Hot Lady Tigers take on Hogs

LSU women try to climb another step up the SEC standings with the league tournament looming.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The LSU women, winners of three straight SEC games, seeks to avenge a previous loss to Arkansas at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bud Walton Arena.

The Razorbacks (19-5, 8-4) have won eight straight games, the SEC's longest current streak, and have protected their home floor with a 15-1 record at home this season. Arkansas' only home loss was to Tennessee on Jan. 8. They have since won five in a row in Fayetteville and held on to beat Auburn on the road last weekend, 51-48.

For the fifth time on the road this season, LSU (17-8, 7-5 SEC) rallied from a second-half deficit to post a 51-46 win at Alabama on Sunday. The Lady Tigers trailed 45-40 but finished off the game with an 11-1 run sparked by senior forward LaSondra Barrett.

The Razorbacks handed LSU its worst loss of the season on Jan. 22 – a 72-52 decision in Baton Rouge – with the Lady Tigers playing without Destini Hughes (knee) and Jeanne Kenney (concussion). Arkansas has won three in a row over LSU.

"We have matured since our last outing against Arkansas," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "We were coming off an emotional loss with Destini and Jeanne Kenney out. We had no true point guard and no backup point guard and we didn't have Bianca Lutley until the second half of that game. Our guard play is definitely shaping up and looking a lot better."

Barrett has been spectacular in SEC play for LSU, averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. The All-American candidate has scored 17 of LSU's final 19 points combined in the last two games, with a good portion of those points coming at the free-throw line. Closing out games has become Barrett's specialty.

"LaSondra Barrett continues to take on a leadership role," Caldwell said. "In the last three games, she's a player that has established getting the ball down the stretch and been very productive. We have been very creative in playing her high to get her low. That puts her back into her power game."

LaSondra Barrett

Barrett entered the history books on Sunday, making 13-of-20 free throws, which represented the most made free throws by an SEC player this season. The 20 attempts were the most attempted by an SEC player since Tennessee's Candace Parker shot 21 against Middle Tennessee in December 2007. Barrett is a combined 33-of-43 (76.7%) from the stripe in the last four contests.

LSU welcomes the return of freshman forward Krystal Forthan, who missed the last three games recovering from a high left ankle sprain.

Arkansas is led by Ashley Daniels, who is among the SEC's best in scoring and rebounding. Daniels is putting up 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in SEC contests. C'eira Ricketts ranks third in the league in assists with 4.3 per game.

The contest will be televised on Cox Sports Television and it will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network on WBRP-FM 107.3 in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net/live.


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