LSU coach Nikki Fargas dealing with shrinking lineup _lowres

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Nikki Fargas speaks to her players earlier this season. Fargas is dealing with an ever-shrinking list of available Lady Tigers.

The LSU women’s basketball team will spend the Thanksgiving break in Estero, Florida, at the Gulf Coast Showcase, which will be played at Germain Arena Friday through Sunday.

LSU (3-2) plays Purdue (3-0) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Lady Tigers will meet either Marist or Louisville on Saturday at 6:30 or 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s opponent will be either Dayton, Maine, Missouri State or Stanford from the other side of the bracket.

“This is not going to be an easy trip,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “This is going to be a tournament that will challenge us, playing three consecutive games. We are playing against high-caliber teams that are NCAA(-tournament) ready.”

LSU’s Gulf Coast Showcase games will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Purdue is averaging 66.3 points per game and is holding its opponents to an average of 48.7 ppg. April Wilson leads in scoring at 15.3 ppg, while Bridget Perry averages 7.0 rebounds per game.

“They are a team that has veteran guard and post play for a balanced attack,” Fargas said. “The key for us is to take each possession and make them meaningful, especially on the offensive end because Purdue does a great job of trying to disrupt you through their defensive action. Taking care of the basketball will be key as well as controlling the boards.”

The series between LSU and Purdue is tied at 2-2, dating to the first meeting during the 1989 NCAA tournament, with LSU winning 54-53.

The last meeting between the two teams was a 70-54 Purdue win in Baton Rouge during the 2001-02 season.

This will be the first time that the two teams will be playing when neither is ranked.