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Lady Tigers Look to Stay Hot at Florida Gulf Coast
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Published: December 27, 2012, 09:32 PM (CT)
Updated: December 27, 2012, 09:35 PM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After scoring over 75 points in four consecutive games for the first time since 2006, the LSU women's basketball team seeks to continue its recent offensive success as the Lady Tigers return from the Christmas break with a non-conference game at Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. CT Friday in Alico Arena.

The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Members of the Geaux Zone can listen to it live streamed on www.LSUsports.net/live. The tipoff show begins at 5:30 p.m. CT with Patrick Wright handling the call.

In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb. Live statistics are available at www.LSUsports.net.

LSU (8-3) is returning to action since overcoming an 11-point second-half deficit to post an 82-75 win over McNeese State last Friday in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers are on a season-best four-game winning streak, averaging 81.2 points per game during the run. LSU has produced four straight games of 75 or more points for the first time since conference play in late January, early February 2006.

Florida Gulf Coast (6-5) lost its first home game of the season with a 60-53 setback to Central Florida on Dec. 22. The Eagles, pre-season favorites in the Atlantic Sun Conference, are holding opponents to 57.5 points per game and are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation, connecting for 7.8 per contest.

FGCU owns one of the nation's toughest home court advantages, compiling a 153-11 all-time record in "The Nest." The UCF loss on Dec. 22 snapped a 16-game home winning streak for the Eagles, which ranked ninth nationally. FGCU went 26-3 last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

"This is a team where half of their shot attempts are coming from the three-point line," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "They will put the ball up. They have kids that can shoot and make the basketball. They are a very disciplined team. They are well coached and play well together as a team. When one player is looking to penetrate, she is searching to make that extra pass. They are a very, very good offensive team and very good at home."

LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance continues to lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring with 18.0 points per game. She also ranks among the top 10 nationally in blocks with 37 on the year.

Danielle Ballard is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. Ballard has produced back-to-back 21-point games, becoming the first LSU freshman to do that since Seimone Augustus in 2003. Ballard is second in the league among all freshmen scorers with 13.9 points per contest.

LSU and Florida Gulf Coast are meeting for the first time. The Lady Tigers are 7-0 all-time against Atlantic Sun Conference competition. LSU defeated East Tennessee State, an Atlantic Sun opponent, earlier this season by a score of 76-42.

 

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