Lady Tigers Start SEC Second Half at Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 14 LSU women's basketball team heads into the second half of its SEC schedule and meets up with No. 13 Kentucky for a Sunday matinee at Memorial Coliseum.
Sunday's tip time is on-tap for 11 a.m. CT, and the game will be carried by Fox Sports Network (FSN)/SportSouth (SPSO) along with http://www.watchespn.com/. In Baton Rouge, the telecast is available on FSN New Orleans (Channel 1038 on Cox Cable).
The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio also will be available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, has the radio call.
Last time out, LSU (17-4, 6-2 SEC) rallied from a halftime deficit for the third straight game and emerged with a 65-56 victory over Mississippi State. The Lady Tigers have held their opponents to single digit field goals during its last three games in the second half. It marks the third consecutive Sunday that LSU will play on the road.
“Our SEC road games have been very tough,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We started our SEC season at Tennessee, we've played at Vanderbilt and now we're at Kentucky. I'm extremely proud of our team for being resilient and not showing signs of weakness when they could have folded in some of our games. We've stayed determined, and we're going to have to have that mindset to be successful on Sunday. We're going to have to be the selfless team, and the team that makes the sacrifice for the greater good.”
Shanece McKinney has recorded three straight games in double figures and is coming off a career-high 19 points against Mississippi State where she was 7-of-7 from the floor coupled with a 5-for-5 effort at the foul line. LSU has won all eight games this season when McKinney scores 10-plus points. On the defensive end, she has averaged 1.9 blocks per game in SEC play good enough for fifth place.
Theresa Plaisance, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, continues to fuel LSU with a team-leading 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has put together 11 consecutive games in double figures and her 16.9 points per game is fifth on the SEC leaderboard during league games.
During LSU's three SEC Sunday games this season, Danielle Ballard has amassed 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. She has produced a 22-of-43 shooting clip during the stretch highlighted by a 23-point outburst at Vanderbilt.
Jeanne Kenney has headlined the Lady Tigers attack from three-point territory. LSU has canned 39.6 percent of its triples which is not only second on the SEC but seventh nationally. Kenney has come away with 11.1 points per game and canned 32 of her team-leading 46 triples over her last 11 games.
Raigyne Moncrief worked her way to a SEC season-high 17 points against Mississippi State. For the season, she has posted 11.0 points per game which is fifth among SEC freshmen. Her 2.0 steals per game are tied for fifth in the SEC rankings.
“You have to keep your eyes on the prize but understand the process,” Caldwell said. “That's being competitive in our daily practices and being better than what we were. I've seen us improve and keeping that intensity because it's a long season. We have to stay the course and not lose sight of why we play this game. We always remind them that greatness exists in all of us. Be that team that's there on the help line defense and be that team that makes the extra pass. That's the difference between the good and great teams.
Kentucky (16-5, 4-4 SEC) has split its first eight conference games and possesses a balanced attack and nearly has six players averaging in double figures. Jennifer O'Neill has come off the bench during 18 of her 21 appearances to pump in a team-leading 12.1 points and 3.1 assists per game. DeNesha Stallworth (11.0 PPG), Samarie Walker (10.5 PPG) and Kastine Evans (10.1 PPG) also have secured double figures for the Wildcats. Last time out, Kentucky was held a season-low during a 58-56 loss to Georgia.
The Lady Tigers hold a 31-11 series advantage, but four of UK's wins have come since the 2009-10 season. Kentucky has entered the game as the higher ranked team in the last six meetings. LSU has collected three Top 10 wins over the Wildcats which includes a 77-72 decision last season where Kenney and Plaisance combined for 42 points.
“Kentucky's record in conference play is not an indicator of how good they are,” Caldwell said. “Their losses have come by one, two or three possession games. I think they're very talented and one of the best teams in our conference. They have exceptional players when you think about the All-Americans on their roster. When you look at Plaisance and McKinney going against Bishop, Stallworth and Walker, it's going to be a great matchup.”
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