The LSU Lady Tigers have had to learn to play without Jenna Deemer much of the season.
They’ll have to figure out how to win without her in the Southeastern Conference tournament, too.
LSU coach Nikki Fargas on Monday said the sophomore guard will miss this week’s Southeastern Conference tournament, which likely means she’s being shut down for the rest of the season.
Deemer missed nine straight games with an undisclosed illness, then came back and hit some key baskets in a 57-56 upset of Tennessee on Feb. 21. But she played sparingly Thursday against Florida and not at all Sunday at South Carolina.
“Because of her passion and her grit and her commitment to her teammates, she went out there and gave me everything she had, and she was exhausted,” Fargas said. “That to me just says a lot about who Deemer is as a person. Obviously we are sorry that we haven’t had her back, but that was a memory that she contributed for those seniors to really feel and take with them because they’ll talk about that game well after they’ve left LSU.”
A graduate of Ursuline Academy, Deemer averaged 9.5 points in 19 games, with nine starts. LSU’s only consistent 3-point threat, Deemer shot 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, making 32 of 83 attempts. The rest of the Lady Tigers combined have made just 17 3-pointers.
The No. 13 seed in the SEC tournament, LSU (9-20, 3-13) will play No. 12 Alabama (15-14, 4-12) at 10 a.m. CST Wednesday (SEC Network) in the first game of the week in Jacksonville, Florida. The winner meets No. 5 seed Kentucky on Thursday.