BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball program unveiled its 2014-15 schedule Friday which includes a marquee nonconference home tilt against Rutgers coupled with four SEC home matchups versus 2014 NCAA Tournament teams at the Maravich Center.
In total, LSU will play 15 games inside the Maravich Center where the Lady Tigers have compiled an impressive 40-11 mark during the last three seasons under the direction of head coach Nikki Caldwell.
The Lady Tigers also learned that 12 of their 16 SEC contests will be televised which includes five appearances on the ESPN family of networks and five appearances on the newly formed SEC Network. LSU also will appear twice on Fox Sports Network.
LSU is accepting $20 season ticket deposits online at http://www.LSUtix.net/. The $20 deposit will go toward the purchase of a season ticket or mini-plan for the 2014-15 season. Renewals for current season ticket holders also are available through the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.
“Our schedule will present us with a mix of challenges and quality opponents from our opening game all the way through the final SEC game,” Caldwell said. “Our nonconference schedule will prepare us and provide us outstanding balance against the variety of styles of play we will see in order to be successful in the SEC, the toughest conference in the country.”
After a pair of exhibition matchups against Loyola New Orleans (Nov. 5) and Mississippi College (Nov. 9), LSU opens the regular season with five straight home games over a nine-day stretch.
The Lady Tigers square off with Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 14), Sam Houston State (Nov. 15), Jackson State (Nov. 17), Tulane (Nov. 19) and Rutgers (Nov. 22). LSU picked up a 69-65 victory over Rutgers behind Raigyne Moncrief’s season-high 27 points at last season’s Barclays Invitational.
The Lady Tigers hit the road for the first time in 2014-15 and travel to the Hardwood Tournament of Hope held on Nov. 25-27 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The three-day tournament features Kansas State, Santa Clara and UTEP.
LSU welcomes in-state foes Louisiana Tech (Dec. 3) and Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 14) to the Maravich Center before road matchups with Long Beach State (Dec. 16) and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 19). The California road swing will allow senior Sheila Boykin to play in her home state.
The Lady Tigers wrap up nonconference action at the Miami Holiday Tournament where LSU faces off against UNC Greensboro (Dec. 28) and will either meet host Miami or Florida A&M (Dec. 29) on the second day of the event.
LSU’s 16-game SEC slate has home-and-home series against defending SEC champion South Carolina (Jan. 4 – Home; Feb. 12 – Away) along with NCAA Elite 8 qualifier Texas A&M (Jan. 11 – Away; March 1 – Home) and Ole Miss (Jan. 29 – Home; Feb. 26 – Away).
With the remaining 10 teams, the Lady Tigers have home meetings with Vanderbilt (Jan. 8), Kentucky (Jan. 18), Missouri (Feb. 2), Alabama (Feb. 8) and Georgia (Feb. 19) in addition to road matchups versus Mississippi State (Jan. 15), Tennessee (Jan. 22), Auburn (Feb. 5) and Arkansas (Feb. 22).
The 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Verizon Arena and North Little Rock, Arkansas for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The five-day event includes all 14 teams and finishes up with the championship game on Sunday, March 8.
LSU has secured three consecutive 20-plus win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by back-to-back Sweet 16 trips under Caldwell.
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