When LSU’s Theresa Plaisanceand Penn State’s Maggie Lucastake on each other in Tuesday night’s NCAA tournament second-round game in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, it won’t just be a battle of two of the nation’s premier players.
The two also happen to be friends, going back to their McDonald’s All-American days coming out of high school in 2010.
“We were on the same ‘Rock Band’ team. We won that championship,” Plaisance said Monday. “We have been very close ever since then. Maggie is a special player.”
The Lady Tigers and their fans saw how special in last year’s second-round game at the PMAC, when Lucas poured in 30 points on LSU in a 90-80 Penn State win.
Plaisance was a contributor in that game — she scored 10 points and had three rebounds in a reserve role — but plays a much bigger role now.
Plaisance turned in an All-Southeastern Conference season, going into the tournament averaging 17.4 points. She’s now at 17.3.
Plaisance had 16 points and six rebounds Sunday, both team highs, in LSU’s 75-71 first-round win over Green Bay. She has scored in double figures in 31 straight games.
“She’s a great player, and I have a lot of respect for how she can take it inside and outside,” Lucas said. “She’s a tough matchup.”
LSU ties school mark
In one of their hottest-shooting games behind the arc this season, the Lady Tigers sank 9 of 14 3-pointers against Green Bay (64.3 percent) to tie a school NCAA tournament single-game record.
LSU made 9 of 18 3s against UNC Asheville on March 17, 2007, and was 9 of 15 against Notre Dame on March 15, 1999.
It’s got to be the shoes
Penn State coach Coquese Washington was asked whether she was intimidated by coaching against someone who wears shoes like her friend, Nikki Caldwell. The LSU coach wore leopard-print, high-heeled boots during Sunday’s game against Green Bay.
“Did you see how high my heels are?” Washington shot back with mock indignation. “They are not as fancy, not as much as animal print. But you know, the heel is pretty high. I’m only 5-6, but on game day I’m like 5-10.”
Tickets for Tuesday’s game are $15 for adults and $10 for children. LSU students are admitted free with a valid university ID.
Tickets will be on sale at the LSU athletic ticket office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the PMAC ticket office on the upper concourse starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets also are available by phone at (225) 578-2184 or online at http://www.lsutix.net.
Penn State senior post player Nikki Greene hails from Diboll, Texas, about a 41/2-hour drive from Baton Rouge. She said LSU was one of her four finalists before choosing Penn State. ... ESPN’s Tom Hart and Krista Blunk will call the game on ESPN2. … Penn State is 4-2 against LSU.