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
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
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
Following Wednesday's game, the
Lady Tigers will host