BATON ROUGE – Jeanne Kenney matched a career-high with 22 points highlighted by a career-best six three-pointers as the No. 16 LSU women’s basketball team returned from its holiday break and claimed a 72-45 victory over Jackson State Monday at the Maravich Center.
The Lady Tigers (10-2) pushed their home winning streak to 11 consecutive games and have won all six of their home decisions this season by an average of 21.7 points per game. LSU also secured its eight consecutive victory over Jackson State (2-8) dating back to the 1994-95 season.
For Kenney, the 22 points tied a career-high which Kenney set during LSU’s 77-72 victory over No. 7 Kentucky last season. She also tacked on four assists and three steals over her 24 minutes of action.
Raigyne Moncrief secured 13 points en route to her ninth double figures scoring output on the season. Returning to the starting lineup, Theresa Plaisance turned in a solid all-around with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
As a team, LSU was 22-of-51 from the field which included a 6-for-11 mark from three-point range. The Lady Tigers distributed 18 assists on their 22 field goals and were 22-for-32 at the foul line. Seven players recorded assists for LSU.
Jackson State tallied a 17-of-47 shooting clip missed 14 of its 18 three-point attempts. The Lady Tigers were able to hit 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
LSU misfired on 22 of its first 27 field goal attempts over the first 14 minutes of the opening half. A Kenney triple ignited the Lady Tigers to 17-6 finishing kick over the final 6:09. The Lady Tigers also received baskets from Moncrief, Plaisance and Derreyal Youngblood.
Kenney buried two more three-pointers during the run which included one at the buzzer to give LSU a 33-24 halftime advantage.
The Lady Tigers carried that momentum into the second half and drilled their first seven field goal attempts capped by consecutive lay-ups from Plaisance and Moncrief to extend their lead to 52-32 at the 15:29 mark.
Moncrief picked up 11 of her 13 points, and LSU finished with an efficient 12-for-23 clip during the second half. The Lady Tigers limited Jackson State to only two field goals over the final 8:07 to put the finishing touches on the 72-45 win.
LSU begins SEC action on Thursday and travels to face No. 5 Tennessee. Tip time is slated for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will be carried by Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) along with www.WatchESPN.com.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, will call the action.
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No. 16 LSU vs. Jackson State
December 30, 2013
Head Coach Nikki Caldwell
On the team’s effort against Jackson State…
“I thought our players did a great job of coming back in the second half. They were setting the tone the way we wanted to play. I keep reminding our team this it’s a 40-minute game. We have to put segments together. We lost some of the segments in the first half – credit to Jackson State. Our first group came back in and set the tone in the second half.”
On LSU’s runs in the second half to pull away from Jackson State…
“We are very capable. When we play fast-paced, we do a lot of good things and a lot of positives come from that. The team was disruptive defensively by being more aggressive than in the first half by getting back on defense. It led to us to getting more transition baskets as well. Capitalizing on turnovers is always a plus, but I thought we had too many turnovers considering we weren’t being pressed on the court and things like that. That goes back to our line of focus. It was a group effort. We’ve got to really examine where those turnovers are coming from, try to help us eliminate those turnovers and cut the number of turnovers in half.”
On Jeanne Kenney tying her career-high with 22 points …
“Jeanne does a great job of being in the gym and getting extra shots up off the bounce. She’s able to stretch any defense, and she was very aggressive. But more importantly, I thought her teammates did a great job of finding her and getting her some good looks. We’re going to need help. We’re going to need our bench to contribute and be more productive in all areas of their game. I thought we had a bright spot there coming off the bench with (Derreyal) Youngblood, which gave us a post presence inside. We’re just going to have to dig deep.”
On getting in a rhythm to put the game out of reach…
“Coach (Caldwell) let us know that we had to stop turning the ball over. We need to be more efficient. We tried to set the tone on defense first and then take care of the ball on offense.”
On Jackson State’s strong effort…
“They were rebounding the ball and pressuring us. I think we just had to handle the pressure a little better. We needed to feed it in to TP (Theresa Plaisance), Shanece (McKinney) and the ‘post tank’, Darreyal (Youngblood). We needed to pass it in, and our offense became more efficient. They didn’t do anything fascinating. We just didn’t know how to handle the pressure.”
On Jeanne Kenney’s strong performance…
“She had a hot hand so we had to give it to her. She’s an awesome player. Not just her shot, but her leadership and defense as well. She has a full package, and she was able to knock down shots. She’s going to do that for us for the rest of the season.”
On her performance…
“It just kind of happened. The first one I thought was in, and I was really mad that I missed the first one. Other than that, everyone did a really good job of finding me.”
On picking up her team…
“When we get in that type of situation we just have to sit low in our stance, come together and I thought we ended up coming together to pull the game out. It was barely a win in our opinion. We can’t play that way in SEC play. Jackson State did a great job of exposing our weaknesses. We need to get better quickly.”
On her injury in the second half…
“I usually can do a good job of falling, but that little girl has a big punch. I wasn’t really expecting her to come full throttle at me. When I left the ground, I immediately hit my tailbone. That was it. That’s all I hit. It’s a little sore, but no big deal. ”
On engineering a big run to spark her team…
“It’s about knowing who’s got the hot hand. What do we need to do? Do we need to get post feeds? Do we need to get paint touches? Coach (Caldwell) told the girls to find me. I was really glad about that, and they did a really good job of finding me. At that point, I was just shooting. It was just going in so I was happy.”