NCAA Women's Basketball Returns to LSU in One Month
BATON ROUGE - In exactly one month, "March Madness" returns to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as LSU plays host to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds on March 24 and 26. All-session ticket books are now on sale at www.LSUtix.net.
Fans can also purchase tickets at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office on the first floor of the LSU Athletic Administration Building or by phone at (225) 578-2184. All-session ticket books for adults are $25 and $15 for youth. That price includes a ticket of admission to both first round contests and the second round game.
Games will be played at the Maravich Center on Sunday, March 24 (4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 26 (8:30 p.m.). The NCAA Tournament field of 64 will be unveiled in three weeks on Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
The Lady Tigers are vying to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 22nd time and the second straight year under head coach Nikki Caldwell. LSU is peaking at the right time, reeling off four consecutive wins, including two victories over top-10 teams. Behind a career-high 22 points from Baton Rouge native Jeanne Kenney, LSU up-ended No. 7 Kentucky, 77-72, on Sunday.
LSU owns a 17-10 overall record, an 8-6 mark in Southeastern Conference play and has guaranteed itself at least the No. 7 seed in next week's SEC Tournament that gets underway on Wednesday, March 6 in Duluth, Ga. With one more victory coupled with a Vanderbilt loss, LSU could secure the No. 6 seed. The No. 6 seed plays at 7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, while the No. 7 seed plays the first game of the evening session at 5 p.m. CT.
Since the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was expanded to its current 64-team format, LSU has played host to first-and-second round games seven times. Last year, the Lady Tigers hosted for the first time since 2009, defeating San Diego State in the first round before losing to Penn State in the second round.
LSU also served as a host site for first-and-second round games in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2009. The Lady Tigers are 14-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Baton Rouge. That record dates back to LSU's first hosting opportunity in 1984. LSU owns a perfect 7-0 record all-time in NCAA Tournament First Round games in the Maravich Center.