Lady Tigers Take Winning Streak to Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The LSU women's basketball team, riding a season-best five-game winning streak, closes the regular season at No. 13 Texas A&M in the second meeting between the two teams this season at 1 p.m. CT Sunday in Reed Arena.
The game will be televised live on the SEC Network (cable channel 16), ESPN3.com and on the Watch ESPN App via tablets. The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the action on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
An LSU win or a Vanderbilt loss at Georgia on Sunday would give the Lady Tigers the No. 6 seed in next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament in Duluth, Ga. The No. 6 seed plays the No. 11 seed at 7:30 p.m. CT Thursday. An LSU loss and a Vanderbilt win would make the Lady Tigers the No. 7 seed, which plays the No. 10 seed at 5 p.m. CT Thursday.
The Aggies (21-8, 11-4 SEC) won the first meeting between the two teams by a score of 74-57 on Feb. 4 in Baton Rouge. LSU (18-10, 9-6) is seeking at least 10 wins in SEC play for the ninth time in 11 seasons and the second consecutive year under head coach Nikki Caldwell.
"We definitely aren't the same team we were a month ago," said Caldwell. "We are a much better team. We have had some big wins since then. Our shot selection wasn't great when we last faced A&M. Our turnovers led to easy baskets and our low-post defense led to easy baskets for Kelsey Bone. We have to be much better in those areas."
During the current five-game winning streak, LSU is out-rebounding opponents by a margin of +8.2 and getting to the free throw line at an astounding pace. The Lady Tigers have converted 95-of-120 from the line and attempted at least 20 free throws in three straight games.
Theresa Plaisance is averaging 16.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during the streak, and she is second overall in the SEC in scoring with 17.6 points per contest for the year. Plaisance has produced two straight double-doubles and double-figure scoring in 27 consecutive games.
Freshman Danielle Ballard, who shattered the LSU freshman single-season record for steals on Thursday, is coming off a double-double against Alabama. Ballard has tallied 87 total steals on the year, which is fourth in LSU single-season annals and six shy of tying the LSU single-season record held by Marie Ferdinand.
Adrienne Webb poured in a game-high 21 points in the Alabama win, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. In SEC play, Webb is leading the SEC in free throw shooting percentage, having connected for 43-of-51 for 84.3 percent.
Texas A&M, who has lost two in a row, is led by All-America candidate Kelsey Bone. Bone scored 21 points in the first meeting, and she is putting up 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Freshman Courtney Walker is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per contest.
Sunday's game is the first meeting between the two teams in College Station since Dec. 20, 1994.