Women's Hoops Host Gold Game Vs. No. 5 Mississippi St.
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s basketball team (10-3, 2-0 SEC) puts its eight-game win streak to the test as the Lady Tigers look for their second upset of the week when No. 5/3 Mississippi State (16-0, 2-0 SEC) comes to the Assembly Center on Sunday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.
Sunday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network, and broadcast worldwide on the LSU Sports Radio Network and locally in Baton Rouge on flagship station Talk 107.3 FM. Sam Gore and Nell Fortner will call the action for SECN, while Patrick Wright handles the radio duties. Links to audio, video and live stats are available at LSUSports.net.
Among the promotions for the match-up, fans are encouraged to wear gold and the first 1,000 fans can pick up a Mike VII the Tiger bobblehead. Members of Mike’s Kids Club get in free with $4 tickets available for other family members. Also, if fans hung on to their ticket stubs from the LSU men’s basketball game against Kentucky and LSU gymnastics home opener against Arkansas, they can turn those in for free admission to the women’s game against the Bulldogs.
There will also be a Kids Basketball Clinic at 11 a.m. in the Women’s Basketball Practice Gym. Attendees of the clinic will receive a ticket to the game.
This will be the 57thth meeting between LSU and Mississippi State. LSU holds the series lead, 47-9, and is 23-2 in games played in Baton Rouge. Mississippi State, the 2017 national runner-up, is led by junior Teaira McCowan, who averages 20.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, and senior Victoria Vivians, third in the SEC in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings between the teams. Last year’s regular season meeting resulted in a 74-48 victory for MSU and the Bulldogs ended LSU’s time in the SEC Tournament with an78-61 win. The last time the teams faced each other in Baton Rouge, the Bulldogs won, 71-62, on Feb. 4, 2016.
During LSU’s current 8-game win streak, the Lady Tigers are out-scoring their opponents by a +14.3 margin and winning the second half 294-237. Defensively, LSU is averaging 11.4 steals per game while opponents are only taking the ball away from the Lady Tigers 5.8 times per game. In addition to the current win streak, LSU is currently 9-0 when playing in the PMAC.
This is the longest winning streak for LSU since a 10-game run from Dec. 11, 2011 through Jan. 12, 2012, during head coach Nikki Fargas’ first season at LSU.
In the last game out for the Lady Tigers, a 69-65 win at No. 15/15 Missouri, Chloe Jackson (22), Raigyne Louis (16) and Ayana Mitchell (12) scored in double figures. When the trio hit 10 or more points in the same game, LSU is 11-1. The Lady Tigers are also 4-1 when Louis and Jackson score 20 or more points apiece. When Mitchell gets to 10 or more points in a game, LSU is 15-4.
Overall, Louis is leading the team with a 16.3 scoring average, followed by Jackson with 16.2 points per game. Mitchell leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game, while Louis is second with 6.0 rebounds per game.
LSU has recently found its shot from long distance, averaging 7.0 made three-point field goals per game over the last three games. Overall, the Lady Tigers have 36 three-point baskets made, just two away from matching last season’s total of 38.
LSU Sports Radio Network Affiliates – vs. Mississippi State
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates carrying Sunday’s game against Mississippi State are:
- Baton Rouge – WBRP – 107.3 FM
- Natchez, Miss. – KZKR – 105.1 FM
LSU heads out on the road to face Alabama and Florida. The Lady Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa for a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. LSU will stay on the road for a Noon tipoff in Gainesville on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Alabama game will be on SEC Network Plus, while the Florida game will be on the SEC Network. Patrick Wright calling the action for the worldwide radio audience on the LSU Sports Radio Network.
What’s New This Season at the PMAC
Fans are reminded that the Geaux Clear Policy will be in effect for all LSU women’s basketball home games. An change to the policy is the inclusion of diaper bags. Diaper bags must be clear and no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. Backpacks, including drawstring/synch bags are strictly prohibited.
Fans with medically-necessary items will be allowed to enter the PMAC following a more thorough search at the designated inspection points. The lower level inspection will take place at the southeast corner entrance near the elevator and upper level inspection is available at the S concourse near the Ticket Office.
For other updates, information is available on LSUSports.net.
Cool Promotions and Great Ticket Discounts
Fans can check out this season’s full schedule of LSU women’s basketball promotions and giveaways at LSUSports.net/promotions. The schedule is highlighted by the annual Gold Game on Sunday, Jan. 7, Pack the PMAC on Sunday, Jan. 28, and the annual Play4Kay Pink Game on Thursday, Feb. 15. The annual Alumni Day game will be held on Mardi Gras weekend, Sunday, Feb. 11. Single game tickets and group packages are available at LSUtix.net.
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