BATON ROUGE - In an effort to reach 3,000 season ticket holders for the upcoming 2011-12 LSU women's basketball season, the LSU Athletic Department has announced a rewards campaign where season ticket holders will receive a special item each time a certain amount of season tickets are sold.
Since the arrival of new coach Nikki Caldwell, there has been a boost in season ticket sales for the Lady Tigers. Caldwell, a two-time national champion assistant coach at Tennessee and former head coach at UCLA, signed the nation's No. 10 recruiting class for LSU earlier this summer.
The interest of the program continued to rise when over 1,100 fans turned out for the inaugural "Lady Tiger Lagniappe" in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center where fans got a chance to meet Caldwell, the staff and the team in person.
The LSU Marketing and Promotions department conducted a survey this summer to gauge the interest of a season ticket rewards program and the response was overwhelming.
Two tiers of season ticket sales have been established for the rewards. Once the Lady Tigers sell 2,500 season tickets for the upcoming season, all season ticket accounts will receive an LSU blanket. If LSU reaches the goal of 3,000 season ticket sales, all season ticket accounts will receive a Sylvia Fowles LSU replica jersey.
"Our goal is to make the PMAC the most intimidating place to play in America," said Caldwell. "We have invigorated excitement back into the program and we want everyone in the community to jump on board. This will be a team that runs the floor, defends 94 feet and is exciting to watch."
LSU returns 10 letterwinners and welcomes three newcomers to the roster. All-Southeastern Conference players LaSondra Barrett and Adrienne Webb will anchor an LSU team that has been ranked 20th in an early preseason poll by Charlie Crème of ESPN.com.
Caldwell has also brought in freshman forward Krystal Forthan, ranked the fourth-best high school prospect in the nation by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. The roster is bolstered by the addition of freshman guard Anne Pedersen of Denmark and freshman forward Sheila Boykin. Boykin, a Los Angeles native, comes to the Lady Tigers as the nation's 27th-ranked player by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.
LSU will open its home schedule against nationally-ranked Georgetown on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Maravich Center. The entire 2011-12 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 LSU women's basketball season are on sale starting as low as $50. Season tickets can be ordered online at www.LSUsports.net/wbbtix or by calling the LSU Athletic Ticket Office at 225-578-2184.