Dance Card: LSU, SEC at-large

Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

Can LSU keep the momentum going?

Who? The Lady Tigers of Louisiana State. Occasionally known as Bayou Bengals to differentiate them from the myriad Tigers who prowl the NCAA.

What? Derived from the Tiger Rifles of New Orleans. Mike is named after LSU's athletic trainer at the time the first real tiger arrived on campus. (Fuzzy Mike is on Twitter. Furry Mike is actually named Roscoe.)

Where? Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which used to have a really nifty state capitol building, but now just has a very tall one.

When? March 24th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Why? A brilliant end-of-season run pulled them back to respectability.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish sixth in the conference, they ended up in sixth.

RPI: 32

SOS: 20

Record: 20-11 (10-6 Southeastern)

Good wins: At Texas A&M. Kentucky.

Bad losses: Tulane.

Who's running this show? Nikki Caldwell, since 2011. She's off the Tennessee tree (which might be more of an orchard).

Extra, Extra!The Advocate.


Junior post Theresa Plaisance has been a revelation for the Bayou Bengals this season, averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Her emergence has been part of how LSU played their way back into tournament contention with late-season upsets of Kentucky and Texas A&M. Three guards also average in double figures, seniors Bianca Lutley and Adrienne Webb, and freshman Danielle Ballard. Ballard also snags three steals per game. Junior guard Jeanne Kenney keys the offense with 4.2 assists per game and doesn't make a lot of mistakes with the ball (which is more than can be said of most of her teammates).

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