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Lady Tigers Face Road Test at No. 18 South Carolina
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Published: January 16, 2013, 08:30 PM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The LSU women's basketball team seeks to snap a three-game road losing streak as the Lady Tigers face the Southeastern Conference's top scoring defense in 18th-ranked South Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Thursday in Carolina Coliseum.

Thursday's game is being played in Carolina Coliseum instead of Colonial Life Arena, the Gamecocks' normal home venue. There is a concert scheduled for Colonial Life Arena on Thursday evening.

The game will not be televised. Fans can listen to it on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Geaux Zone members can listen to live audio on www.LSUsports.net/GeauxZone. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.

LSU (11-6, 2-2 SEC) is coming off its best defensive performance of the year in holding Mississippi State to 42 points in a 62-42 win in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Adrienne Webb led the way with a career-high 28 points and that raised her scoring average to 13.6 points per game. Webb is up to 25th in LSU career scoring with 1,104 points.

Junior forward Theresa Plaisance is LSU's leading scorer and rebounder with 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

South Carolina (14-3, 2-2), ranked 18th in the USA Today Coaches poll and 19th in the Associated Press poll, suffered a tough 42-40 loss to Georgia on Sunday. The Gamecocks have played well at home, posting an 8-2 record on the year with their only losses to Stanford and Tennessee.

"In order to be a contender in the SEC, we have got to win on the road," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "It starts with our mindset and attitude when we get away from our home court and Baton Rouge. If we execute our game plan, we can be successful."

Defensively, there has been no one better in the conference to date as South Carolina surrenders only 47.1 points per game, which ranks third nationally. Five of the Gamecocks' last six opponents have failed to score over 50 points.

"South Carolina is a very intense team," said Caldwell. "They get after the basketball. They deny passes and try to get deflection steals. It was a battle when we played them last year. I know it will be another battle on Thursday."

LSU leads the all-time series with the Gamecocks, 22-4, including a 10-2 mark in Columbia. The Lady Tigers have won the last two meetings in the series. LSU beat then-No. 24 South Carolina, 58-48, in the only meeting between the two teams last season. 

 

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