Lady Tigers open exhibition season vs. Loyola

LSU's women's basketball team begins quest for a third straight Southeastern Conference title and a fourth straight Final Four berth on Wednesday when they host Loyola (New Orleans) at 7 p.m. CST in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in the first of two exhibition games.

The Lady Tigers, led by third year head coach Pokey Chatman, return three starters from last year's team that posted a 31-4 overall record, advanced to the Final Four and claimed the SEC regular season title.


"This is an opportunity for us to get a measuring stick of this particular team," Chatman said. "This will be the third scrimmage that is going to take place. That is how we look at these exhibition games. We have had a couple of scrimmages with officials behind closed doors, but it is a true indication when the kids put the uniform on, officials are suited up and there are fans in the stands. This is another opportunity for us to see where we need to fill our gaps and see where we need to improve as a basketball team."


Sylvia Fowles, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, leads the squad into the season. The 6-6 junior center averaged 15.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in 35 starts last year to anchor the Lady Tigers post play.


Also returning from the 2005-06 starting line-up are 5-3 guard Erica White and 5-0 forward Ashley Thomas. White started the final 20 games of the season and averaged 5.6 points and 5.4 assists per contest. Thomas started 22 games and posted 4.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing.


RaShonta LeBlanc, a 5-7 guard, returns after starting 15 games to begin last season. LeBlanc averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 assists a game last year.


Quianna Chaney, a 5-11 guard, completes LSU's probable starting five. Chaney, a Baton Rouge native, averaged 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game off the bench last season.


Loyola, a Nation Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school, is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.


The two school were scheduled to meet last season in a an exhibition game before Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and the Gulf Coast.


Wolfpack head coach DoBee Plaisance and her team, directly affected by the storm, decided to give back to the community and raised $1,000 to join the Pokey Chatman Century Club. The team will donate the money to LSU Operation Rebound and the Katrina Relief Basketball Classic. LSU Operation Rebound was formed by Chatman to help rebuild Louisiana.


Following Wednesday's game, the Lady Tigers will host Lake Truck in the final exhibition contest on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. CST in the Maravich Center before hosting the Basketball Travelers Classic on Nov. 12-14 to open the regular season.


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