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Lady Tiger basketball season ends with 73-47 loss to Louisville in Sweet 16

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The LSU women’s basketball team’s chance at advancing in the NCAA Tournament ended Sunday, March 31, 2013 with a 73-47 loss to No. 4 Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center.

This year marked the second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament for the Tigers under head coach, Nikki Caldwell.

Despite the loss, Danielle Ballard put on a pretty good show for the Tigers. Ballard was responsible for 24 points, half of the Tiger’s total points and 10 rebounds. It was her third consecutive game that ended in doubles, two of which were in the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament.

Obviously the loss of senior guard Jeanne Kenney had a huge effect on the Tigers in the game against Louisville. Kenney is out for the rest of the season with an injury that occurred in an earlier game.

Jasmine Rhodes, a freshman, got her first start in her LSU career and added eight points for the Tigers. Senior Theresa Plaisance and DeShawn Harden, a junior both contributed seven points for the Tigers.

Head coach Nikki Caldwell had this to say about her team, “I'm extremely proud of this group. They have an unbelievable spirit about them. They have shown not only to our fans and families but to the basketball community that they can achieve when people think that we can't, and they've shown that we can. Honestly, we played a very tough Louisville team that played extremely well. It just wasn't our night, but I can't say enough how proud I am with this group for the challenges and the adversity that they had to overcome.

This team did all that they could do considering. Our bench, they came in, and they tried their best. I'm proud of them for that. We didn't execute as well as we wanted to, but it wasn't that they were fearful. I think, when you look at Louisville, they're a very experienced team. They have unbelievable guard play. They have depth. They did a nice job of pushing the tempo. Their transition game is one of the best in the country, and they get out quickly.”

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