Women's Hoops Gathers for Annual Banquet
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball program celebrated its run to a second consecutive Sweet 16 as coaches, student-athletes, staff and supporters gathered inside the club level at Tiger Stadium Thursday for the team’s annual banquet to honor the accomplishments of the 2013-14 season.
The legacy of seniors Jeanne Kenney, Shanece McKinney and Theresa Plaisance was recognized for their four-year commitment to the program where the Lady Tigers collected 85 wins. Each player was interviewed on stage and reflected on their careers with the event’s host Garrett Walvoord of the LSU Television Department.
Plaisance and McKinney finished their careers among LSU’s Top 5 in blocked shots, while Plaisance was the 18th player in program history to amass over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Kenney buried 137 career three-pointers which ranked seventh and dished out 372 career assists which checked in 10th all-time.
Head coach Nikki Caldwell recapped the season’s journey, and the program wrapped up with a video tribute which spotlighted LSU’s preseason trip to Spain, workout training with the Marines, the Barclays Invitational championship, the program’s first win at Tennessee since the 2007-08 season and the Lady Tigers comeback victory over No. 8 West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“I remember a team that didn’t give up and took the competitive greatness inside of them when adversity hit,” Caldwell said. “I remember a team that competed at a high level night in and night out and showed no quit when things didn’t go their way. I remember the team we became through the sweat equity put into the program.”
Instead of handing out individual accolades, every student-athlete received an award from a member of the coaching staff based on the courage shown throughout the season.
LSU secured its third straight 20-win season and NCAA Tournament appearance under Caldwell. Earlier this week, LSU picked up a No. 24 ranking in the final edition of the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll. The last time the Lady Tigers were ranked during back-to-back seasons was the program’s 2007 and 2008 NCAA Final Four campaigns.
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