LSU women take 10-game streak on the road

Lady Tigers take on a FLorida team that has hung with the SEC's best.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The LSU women seek to maintain their first-place standing in the SEC when they put an undefeated league record and 10-game winning streak on the line against Florida at noon Sunday.

The contest will be televised live by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST).

The Lady Tigers (13-3, 4-0 SEC) are playing their best basketball of the season and head into Sunday's play as one of two unbeaten teams in the league, along with Kentucky. The Lady Tigers own the SEC's longest current winning streak.

LSU extended the streak on Thursday with a valiant come-from-behind 58-48 win over No. 24-ranked South Carolina. LaSondra Barrett led all scorers with 14 points. LSU put up 58 points and shot 42 percent against the league's best statistical defensive team.

To maintain the win streak, LSU will have to go on the road against two of the SEC's best teams. Despite sitting at 1-3 in league play, Florida (11-6) boasts a talented team that has defeated Florida State and hung tough in all of its league games. The Gators have lost to arguably three of the five best teams in the SEC in Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia – all of which are ranked in this week's AP poll.

"We have to respect every opponent, especially this talented Florida team," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "Florida is a very well-coached team with Amanda Butler. I know she will have her team fired up. We go back to AAU basketball and I know she is a fierce competitor and a great coach. They have great guard play and are tough to beat at home. We need to settle down, have patience and poise."

Florida lost on the road at No. 16 Georgia, 61-55 on Thursday night. All three of the Gators' SEC losses have been decided by six points or fewer. UF's Jennifer George is averaging a double-double with 14.1 points and 10 rebounds per game, making her one of only two players in the SEC to average double-digit boards this season.

LSU has been getting contributions from its entire lineup. Barrett has reached double-figure scoring in each of her last four games. Senior point guard Destini Hughes is posting 11.2 points per game in the last six games, including 11 points in the win over South Carolina. Hughes' aggressive play in SEC games puts her at second in scoring in league play with 12.5 points per contest.

"She's always been very confident for us in getting the basketball to the right people, but now she is stepping up on the offensive end," Caldwell said. "She's been a tremendous difference for us. We have to be a team that handles any look that is thrown at us. Taking care of the basketball will definitely be a key for us Sunday."

LSU continues to rank second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing only 29.9% accuracy. The Lady Tigers are third in scoring defense (46.6 ppg) and 12th nationally in shooting percentage (45.3).

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