth Brooks and Jimmy Buffett.

Also located in the building is an auxiliary practice gym used for basketball and volleyball practices; home and visitor dressing rooms; coaches dressing rooms, building administration offices; theater dressing rooms; Tiger Athletic Foundation offices; and the “L” Club meeting room with kitchen facilities.

In the summer of 2010, LSU’s state-of-the-art basketball practice facility was officially completed and is connected to the PMAC through the Northwest portal. The facility gives both men’s and women’s teams ample practice room adjacent to their actual game playing floor of the Maravich Center.

The Maravich Center has been the site for both men’s and women’s NCAA Regional Tournaments, the 1981 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the 1988 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament and two SEC Volleyball Tournaments. Since the current NCAA Tournament format began, LSU has played host to the NCAA women’s first and second rounds five times since 2004, doing so in 2004, ’08, ’09, ‘12 and most recently in 2013. LSU owns a 16-3 record in NCAA Tournament games played in the Maravich Center, including a 7-0 mark in first round contests.

Top 15 Single-Game Crowds
Rank Attendance Opponent Date Result
1. 15,233 Tennessee Feb. 10, 2005 LSU 68, Tennessee 58
2. 15,217 Tennessee Feb. 23, 2003 Tennessee 68, LSU 65
3. 14,268 Auburn Jan. 30. 2005 LSU 57, Auburn 52
4. 13,468 Arkansas Feb. 19, 2006 LSU 64, Arkansas 42
5. 11,252 Penn State* Jan. 4, 2003 LSU 80, Penn State 63
6. 10,841 Vanderbilt Jan. 13, 2008 LSU 62, Vanderbilt 51
7. 10,677 Ohio State Dec. 10, 2006 LSU 75, Ohio State 51
8. 10,624 Georgia* Jan. 8, 2005 LSU 76, Georgia 52
9. 10,125 Florida Feb. 27, 2005 LSU 76, Florida 52
10. 10,074 Mississippi St. Feb. 26, 2006 LSU 62, Miss. State 48
11. 9,930 Minnesota* Jan. 7, 2006 LSU 66, Minnesota 45
12. 9,763 Connecticut Feb. 25, 2008 UConn 74, LSU 69
13. 9,636 Auburn* Feb. 4, 2001 Auburn 65, LSU 62
14. 9,511 Baylor Jan. 30, 2006 LSU 88, Baylor 57
15. 9,146 Tennessee Feb. 19, 2007 Tennessee 56, LSU 51
* - denotes Pack the PMAC game

Year-by-Year in the Maravich Center

Year
Games
Record
vs. SEC
vs. Non-SEC
1975-76
14
7-7
0-0
7-7
1976-77
11
10-1
2-0
8-1
1977-78
14
14-0
2-0
12-0
1978-79
7
5-2
2-1
3-1
1979-80
15
10-5
1-0
9-5
1980-81
13
8-5
1-2
7-3
1981-82
10
6-4
2-2
4-2
1982-83
14
12-2
4-1
8-1
1983-84
11
10-1
3-0
6-2
1984-85
12
8-4
2-2
7-0
1985-86
14
14-0
4-0
10-0
1986-87
14
10-4
3-2
7-2
1987-88
14
11-3
4-0
7-3
1988-89
13
10-3
3-2
7-1
1989-90
13
11-2
3-1
8-1
1990-91
11
9-2
3-2
6-0
1991-92
14
10-4
3-2
7-2
1992-93
13
6-7
0-6
6-1
1993-94
10
5-5
1-3
4-2
1994-95
14
5-9
0-6
5-3
1995-96
14
10-4
2-4
8-0
1996-97
15
14-1
5-1
9-0
1997-98
14
13-1
6-1
7-0
1998-99
16
15-1
6-1
9-0
1999-00
18
17-1
6-1
11-0
2000-01
14
11-3
4-3
7-0
2001-02
16
13-3
6-1
7-2
2002-03
15
14-1
6-1
8-0
2003-04
17
15-1
6-1
10-0
2004-05
12
12-0
7-0
5-0
2005-06 15 15-0 8-0 7-0
2006-07 15 13-2 6-1 7-1
2007-08 15 14-1 7-0 7-1
2008-09 18 11-7 5-2 6-5
2009-10 16 12-4 4-4 8-0
2010-11 14 10-4 6-2 4-2
2011-12 17 13-4 6-2 7-2
2012-13 18 15-3 6-2 9-1
TOTALS
529
418-111
145-60
276-51

Individual Maravich Center Records (through 2012-13)

Points
LSU: 49 by Cornelia Gayden vs. Jackson State, Feb. 9, 1995
Opp: 46 by Deborah Temple (Delta State), Jan. 18, 1983

Rebounds
LSU: 25 by Maree Jackson vs. Louisiana Tech, Feb. 1, 1977 and vs. Northeast La., Feb. 18, 1977
Opp: 23 by Pam Kelly (Louisiana Tech), March 7, 1980

Field Goals Made
LSU: 19 by Maree Jackson vs. Northwestern St., Feb. 24, 1978
Opp: 19 by Deborah Temple (Delta State), Jan. 18, 1983

Field Goals Attempted
LSU: 34 by Julie Gross vs. Alabama, Nov. 28, 1978
Opp: 31 by Sheila Ethridge (Louisiana Tech), March 8, 1980; by Deborah Temple (Delta State), Jan. 18, 1983

3-Point Field Goals Made
LSU: 12 by Cornelia Gayden vs. Jackson State, Feb. 9, 1995
Opp: 7 by Sheila Ethridge (Louisiana Tech), Dec. 8, 1990

3-Point Field Goals Attempted
LSU: 17 by Cornelia Gayden vs. Georgia, Feb. 20, 1993
Opp: 17 by Sheila Ethridge (Louisiana Tech), Dec. 8, 1990

Free Throws Made
LSU: 18 by Pokey Chatman vs. Georgia, Feb. 10, 1991
Opp: 15 by Lisa McMahon (Lamar), Jan. 30, 1995

Free Throws Attempted
LSU: 21 by Pokey Chatman vs. Georgia, Feb. 10, 1991
Opp: 21 by Lisa Powell (Alcorn State), Dec. 14, 1987

Assists
LSU: 15 by Temeka Johnson vs. Ark., Feb. 12, 2004 and vs. Fla., Feb. 27, 2005
Opp: 12 by Jennifer White (Louisiana Tech), Jan. 14, 1979

Steals
LSU: 10 by Cornelia Gayden vs. USL, Feb. 7, 1995
Opp: 7 by Aline Guidry (McNeese State), Jan. 30, 1980; 7 by Frederica Wills (USL), Feb. 2, 1994

Blocked Shots
LSU: 8 by Dee Dee Franklin vs. Kentucky, Feb. 14, 1989
Opp: 6 by Carolyn Thompson (Texas Tech), Jan. 2, 1981

Team Maravich Center Records

Points
LSU: 118 vs. Northwestern State, Feb. 19, 1986
Opp: 108 by Georgia, Feb. 10, 1991

Rebounds
LSU: 70 vs. Southern, Dec. 6, 1982; 70 vs. USL, Jan. 27, 1977
Opp: 59 by Tennessee, Jan. 7, 1993; 59 by Alcorn State, Dec. 14, 1987

Field Goals Made
LSU: 46 vs. Northwestern State, Feb. 19, 1986
Opp: 42 by Texas, March 8, 1980

Field Goals Attempted
LSU: 95 vs. Alabama, Nov. 18, 1978
Opp: 95 by Northwestern State, Feb. 14, 1978

3-Point Field Goals Made
LSU: 12 vs. Jackson State, Feb. 9, 1995
Opp: 12 by South Carolina, Jan. 15, 1994

3-Point Field Goals Attempted
LSU:  25 vs. Southeastern La., Dec. 22, 2009
Opp:  32 by Ole Miss, Feb. 7, 2010 (3OT)

Free Throws Made
LSU: 34 vs. McNeese State, Dec. 21, 2012
Opp: 28 by Maine, March 15, 1997; 28 by Lamar, Jan. 30, 1995; 28 by New Orleans, Feb. 7, 1984; 28 by Tennessee, Jan. 24, 1977

Free Throws Attempted
LSU: 50 vs. USL, Feb. 5, 1996
Opp: 41 by Alcorn State, Dec. 13, 1987; 41 by Alabama, Nov. 18, 1978

Assists
LSU: 38 vs. UNC Asheville, Nov. 23, 1999
Opp: 25 by Alabama, Jan. 28, 1995; 25 by Tulane, Nov. 27, 1979

Steals
LSU: 25 vs. USL, Nov. 22, 1996
Opp: 23 by Texas, March 8, 1980

Blocked Shots
LSU: 17 vs. Southeastern La., Feb. 12, 1981
Opp: 11 by Texas Tech, Jan. 2, 1981; 11 by Northwestern State, Nov. 17, 1980

Margin of Victory
LSU: 76 vs. Prairie View (104-28), Dec. 1, 1995
Opp: 41 by Louisiana Tech (91-50), March 7, 1980


 

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