Back home with a hot hand

the Red-hot Lady Tigers entertain Alabama in their SEC home opener looking for a 3-0 league start.

A day prior to the rematch for the BCS National Championship Game, LSU and Alabama will clash in women's basketball Sunday as the Lady Tigers carry the SEC's longest current win streak of eight into its league home opener at 1 p.m. at the Peter Maravich Assembly Center.

The Lady Tigers (11-3) are off to a 2-0 start in SEC play following road victories at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. LSU rallied from a nine-point deficit midway through the second half and finished off the Lady Bulldogs 53-48 on Thursday in Starkville. The Lady Tigers haven't lost since a 77-68 setback at Ohio State on Nov. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.

"It's great to get back home in front of our fans against Alabama," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said.

Alabama (10-6, 0-2 SEC) has dropped two straight conference games with losses at South Carolina and at home to Auburn, 65-55 on Thursday. The Tide led Auburn at the half, but Auburn shot 43% in the second half to escape. Alabama features three double-figure scorers: Jasmine Robinson (12.9 ppg), Ericka Russell (10.4 ppg) and Meghan Perkins (10.3 ppg).

LSU has gotten contributions throughout its lineup. While LaSondra Barrett continues to lead the Lady Tigers in scoring with 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, senior Destini Hughes has shined at the point guard position. Hughes lifted LSU to the come-from-behind win at Mississippi State with a career-best 17 points. Hughes has mastered the pull-up jumper having combined for 13-of-21 shooting with 39 points in the past three games.

As a team, LSU has out-rebounded its last nine opponents and stifled opposing offenses. During the eight-game win streak, the Lady Tigers have held opponents to 43.5 points per game and 30.2% shooting.

LSU has won the last 13 meetings against Alabama, the Lady Tigers' longest streak against any current SEC opponent. Twelve of the last 13 games have been double-digit victories. The last time the Crimson Tide defeated LSU was Feb. 24, 2002, 82-73 in Tuscaloosa.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a free Lady Tiger puzzle. The first 200 kids get free nachos. World famous act "Bounce" will perform at halftime.


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