Surging Lady Tigers to Host No. 7 Kentucky
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU women's basketball team, winners of three consecutive games, seeks to improve its postseason resume as the Lady Tigers host the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The game will not be televised but can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
Arena doors open at 1 p.m. and tickets will be available at the Maravich Center box office.
The Lady Tigers (16-10, 7-6 SEC) are facing a quick turnaround after coming a 78-74 overtime win at Missouri on Friday afternoon in a game that was postponed from a snow storm. LSU flew back to Baton Rouge Friday evening and had a short practice on Saturday morning.
"We have to be selective on the offensive end," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "Kentucky does a good job speeding you up. They disrupt offense with their defensive pressure. We have to be diligent in our screening. Their guards bring so much pressure. Everybody will have to take responsibility tomorrow. It's a big opportunity for us in front of a big crowd."
Three games remain in the Southeastern Conference regular season. LSU has maintained sixth place, but a win on Sunday could be yet another resume builder for the Lady Tigers. Kentucky (23-3, 11-2) is in second place in the league standings, just one game back of SEC leader Tennessee, as the Wildcats seek to repeat as regular season champions.
Kentucky has won four in a row, including a huge 70-66 road win at No. 10 Texas A&M on Monday night in College Station. Senior guard A'dia Mathies is averaging 18.1 points per game in SEC play, while junior forward DeNesha Stallworth is putting up 12.8 points per contest. Stallworth blocked a school-record seven shots against the Aggies.
LSU will be short-handed on Sunday once again after sophomore Sheila Boykin was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome earlier this week. However, the Lady Tigers have proved that despite their depth, they have found ways to win. LSU is controlling the boards having out-rebounded six consecutive opponents.
Theresa Plaisance ranks second in the SEC in scoring with 17.7 points per game, and she upped her average after scoring a game-high 21 points at Missouri. Adrienne Webb has combined for 46 points in her last three games and has improved her scoring average to 14.1.
Junior guard Jeanne Kenney has accounted for a team-best 113 assists, while Danielle Ballard stands just seven steals away from tying the LSU freshman record for steals. Ballard leads the SEC with 79 steals.
The two teams met earlier this season as LSU gave Kentucky all it could handle in Lexington before the Wildcats pulled away for a 73-60 win. The Lady Tigers cut the game to two possessions in the final two minutes, but UK used its depth and bench to pull away.
LSU leads the all-time series with Kentucky, 30-11, including a 12-3 mark against the Wildcats in Baton Rouge.