Lady Tigers Close January Slate at Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - A month of five out of seven games played on the road comes to a close for the LSU women's basketball team as the Lady Tigers seek to claim their first Southeastern Conference road win of the season at Auburn at 6 p.m. CT Thursday in Auburn Arena.
The game will not be televised but can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge or online at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
Thursday's contest has important stakes for LSU, who looks to get back to .500 in SEC play before a huge homestand that will feature three games against ranked teams in seven days. The Lady Tigers, 12-8 overall and 3-4 in conference, are in sole possession of seventh place in the league at the halfway point of the schedule.
"We have to understand, again, that it is a 40-minute basketball game," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "We have to take care of the basketball. They do a good job of extending their pressure. We can't allow them to get tipped balls, which lead to lay-ups because they are very good in transition. We have the have the mentality to bounce back after the loss at Kentucky. If everyone improves in one area of their game, it will help our chances."
Auburn (13-7, 2-4) is a game back of LSU in a five-way tie for eighth place. The Tigers have dropped four SEC games in a row, including contests to Top 25 teams Texas A&M, Tennessee and Kentucky. Auburn has fared well at home this season under new coach Terri Williams-Flournoy with a 9-1 record in Auburn Arena. They did not play Sunday.
Caldwell and Williams-Flournoy faced off last season when the Lady Tigers beat Georgetown, 51-40, in Caldwell's first LSU home game. Williams-Flournoy joined Auburn prior to this season.
LSU was within two possessions of No. 4 Kentucky in the final two minutes before falling 73-60 last Sunday in Lexington. Theresa Plaisance poured in a game-high 19 points and raised her SEC-best scoring average to 18.3 points per game. Plaisance is aiming to become the first Lady Tiger to record 20 consecutive double-figure scoring games since Sylvia Fowles.
Adrienne Webb has combined for 70 points in her last four games and she is up to 13.6 points per game. Jeanne Kenney continues to rank among the SEC's best in assist-to-turnover ratio with 30 assists and only 10 turnovers in conference play.
Auburn features the SEC leader in assists in Najat Ouardad, who is averaging 6.8 assists per game. Hasina Muhammad leads the squad with 16.5 points per game.
Auburn leads the all-time series with LSU, 29-17, but the Lady Tigers have won the last two meetings. This is just LSU's second appearance in Arena Arena and first since Jan. 16, 2011.
"We have been able to be in each one of those road games," said Caldwell. "There have been possessions where we needed to get defensive stops in and we didn't. We didn't capitalize. We have to make a conscious effort to be tougher on the boards."