In its history, the LSU women’s basketball team has lost only five home openers.

The Lady Tigers are in serious need of having that trend continue.

LSU opens the home portion of its 40th basketball season at 3 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Lady Tigers started the season on the road but found the going rocky in a 60-57 loss at Wake Forest on Friday.

Freshman Ayana Mitchell and junior Raigyne Moncrief led LSU with 14 points each. Mitchell added to her impressive debut with five rebounds and a steal, while Moncrief led the Lady Tigers in rebounds (six), steals (five) and assists (three).

“We are looking forward to playing our first home game in front of some of the best fans in the country,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas. “It is going to be a game that we are going to have to focus in on being a competitive team that has a toughness about us on the boards. We are going to have to take care of the basketball and try to share the basketball and get the best possible look.

“We hope to be able to bounce back from Friday’s loss and be ready to play.”

UL-Monroe won its season opener Friday over Louisiana College 85-42. Alayshia Hunter led the Warhawks with 25 points, while her team held Louisiana College to 25.9 percent shooting from the field.

The game can be seen online at or on the WatchESPN app and can be heard locally on WBRP-FM 107.3 or at in the Geaux Zone.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. LSU will distribute koozies, schedule cards and posters to fans entering the arena.