The best thing about her career-high 28 points in Sunday’s win over Texas A&M as far as DaShawn Harden was concerned?
“We don’t have to play (Thursday),” she said.
LSU’s 80-63 rout of the Aggies at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, coupled with Mississippi State’s 55-47 win over Ole Miss, made LSU the No. 4 seed for this week’s Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament.
As a top four seed, the Lady Tigers (16-12 overall, 10-6 SEC) draw a double-bye all the way to Friday’s quarterfinal round at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
LSU will play about 2:30 p.m. Friday on the SEC Network, likely against Texas A&M again.
Mississippi State finished 11-5 in SEC play to earn the No. 3 seed.
The Aggies (22-8, 10-6) drew the No. 5 seed and will play Thursday afternoon against the winner of Wednesday’s 6 p.m. game between No. 12-seeded Florida (13-16, 5-11) and No. 13 Auburn (12-17, 3-13).
LSU wound up in a three-way tie for fourth with A&M and Kentucky (21-8, 10-6). The Lady Tigers won the three-way tiebreaker. It was a combined 2-1 against A&M and Kentucky while the Aggies were 2-1 and the Wildcats were 0-2. That left LSU and A&M. Since they split their series, the tiebreaker came down to how they fared against the tournament seeds: No. 1 seed (South Carolina, both lost); then No. 2 seed (Tennessee, both lost); then No. 3 seed (Mississippi State, LSU won, A&M lost).
South Carolina (27-2, 15-1) shared the regular-season title with Tennessee (25-4, 15-1) but gets the No. 1 seed because it beat the Lady Volunteers.
History on their side?
This is LSU’s highest seeding since the Lady Tigers were also No. 4 in 2012. LSU reached the final that year before losing to Tennessee in Nashville.
LSU is 33-34 all time in the SEC tournament, winning titles in 1991 and 2003. The 2003 tournament win was also in North Little Rock, over Tennessee.
Senior Day plus one
LSU honored seniors Sheila Boykin and Harden before Sunday’s home finale, along with forward Anne Pedersen.
A fourth-year junior from Copenhagen, Denmark, Pedersen will graduate in May and will then decide whether to return for a fifth season.
In the spotlight
A television crew from sophomore guard Rina Hill’s hometown of Nagoya-Shi, Japan, was in Baton Rouge the last week filming a documentary about her.
Hill, believed to be the first LSU athlete from Japan, had six points and four assists off the bench as she moved into a reserve role so Harden could start on Senior Day.
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