The classroom tests are over for now for the LSU Lady Tigers.
Now the on-the-court tests resume.
After an 11-day break for fall semester final exams, LSU returns to the court Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center between the Lady Tigers (3-4) and the Lady Lions (3-5).
The game can be seen online on SEC Network+ (WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app) and can be heard on the LSU Sports Network on WBRP-FM 107.3 and in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net.
The SLU broadcast can be heard in Hammond on KSLU-FM 90.9 and on LionSports.net.
Though the Lady Tigers spent most of their time during the longest break in their schedule hitting the books, LSU also hit the practice court.
To that end, coach Nikki Caldwell expects to see a team ready to compete when it takes the floor for its first game since a 73-59 victory over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 3.
“I expect us to play hard with a lot of intensity and energy,” Caldwell said.
“Our players will be hungry to get back on the floor. I don’t want them to lose the momentum that we gained prior to finals. That’s something that you worry about as a coach.”
This will be LSU’s last home game of 2014. The Lady Tigers play four more December games, all on the road, before opening Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 2 at Florida.
Caldwell is hopeful her team’s practices have them ready to continue winning and improve.
“We’re trying to keep their intensity at the level that it needs to be,” Caldwell said. “I want our practices more difficult and more demanding than the game is.
“I know they’re going to be excited to get back on the floor together.”
LSU will again be without suspended junior guard Danielle Ballard, who has been absent since the preseason because of a violation of unspecified team rules.
Caldwell said the Lady Tigers will also be without freshman post player Alliyah Fareo on Sunday. The 6-3 Australian cut her hand on some broken glass in her apartment, but Caldwell said she will be available again soon.
The Lady Tigers will again be led by sophomore guard Raigyne Moncrief, who leads LSU with 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She posted her first career double-double against Tech with 18 points and 10 rebounds, along with seven steals and six assists.
Other starters include guards DaShawn Harden (9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds per game) and Anne Pedersen (6.4, 2.0) and forwards Akilah Bethel (8.0, 4.3) and Sheila Boykin (5.4, 6.1).
SLU has lost back-to-back SEC road decisions to Auburn (72-44) and Mississippi State (97-36).
The Lady Lions are led by Symone Miller with 14.3 points per game, followed by Nanna Pool with 13.9. Elizabeth Styles averages 9.4 points and a Southland Conference-leading 6.0 assists per game.
“Pool gives them a nice presence inside,” Caldwell said. “Styles and Miller can really stretch you. We have to really be in tune to our defensive scheme and keep them off the glass.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game start at $2 for general admission seating.
Fans are encouraged to bring an unopened toy as part of the program’s holiday toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. Collection bins will be located throughout the upper concourse of the arena.
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