Women's Basketball Travels to USF, Hosts Southeastern
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team tips off the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10 at nationally-ranked USF. Game time in Tampa, Florida is set for 4:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television (CST) and on the LSU Radio Network.
The Lady Tigers will have a quick turnaround with the home opener two days later on Sunday, Nov. 12. Southeastern Louisiana will be the opponent with tipoff set for 2 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to come early to the LSU home opener on Sunday, Nov. 12 against Southeastern Louisiana. LSU great Sylvia Fowles will have her jersey retired in a special pre-game ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Joining Fowles on that day will be her teammates from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Women’s Final Four teams, who will be recognized at halftime. Tickets are available at LSUTix.net and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Sylvia Fowles replica jersey in honor of the LSU legend.
Head coach Nikki Fargas will be looking to veterans Raigyne (neé Moncrief) Louis and Chloe Jackson to lead the 2017-18 squad after each had a strong season last year, along with a healthier Ayana Mitchell. Louis is the lone senior on the team of seven returning players and six newcomers. Jackson, a junior, and Mitchell, a sophomore, are the team’s returning starters along with Louis.
“The season is upon us,” said Fargas at LSU’s weekly media session. “You never know with a team as young as we are how your new players are going to respond on the road. I hope they go back to the foundation of what our program is going to be built on and that’s being tough-nosed on the defensive end and making sure that we are clearing rebounds and converting on the offensive end with our transition game.
“We have some veterans that can set the tone and (the newcomers) are going to have to be eager followers and really take their lead as we play South Florida.”
The 2017-18 freshman class covers all five positions with redshirt freshman Faustine Aifuwa at center, Raven Farley at forward, Jailin Cherry and Dekeriya Patterson at guard and Khayla Pointer at the point. Aifuwa missed last season with an injury suffered during the 2016-17 preseason, while the other four were listed as the No. 19 signing class in the nation by ESPNW last November.
Louis, who was married over the summer to former LSU football student-athlete Lamar Louis, needs 32 assists during her senior campaign to become the fifth Lady Tiger with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 steals and 275 assists in a career. The defending SEC Defensive Player of the Year has 1,215 points, 557 rebounds, 231 steals and 243 assists.
Earlier this week, Louis was named to the inaugural Cheryl Miller Award Watch List, while Jackson was named to the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in collaboration with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has added four inaugural women’s college basketball awards. The Miller Award will recognize the top small forward in the women’s college game, while the Meyers Drysdale Award will honor the top shooting guard. The other new awards are the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award and Lisa Leslie Center Award. The Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award has been presented every year since 2000.
Patrick Wright will call the game on the LSU Radio Network this Sunday. Wright is in his 28th season as the “Voice of the Lady Tigers”. Fans can listen on 107.3 FM and audio broadcasts are available online at LSUSports.net/live.
Fans are reminded that the Geaux Clear Policy will be in effect for all LSU women’s basketball home games. An change to the policy is the inclusion of diaper bags. Diaper bags must be clear and no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. Backpacks, including drawstring/synch bags are strictly prohibited.
Fans with medically-necessary items will be allowed to enter the PMAC following a more thorough search at the designated inspection points. The lower level inspection will take place at the southeast corner entrance near the elevator and upper level inspection is available at the S concourse near the Ticket Office.
For other updates, information is available on LSUSports.net.
The following are ticket promotions for Nov. 12 against Southeastern Louisiana:
* Hometown Heroes – free ticket with a badge or military ID for military personnel and first responders, including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police and EMS. Guests of a hometown hero may purchase a $2.00 ticket.
* Super Fan Weekend – Fans who bring their LSU men’s basketball ticket stub from the Nov. 10 game or their LSU football ticket from Nov. 11 will receive a free ticket to the women’s game on Sunday.
* Kids Clinic – Participants in the Oct. 22 Kids Clinic will gain free admission with their flyer. Guests of the child may purchase a $2.00 ticket at the door.
* LSU Geaux Rewards Student Point Day – Sunday’s game will be the first Student Point Day of the women’s basketball season.
Fans can check out this season’s full schedule of LSU women’s basketball promotions and giveaways at LSUSports.net/promotions. The schedule is highlighted by the annual Gold Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, Pack the PMAC on Sunday, Jan. 28, and the annual Play4Kay Pink Game on Thursday, Feb. 15. The annual Alumni Day game will be held on Mardi Gras weekend, Sunday, Feb. 11.
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