Lady Tigers Look to Rebound at No. 25 Georgetown
WASHINGTON -- The LSU women's basketball team seeks to bounce back from its first loss of the season, but to do so the Lady Tigers will have to take on a ranked team as a four-game road trip continues at No. 25 Georgetown at 6 p.m. CT Monday in McDonough Arena.
The contest will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
LSU (1-1) spent the weekend practicing and taking in the sights of the Washington, D.C. area. The Lady Tigers toured The White House on Saturday morning before practicing at George Washington. They then visited the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday prior to working out on Georgetown's campus.
The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 21 points in a Friday night 67-58 loss at Hampton. LSU out-scored the Pirates by eight in the second half and got double-digit scoring from three players, most notably Theresa Plaisance. The junior forward registered her first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Through two games, Plaisance is averaging a double-double with 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. She ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding trailing only Texas A&M's Kelsey Bone.
"We saw a lot of toughness in Theresa Plaisance in her last game," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "She established us in the paint. Although she didn't shoot as well from the perimeter, she didn't allow that to dictate how she played. She was all over the boards. She gives us that balance and go-to player inside."
Georgetown (2-1) also suffered its first defeat of the season last time out. The Hoyas shot just 23.5 percent in a 63-48 loss at North Carolina on Wednesday. They did however, force the Tar Heels into 35 turnovers led by their outstanding guard play and All-Big East guard Sugar Rodgers.
"Georgetown is a great team with terrific guard play," said Caldwell. "They can be very disruptive defensively. This game is going to be a battle of the boards. They are a good rebounding team and we will have to max their intensity. They are a team with a lot of experience and have players who have played in big games and been successful. We will have to be ready to go."
Rodgers scored 22 in the loss to the Tar Heels. LSU will try to duplicate its performance from a year ago against Georgetown. In a 51-40 Lady Tiger win to kickoff the Caldwell home era, Rodgers was held to 4-of-20 from the floor and the Hoyas were 3-of-23 from three-point land.
Following the game, LSU will take a charter flight back to Baton Rouge. The first "Nikki Caldwell Radio Show" presented by Capital One Bank is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers then board a commercial flight for Miami, Fla., on Wednesday in preparation for the Florida International Thanksgiving Classic.