BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's basketball team will face the second of three straight Louisiana teams as Grambling visits the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday.
All fans are urged to bring new toys to donate to "Toys for Tots" this holiday season. There will be six boxes stationed around the Maravich Center entrances where fans can drop toys off prior to entering the game. Any fan that brings at least one toy, will receive a special $2 ticket to the game redeemable at the PMAC box office on gameday.
"Santa Mike the Tiger" will once again be taking photos with kids prior to the game next to the fan zone. Doors to the arena open at 6 p.m.
Wednesday's contest will be televised live by CST (Cox Sports Television) with Lyn Rollins and Victor Howell handling the call. Patrick Wright will call the action on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Live streaming HD video is available to members of the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
The Lady Tigers (6-3) are coming off their second consecutive double-digit win after recording a wire-to-wire 77-55 win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday in Baton Rouge. Five different LSU players scored in double-figures - a first since Feb. 14, 2008 - led by 14 points from senior guard Bianca Lutley. Junior forward Shanece McKinney also had her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
"We are playing well with our post game," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "Theresa Plaisance has been solid for us. I like the play of Shanece McKinney as well. Our bench play has been very solid for us. Defensively, we have done a much better job closing out and keeping players in front of us. We have spent a lot of time working on boxing out."
Grambling (1-7) lost 96-60 at Florida State on Saturday night. The Tigers' only win of the year was a 64-63 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 1. Grambling is surrendering 79.1 points per game, while opponents have connected for 46.5 percent from the floor.
"They are a team that is going to get after us in their 1-3-1 defense," said Caldwell. "They do a good job of trying to disrupt guard play. They are also good in transition, so we will have to watch that defensively. They like to isolate people one-on-one. It will once again have to be a team effort on our end."
LSU, meanwhile, has fared much better defensively, holding its last two opponents below 33 percent shooting. The Lady Tigers have also racked up a combined 19 steals and 19 blocks in wins over East Tennessee State and Louisiana Tech.
Theresa Plaisance is one of four LSU player averaging double-figures through nine games. Plaisance is second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring with 17.7 points per game. She is fifth in the league in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game and eighth in the nation in blocks per contest with 3.4.
Senior guard Adrienne Webb, who is posting 13.3 points per game, is seven points shy of becoming the 30th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Freshman Danielle Ballard is third on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per contest, while Jeanne Kenney leads the squad in assists with 39 on the year.
LSU is 3-0 all-time against Grambling, including a 62-47 win in Baton Rouge on Dec. 22 of last season.