BATON ROUGE – LSU women’s basketball seniors Adrienne Webb and Bianca Lutley put the finishing touches on a season of excellence just months after playing a pivotal part of a Lady Tiger team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.
In the same building where they played their final home game and led LSU to one of the most remarkable wins in school history over Penn State, both Webb and Lutley received their college diplomas in spring commencement ceremonies on Friday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Webb graduated in sports administration, while Lutley received her degree in general studies. All seven seniors who have played for head coach Nikki Caldwell at LSU are now collegiate graduates.
“Nothing makes a coach prouder than seeing our players graduate,” said Caldwell. “This is what it is all about. It’s about giving your players the tools to succeed and putting them in position to be successful following college. Adrienne and Bianca have meant so much to this program. They helped put LSU back on the map and they are leaving here as graduates.”
Webb, a native of Madison, Ala., concluded her career as the 17th all-time leading scorer in LSU history with 1,370 points, and she was fifth in career made threes with 168. Webb averaged 19.7 points per game during NCAA Tournament play this season that saw the Lady Tigers defeat back-to-back ranked opponents en route to the Sweet 16 in Spokane, Wash.
Webb walked across stage in the same building where she poured in a career-high 29 points in a 71-66 triumph over Penn State on March 26.
“It’s exciting to finally get my degree,” said Webb. “Leaving this wonderful school will be the hardest part. I have made great friends and family. It’s an opportunity I would never trade. I urge all future Lady Tigers to take advantage of every opportunity you have here because it is an incredible place.”
Lutley averaged double-figures for the first time in her career during her career-best senior season with 10.2 points per game. She will seek to continue her career overseas.
“This means a lot to me,” said Lutley. “I have come a long way. I still believed in myself. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I am sure it is something that years from now I will look back on and be proud.”