The No. 16th ranked LSU lady basketball team broke a three game losing streak against the Tulane Green Wave Sunday (Jan. 5) as they defeated Tulane on their home court by a score of 63-35. The win for the Tigers makes two consecutive road wins, with the Tulane win following a win at Tennessee last week by a score of 80-77.
The Lady Tigers turned on the Tiger offense and got off to an early lead as Jeanne Kenney put 12 points on the board in the first 3:10 minutes of the game.
Teamwork seemed to be the key to the game as nine of the 11 players for the Tigers scored points in the game, while the defense dug in and held Tulane to 35 points. The low score of 35 tied the record for second lowest points allowed in head coach Nikki Caldwell's tenure at LSU.
LSU's defense dug in and made the Green Wave turnover the ball frequently. The Lady Tigers scored 29 points off of turnovers alone.
DeShawn Harden and Theresa Plaisance were also key players in the game scoring 11 and 15 points, respectively. Harden also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Plaisance had 14 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Danielle Ballard, Rina Hill, Raigyne Moncrief, and Anne Pederson all contributed four points each for the Tigers.
Head coach, Nikki Caldwell had this to say about her team's performance, "We wanted to carry the momentum that we had coming off the Tennessee game into today’s game especially on the defensive end. Our efforts were to try and disrupt Tulane’s guard play and keep them off the offensive glass. We talked about setting the tone during the first four minutes off the game especially on the road, and we did that well tonight.”
The Tigers will next face Texas A&M at the Pete Maravich Center on Jan. 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. CST. This will be the annual "Gold Game" for the Tigers.