No. 14 Women's Hoops Tangles with Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 14 LSU women’s basketball team finishes off its road two-game weekend swing and takes on No. 24 Vanderbilt in its third Top 25 meeting on the season Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium.
Sunday’s tip time is slated for 1 p.m., and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Network along with www.WatchESPN.com with Dave Baker and Christy Winters Scott serving as the broadcast team.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will carry the game on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio also will be available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, has the radio call.
Last time out, LSU (14-3, 3-1 SEC) reversed an early 10-point deficit and scored 45 of the game’s 73 points during the second half en route to an 87-68 victory over Missouri. The 87 points for the Lady Tigers was a season-high highlighted by a program single game record 13 three-pointers. All 10 players who saw action for LSU contributed a basket and an assist.
Jeanne Kenney has registered 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. She pumped in a career-best 30 points fueled by a career-high tying six triples during the Missouri game. It was one of eight 30-point performances in the SEC on the season and the first for a LSU player since Allison Hightower against Ole Miss during the 2009-10 season.
Theresa Plaisance, a Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 finalist, has racked up 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She has put together seven consecutive games in double figures and tallied 38 of her 65 points in SEC action during the second half. Her 15 points at Missouri enabled her to become the 31st member of LSU’s 1,000 points club. Plaisance’s has upped her average to 16.3 points per game during league games and ranks eighth on the SEC leaderboard.
Raigyne Moncrief and Danielle Ballard have chipped 10.8 points and 9.0 points per game, respectively. Moncrief has garnered a team-leading 2.1 steals per game, good enough for ninth place in the SEC rankings. Four of Ballard’s five double figure scoring efforts have come over her nine starts. She will look to bounce back from a season-low two points at Missouri.
DaShawn Harden continues to provide a spark off the bench for the Lady Tigers with 7.9 points per game. She has notched five-plus points in seven of her last eight outings and dished out a career-best four assists during the Missouri game.
Shanece McKinney has added 7.6 points, 4.2 rebound and 1.4 blocks per game. She has collected at least one block in 15 of LSU’s 17 games whereas her 106 career bocks are fifth-most in program history.
LSU has four additional players who have averaged double digit minutes per game. Last time out, Anne Pedersen worked her way to a career-high 13 points during the Missouri game. She made 4-of-6 from the floor and nailed all three of her attempts from three-point territory.
Vanderbilt (15-3, 4-1 SEC) has connected three straight wins and 12 of its last 13 since Thanksgiving. The Commodores are the SEC frontrunners with a 48.6 team field goal clip and 41.7 shooting clip from beyond the three-point line. Both feats are among the Top 5 in the nation.
In its last game, Vandy recently secured an 80-74 victory at Ole Miss behind the trio of Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister and Morgan Batey who accounted for 56 of the team’s 80 points. Foggie and Lister have exploded for 20.4 and 19.8 points per game, respectively, to rank second and third on the SEC’s scoring list. Lister is the reigning SEC, ESPNW and USBWA Player of the Week.
Vanderbilt holds a 24-17 advantage in the all-time series, but LSU has won the last two meetings. However, the Lady Tigers have only won three of the 15 all-time meetings between the two schools in Nashville. LSU’s last win at Memorial Gym came during the 2004-05 season.
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