COLLEGE STATION, Texas — All things considered, there could be worse times for the LSU women’s basketball team to head on the road to play No. 9 Texas A&M.
Tip off is set for noon Sunday at A&M’s Reed Arena. The game will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on WBRP-FM 107.3 and in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net.
LSU is only 8-7 overall (2-1 Southeastern Conference), but the Lady Tigers are coming off of arguably their most impressive victory to date: Thursday’s 64-44 win at home against Vanderbilt.
LSU has also regained the services of previously suspended junior guard Danielle Ballard.
Ballard, a preseason All-SEC first-team selection, started slowly after coming off her season-long suspension for violating team rules.
She came off the bench for just 11 minutes, scoring four points with a rebound, an assist and two steals.
According to LSU, Ballard is not projected to be a starter against A&M (14-3, 2-1) but is likely to see more playing time.
Texas A&M started the season 11-0, including a 63-59 win over Duke, but the Aggies have cooled a bit since them.
A&M is just 3-3 in its past six games, including a 70-49 loss at Washington on Dec. 29 and Thursday’s 81-58 loss at No. 7 Tennessee.
Nonetheless, the game is a difficult part of one of the toughest stretches of basketball for the Lady Tigers in years.
Vandy was the only unranked team in a six-game span for LSU, starting with last Sunday’s 75-51 loss to No. 1 South Carolina.
After A&M, LSU plays Thursday at No. 14 Mississippi State, Jan. 18 at home against No. 10 Kentucky, and Jan. 22 at Tennessee.
It’s the first time the Lady Tigers have faced this many ranked teams in such close proximity since taking on six straight during the 2002-03 season.
DaShawn Harden, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, scored 18 points against Vandy and continues to lead the Lady Tigers with 12.4 points per game.
Courtney Walker, a 5-8 junior guard, leads A&M with 15.2 points per game.