BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's basketball team looks to break a two-game losing streak as the Lady Tigers kick off the Southeastern Conference's "We Back Pat" Week initiative against Mississippi State at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free set of 2013 LSU Lady Tiger trading cards. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth, ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Maravich Center box office on gameday. Doors to the Maravich Center open at 1 p.m. There will also be an autograph session with the team on the concourse following the game.
Sunday's contest will be broadcast by CST (Cox Sports Television) on HD channel 1037 in Baton Rouge. Lyn Rollins (play-by-play) and Victor Howell (analyst) will call the action. Patrick Wright and Jeff Palermo will call the contest on the LSU Sports Radio Network, which can be heard on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Members of the Geaux Zone can watch live streaming HD video at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
"We Back Pat" Week is a week-long joint effort of the 14 SEC teams focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer's disease. The Lady Tigers will wear special "We Back" Pat week shooting shirts in pre-game warm-ups.
The Lady Tigers (10-6, 1-2) battled back from a 14-point deficit but fell to Arkansas, 63-54, on Thursday night in Fayetteville. LSU is one of three teams sitting at 1-2 in the league, while Mississippi State (8-8, 0-3) has dropped three straight games to start SEC play, including a 61-55 loss to Florida on Thursday.
"We have talked about staying disciplined to the game plan," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "I thought some of our fouls really cost us at Arkansas. Mississippi State has guards that will get after us. They are really going to try to pressure the basketball. We have to take care of the basketball."
LSU boasts the SEC's fifth-highest scoring offense with 73.9 points per game, while the Lady Bulldogs are last out of 14 teams in scoring offense with just over 59.2 points per contest. The Lady Tigers have also shot the ball particularly well, ranking third in the league at 44.6 percent shooting.
After pouring in 22 points for her seventh 20-plus point game of the season, junior forward Theresa Plaisance is back atop the SEC as the league's leading scorer with 18.3 points per game. She's also eighth in field goal percentage (46.8), first in blocks (3.1) and ninth in rebounding (7.9 rpg).
Kendra Grant is one of two Mississippi State averaging double-figures with 13.1 points per game. The Lady Bulldogs have played five games away from Starkville this season and have lost all five.
LSU leads the all-time series with Mississippi State, 43-6, including an impressive 21-1 mark in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers have won five in a row in the series dating back to 2009.