2014-15 Women's Basketball Deposits
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LSU's Theresa Plainsance
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
No. 15 Women's Hoops Tops Auburn, 71-60
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Published: January 23, 2014, 09:07 PM (CT)
Updated: January 23, 2014, 11:28 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – Theresa Plaisance tied a season-high with 19 points and provided a game-leading 11 rebounds to claim her fourth double-double of the season as the No. 15 LSU women’s basketball team used a strong second half effort to collect a 71-60 victory over Auburn Thursday at the Maravich Center.

In the process, LSU (15-4, 4-2 SEC) picked up its fifth straight victory over Auburn (11-8, 2-4 SEC) and has won 14 of its last 18 decisions in the series dating back to the 2001-02 season. The win also enabled the Lady Tigers to remain in a fourth place tie in the SEC standings.

“We looked at the fact that we were missing too many paint points (at halftime),” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We have to be able to make those shots. That takes a little of the pressure off our guard play. In the second half, it was about us playing defense. We talked about that is the way that you win ball games. You have to eliminate your opponent’s execution on the offensive end, and that’s what we did in the second half.”

For Plaisance, she registered 10 of her 19 points during the second half. The 11 rebounds enabled the New Orleans native to become the 18th player in program history to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds during her career. It was Plaisance’s ninth straight game with 10-plus points.

“To be completely honest, I never thought I would reach this moment,” Plaisance said. “My first year was non-existent. I never saw the court. At that point, my only wish was to see the court, and I had to work to get on the court. I made it through. Luckily, I have great teammates who gave me the ball and had confidence in me to score. Rebounding is all about the will. I have great teammates who box out, and sometimes I just get to clean up the boards. I am shocked to be a part of such a small category of people who came through here. It is quite an honor, and I am blown away. I could not have done it without my teammates and coaches.”

Raigyne Moncrief tallied a SEC season’s best 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She ended a stretch of six consecutive games without double figures, and it was her highest scoring output since a 22-point performance against Indiana State on December 3. Moncrief also tacked one four rebounds, two assists and matched a career-high with two blocks.

Jeanne Kenney tacked on 12 points and six assists, while Shanece McKinney garnered a solid all-around effort with 11 points, five rebounds and equaled a career-best with three blocks. Even though Danielle Ballard didn’t score, she contributed five rebounds and three assists.

From the bench, Rina Hill added six points on a perfect 3-fof-3 from the floor over her 12 minutes of action. DaShawn Harden came away with three points and three assists whereas Sheila Boykin chipped in two points, three rebounds and a steal.

“I thought Rina did a nice job of allowing us to play (Jeanne) Kenney and (Danielle) Ballard off the ball,” Caldwell said. “She also did a nice job of knocking down shots for us at critical times. She was very solid on the defensive end. You like to see your bench produce, and Rina did just that tonight.”

Auburn was fueled by Brandy Montgomery’s 22 points. Their leading scorer, Tyrese Tanner averaging 17.1 points per game, was held to a season’s low eight points. She misfired on 10 of her 13 shot attempts and committed five turnovers.

As a team, LSU compiled a 26-for-66 shooting clip and hit 13 field goals during each half. The Lady Tigers were 3-for-13 from three-point territory and made 16-of-23 at the foul line.

Auburn turned in a 24-for-57 effort from the floor but was limited to nine baskets in the second half. The Tigers made 5-of-19 from beyond the three-point line and struggled to a 7-for-19 performance from the charity stripe.   

“It definitely is a game of adjustments, and I thought that our team did a nice job in the second half of adjusting and being more aware – especially of (Brandy) Montgomery,” Caldwell said. “She’s an exceptional player who did a nice job for her team, but I was very proud of the overall defensive effort of our team in the second half.”

After trailing by as many as four points during the first half, LSU took a 37-36 advantage on its first possession of the second half. Ballard found Moncrief for a transition layup.

With the score knotted at 41-41 at the 15:37 mark, LSU pieced together a 19-4 spurt over the next 8:11. The Lady Tigers turned up the defensive intensity by forcing Auburn into seven turnovers and only one bucket during the run. 

Moncrief ignited a LSU flurry of nine straight points with a jumper which was capped by a Harden triple to make it 50-41 with 10:35 remaining. The Lady Tigers took their largest lead at 60-45 after a Boykin layup off a nice feed from Kenney with 7:03 to go.

Auburn got as close as 62-56 with 3:46 left on the clock, but LSU responded with another nine-point outburst to get the lead back to 71-56 after a Plaisance jumper with under a minute on the clock. 

LSU travels to Ole Miss for a Sunday matinee. Tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Tad Smith Coliseum. The game will be televised by SEC TV 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.

For all of the latest news and information on Lady Tiger basketball, visit www.lsusports.net/womensbasketball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuwbkb along with @lsuwbkb and @nikkicaldwell on Twitter.

LSU Head Coach Nikki Caldwell

Opening Statement
“It definitely is a game of adjustments, and I thought that our team did a nice job in the second half of adjusting and being more aware – especially of (Brandy) Montgomery. She’s an exceptional player who did a nice job for her team, but I was very proud of the overall defensive effort of our team in the second half.”

On what she told the team at halftime …
“It was really about coming in and asking the team, ‘Who wants to stop and guard Montgomery?’ Raigyne Moncrief was the first player to respond so she got that defensive assignment. I thought she did a really nice job, and I thought that set the tone for us.”

On Rina Hill coming in as a spark for LSU off the bench…
“I thought Rina did a nice job of allowing us to play (Jeanne) Kenney and (Danielle) Ballard off the ball. She also did a nice job of knocking down shots for us at critical times. She was very solid on the defensive end. You like to see your bench produce, and Rina did just that tonight.”

On traveling to Ole Miss on Sunday…
“Ole Miss is a team that just got its first SEC victory. With that being said, it only takes one to get you going. We have to be very disciplined on the road. I felt like our last road trip we were 1-1, but I didn’t feel like we were as disciplined as we should have been on the defensive end. Ole Miss is the same team that took Baylor to the wire so they’re very capable. We’ve got to understand that, respect it, go in and stick to our game plan and execute it.”

On the way the team found its rhythm …
Jeanne Kenney knocking down a couple of shots got us into a rhythm. I thought Raigyne Moncrief’s midrange jump shot and her explosiveness to the basket allowed us to get some transition layups, and I thought that was a positive. I thought Theresa settled in and did some nice things on the low block. We had some players that really did a great job, but our aggressiveness to get to the free throw line – that was key as well. We didn’t shoot extremely well, but we were aggressive enough to get there.”

On how the team bounced back from shooting 38.2 percent in the first half…
“We looked at the fact that we were missing too many paint points. Too many points were left at their defense. We have to score those. Those are five feet away. We have to be able to make those shots. That takes a little of the pressure off our guard play. In the second half, it was about us playing defense. We talked about that is the way that you win ball games. You have to eliminate your opponent’s execution on the offensive end, and that’s what we did in the second half.”

LSU PLAYER POST GAME QUOTES

F THERESA PLAISANCE

On LSU’s overall performance …
“Tonight was a good win for us. It puts us back on the right track after the loss over the weekend. This was another learning experience. Obviously in the first half, Auburn did a great job of getting out and matching our intensity, or I should say we had to match their intensity. They came out with a lot of fire. We had to match that. In the second half, we turned it up a little bit. Our guards did a great job of dribble penetration, getting to the rim and dishing it out. We had a lot of great post feeds and a lot of dish outs for three’s which is our bread and butter. I think our guards did a great job tonight of getting into the paint and kicking it out..”

On reaching 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career …
“To be completely honest, I never thought I would reach this moment. My first year was non-existent. I never saw the court. At that point, my only wish was to see the court, and I had to work to get on the court. I made it through. Luckily, I have great teammates who gave me the ball and had confidence in me to score. Rebounding is all about the will. I have great teammates who box out, and sometimes I just get to cleanup the boards. I am 6’5’, so I have a little height advantage. This is a great moment. I am shocked to be a part of such a small category of people who came through here. It is quite an honor, and I am blown away. I could not have done it without my teammates and coaches. Coach Nikki (Caldwell) has done a great job.”

G RINA HILL

On coming off the bench and providing energy for LSU…
“I just wanted to bring a high energy to the game. I wanted to stay in an attack mode tonight. That was one thing that stayed in my mind. I didn’t hesitate shooting the ball or attacking the rim. I just tried to stay in that attack mode. Tonight, our coaches told us to feed the post so I tried to look for that too. I stayed aggressive. That was another good thing about tonight’s game.”

G RAIGYNE MONCRIEF

On her offensive performance …
“You have to continue being aggressive. Sometimes your shot doesn’t fall in the beginning. When other player’s shots start to fall, all of a sudden you find that rhythm. I just stayed aggressive and in an attack mode. I was looking for my shot, and I was able to score.

AUBURN HEAD COACH TERRI WILLIAMS QUOTES

On her team’s performance…
“When we made hard cuts and shot the ball with confidence, we did fine. We were rebounding the ball. We got the ball and pushed in transition. When we didn’t do those things, that’s when we struggled.”

On what led to the second half troubles…
“The refs started calling fouls on us, that’s what happened. I mean our best kids went to the bench with foul trouble. It is hard. We can’t play when our best kids can’t be in the game.”

On coaching through foul trouble…
“There’s really nothing you can tell them. We keep showing them on film how they can’t make the dumb fouls and get in foul trouble. Until they mature and learn how to not make those fouls, there’s really nothing we can do about it.”

 

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