Lady Tigers gear up for final road test

LSU's third-ranked women's basketball team needs one more victory to claim its second straight Southeastern Conference regular season title and Alabama stands in the way, Thursday at 7 p.m. CST in Coleman Coliseum.

LSU (23-2, 11-1 SEC) holds a one-game lead over second-place Tennessee in the SEC standings with two regular season games left on the schedule. One victory clinches at least a share of the title and a No. 1 seed in next week's SEC Tournament.

"The motivation to go out on Thursday for the last road SEC game is the way we have played in the last four games," Chatman added. "We have not been true to form of the way we have played the rest of the season during the last four outings. There are some areas we need to clean up to get ready for postseason play."

The Lady Tigers are coming off a, 64-42, victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon, but fell at Florida, 79-78, in overtime last Thursday, the team's only stumble in conference play this season.

Alabama (9-16, 3-9 SEC) has lost eight of the last nine games, including a loss at home to Tennessee on Sunday. The Crimson Tide sit in 11th-place in the league, but can finish as high as eighth with a pair of wins to close out the regular season.

LSU is led by a trio of seniors playing in their final regular season road game. Seimone Augustus, averaging a conference-high 21.9 points per game, leads the way, while Scholanda Hoston is posting 8.6 points and 2.7 assists per game and Florence Williams is averaging 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest off the bench.

"This is the last road game for this senior class that obviously includes Seimone Augustus as the headliner," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "It is going to come against an Alabama team, that nine of the last 10 times we have traveled to Tuscaloosa, has experienced success against LSU. That helps keep things in perspective and in the moment and not let us look ahead to Sunday."

Alabama owns an 11-7 series advantage in games played against LSU in Tuscaloosa, including winning nine of the last 10 meetings. The Lady Tigers' 103-68 victory at Alabama two seasons ago snapped a nine-game losing streak in Coleman Coliseum. Before that game, LSU had not won at Alabama since 1986.

Overall, LSU owns a 24-16 series advantage, including a 79-43 victory earlier this season in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tigers have also won five straight in the series that includes a 60-59 victory over the Crimson Tide in the second-round of the 2005 SEC Tournament.

LSU will host Mississippi State on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST in the final game of the regular season. It also marks the final game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the senior trio of Augustus, Hoston and Williams. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at the LSU Ticket Office or online at

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