Star LSU women’s basketball guard Danielle Ballard has been suspended indefinitely from competition, the school announced Wednesday, just hours before the Lady Tigers opened their two-game exhibition schedule against Loyola of New Orleans.
A statement from the school said Ballard was being suspended for a violation of team rules.
A reason for or length of the suspension was not given.
“As a coach, there are times where we encounter disciplinary situations concerning our student-athletes,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said in a university news release. “Danielle has unfortunately been suspended for a violation of team rules.”
According to LSU, Ballard will be allowed to practice with the team during her suspension. She was seen at practice with the team Tuesday during a team media availability but did not speak to reporters.
A 5-foot-9 junior from Memphis, Tennessee, Ballard is LSU’s top returning scorer and rebounder with 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
She averaged 23.3 points and 14.0 rebounds during the Lady Tigers’ three-game run to an NCAA tournament regional semifinal appearance last season.
As a freshman, Ballard set a school record with 100 steals and averaged 12.1 points per game. She enters this season 170 points and 74 rebounds away from joining LSU’s 1,000-point, 500-rebound club.
Ballard was named Wednesday to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason All-SEC first team, the only LSU player so honored.
The SEC coaches picked LSU to finish seventh in the 14-team conference overall.
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