WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:12:17 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU defeats UAB 79-70 on the road http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-uab-79-70-on-the-road/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-uab-79-70-on-the-road/ LSU Sports Thu, 18 Dec 2014 8:57:59 PM Associated Press LSU defeats UAB 79-70 on the road

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jarell Martin and Keith Hornsby combined to score 49 points to help LSU overcome an early 11-point deficit and defeat UAB 79-70 Thursday night.

Martin scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Hornsby added 24 points. They combined to score 16 points in the first 8½ minutes of the second half, as the Tigers roared back after trailing 39-33 at halftime.

Jordan Mickey added 13 points and eight rebounds and blocked seven shots for the Tigers (8-2), who won their fourth consecutive game.

UAB made three 3-pointers in the first five minutes to jump out to a 17-6 lead. The Blazers (4-7) remained in front for the rest of the half, using a 3-pointer by Robert Brown to take a 39-33 halftime lead.

LSU scored six straight points to open the second half, tying the game at 39. Moments later, a 3-pointer by Jalyn Patterson gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening minute at 44-42.

LSU quickly pulled away from there, using an 11-2 run in less than three minutes to build a 60-51 lead.

UAB closed the gap to 65-62 with six minutes left, but the Tigers used back-to-back fast-break baskets as part of a 10-3 run to increase their advantage to 75-65.

The Blazers, who lost for the fifth time in seven games, made one more shot from the field and two more 3-pointers than LSU. But the Tigers were 16-of-18 at the foul line, compared to only 3-of-4 for UAB.

Robert Brown led the Blazers with 20 points and five assists.

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TIP-INS

LSU: Jordan Mickey failed to reach double figures in rebounds for only the fourth time in nine games. He is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The Tigers made 56.7 percent of their shots in the second half (17-of-30).

UAB: Freshman William Lee, the Alabama high school player of the year in 2013-14, had 13 points and five rebounds in his second start of the season. After pulling to within 65-62 late in the second half, the Blazers made only one shot over the next 5½ minutes.

UP NEXT

LSU hosts Charleston on Monday.

UAB visits Chattanooga on Monday.


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LSU football players mull decision to leave early http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-players-mull-decision-to-leave-early/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-players-mull-decision-to-leave-early/ LSU Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:37:35 PM Chris Price LSU football players mull decision to leave early

BATON ROUGE - Les Miles is faced once again of the prospect of players leaving early for the NFL draft, although this year's group of LSU applicants is fewer than the past few seasons. 

Players like defensive end Danielle Hunter and guard Vadal Alexander have said they'll wait until after the bowl game until they decide their futures, while wide receiver Travin Dural says he'll return for next season. 

Miles says he gives his players informal advice while they wait on their "draft grades," a scouting report from the NFL which tells players which round they might be taken in the upcoming draft. 

"Conversations are informal until we get the advice from the NFL, and when the NFL comes back and says when it is that is likely when they would be drafted, then things become a little more...there's more information to deal with, decisions can be made more effectively," Miles said.


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LSU holds Gymnastics 101 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-gymnastics-101/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-holds-gymnastics-101/ LSU Sports Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:30:05 PM Jake Terry LSU holds Gymnastics 101

BATON ROUGE - In front of a supportive crowd of 1,308 fans inside the Maravich Center, the preseason third-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a 196.950 at Gymnastics 101 to close out fall practice Wednesday night.

 

Several Tigers performed well in the showcase event, led by Jessie Jordan's team-leading 39.500 in the all-around as well as Rheagan Courville's 39.450 total.

 

"Gymnastics 101 is an opportunity for the team to get out of the practice gym and into the competition arena with a competitive setting," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "We're really trying to solidify our lineups and learn about our team under pressure."

 

LSU responded well under that pressure to earn outstanding scores on bars and beam. Jordan delivered a solid bars routine to tally a 9.925, and sophomore Shae Zamardi put together a quality routine with a stuck landing to score a 9.90. Jessica Savona and Randii Wyrick also provided great routines to tie for third on bars with matching 9.875's.

 

Freshman Erin Macadaeg showed off her strong beam skills with a phenomenal 9.95 performance to lead the way. Courville posted a 9.90 to place second on beam, and returning beam All-American Sydney Ewing tallied a 9.875 to take third.

 

"Tonight was awesome," Breaux said. "We know what we can do on vaulting and floor, and that was not our focus tonight. What we were really trying to do was test our depth and stability on bars and beam, and this team proved they are good on all four events."

 

Courville placed first on vault with a 9.90, and Jordan finished with a team-best 9.90 on floor, followed closely by Savona's 9.875.

 

Gymnastics 101 marked the conclusion of fall practice for the Tigers. They will turn their attention to the new year and the 2015 regular season opener against Iowa at 7:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 9 inside the Maravich Center.

 

"This team has set lofty goals. We want to hang a national championship banner in this arena. We want to win an SEC championship," Breaux said. "There are very few teams that have won national championships, and we want to move into that sorority. This team believes they can do it, so we are excited to open the season and get going."

 

Season tickets are available at a cost of $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12. Fans can purchase season tickets by visiting www.LSUtix.net, calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.

 

Fans can follow LSU gymnastics on the team's social media outlets: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Twitter, @LSU_gym on Instagram and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.

 

MEET RESULTS

Gymnastics 101

 

Team

#3 LSU - 196.950

 

Individual (Includes select competitors)

 

All-Around - 1. Jessie Jordan 39.500, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.450

 

Vault - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.90

 

Bars - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, 2. Shae Zamardi 9.90, t3. Jessica Savona 9.875, t3. Randii Wyrick 9.875

 

Beam - 1. Erin Macadaeg 9.95, 2. Rheagan Courville 9.90, 3. Sydney Ewing 9.875

 

Floor - 1. Jessie Jordan 9.90, 2. Jessica Savona 9.875

 

 


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LSU hoops brings Christmas cheer to children at OLOL http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-brings-christmas-cheer-to-children-at-olol/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-brings-christmas-cheer-to-children-at-olol/ LSU Sports Tue, 16 Dec 2014 8:05:17 PM Chris Price LSU hoops brings Christmas cheer to children at OLOL

BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team visted with children at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Tuesday afternoon, singing Christmas carols for the children and their families and trying to spread some holiday cheer.  

"It was one of the best off-the-court team experiences I've ever had," said Tigers guard Keith Hornsby, who, coincidentally, was mocked by his teammates as having the worst singing voice (his father Bruce is a recording artist). 

"I didn't bring my "A" game for the caroling," Hornsby joked. 

Head coach Johnny Jones and his team distributed autographed basketballs, team posters and other items for the children, who enjoyed the singing and the extra attention.

"The kids get so excited to see someone who cares about them," said Maddie Dumas, who works at OLOL. 

The Tigers return to the court Thursday night, when they face UAB in Birmingham. 


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Shut down the rumor mill, Miles staying at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/shut-down-the-rumor-mill-miles-staying-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shut-down-the-rumor-mill-miles-staying-at-lsu/ LSU Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 6:05:53 PM Trey Schmaltz Shut down the rumor mill, Miles staying at LSU

BATON ROUGE- Les Miles will not be going to Michigan.

Miles told sports reporters after practice Monday, he was not interested in the head coaching job at his alma mater. In fact, he said, he had not even been contacted about the job.

Miles said reporters could report what he told them, but asked that his voice and likeness not be recorded, WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble said.

Brady Hoke was fired at the end of the regular season. Miles' name was tossed around as a possible replacement, the third time his name has been mentioned as being a head coach candidate at Michigan.

Miles makes $4.3 million a year plus incentives.

The Tigers face Notre Dame in Nashville's Music City Bowl in 15 days.
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LSU's Collins, Neighbors going to Senior Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-collins-neighbors-going-to-senior-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-collins-neighbors-going-to-senior-bowl/ LSU Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 1:21:51 PM Russell Jones LSU's Collins, Neighbors going to Senior Bowl

BATON ROUGE - Two LSU football players accepted invites to be part of the Reese's Senior Bowl Monday.

LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins and fullback Connor Neighbors were recently named the university's most valuable players on offense. The Tigers averaged 219 yards a game on offense during the 2014 season.

Collins, a Baton Rouge native, is a three-year starter for the Tigers and led all offensive linemen on the team in snaps (792) and knockdowns (84.5) this year.

Neighbors was a two-year starter at fullback and is the third member of his family to accept a Senior Bowl invitation, joining his father Wes Neighbors and grandfather Billy Neighbors.

The two acceptances brings the total number of players going to the Senior Bowl up to 86. The annual game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

 


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LSU women's hoops dominates Southeastern 75-42 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-s-hoops-dominates-southeastern-75-42/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-women-s-hoops-dominates-southeastern-75-42/ LSU Sports Sun, 14 Dec 2014 4:22:51 PM Chris Price LSU women's hoops dominates Southeastern 75-42

BATON ROUGE - DaShawn Harden poured in 20 points fueled by a quartet of three-pointers to match a career-high as the LSU women's basketball team returned to action from its final exams break with a convincing 75-42 victory over Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at the Maravich Center.

The Lady Tigers (4-4) used solid contributions from all five members of their starting lineup who amassed 59 of the team's 75 points, 40 of the team's 53 rebounds and 19 of the team's 20 assists. LSU also secured its 21 straight victory over Southeastern Louisiana (3-6) dating back to the 1980-81 season.

Harden's 20 points enabled her to reach double figures for the fourth consecutive game and were the most scored by a LSU player this season. She also racked up 20 points versus Stephen F. Austin last season during her LSU debut. Harden also collected career-highs with nine rebounds and four assists to go along with four steals.

Sheila Boykin turned in her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds over 19 minutes of action. She was 6-of-8 from the floor and registered seven of her 10 rebounds on the offensive end.

Anne Pedersen chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. It was Pedersen's third effort in double figures on the season.

Raigyne Moncrief nearly compiled the fourth triple-double in program history. She distributed a career-high nine assists against only one turnover coupled with nine rebounds and eight points. Akilah Bethel picked up nine points and seven rebounds.

LSU's bench effort was sparked by Jenna Deemer's seven points and three rebounds. Rina Hill came away with five points, while Stephanie Amichia tallied four points and three rebounds.

The Lady Tigers were 32-of-74 shooting and drained a season's best seven three-pointers. LSU also worked its way to a 53-38 rebounding advantage and doubled up the Lady Lions by a 32-16 margin in paint points.

The opening four-plus minutes of the contest featured six lead changes, and LSU took the lead for good at 9-7 on a Harden three-pointer with 15:35 remaining.

Ahead 13-12 at the 10:15 mark, the Lady Tigers turned up the defensive intensity and forced Southeastern Louisiana into 18 straight missed field goal attempts. LSU also pumped in 13 consecutive points as five players hit baskets for the Lady Tigers. Three of the buckets were set up by Moncrief assists which included a Bethel jump hook to make it 26-12 with 5:18 to go.

LSU took a 33-14 advantage into the locker room and stretched its lead to as many as 22 points midway through the second half.

Southeastern Louisiana put together a 12-point flurry and drew back to within 10 points at 47-37 with 7:42 left. The Lady Lions were paced by Symone Miller and Elizabeth Styles who garnered 13 and 12 points, respectively.

LSU regained the momentum and charged back with a 12-0 run of their own. Harden ignited the spurt with a midrange jumper followed a Boykin layup off a high-low feed from Moncrief. Pedersen and Harden rattled home three-pointers, while Boykin added jumper inside the paint.

The Lady Tigers would knock down their final six field goals and concluded the game with 26 of the final 29 points over the last 7:09 off the clock for the winning margin of 75-42.

LSU plays its first true road game of the2014-15 season Tuesday at Long Beach State. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m. CT from Walter Pyramid.

 


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LSU hoops overcomes rust, injury to beat Sam Houston State 76-67 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-overcomes-rust-injury-to-beat-sam-houston-state-76-67/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-overcomes-rust-injury-to-beat-sam-houston-state-76-67/ LSU Sports Sat, 13 Dec 2014 8:49:26 PM AP LSU hoops overcomes rust, injury to beat Sam Houston State 76-67

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jordan Mickey scored 21 points and collected a career-high 15 rebounds as LSU defeated Sam Houston State 76-67 on Saturday.

It was the first game for LSU in 9 days after taking time off for finals, and the rust showed as the Bearkats took an early first half lead.

Mickey, who was 9-of-21 from the field, was one of four players to score in double figures for the Tigers (7-2). Keith Hornsby finished with 16 points, while Jarell Martin had 14 and Tim Quarterman had 11.

The Tigers had to improvise as starting point guard Josh Gray was injured early in the 2nd half as he rolled his ankle and sat the rest of the game. The other Tiger guards managed to pick up the slack. 

Sam Houston, which trailed by as few as four points with less than two minutes to play, was led by Jabari Peters' season-high 15 points. Paul Baxter had 11 points, while both Kaheem Ransom and Michael Holyfield had 10 points for the Bearkats (5-4).

Mickey carried LSU to its 34-31 halftime lead. He had a first-half double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and scored eight of the Tigers' final 11 points. His three-point play put LSU on top 27-26 with 3:52 remaining before halftime.


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LSU's La'el Collins dominates award season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-la-el-collins-dominates-award-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-la-el-collins-dominates-award-season/ LSU Sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:01:37 PM Seth Lewis LSU's La'el Collins dominates award season

When offensive tackle La'el Collins made the decision to stay for his senior year, he was going against the recent trends at LSU. In the past two years alone, 17 Tigers have declared early for the NFL draft. 

Well it looks like his patience will pay off, literally.

After a standout senior year, the former Redemptorist star is racking in all types of awards this week. He was just named a USA Today All-American Thursday. He's been named first team All-SEC by the Coaches and Associated Press. He was also awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the SEC's most outstanding blocker. 

Collins is now projected to be a top 10-15 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. For him, the decision to return to LSU for one final year is not only validated by all he's accomplished, but also by the example he can show of patience working in your favor.

"It speaks volumes. You can always hope for things to be the way you want them to be but at the end of the day, you just have to go with your gut feeling," Collins said. "And just being able to make a sound decision like that, I think that's the best decision I've made so far in my life."


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Limited Music City Bowl tickets on sale now http://www.wbrz.com/news/limited-music-city-bowl-tickets-on-sale-now/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/limited-music-city-bowl-tickets-on-sale-now/ LSU Sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 1:23:31 PM Brock Sues Limited Music City Bowl tickets on sale now

BATON ROUGE - Tiger fans hoping to make the trip up to Nashville to see LSU's first game against Notre Dame in close to eight years can still get inside the stadium as a limited number of lower level and club level seats are still available.

The cheaper tickets for the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl start at $85, while club level seats cost $120. The bowl game will be held at LP Field in Nashville, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. All tickets are subject to a processing fee.

LSU fans can check out where the Tiger fan seating is located within the stadium and purchase tickets online at LSUtix.net. For more information, contact the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184.

 


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LSU will face Notre Dame in Music City Bowl http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-will-face-notre-dame-in-music-city-bowl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-will-face-notre-dame-in-music-city-bowl/ LSU Sports Sun, 7 Dec 2014 2:23:17 PM Greg Renoud LSU will face Notre Dame in Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tn. - LSU (8-4) will finish it's 2014 college football season against Notre Dame  (7-5) at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

The Tigers finished ranked no. 23 in the College football playoff poll and the coaches poll, and No. 22 in the associated press poll. Notre Dame started the season with 6 straight wins, but finished with 4 straight losses.

This will be the Tigers's 15th straight bowl game and 46th overall. It's the first time LSU will head to the Music City bowl.

The game is a rematch of 2006 Sugar Bowl, when the Tigers defeated the Irish 41-14. Overall, LSU and Notre Dame have each won five times in their 10 total matches against each other.

LSU hopes to build off it's win in their regular season finale against Texas A&M on thanksgiving night. Both sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings and freshman running back Leonard Fournette ran for more than 100 yards that night.

One of the biggest question fans will ask for this game is will freshman back up quarterback Brandon Harris see the field. He showed promise when he nearly led the Tigers back from a huge deficit against Mississippi State, but had a bad showing when then Tigers got trounced by Auburn 41-7.

Jennings has been criticized for his passing numbers, which ranks last in the SEC among starting quarterbacks. He also has the lowest completion percentage at 48.8.

The game kicks off December 30th at 2p.m. on ESPN.

 

Other SEC teams in bowl games (all times central):

Allstate Sugar Bowl (national semifinal) - Alabama vs. Ohio State Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Capital One Orange Bowl - Miss. State vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 31, 7 p.m. ESPN
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Ole Miss vs. TCU Dec. 31. 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Missouri vs. Minnesota Jan. 1, Noon ABC (WBRZ)
Belk Bowl - Georgia vs. Louisville Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Outback Bowl - Auburn vs. Wisconsin Jan. 1, 11 a.m. ESPN2
TaxSlayer Bowl - Tennessee vs. Iowa Jan. 2, 2:20 p.m. ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - Arkansas vs. Texas Dec. 29, 8 p.m. ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Texas A&M vs. West Virginia Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ESPN
Birmingham Bowl - Florida vs. East Carolina Jan. 3, Noon ESPN/ESPN2
Independence Bowl - South Carolina vs. Miami Dec. 27 2:30 p.m. ABC (WBRZ)

 

 

 

 

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LSU upsets No. 16 West Virginia 74-73 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-no-16-west-virginia-74-73/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-upsets-no-16-west-virginia-74-73/ LSU Sports Fri, 5 Dec 2014 8:59:25 AM Jim Laise LSU upsets No. 16 West Virginia 74-73

MORGANTOWN, WV - Reserve guard Tim Quarterman scored 21 points and Josh Gray made the game-winning layup with 7.4 seconds left to help LSU upset No. 16 West Virginia 74-73 on Thursday night.

Jarell Martin had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers (6-2), who overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half. Keith Hornsby scored 15.

West Virginia (7-1) was off to its best start since opening 11-0 during the 2009-10 Final Four season.

The Mountaineers were led by Juwan Staten's 17 points. Daxter Miles added 13 and Tarik Phillip had 12.

West Virginia led 43-38 at halftime and extended its lead to 14 in the second half before LSU went on a 15-3 run to pull within three.

Hornsby hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to tie the score at 58.


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Lady Tigers cruise to 73-59 win over La Tech http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-cruise-to-73-59-win-over-la-tech/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-cruise-to-73-59-win-over-la-tech/ LSU Sports Wed, 3 Dec 2014 9:30:52 PM Matt Dunaway Lady Tigers cruise to 73-59 win over La Tech

BATON ROUGE - Raigyne Moncrief collected her first career double-double as the LSU women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 73-59 victory over Louisiana Tech Wednesday at the Maravich Center.

 

LSU (3-4) set the tone with an aggressive defensive performance and forced Louisiana Tech (2-3) into a 2-for-28 shooting effort during the opening half. As a team, the Lady Tigers were 27-for-57 from the floor. The 27 field goals and 47.4 percent shooting clip were season-highs for LSU.

 

Moncrief racked up a season's best 18 points coupled with a career-high 10 rebounds. She also matched career-highs with seven steals and six assists over her 28 minutes of action.

 

Making her first start of the season, DaShawn Harden registered 13 points on 5-of-7 from the floor to claim her third straight effort in double figures. Sheila Boykin also picked up four points, seven rebounds and two assists during her first start on the season.

 

LSU's bench was sparked by Jenna Demmer, who contributed 11 points highlighted by a trio of three-pointers. Rina Hill tacked on eight points and three rebounds, while Alliyah Fareo produced a career-high four points in seven minutes. The eight points for Hill also equaled a season-high.

 

Anne Pedersen chipped in six points and three rebounds whereas Akilah Bethel amassed five points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

 

"I was very pleased with the start of the game in the first half," head coach Nikki Caldwell said. "Our defensive intensity really set the tone. You can see the play action we had worked on in practice over the past four days. It was evident during the course of the game. As a coach, you like to see when your team transfers over things you have worked on. In the first half, we did a great job of doing that. In the second half, our intensity let down a little bit. Louisiana Tech really raised their energy and intensity, but we held on. We made plays when we needed to. This team is, again, growing. We're getting better as each game goes on."

 

After three ties and four lead changes during the opening seven minutes, LSU seized control of the contest with a run for the ages. The Lady Tigers ripped off 29 of the stanza's final 32 points en route to a 37-11 halftime advantage. Louisiana Tech misfired on 16 consecutive shots and committed seven turnovers over the final 12:24 of the half.

 

LSU used 15 consecutive points where seven players scored to go up 25-9 at the 5:34 mark. The flurry was ignited by a traditional three-point play from Harden.

 

The Lady Tigers continued their charge with another 12-0 run that consisted off a pair of Pedersen jumpers, a Moncrief old fashion three-point play, a Deemer triple and a Moncrief jumper.

 

Out of the locker room, Louisiana Tech scored the first seven points of the second half. The Lady Techsters were led by JaQuan Jackson who racked up all 22 of her points in the second half. Kelia Shelton also poured in 15 of her 18 points for Louisiana Tech during the second half.

 

The Lady Tigers kept their advantage in the 20s for a majority of the second half. Louisiana Tech put together 17 of the final 24 points of the game to close the final margin to 73-59.

 

Moncrief secured 11 of her team-leading 18 points during the second half. A key to her success was an 8-for-10 performance at the free throw line.

 

"Ray (Raigyne Moncrief) wasn't able to play up and down all summer," Caldwell said. "She was limited, even in preseason, in August and September. She's really now getting her rhythm back and getting a feel for the game. I like what she said about letting the game come to her. She's in a different role this year for us. She's taking on more of a leadership role by being a great basketball player. One of the great attributes of a great basketball player is their ability to make their teammates look good. That's what she did tonight. She made it easy for Deshawn (Harden). She made it easier for Rina (Hill), Anne Pedersen and Jenna (Deemer). That's what is special about her ability to make other people shine. "

 

LSU returns to action following a 10-day break for final exams. The Lady Tigers play host to Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday, December 14th.

 

Tip time is slated for 2 p.m. at the Maravich Center. The game will be carried online only by SEC Network Plus via www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Lyn Rollins and Victor Howell will serve as the announcing team.

 

The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on its flagship station Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. The broadcast featuring Patrick Wright, the voice of the Lady Tigers, also will be available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live.

 

Season tickets are on sale for $75 online at http://www.LSUtix.net/. The LSU Athletics Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 960-8587 or (225) 578-2184 and is located on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletics Administration Building. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

 

For all of the latest news and information on Lady Tiger basketball, visit www.LSUsports.net/womensbasketball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/LSUwbkb, @lsuwbkb and @NikkiCaldwell on Twitter, @LSUwbkb and @LSUNikkiCaldwell on Instagram.

 

LSU Women's Basketball Postgame Quotes

LSU vs. Louisiana Tech- December 3, 2014

 

HEAD COACH NIKKI CALDWELL

 

Opening statement ...

"I was very pleased with the start of the game in the first half. Our defensive intensity really set the tone. You can see the play action we had worked on in practice over the past four days. It was evident during the course of the game. As a coach, you like to see when your team transfers over things you have worked on. In the first half, we did a great job of doing that. In the second half, our intensity let down a little bit. Louisiana Tech really raised their energy and intensity, but we held on. We made plays when we needed to. This team is, again, growing. We're getting better as each game goes on."

 

On Raigyne Moncrief getting comfortable post injury ...

"Ray (Raigyne Moncrief) wasn't able to play up and down all summer. She was limited, even in preseason, in August and September. She's really now getting her rhythm back and getting a feel for the game. I like what she said about letting the game come to her. She's in a different role this year for us. She's taking on more of a leadership role by being a great basketball player. One of the great attributes of a great basketball player is their ability to make their teammates look good. That's what she did tonight. She made it easy for Deshawn (Harden). She made it easier for Rina (Hill), Anne Pedersen and Jenna (Deemer). That's what is special about her ability to make other people shine. "

 

On coaching against Louisiana Tech's Tyler Summit ...

"Before the game and I said this earlier, we will go and shake hands. We will hug but the competiveness in me and obviously in him, that's going to come out. We are going to put together the best game plan we can to win the basketball game. Then afterwards, we will shake hands and hug again. I am extremely proud of what he has done with Louisiana Tech and making his teams very competitive. Mickie DeMoss, she was my position coach, I know the energy she brings. She is somebody that has helped him. You couldn't have asked for a better assistant coach than Mickie DeMoss who was his mom's (Pat Summitt's) longtime assistant coach but more importantly she was Pat's longtime friend and still is today."

 

On the versatility of Rina Hill and DaShawn Harden...

"I think nothing is ever locked in. What I expressed to our team is that there are 10 ‘starts' in a game. There is one at the 20-minute mark, one at the 16, 12, 8 and 4 (minute media timeouts). I am looking for the group that is going to get us off to a great start each time we go to the bench and come back out. Rina Hill was in for a segment where she got us off to a good start. I know Rina is going to play, so I am more concerned with who is going to get us off to that first initial start. I do not want us playing catch up from behind. In the last couple of games, we played from behind. We were also a revolving door in the first four minutes of the game because we did not want to box out. Once they settled in, we became a very good basketball team."

 

On handling the team's final exam break...

"It is that time of year. We will take tomorrow off, come back and practice for a few days. Then, we will take another day off. We will do some skill-development days. They are really going to dive into their books. We have a lot of kids with majors anywhere from business majors, mass communication majors and engineering majors. Studying at this time is very important. We will work practice around their finals and their study groups. We have 11 days until we play again, but I want to make sure we are sharp. There may be early-morning practices so they can have the rest of the day for their finals. This group is not afraid of getting up at 6 a.m. We did it all summer. It is nothing for us to get up and get in an early-morning workout."

 

GUARD RAIGYNE MONCRIEF

On this game being the team's best game on paper...

"Yes, especially the first half. We were like a brand new team. I think the practices we've been having and the chance of going at each other, we brought it first half. Second half, we kind of let it down like Coach (Nikki Caldwell) said. I think that in the first half we brought the intensity."

 

On attacking the basket ...

"It just happened. I try to take the best shot for the team. I wasn't going in just to make a layup. I wanted to go in and bring in the defense, then kick out to the open players like DaShawn (Harden) or Jenna (Deemer). I just had to make the layup when I got there and had the chance to shoot."

 

On mentally getting back to last season's level...

"My mindset when I come in a game is that I have to, like Coach told me when we had a meeting, let my other teammates shine -let the game come to me. That's when I think my game comes when I have to make open passes, get my assists and get good passes to my teammates. I think that's when I think my games come to me. I just try to come in the mindset of ‘try to make good passes. It's not about the points right now just try to make good passes' and then everything started coming for me after that."

 

GUARD DASHAWN HARDEN

On starting and changing her approach when she's stars...

"I think I did well. I just focused on setting the tone defensively. That's all Raigyne (Moncrief) and I were talking about - setting the tone not even worrying about offense and defensively just making sure that we set the tone ... It's the same, it's still basketball. Its 40 minutes either way if you're coming off the bench or starting the game. You're still playing. The ball's the same. The court's the same. Nothing's different."

 

On keeping the team's momentum after an 11-day layoff for final exams...

"We didn't play for a while because of the Mexico trip. I think that the momentum comes from practice. I think that we carried the momentum from previous practices that we've had the past three or four days. After 11 days between games, that's great because you're building more momentum in practice. I think that's how we carry it over."

 


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Gray's 25 leads LSU to 82-60 win over UMass http://www.wbrz.com/news/gray-s-25-leads-lsu-to-82-60-win-over-umass/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gray-s-25-leads-lsu-to-82-60-win-over-umass/ LSU Sports Tue, 2 Dec 2014 8:57:45 PM Chris Price Gray's 25 leads LSU to 82-60 win over UMass

BATON ROUGE - Josh Gray scored a game-high 25 points, and the LSU Tigers played their best game of the young basketball season to beat UMass 82-60 Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. 

"(I was) just trying to run my team and you know lead my team to get w's," Gray said.


"I just feel like every night it's my job to go out there and make those guys better so that's my main priority to do and I just had a good night tonight."

Jordan Mickey added 16 points and 10 rebounds - his 6th double-double of the season - after missing the Tigers' previous game because of an ankle injury. 

The Tigers (5-2) now travel to West Virginia, where they will take on the 16th-ranked Mountaineers Thursday night.


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LSU's Mickey (ankle) will return to lineup vs UMass on Tuesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-mickey-ankle-will-return-to-lineup-vs-umass-on-tuesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-mickey-ankle-will-return-to-lineup-vs-umass-on-tuesday/ LSU Sports Mon, 1 Dec 2014 9:40:55 PM Chris Price LSU's Mickey (ankle) will return to lineup vs UMass on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE - Jordan Mickey may have only missed one game for the LSU basketball team, but his return to the team prompted teammate Jarell Martin to declare the return of "Batman and Robin." 

When asked who was Batman in that scenario, both Martin and Mickey took the credit for the Bruce Wayne role. 

In reality, the Tigers can't get very far this season with either player out of the lineup for an extended stretch. 

Tigers head coach Johnny Jones said as much on Monday when asked about Mickey's value to the team.

"It's important when Jordan's out there on the floor, both ends of the floor offensively and defensively that he has to make a solid sound impact for us to be successful over the long haul," Jones said.

"I think with he and Jarell Martin: their presence and what they offer to this basketball team - it's important that both of those guys are available for us."

Mickey is averaging 17.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. 

The Tigers (4-2) will host UMass (5-2) at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Tuesday night at 6pm. 


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Tigers ride Martin's career-high 26 to 83-72 win over McNeese State http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-ride-martin-s-career-high-26-to-83-72-win-over-mcneese-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-ride-martin-s-career-high-26-to-83-72-win-over-mcneese-state/ LSU Sports Sat, 29 Nov 2014 9:35:06 PM AP Tigers ride Martin's career-high 26 to 83-72 win over McNeese State

BATON ROUGE - Jarell Martin scored a career-high 26 points and LSU defeated McNeese State 83-72 on Saturday night.

Martin made nine of his 15 field goal attempts and grabbed 10 rebounds. Brian Bridgewater scored a career-high 16 points, Tim Quarterman added 14 and Josh Gray had 13 for the Tigers (4-2).

Desharick Guidry scored 17 points and matched a career-best with 14 rebounds to lead McNeese State (2-2). Jamaya Burr had 13 points and five assists, while Kevin Hardy finished with 12 points for the Cowboys.

McNeese State pulled within 3 points, 60-57, on a basket by Hardy with 11:42 remaining. LSU finally put the Cowboys away by scoring the next 13 points to make it 73-57 with 7:11 left. Gray scored six points, while Bridgewater contributed a three-point play and another field goal during the run.


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LSU Runs over Texas A&M for 23-17 victory http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-runs-over-texas-aandm-for-23-17-victory/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-runs-over-texas-aandm-for-23-17-victory/ LSU Sports Thu, 27 Nov 2014 9:58:24 PM Associated Press LSU Runs over Texas A&M for 23-17 victory

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Collins had a late interception to seal LSU's 23-17 win over Texas A&M on Thursday night.

Texas A&M was driving late when Kyle Allen threw an ill-advised pass, apparently thinking the Tigers had jumped offside. Collins grabbed the ball, ending the Aggies' last chance.

The victory gave LSU (8-4, 4-4 SEC) eight wins for the 15th straight season, the longest streak in school history. The Tigers have won four in a row over Texas A&M (7-5, 3-5).

The Tigers led by 10 at halftime and added two field goals in the second half.

Anthony Jennings threw for 107 yards and a touchdown for LSU, and the quarterback added a career-best 119 yards rushing.


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LSU to offer sports ticket specials this weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-offer-sports-ticket-specials-this-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-offer-sports-ticket-specials-this-weekend/ LSU Sports Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:41:10 AM Brock Sues LSU to offer sports ticket specials this weekend

BATON ROUGE - With the holiday shopping frenzy officially commencing later on today, tickets for your favorite LSU sports teams will also be discounted starting on Black Friday and running through to "Cyber Monday" on Dec. 1.

For the 2014 prime shopping season, tickets for four different Tiger sports - Men's and Women's Basketball, Gymnastics and Baseball - will be offered at a reduced price if purchased with the promo code BLACKFRIDAY at LSUtix.net starting on Friday morning.

The ticket specials offered are as follows:

-Men's Basketball: Half priced upper level tickets for all remaining home games with the exception of Florida and Kentucky. Adult tickets start at $3 each and youth tickets (ages 3-12) are $2.50 each.
-Women's Basketball: General Admission seating for all games, $2.
-Gymnastics: Tickets available for all home meets at $5 for adult reserved seats and $3 for youth (ages 3-12) reserved tickets.
-Baseball: Tickets are available for $4 for all non-conference mid-week games through the 2015 season.

All the offers will be available throughout the weekend until the end of business on Cyber Monday. The tickets must be purchased online at LSUtix.net using the BLACKFRIDAY code.

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Clemson gets past LSU 64-61 in Paradise Jam http://www.wbrz.com/news/clemson-gets-past-lsu-64-61-in-paradise-jam-67098/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clemson-gets-past-lsu-64-61-in-paradise-jam-67098/ LSU Sports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 9:13:59 PM Clemson gets past LSU 64-61 in Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Damarcus Harrison scored 16 points as Clemson topped Louisiana State 64-61 on Monday in the fifth-place game of the Paradise Jam.

Clemson knocked down 7 of 8 free throws in the final 4 minutes and LSU's Jordan Mickey missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Clemson (3-2) went 2-1 in the tournament for the third time in three appearances.

Mickey had 18 points and 10 rebounds for LSU (3-2). Tim Quarterman added a career-high 16 points.

LSU opened the game 1-for-10 shooting as Clemson took an early 8-2 lead. But Mickey helped LSU crawl back into the game with 16 points in the first half, and the teams traded the lead six times before LSU went to halftime with a 31-30 lead.

The second half went back and forth as the teams exchanged the lead eight times and were tied on seven occasions.


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LSU men's hoops settles down to top Weber St. 72-58 at Paradise Jam http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-hoops-settles-down-to-top-weber-st-72-58-at-paradise-jam/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-hoops-settles-down-to-top-weber-st-72-58-at-paradise-jam/ LSU Sports Sat, 22 Nov 2014 5:16:10 PM AP LSU men's hoops settles down to top Weber St. 72-58 at Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Jordan Mickey scored a career-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Louisiana State to a 72-58 victory over Weber State in a consolidation semifinal game at the Paradise Jam Tournament on Saturday.

Mickey was 13-of-24 shooting from the field and added two blocked shots, two assists and two steals for LSU (3-1).

Keith Hornsby scored 18 points for the Tigers, who finished with their largest lead of the game.

Weber State (1-3) was led by Joel Bolomboy, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

LSU led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Weber State closed with an 11-2 run to trail 28-27 at the half.

The teams changed leads four times in the opening 3 minutes of the second half, and stayed within four points of each other until LSU made nine straight shots to go up 49-42 with 11:59 to play.


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