The start of the regular season is less than a week away, but there’s still plenty of work for the LSU women’s basketball team to do as the Lady Tigers head into Sunday’s second and final exhibition game.
Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. against Mississippi College at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game will be televised online on SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN.com and can be heard locally on WBRP-FM, 107.3.
The Lady Tigers opened the preseason Wednesday with a 93-71 victory over Loyola of New Orleans.
While the scoring was impressive, coach Nikki Caldwell wants to see improvement on defense. LSU also needs to cut down on the turnovers after giving up the ball 30 times against Loyola.
“We’ve got new faces here, but we are going to have to continue to work at our matchup (zone) and at our man” defense, Caldwell said. “I think this team could really change it up. I think we could be that team that extends our defense — then comes back and be a delay, disrupt type of defensive team as well.”
Against Loyola, freshman Jenna Deemer from Ursuline Academy exploded for 26 points, sparked by a 7-for-10 shooting effort that included five 3-pointers. She also was 7-of-8 at the foul line and had four rebounds and two steals over 26 minutes.
Raigyne Moncrief added 15 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists in her first game action since suffering a knee injury in March in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
DaShawn Harden and Rina Hill each scored 11 points. Harden also had seven assists.
Akilah Bethel, a transfer from West Virginia, freshman Alliyah Fareo and Anne Pedersen each scored eight points. Bethel and Fareo combined for 15 rebounds as the Lady Tigers had a 50-34 rebounding advantage.
LSU played without junior guard Danielle Ballard, a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection, and will do so again Sunday.
LSU announced Ballard had been indefinitely suspended for a violation of unspecified team rules just hours before tipoff Wednesday. She is still allowed to practice with the team but was not on the LSU bench for the Loyola game.
There is no admission charge for Sunday’s game.
The Lady Tigers open the regular season at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Arkansas-Little Rock at the PMAC.