BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's basketball team closes its three-game homestand against No. 9 Georgia as the Lady Tigers recognize breast cancer awareness with the annual "Pink Game" at 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday in a contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive free LSU basketball pink t-shirts. LSU will honor breast cancer survivors with the "Parade of Survivors" at halftime. There will be a postgame autograph session with the Lady Tiger team at portal J on the upper concourse of the Maravich Center.
Arena doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the Maravich Center box office beginning at that time or they can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
ESPNU will carry the game and it can also be watched online at www.ESPN3.com or via the Watch ESPN app on tablet devices. The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast it on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. In-game updates are available via Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LSUwbkb.
Sunday's contest is a significant one for LSU as the Lady Tigers look to put an end to a two-game losing streak and climb back into the top half of the Southeastern Conference standings. LSU (13-10, 4-6) sits in eighth place, one-half game back of seventh-place Missouri, with six regular season contests remaining.
Georgia (20-3, 8-2) has won four in a row since getting blown out 64-46 to Texas A&M last month. The Lady Bulldogs' only three losses on the season have come at the hands of the Aggies, Tennessee and Illinois. They are one the league's stingiest defensive teams, allowing only 53.5 points per game.
"Tomorrow is a big game and an opportunity for us to play as a team," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "Georgia is very quick. They are athletic and they like to run the basketball. They have very talented guards. They get on the boards. I like what I saw in our team in the fight and spirit against Tennessee and against Texas A&M with the exception of the last four minutes."
The Lady Tigers conclude a tough stretch of three ranked teams at home in seven days, representing a first in school history. LSU suffered a heartbreaking 64-62 loss to No. 12 Tennessee on Thursday night. The Lady Tigers held a three-point lead in the final 20 seconds.
Theresa Plaisance continues to make a case for SEC Player of the Year honors. After her 20-point, 10-rebound and five-block game against the Lady Vols, Plaisance raised her league-leading scoring average to 18.0 points per game. She is now tops in the SEC in overall blocks and blocks in conference games. She's tallied 22 consecutive double-figure scoring games.
Plaisance is one of four LSU players posting double-figures. Adrienne Webb is ninth in the SEC in scoring with 13.9 points per game, while Danielle Ballard is second among all freshmen with 12.7 points per contest. Ballard has produced three consecutive four-steal games. She continues to lead the conference in that category and is up to 20th nationally with 3.1 steals per game.
Jeanne Kenney leads LSU in assists with 99 on the year. Her toughness was on full display Thursday as she played through a sprained knee suffered on Monday against Texas A&M.
"You would never know that the kid is banged up, bruised and taped by her competitive spirit," said Caldwell. "That's what she brings to our team, toughness. It has a lot to do with who Jeanne Kenney is. She's that type of player that sacrifices whether it's her body or a shot to give her teammates a look."
Georgia is led by the combination of Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James, who are putting up 11.8 points and 11.4 points per game, respectively.
The home team has won the last three games in the series, though Georgia leads the all-time series, 22-16. LSU has dominated the series in Baton Rouge having won the last six. Georgia's last win in the Maravich Center was on Jan. 14, 2001. LSU is 5-0 all-time in "Pink Games" at home with two of those victories against Georgia.