No. 16 Lady Tigers Face Road Test at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 16 LSU women’s basketball team finishes a run of four straight Sunday SEC road games when the Lady Tigers square off with No. 19 Texas A&M Sunday at Reed Arena.
Sunday’s tip time is on-tap for 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Network (FSN) along with SportSouth (SPSO). Fan outside the SEC’s television coverage area can view the game on http://www.watchespn.com/. In Baton Rouge, the game will be carried 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.
LSU (18-5, 7-3 SEC) has won four of its last five games and is coming off a 75-58 win over Missouri. The trio of Jeanne Kenney, Raigyne Moncrief and Theresa Plaisance combined to rack up 54 points on an impressive 19-of-34 from the floor. The win enabled the Lady Tigers to enter the weekend in sole possession of fourth place in the SEC standings.
LSU, owners of the nation’s No. 1 strength of schedule, will play its fifth Top 25 opponent on the season. The Lady Tigers have collected 12 of their 18 victories over RPI Top 100 opponents.
Kenney has doubled her scoring average output from her first three seasons and secured 11.1 points per game during her senior campaign. She has drained 40.8 percent of her three-pointers, good enough for second place in the SEC rankings. The Baton Rouge native has connected for 114 career triples which are eighth on LSU’s all-time list.
“She’s one of the purest shooters that I’ve seen,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “She has such a nice rotation on the basketball. She has a quick release. She has range, and she’s smart. She also understands when she’s in that zone and when to pull. She definitely has the green light because she’s a player that gets in the gym and works extra.”
Moncrief has regained her offensive rhythm and amassed double figures in four of her last five games. The last time she tallied three consecutive 10-plus point efforts was during December. On the defensive end, Moncrief has picked up 13 steals over the five-game span and her 2.1 steals per game are fifth on the SEC’s leaderboard.
Plaisance continues to lead the charge for LSU. She has come away with a team-leading 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Plaisance has reeled off 13 consecutive games with double figures whereas her 20-point effort against Missouri was her second-highest output of the season. The New Orleans native heads into the Texas A&M game in 25th place on LSU’s all-time scoring list.
Danielle Ballard and Shanece McKinney have chipped in 8.5 and 8.0 points per game, respectively. McKinney has swatted 1.5 shots per game which is fifth in the SEC. Off the bench, DaShawn Harden has been the Lady Tigers top performer with 7.0 points per game.
The Aggies (17-6, 7-2 SEC) have dropped two of their last three after starting SEC action with a 6-0 mark.
Texas A&M claimed a 52-48 win over the Lady Tigers and is the only team to defeat LSU at the Maravich Center this season. The Aggies scored 14 of the game’s final 17 over the final five-plus minutes. Courtney Walker knocked down the go-ahead basket with 41.8 seconds remaining.
Walker is one of three A&M players to average double figures. She has posted a team-leading 13.5 points to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Courtney Williams has secured 13.0 points per game, while Kara Gilbert has garnered 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Gilbert has connected on 58.6 percent of her field goals which would rank second if she qualified for the SEC rankings.
“The last game was in our reach,” Caldwell said. “We need to be a 40-minute team, and we can’t take possessions off. A&M is playing some good basketball, and they’re very good at home. Last year we had success there, but they’re a totally different team and so are we. It’s going to be a battle of who wants it to the most. We’ve got to bring our intensity on the defensive end and the aggressiveness on the offensive end. Our inability to score in the paint has plagued us. We’ve got to be on point there. It’s going to boil down to our intensity.”
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