After opening the Nikki Caldwell era with a road victory at Wichita State, an early season matchup of ranked teams will take center stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday as the 20th-ranked LSU women battles No. 14 Georgetown in the 2011-12 home opener at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU (1-0) faces a quick turnaround after gutting out a 64-56 season-opener win over the Shockers in Wichita on Monday night. The Lady Tigers shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the floor and were 8-of-12 from 3-point range.
LaSondra Barrett and Jeanne Kenney led the way with 16 points apiece. LSU committed 22 turnovers and Caldwell said the Lady Tigers (1-0) need to do a better job taking care of the basketball.
"Our issue was not necessarily scoring the basketball, because when we did take care of the basketball we scored at a high percentage against Wichita State," Caldwell said. "Our issue is that we need make sure we take care of the basketball. To me that means being mentally focused, making for sure passes and eliminating the air passes. We are getting picked off too much with the air passes."
Georgetown (1-1) return 12 letterwinners from a squad that nearly knocked off Connecticut in last year's NCAA Tournament Elite Eight round.
The Hoyas feature junior guard Sugar Rodgers, a Wade Trophy candidate, who averaged 18.7 points per game last season. Senior forward Tia Magee is the team's current leading scorer through two games with 8.7 points per contest. Georgetown has struggled offensively, shooting just 33.3 percent in a 72-53 loss at No. 9 Maryland on Sunday.
"This is a game where we are going to be able to see if we have grown, if we have learned from the last game and the last practice," Caldwell said. "This is a postseason team we are playing. This is a team that has been to NCAA tournaments. This is a team with experience, different offensive weapons and that plays a very aggressive defense. It is going to be a good test for us early on. The fact we are playing in and representing the SEC and have the opportunity to play a Big East team is a great game for us as a conference."
LSU and Georgetown are meeting for just the second time. The Lady Tigers won the only meeting between the two teams, 97-59, in the Converse Christmas Classic in Blacksburg, Va., on Dec. 20, 1983. The Lady Tigers are 59-9 in non-conference home games dating back to the 2002-03 season.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance Wednesday will receive a free signed Nikki Caldwell mini basketball. Two LSU-Arkansas football tickets will be given away at halftime. In addition, the first 200 LSU students in attendance will receive free nachos.