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LSU senior guard Raigyne Louis (11) and teammate Ayana Mitchell and coach Nikki Fargas will represent the Lady Tigers at SEC basketball media days on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

The reigning Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year can add another honor to her resume on Wednesday after LSU senior Raigyne Louis was placed on the watch list for the inaugural Cheryl Miller Award, which will go to the nation's top small forward in Division I women's basketball.

Louis — formerly Raigyne Moncrief before she was married this summer — is one of 20 players to be named to the watch list, including three others from the SEC.

The selection committee is composed of media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers from women's college basketball. The watch list will be narrowed to just 10 by mid-February. Five finalists will then be presented to Miller and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March.

Louis is the only senior on the Lady Tigers roster this season and will be saddled with leading the young group.

She opens her final season on a 16-game double-digit scoring streak and needs just 32 assists to become the fifth LSU player to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 steals and 275 assists in a career.

Last week Louis was named first-team All SEC.

Louis and the Lady Tigers open the season at South Florida on Thursday before returning tom Baton Rouge on Sunday for the home opener.

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