The LSU women’s basketball program unveiled its 2014-15 schedule Friday which includes a marquee nonconference home game against Rutgers coupled with four SEC home matchups at the Maravich Center.
LSU will play 15 games inside the Maravich Center where the Lady Tigers have compiled an impressive 40-11 mark during the last three seasons under the direction of coach Nikki Caldwell.
The Lady Tigers also learned that 12 of their 16 SEC contests will be televised which includes five appearances on the ESPN family of networks and five appearances on the newly formed SEC Network. LSU also will appear twice on Fox Sports Network.
“Our schedule will present us with a mix of challenges and quality opponents from our opening game all the way through the final SEC game,” Caldwell said. “Our nonconference schedule will prepare us and provide us outstanding balance against the variety of styles of play we will see in order to be successful in the SEC, the toughest conference in the country.”
After a pair of exhibition matchups against Loyola New Orleans (Nov. 5) and Mississippi College (Nov. 9), LSU opens the regular season with five straight home games over a nine-day stretch.
5 — Loyola; 9 — Mississippi College; 14 Arkansas-Little Rock; 15 — Sam Houston State; 17— Jackson State; 19 — Tulane; 22 — Rutgers; 25-27 — Puerto Vallarta, Mexico tournament.
3 — Louisiana Tech; 14 — Southeastern Louisianal 16 — at Long Beach State; 19 — at UC Santa Barbara; 28 — vs. UNC Greensboro, Coral Gables, Fla.; 29 — at Miami/vs. Florida A&M
2 — at Florida; 4 — South Carolina; 8 — Vanderbilt; 11 — at Texas A&M; 15 — at Mississippi State; 18 — Kentucky; 22 — at Tennessee; 29 — Ole Miss; February
2 — Missouri; 5 — at Auburn; 8 — Alabama; 12 — at South Carolina; 19 — Georgia; 22 — at Arkansas; 26 — at Ole Miss
1 — Texas A&M; 4-8 — SEC Tournament North Little Rock, Ark.; 20-23 — NCAA Tournament 1st & 2nd Rounds; 27-30 — NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 & Elite 8 Rounds.
LSU Earns Split at Mortar Board Premier: In West Lafayette, Ind., after suffering a tough loss earlier in the day, the LSU volleyball team looked to end Friday on a better note, and did, getting the team’s first triple-double since 2008 in Malorie Pardo’s 40-assist, 11-dig, 10-kill effort, along with a host of other top efforts to earn a comeback, 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18), victory over South Florida to earn a split on day one of the Mortar Board Premier.
In a bizarre opening set of the contest, the Tigers (1-1) made the case that it was going to roll over USF (0-2) after the first few minutes. But that quickly changed as the Bulls stormed back to take the set in convincing fashion. However the Tigers were able to weather the storm and in the next three played efficiently and remained determined in sweeping to close and earn their first win of the season.
“It’s a good start. Not a great start, but a good, solid start,” head coach Fran Flory said. “We did some really good things, we just didn’t sustain them long enough in the first match. We bounced back in the second match, but we knew we had some challenges coming into the weekend.”
After earning a double-double in the earlier match, senior setter Malorie Pardo did one better this time around, becoming the first player since Sam Dabbs to earn a triple-double in Purple and Gold, as the Texas native added two service aces and two blocks to the overall team effort. Although she earned double-digit assists in the third and fourth set, she was also strong on the attack as she hit a blistering .833 with no errors on 12 swings.
“I thought Malorie did a good job, and we had a talk between matches about making sure we were getting Bri more swings,” Flory said. “Setting our middles has to be the goal because that is what this team is built to do.”