Women's Basketball Looks for Road Win at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The LSU women's basketball team seeks an important Southeastern Conference road win as the Lady Tigers travel to face Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT Thursday in Bud Walton Arena.
The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net/live. Geaux Zone members can also watch live streaming video of the contest via ArkansasRazorbacks.com at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available at Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
LSU (10-5) is one of six teams with a 1-1 SEC record after dropping a 77-72 contest at Florida last Sunday. The Lady Tigers are aiming to break a two-game road losing streak. Arkansas (12-3) meanwhile has lost its first two SEC games after going through pre-conference play with a 12-1 mark. The Razorbacks entered SEC play ranked in both polls but dropped out after losing at Auburn and most recently at home to Texas A&M.
Striving to be better defensively on the road is something head coach Nikki Caldwell and the Lady Tigers have worked on. LSU practiced Tuesday in Baton Rouge and then again Wednesday in Fayetteville, spending the majority of the time on the defensive end.
"When you play on the road, it comes down to your defense and board play," said Caldwell. "We are very capable. We have players playing their true positions, and we have a go-to player on the inside in Theresa Plaisance."
Offensively, LSU is enjoying its most prolific season since 2002-03 by putting up 75.3 points per game, which ranks third in the SEC. The Lady Tigers have produced eight consecutive games of 70 or more points, while four starters have recorded double-digits in both SEC contests.
The inside-outside combination of Theresa Plaisance and Danielle Ballard continue to lead the way in production. Plaisance is the SEC's leading scorer with 18.1 points per game. Ballard leads all SEC freshmen in scoring and is seventh overall with 15.2 points per contest. Ballard's five 20-point games this season are the most by an LSU freshman since Seimone Augustus had nine during the 2002-03 season.
"You knew she (Ballard) was a competitor and she could score the ball in different ways," said Caldwell. "She's emerged as a leader and is learning how to run a team. She's done a tremendous job. As we all know, one of the hardest positions to make the transition from high school to college is point guard. She's taken that responsibility."
Junior guard Jeanne Kenney has done an outstanding job in distributing the basketball. Kenney ranks seventh in the league in assists per game with 4.4, and she has combined for 10 assists and only one turnover in SEC play.
Arkansas has struggled offensively in its first two SEC games, failing to score over 51 points. The Razorbacks feature three double-figure scorers led by Sarah Watkins, who is averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
LSU leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 29-12, including a 12-7 mark in Fayetteville. The Lady Tigers posted a 2-1 record last season against the Razorbacks. Adrienne Webb fired in a game-winning three to cap a remarkable 8-0 run in the final two minutes as LSU stunned Arkansas, 41-40, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville.