BATON ROUGE – The No. 12 LSU women’s basketball team will look to bounce back from its first setback of 2014 when the Lady Tigers welcome SEC unbeaten Florida to the Maravich Center.
Sunday’s tip time is on-tap for 12 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPNU with Roy Philpott and Stefi Sorensen set to call the action.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Live video and live audio also will be available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, along with Jeff Palermo will have the radio call.
Tickets are on-sale at http://www.lsutix.net/ starting as low as $2 and in person at the Maravich Center Box Office. Fans can purchase a four-game Purple Package for $20 which also includes a 200-level reserved ticket to the Florida game and three of LSU’s remaining home games.
Last time out, LSU (12-3, 1-1 SEC) was handed a 52-48 setback by Texas A&M. The Lady Tigers held a seven-point advantage, but A&M scored 14 of the game’s final 17 points over the last six minutes. The loss ended an 11-game home winning streak which dated back to last February. The 15 field goals and 26 percent shooting clip were season-lows for LSU.
“We got easy looks, and we got the ball inside quite a bit,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We shot a horrendous percentage. Offensively, we didn’t handle their pressure. Almost half their points came from turnovers. A&M really brought the defensive heat and put us on our heels.”
Theresa Plaisance has turned in team-highs with 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She tallied 10 of her team-leading 16 points during the second half of the A&M game. The New Orleans native collected 10-plus points in five consecutive games and seven of her last eight outings since the Indiana State game on Dec. 3.
Jeanne Kenney has picked up her scoring especially from a three-point territory. The senior guard is averaging 16.0 points and canned 18 triples over her last five games en route to five straight 10-plus scoring efforts for the first time during her career. She also has handed out 4.6 assists per game during that stretch.
Danielle Ballard has come away with a balanced 9.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She has started in LSU’s last four games and began SEC play with a 25-point performance to fuel the Lady Tigers 80-77 victory over then No. 5 Tennessee.
Raigyne Moncrief has pumped in 11.5 points per game which ranks fourth among SEC freshmen. She also has garnered 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. The 2.4 steals are sixth in the SEC. Moncrief has been limited to under 10 points in three straight games for the first time this season.
LSU carries a 24-12 series edge over the Gators which include 12 of 16 meetings in Baton Rouge. However, Florida has won the last three decisions and took a 77-72 victory last season in Gainesville. The Lady Tigers had four players garner double figures led by Plaisance’s 17 points.
Florida (13-3, 3-0 SEC) enters the game with a SEC best nine-game winning streak and has started 3-0 in league play for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Jaterra Bonds, the two-time defending SEC Player of the Week, has racked up 17.1 points and 4.3 assists per week. The 17.1 points per game are third in the SEC rankings. January Miller (12.1 PPG), Christin Mercer (11.8 PPG) and Cassie Peoples (10.9 PPG) also have produced double figures for Florida.
“You don’t look at anybody’s record prior to that game, and you don’t look at the standings or where you’re ranked because there’s a different level of competition in this conference,” Caldwell said. “Florida is a tough opponent, and there’s no time for us to hold our head down. We’ve got to focus and really come back together as a group.”
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