No. 19 Women's Hoops Plays Host to Arkansas
BATON ROUGE – The No. 19 LSU women’s basketball team looks to snap a season’s long three-game losing streak as Arkansas visits the Maravich Center for a Sunday matinee on Alumnae Day.
Sunday’s tip time is on-tap for 1 p.m., and the game will be carried by Cox Sports Television. The LSU Sports Radio Network also will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, will have the radio call.
Tickets for Sunday’s contest are on-sale at http://www.lsutix.net/ and can be purchased at the Maravich Center Box Office on gameday starting as low as $2.
At halftime, LSU will honor approximately 20 of its Alumnae who are scheduled to be in attendance which includes four members of the program’s 1,000-point club in April Brown, LeNette Caldwell, Cornelia Gayden and Julie Gross. The first 750 fans will receive LSU women’s basketball slap bands. Postgame, the entire 2013-14 team will participate in an autograph session on the main concourse.
LSU (18-8, 7-6 SEC) heads into Sunday’s action in a fourth place tie with Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the SEC standings. Last time out, the Lady Tigers nearly wiped away an 18-point first half deficit behind Theresa Plaisance’s career-high 29 points but dropped a 71-67 decision to Georgia.
“We have three more regular season games to go, and we’ve got to really look at how we want to finish out,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We need to finish it on a great note to have that momentum going into the SEC Tournament and NCAA postseason play.”
For the season, Plaisance has pumped in a team-leading 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has upped her scoring average to 17.2 points per game in SEC action which is tied for fourth on the league leaderboard. The New Orleans native amassed her 29 points at Georgia on a career-best 12 field goals and a 9-of-11 mark during the second half. Plaisance has registered double figures in 16 straight games.
Raigyne Moncrief has added 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. The 11.2 points per game are fourth among SEC freshmen. She has registered 10-plus points in five of her last eight outings highlighted by a SEC season’s best 19 points and Kentucky on Feb. 2.
Jeanne Kenney has lived from beyond the three-point line in SEC play. She has knocked down 30 of her 47 field goals from triple territory during her 13 SEC outings. Kenney has distributed a team-leading 3.6 assists per game which are tied for 10th in the SEC. She has come away with double figures in three of her last four appearances and five of her six buckets were treys en route to 17 points at Georgia.
Danielle Ballard has chipped in 9.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She has tallied three straight games in double figures for the first time all season. On SEC Sunday’s, Ballard has produced 13.5 points per game over the six-game stretch and racked up a pair of 20-plus efforts.
LSU’s bench has posted 15.0 points per game during its seven SEC victories compared to 8.8 points per game in the team’s six SEC setbacks. DaShawn Harden has secured 48.0 percent of LSU’s bench points over the last 14 games.
“I saw fight in this group during the second half of the Georgia game,” Caldwell said. “I saw that we could make adjustments and play strong defensively at times. We’re going to still keep trying to find minutes and find the right rotations within our bench.”
LSU has compiled a 29-13 series advantage, but Arkansas has won four of the last six meetings between the two teams over the last three seasons. The Razorbacks protected their home court with a 63-54 victory during last season’s lone meeting.
Arkansas (17-9, 4-9 SEC) has split its last four games, but fell 56-50 to Vanderbilt on Thursday. Jessica Jackson is the only player to average in double figures and has racked up 16.3 points per game to lead all SEC freshmen. The three-time SEC Freshman of the Week also has secured 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists per game. Keira Peak and McKenzie Adams have tacked on 9.9 and 9.5 points per game.
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