Exhibition ease: Lady Tigers blast Xavier

LaSondra Barrett paces LSU with 22 points in Caldwell's debut

From LSU media relations

Senior forward LaSondra Barrett delivered a game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as the 21st-ranked LSU women's basketball team opened up the Nikki Caldwell era in a big way with a 102-42 win over Xavier of Louisiana in an exhibition game Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU accounted for 30 assists on 40 made field goals while its full court defensive pressure forced 25 turnovers that led to 38 points in front of a crowd of 3,203.

Sophomore forward Theresa Plaisance poured in 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and freshman Krystal Forthan chipped in 14 points in her first collegiate game.

"LaSondra came out and really made a statement," Caldwell said. "I've been on her pretty hard regarding how she needs to represent this team and she needs to represent it in a big time way and tonight she did it. She did everything that was asked of her."

LSU shot a blistering 58.8 percent (40-of-68) from the floor and held the Gold Nuggets to 24.6 percent (15-of-61). Xavier managed only five made field goals in the second stanza. In addition, the Lady Tigers got 57 points from their bench.

The Lady Tigers open the season at Wichita State on Nov. 14 before facing No. 10 Georgetown in the home opener on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.LSUtix.net or by calling the LSU Athletic Ticket Office at 225-578-2184.

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