The LSU Lady Tigers are in Nashville, Tennessee, to take on Texas A&M at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Here are three things to know:
1. FOUL FREE: Forward Ayana Mitchell played only 18 minutes at South Carolina because of foul trouble and LSU lost. Guard Raigyne Louis fouled out with 7:29 left in regulation and LSU needed overtime to beat Alabama at home. To beat Texas A&M, the Lady Tigers need 30-plus productive minutes from both.
2. INSIDE OUTSIDE: LSU can’t let 6-5 Texas A&M center Khaalia Hillsman and guard Chennedy Carter, the nation’s top-freshman scorer (21.6 ppg), both go off. In all eight Texas A&M losses, Hillsman and/or Carter have been held below their season scoring averages, including a career-low eight points for Carter at LSU.
3. HISTORY REPEATS? No. 4-seeded LSU beat No. 5 Texas A&M 71-65 in the 2015 SEC tournament quarterfinals in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s the same seeding and setting this year. LSU has won at least one game in its six previous tournaments under coach Nikki Fargas. Will the streak continue?