BATON ROUGE -- Over 4,000 East Baton Rouge Parish school children will be in attendance as the 13th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team recognizes education in the community with a special 11:30 a.m. Tuesday tipoff against Indiana State in the Maravich Center.
Doors for the student field trip day open at 10 a.m. Admission for parents is $2, while admission for LSU students is free.
“Our team is excited about the opportunity to play in front of our community’s kids tomorrow,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “I hope we put on an entertaining show for them. As a parent, I think it’s always important to reach out to kids because they are our future. Our team has been very involved in promoting education and we will continue to do so.”
The contest will be carried on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. Live streaming HD video is available to Geaux Zone members as well. Follow in-game updates via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
After claiming the Barclays Invitational in Brooklyn with wins over Rutgers and Michigan, LSU (6-1) moved up two spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press rankings. The Lady Tigers never trailed in the second half against the Scarlet Knights in a 69-65 victory. LSU rallied past Michigan in Saturday’s championship game, overcoming an eight-point deficit to post a 64-62 win.
Indiana State (3-2) edged Marshall, 68-67, in its last game on Nov. 24. That victory halted a two-game losing streak after losses to Indiana and at Stetson. The Sycamores and Lady Tigers will be meeting for the first time ever in women’s basketball on Tuesday.
“They can spread you,” said Caldwell. “They look to really run different action against your zone. They’re going to have ball patience. They’re going to screen. They’re going to do really nice things. We’ve got to be ready to focus in on our defense and not overextending when we don’t have to. Obviously, controlling the boards is going to be key.”
Freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief is leading LSU in scoring and second among all Southeastern Conference freshmen with 13.4 points per game. Moncrief, the Barclays Invitational Most Outstanding Player, was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 20.0 points in the two games with 11 steals.
Senior center Shanece McKinney had an excellent tournament with back-to-back double-digit scoring games. McKinney had 13 points and eight rebounds in the comeback win over Michigan. She ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.0 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Theresa Plaisance is second on the squad in scoring (12.4 ppg) and tops in rebounding (6.6 rpg). As a team, LSU has utilized its quickness to force opponents into 20.3 turnovers per game.
Tuesday’s contest will be the final one for the Lady Tigers until Dec. 15 at Arkansas-Little Rock. The team will break for final exams.