Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball Preview: LSU Tigers

The 12-4 Vanderbilt Commodore women host LSU on Thursday night at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the game.

The 7-9 LSU Tigers are not your father's LSU team.   The Tigers have struggled through their season so far.  LSU started the season 3-1 but since then are just 4-8.  The Tigers are just 1-5 in their last six games with their most recent contest being a home loss to Texas A&M in a game in which the Tigers managed to score only 35 points.   

LSU has only two players that average in double digits. One of them is leading scorer Raigyne Moncrief, who has been out  since the third game of the season.  Guard  Jenna Deemer is also scoring a little over 10 points per game.  Forward Alexis Hyder scores nearly 10 points a game. 

Deemer is the Tiger's top three-point shooting threat. After her, incredibly, no one else on the LSU roster has made more than four threes.  Hyder and 6-foot forward Akilah Bethel are the Tiger leaders from field goal range. 

Other statistical leaders for LSU include Hyder who leads in rebounds. Bethel and guard Rina Hill are tops for the Tigers in assists.  Hill is the only player that has started all 16 games for LSU.  Bethel leads the team in steals with 30.   

Looking at the LSU-Vandy stats comparison, Vanderbilt has the edge in points scored and points allowed while the Tigers have more steals and blocks.  Vandy appears to be a much better shooting team and has a better RPI.  

This is a huge game for the Commodores with a chance to get to .500 in the SEC before hitting a tough stretch of games.  The Vandy women need to do what they do well, play sound defense while executing their offense and making shots.  

Thursday night's game tips off at 7 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network plus. Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at 560 WNSR AM.  

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.  


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