Lady Tigers get last test before Christmas

With a four-game wining streak, LSU meets Grambling at the PMAC in a noon matinee.

With Christmas Day approaching, the LSU women will pay tribute to all children in the area with free admission to Thursday's contest as the Lady Tigers play host to Grambling at a special noon tipoff time at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Thursday will receive a free Lady Tiger picture frame. In addition, fans are encouraged to bring canned good items to the arena in support of LSU's holiday food drive with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Barrels will be marked around the concourse of the arena for dropping off canned good items. The Lady Tigers spent an hour on Tuesday at the food bank, packing backpacks of food for children.

"This is a fun time for us because we are welcoming all kids to come out and see us play," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "Bring the whole family and come out to the PMAC. This team is playing well right now and they have also shown a sense of resilience when they are down or haven't played well."

LSU (7-3) is riding a four-game win streak and carries an 11-game win streak in the month of December into the contest. The Lady Tigers throttled Lamar, 77-35 last Sunday and held an opponent to under 45 points for the fourth straight game. LSU has outscored opponents by a margin of 28 points during the win streak.

Senior forward LaSondra Barrett leads LSU in scoring and rebounding with 11.7 points and 5.4 boards per game. Junior guard Adrienne Webb is second in scoring with 9.1 points per game and she has a combined six 3s in the past three contests. Krystal Forthan, the SEC Freshman of the Week, is averaging 8.2 points off the bench.

"(Krystal) keeps learning and she is definitely a player with a lot of potential," Caldwell said. "She is tapping into it little by little and she will keep coming along. I like the fact that we can groom her and get her as many minutes early on because we will definitely need her come SEC play."

Grambling (4-5) has dropped two games in a row, including a 91-38 road game at Texas on Tuesday night. Grambling is facing its third SEC team this season, having opened with Arkansas and later losing at Ole Miss.

The doors to the PMAC at 10:30 a.m. and "Santa Mike the Tiger" will be greeting children at Portal A. Kids can have their picture taken with "Santa Mike" from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Thanks to the early start, the Lady Tigers will break for the Christmas holiday immediately after the game and resume practice on Dec. 26. LSU will then play three consecutive road games, including its final non-conference tilt – at Louisiana Tech on Dec. 29 -- prior to the start of SEC play on New Year's Day.

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