Women's Basketball
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No. 23 Lady Tigers to Host Vandy in Pink Zone Game
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Published: February 17, 2010, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: February 18, 2010, 10:37 AM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID
BATON ROUGE - The 23rd-ranked LSU women's basketball team plays three out of its last four games of the regular season at home and that stretch run begins at 7 p.m. CT Thursday when the Lady Tigers host No. 20 Vanderbilt in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association "Pink Zone Game" at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net South/Southwest with Dave Neal and Debbie Antonelli handling the call. Live audio is available to members of the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net and on the LSU Sports Radio Network at 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.

Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink as the LSU Athletics Department will recognize local breast cancer survivors in a special halftime "Parade of Survivors." Pink pom-poms will be distributed to the first 1,500 people in attendance.

Donations will be accepted at the game benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Donors may pledge a chosen amount for each point scored by the Lady Tigers or they can donate a flat amount that they see fit. There will be four donation locations on the concourse of the Maravich Center.

Admission for LSU students is free of charge with a valid LSU ID. LSU women's basketball will donate $1 to Baton Rouge area cancer research for each LSU student in attendance on Thursday. Students are reminded that it is a student-point game.

LSU associate head coach Bob Starkey also announced that he and his wife Sherie, a breast cancer survivor, will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every LSU student in attendance at Thursday's game.

Tickets are on sale and cost $10 for lower and prime middle seating, $8 for middle seating, $6 for upper seating and $3 for youth tickets. The "Friends & Family Four Pack" allows families four tickets, four hot dogs and four fountain drinks starting at $30. Group tickets start at $2.

"This event is a big deal to us," Chancellor said. "So many people have gone through it and it is important to recognize breast cancer awareness. We want everyone to come out and support the cause and wear pink."

LSU (17-7, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) is coming off two lopsided SEC road wins last week at Florida and Auburn. The Lady Tigers amassed a 17-0 first-half run to put away Auburn early en route to a 75-51 victory on Sunday. Allison Hightower led all scorers with 29 points, including 24 in the first half.

Hightower's 24 points in the first half at Auburn were the most in a half by an LSU player in an SEC game since Cornelia Gayden scored 26 points in the second half at South Carolina on Jan. 14, 1995.

In her past six games, Hightower has averaged 25.5 points, five 20-plus point games and she has combined for 20 three-pointers and 11 steals during that span. Her 18.5 points per game average is on pace to be the highest since Seimone Augustus posted 22.7 points during her National Player of the Year senior season of 2005-06.

LSU has also gotten great play from Destini Hughes, who entered the starting lineup at point guard against Ole Miss on Feb. 7. Hughes has dished out eight assists and more importantly committed only one turnover in each contest during the three-game stretch. The sophomore has been outstanding defensively.

Vanderbilt (18-7, 7-5) has won four of its last five games, including a 68-55 win over a red-hot Kentucky team on Sunday in Nashville. The Commodores sit alone in fourth place in the league standings. The top four teams earn a first round bye in the SEC Tournament that begins on March 4 in Duluth, Ga. LSU is tied with Ole Miss and Florida for sixth place.

"Vandy is so tough in that they play the best matchup-zone in the whole country," Chancellor said. "They give you fits. We are going to have to find a way to score. They are a team that we have always had trouble with, even during the Sylvia Fowles' days. They don't make many mistakes and they are very well coaches."

LSU has lost three straight home games, and the Lady Tigers have dropped four out of their last five against Vanderbilt. The Commodores lead the all-time series, 21-14, and beat LSU twice last season. LSU, however, has won two in a row over Vanderbilt in the Maravich Center. The Commodores last win in Baton Rouge came in 2004 by a score of 61-55.

"We have to keep the momentum going," Chancellor added. "I've been so disappointed for our fans because we've lost three in a row at home. We have to win a big game at home. We've played great basketball on the road, all the way back to Xavier. We've won five SEC road games."

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The window set aside for this year's initiative is February 12-21. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation.

 

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