BATON ROUGE – Fans will have a chance to get their first look at the 2013-14 LSU women’s basketball team as the No. 17 Lady Tigers host Tennessee Temple in a free admission exhibition game at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Doors to the arena open at 5:30 p.m. No tickets are required to enter. The 2013-14 LSU Lady Tiger schedule card and poster will be available for free in the fan zone on the concourse.
The game will be carried live on the LSU Sports Radio Network on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. Patrick Wright begins his 24th season as the “Voice of the Lady Tigers.”
The pregame show gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Fans are invited to listen to Nikki Caldwell’s postgame interview courtside in the Maravich Center.
A free preview of live streaming HD video and audio will be available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. For at least 12 more games this season, live streaming HD video and audio will available only to Geaux Zone members. Additionally, all live video streams are available to Geaux Zone members with in-app upgrade of the LSUsports mobile and LSUsports for iPad apps (www.LSUsports.net/apps).
LSU, ranked 17th in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Top 25, has put in five weeks of preparation after going 3-1 in an exhibition tour of Spain in August. During those 12 days, the Lady Tigers established chemistry and an up-tempo style that continues to take shape in practice.
With four returning starters, three unique freshmen and a junior college transfer, third-year head coach Nikki Caldwell will have multiple options with a versatile group of 11 players. Senior post players Theresa Plaisance and Shanece McKinney are expected to start, while the backcourt offers multiple options.
“Nothing is set in stone right now because everybody is really doing a nice job for us,” said Caldwell. “I think it is really going to be scout specific. If there are times where we feel as though we want to be quicker, faster and allow Danielle Ballard to play off the ball a little more, I am going to look at our other point guards. If there are times where we want to be a more offensive efficient team I am going to look at that.
“I like the flexibility that we have in our lineup. I like the fact that as coaches we can basically go into our staff meetings and throw different lineups on the board and feel like we will not lose anything. I think this is true for the whole season.”
Last season, LSU secured a Sweet 16 berth and did it with seven players in the NCAA second round game against Penn State. Depth will not be an issue for this team as all 11 players are expected to play. Plaisance, a 2014 National Player of the Year candidate, is eager to make a mark early.
“It’s so exciting,” said Plaisance, the Southeastern Conference’s leading returning scorer at 17.0 points per game. “The last game here was the Penn State game and just having that feeling come back for a whole new season is very exciting.
“I think an exhibition game will help us, so we can try out different lineups. At the end of the day, I just want this team to win, and I want this team to excel and move on and get really deep into the (NCAA) tournament. If that happens and I end my career on that note, then everything else is lagniappe, and I’m completely happy where I stand.”
Tennessee Temple, an NCCAA school based in Chattanooga, Tenn., posted a 15-15 record last season. The Crusaders dropped a 57-39 game to Bryan College on Monday night in Dayton, Tenn.
Wednesday’s game is the first of two exhibitions for LSU. The Lady Tigers host Mississippi College at 2 p.m. Saturday. The season officially begins against Stephen F. Austin in the Sue Gunter Classic/WNIT Opening Round on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Season tickets and mini-plans for the 2013-14 LSU women’s basketball season are on sale now at www.LSUtix.net.