Lady Tigers Host Rematch With Razorbacks
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BATON ROUGE, La. --- There are just four home games remaining on the Lady Tiger basketball schedule, including Sunday’s rematch with the Arkansas Razorbacks on the SEC Network. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m., at the Maravich Center.
The marketing staff has several giveaways planned for Sunday, including trading cards and tattoos. There will also be a post-game autograph session.
Paul Sunderland and Andy Landers will handle the commentary for SEC Network’s live broadcast of the game, which is also available on www.WatchESPN.com and through the Watch ESPN app. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. The radio broadcast featuring Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, also will be available for free at www.LSUsports.net/live.
The Lady Tigers are 14-6 overall; 3-4 in the SEC, and are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. LSU did not have a mid-week game and has had the full week to regroup from the 54-52 loss to then-No. 25 Texas A&M on the road last Sunday. The Lady Tigers led for nearly the entire game against the Aggies, but were outscored in the second half, 32-20, en route to their sixth loss of the season to a team ranked in the top 25 in RPI. Four of LSU’s six losses are to teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.
“We have to take Sunday’s game one possession at a time,” said LSU head coach Nikki Fargas. “We need to make plays and we are paying a lot of attention to our offensive execution. Right now our defense is ahead of our offense. We have to continue to fight and come away with some of those victories, but we are right there in turning that corner.”
LSU continues to rank No. 1 in the nation in steals with 266, and is also ranked in the Top 10 nationally in steals per game (2), total turnovers forced (8) and turnover margin (9). Junior guard Raigyne Moncrief leads the SEC, and is ranked seventh nationally in steals with 69. Moncrief, who scored her 1,000th career point at Texas A&M last weekend, will be presented a commemorative ball prior to Sunday’s game. She is the 32nd Lady Tiger to score 1,000 points at LSU.
Moncrief leads the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15.0 points per game after scoring 18 points against the Aggies. She also leads LSU in assists with 58 and is tied for the team lead in rebounds with 5.4 boards per game. Freshman Ayana Mitchell also averages 5.4 boards a contest as well as 7.4 points per game. Chloe Jackson follows Moncrief with 14.7 points a game, while also averaging 4.9 rebounds and contributing 16 three-pointers.
This is the second meeting against the Razorbacks as LSU grabbed the 53-52 victory in Fayetteville on Jan. 8. Jackson helped orchestrate the win in the final minute of the game as she registered a steal and raced for the layup that would give LSU its first lead of the game with eight seconds remaining on the clock. LSU and Arkansas traded free throws as the Lady Tigers retained the one-point advantage, and on Arkansas’ final possession, Jackson deflected the inbounds pass and then got a hand on a three-point attempt by Devin Cosper that sealed the win. Jackson finished the game with 22 points, which included three treys.
“It is always hard to beat a team twice,” said Fargas. “In the game at Arkansas, we made plays defensively and we were able to turn them over at a critical time, but had they taken care of the basketball, that game could have been in their favor. We have to take that game, learn from it, know that we can get after people defensively, but we don’t want to have to be down nine with less than five minutes left in the game to play scrappy and get after people. I want us to be that team that starts from the beginning of the game and plays with that confidence on the defensive end and executes in our half-court game. It is very important that we secure these last four games at home and take advantage of our crowd and our fans being here and get these wins at home.”
The Razorbacks are 13-7 overall; 2-5 in the SEC, after falling to Missouri at home on Monday evening, 60-46. Arkansas’ two league victories are over Alabama and Vanderbilt, two teams LSU will face in the second half of conference play. Jessica Jackson and Malica Monk lead Arkansas in scoring with 14.6 and 10.1 points per game. LSU held Jackson and Monk both to just six points in the earlier meeting. Cosper tallied 15 points, while Keiryn Swenson added 10 points. The two Razorbacks combined for all five of Arkansas’ three-pointers in the contest. Jackson leads UA on the boards with 6.2 rebounds a game.
The Lady Tigers own the 30-16 series advantage over the Razorbacks, dating back to the first meeting between the two squads during the 1991-92 season. Arkansas won four straight games (2013-16) before LSU snapped the streak with the victory in Fayetteville earlier this month.
Three of LSU’s next four games will be on the road as the Lady Tigers start the second half of SEC play at Tennessee on Feb. 2. LSU hosts Alabama on Feb. 5 before traveling to Ole Miss (Feb. 9) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 13).
Fans attending home games at the PMAC are reminded of LSU’s “Geaux Clear” policy that is in effect at all athletic venues. The policy allows for only clear tote bags smaller than 12” x 6” x 12” or one-gallon plastic freezer bags to be permitted in the PMAC and other venues on the LSU campus this year. Bags must be clear and transparent and cannot be tinted, textured or patterned. For full details on the policy, please visit www.LSUSports.net/GeauxClear.
NOTES & TRENDS
• LSU is 14-7 in games played at the PMAC, but Arkansas has won the last four. The Lady Tigers’ last victory in Baton Rouge was a 70-53 win on Feb. 25, 2010.
• This is the first time since 2011-12 that LSU and Arkansas have played a home-away series. This is the 18th time that LSU and Arkansas have games in Baton Rouge and Fayetteville in the same regular season.
Turnovers Lead To Points
The Lady Tigers have forced 436 turnovers this year, which ranks eighth nationally. While that is impressive, so is the fact that LSU has scored 464 points off of turnovers, which amounts to an average of 23.2 points a game. In fact, 35% of LSU’s total points this season have been generated off the opponents’ miscues.
Is the Three-Ball Making a Return?
LSU hit four treys in the loss at #25 Texas A&M, which tied the most for the squad this season. LSU also hit four at Arkansas. The Lady Tigers don’t toss the deep ball up too often and were pretty accurate against the Aggies, going 4-of-6 from behind the arc. LSU got treys from Chloe Jackson (2), Rina Hill and Alexis Hyder. It was the first of the year for Hill and the second for Hyder. At mid-season, LSU went five-straight games without a three, but has since hit at least one in seven of the last eight games. Jackson has contributed at least one trey in the last six-consecutive games.
Moncrief Nearing Career & Single-Season Top 10 in Steals
Raigyne Moncrief is just one steal away from entering the LSU top 10 in career steals. She currently has 193 and the No. 10 spot is held at 194 steals by Erica White (2004-08) and Danielle Ballard (2012-15). In addition, Moncrief will enter the Top 10 in single-season steals upon grabbing 10 more steals. Heading into the Arkansas game, Moncrief has 69 steals, and needs to hit 79 to tie Joyce Walker (1981-82), who holds the No. 10 spot.
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