LSU women’s basketball might have let its recent success go to its head a little.
This time last week, LSU women’s basketball was flying high, feeling as confident as it had in a long time after consecutive wins against ranked opponents.
The offense was rolling, the post play was dominating the boards and the young underclassmen — the bulk of the roster this season — was finally starting to show signs of improvement.
Now, the Lady Tigers are looking to find again the underdog mentality that brought them the success in the first place.
Coach Nikki Fargas said the Lady Tigers didn’t show enough respect to Auburn on Thursday night when LSU dropped the road game 70-62.
She believes LSU thought that since it handled business against consecutive ranked opponents just the week before and beat Auburn the week before that, the Lady Tigers felt like they didn’t need to focus as much on their rival this time around.
I just felt like our level of respect wasn’t where it needed to be and I’m like, ‘How can it not be? We have not arrived yet,’” Fargas said. “I felt like we respected the game and the scouting report for those other teams we beat. I didn’t feel like we had that same level of respect and attention and focus to go on the road and have back-to-back road games and come away with a win.”
Fargas credited the team’s lack of maturity for the latest bump in the road just a week after praising the underclassmen for their steady improvement from the beginning of the season.
She still contends the underclassmen continue to improve and that LSU is a better team than it was two months ago, but that the inherent immaturity can’t help but to rear its head from time to time — most notably on the road.
LSU is 3-3 on the road compared to 4-1 at home with the lone loss coming to No. 2 Mississippi State.
Fortunately for this week, plays No. 14 Texas A&M at home on Sunday at 2 p.m. where the Lady Tigers are on a three game win streak.
Unfortunately, they still have another two-game road swing to play during the regular season, and then it’s off to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Southeastern Conference Tournament followed by any potential postseason tournaments LSU may be invited to.
“The challenge has really been getting them back to that mental state of mind of being an underdog,” Fargas said. “You've got to roll your sleeves up and you’ve got to get to work and you’ve got to be the hardest working team on the floor. You can’t have quit in you and you have to have a toughness in you.”
Warming up the record books
Raigyne Louis is on the verge of cracking the program’s top 10 all-time scorers list.
The senior is currently 11th in LSU history with 1,563 career points, which is only 34 points away from tying Alisha Jones (1983-87).
With five more games left in the regular season, Louis is on pace to score 1,642 points before the Lady Tigers go into the postseason. Marie Ferdinand (1997-98) is No. 9 with 1,648 points.
“I’m just going to continue to play my game,” Louis said. “I’ve got to come out and play hard every night. If that requires scoring, rebounds or assists I’m going to do that. I’m going to do whatever I can to help my team win the game.”