The LSU women go for three wins in a row Friday when the Lady Tigers travel to Lake Charles for the first time in 20 years to face McNeese State at 6 p.m. in what is expected to be a packed crowd at Burton Coliseum.
LSU (5-3) is coming off two consecutive sharp-shooting performances, highlighted by a 58-41 victory over UCLA Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers shot 49% from the floor and held the Bruins to 31.5% for their seventh consecutive win over a Pac-12 opponent.
McNeese State (8-1) has won eight consecutive games since losing its season opener at UCLA on Nov. 11. The Cowgirls are riding a 17-game home court winning streak, including an undefeated record last season and a 4-0 mark this season. MSU blew out Texas Southern, 70-37 Wednesday in Houston.
The Cowgirls, who won the Southland Conference automatic bid to reach the NCAA Tournament last season, feature two dynamic scorers in Caitlyn and Ashlyn Baggett, who average 15.2 and 14.6 points per game, respectively. Both are effective from 3-point range and have combined for 37-of-101 from beyond the arc.
LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett took her game to another level in the win over UCLA. Barrett sparked a 7-0 run to close the first half and she finished with a season-high 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Barrett tops the squad in scoring (12 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg).
Junior guard Adrienne Webb has produced three consecutive double-figure scoring games, most recently with 13 points, anchored by three 3-pointers. Webb is second on the team in scoring with 9 points a contest. Sophomore guard Jeanne Kenney ranks eighth in the SEC with 4 assists per game.
LSU and McNeese are meeting for the first time since Dec. 20, 2006, and it’s the Lady Tigers’ first appearance in Lake Charles since a 92-62 win on Feb. 18, 1991. LSU leads the all-time series 13-4.
NOTE: The game on Thursday, Dec. 22 at home against Grambling will now tip off at noon at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.