OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 15 LSU women’s basketball team continues a stretch of four consecutive SEC road weekends and takes on Ole Miss for a Sunday matinee at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Sunday’s tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the game will be carried on SEC-TV along with http://www.watchespn.com/. In Baton Rouge, the telecast can be found courtesy of WBXH (Channel 16 on Cox Cable).
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 (15-4, 4-2 SEC) emerged with a 71-60 victory over Auburn to remain in a fourth-place tie in the SEC standings. The Lady Tigers busted open a 41-41 tie with 19 of the next 23 points over an eight-minute stretch. LSU’s defense limited Auburn one field goal and forced them into seven turnovers.
LSU had four players post double figures led by Theresa Plaisance’s season-high tying 19 points. Raigyne Moncrief (15 points), Jeanne Kenney (12 points) and Shanece McKinney (11 points) also reached double digit points. It marked the first time since LSU’s season-opening victory over Stephen F. Austin that the Lady Tigers had four players amass 10-plus points in the same game.
“Jeanne knocking down a couple of shots got us into a rhythm,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “I thought Raigyne’s midrange jump shot and her explosiveness to the basket allowed us to get some transition layups. That was a positive. Theresa settled in and did some nice things on the low block.”
Plaisance has provided a team-leading 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She has pumped in nine straight games of 10-plus points and recently became LSU’s 18th member of the 1,000 points and 500 rebounds club during the Auburn victory. In SEC play, Plaisance has tallied 60 of her 100 points during the second half.
The 15 points for Moncrief against Auburn was her highest scoring output since a 22-point performance against Indiana State on December 3. She ended a run of six consecutive games without double figures. Moncrief’s 10.9 points per game are fourth-highest among SEC freshmen. On the defensive end, Moncrief has secured 1.9 steal per game which is ninth in the SEC rankings.
Kenney heads into the Ole Miss game averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Her next three-pointer will be her 110th career triple and allow her to move past Allison Hightower into eighth place on LSU’s all-time list. Kenney’s 43.0 three-point field goal percentage is second in the SEC and 29th nationally.
LSU has won all six games when McKinney has registered 10-plus point this season. She came away with 11 points aided by a season’s best five free throws versus Auburn. McKinney’s 1.4 blocks per game are tied for seventh among the SEC leaders. She has collected a block in 16 of her 19 appearances highlighted by multiple blocks seven times.
Even though Danielle Ballard was held scoreless against Auburn, Ballard corralled five rebounds and handed out three assists. She has tallied 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game over her previous two SEC Sunday outings. For the season, Ballard has posted a solid 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assist per game.
LSU’s bench has produced an average 23.7 points per game. Over the last seven games, DaShawn Harden has accounted for 44.7 percent of the team’s bench points. Rina Hill netted six points on a flawless 3-for-3 from the floor during the Auburn game.
Ole Miss (10-10, 1-5 SEC) put a five-game losing streak in the rearview mirror with an 87-85 overtime triumph over Mississippi State on Thursday. Tia Faleru racked up 29 points and 15 rebounds, while Valencia McFarland tacked on 27 points and 12 assists.
McFarland’s season averages are 16.8 points, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. All three feats are ranked among the SEC’s Top 6. The 27-point performance during the Mississippi State was her third straight effort of 20-plus points. Faleru has chipped in 16.3 points per game and collected a SEC-leading 9.7 rebounds per game en route to a SEC-high 10 double-doubles on the season.
LSU has garnered a 29-21 all-time series advantage on the strength of 19 wins over the last 22 meetings dating back to the 1999-2000 season. The Lady Tigers worked their way to an 84-79 victory over Ole Miss in their SEC opener last season. Ballard compiled 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace LSU.
“Ole Miss is a team that just got its first SEC victory,” Caldwell said. “With that being said, it only takes one to get you going. We have to be very disciplined on the road. I felt like our last road trip we were 1-1, but I didn’t feel like we were as disciplined as we should have been on the defensive end. Ole Miss is the same team that took Baylor to the wire so they’re very capable. We’ve got to understand that and respect it. We have to go in and stick to our game plan and execute it.”
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