LONG BEACH, Calif. — The LSU women’s basketball team will face its first true road test of the season as the Lady Tigers open a two-game swing at 9 p.m. Tuesday against Long Beach State.
Long Beach State (8-1) is coming off a 58-56 overtime victory over No. 18 California. Devin Hudson provided the game-winning put-back with three seconds remaining. The 8-1 start is the best start for the 49ers since the 1986-87 season. Long Beach State is No. 27 in the latest RPI ratings. Hudson is one three players averaging in double figures with 10.0 points per game. Raven Benton averages 11.9 points per game and Anna Kim 10.0.
After Tuesday’s game, LSU visits UC Santa Barbara on Friday night.
Coming off their final exams break, the Lady Tigers picked up a 75-42 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday to even their record at 4-4. LSU’s 75 points were a season-high as the Lady Tigers relied heavily on their starting five, who racked up 59 points, 40 rebounds and 19 assists.
Tuesday’s game will serve as a homecoming for former Long Beach, Calif., standout Sheila Boykin.
“You look at Sheila Boykin being from California, and I like to go back to where our kids are from at least one time during their careers,” coach Nikki Caldwell said.
“Long Beach State took USC into overtime earlier in the season and just beat Cal in overtime last weekend. They are a very competitive basketball team. We may play a West Coast team during NCAA tournament play. We want to expose our team to playing against different styles of basketball.
“Going on the road allows your team to have that time together to continue to build that cohesion that you have to have. It’s important to establish what your identity is going to be on the road because it’s pretty demanding when we get to SEC play. Being able to take our team on the road in hostile environments, those are things that are only going to help us later on.”
LSU’s Raigyne Moncrief has racked up a team-leading 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Moncrief handed out a career-best nine assists against Southeastern.
DaShawn Harden scored a career-high 20 points against the Lady Lions. Harden has averaged 15.0 points and connected on 12 3-pointers during the four-game stretch.