NEW ORLEANS — LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance was an honorable mention on the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America team, the organization announced.

A 10-member first-team All-America squad was selected in addition to the honorable mentions.

This is the 39th year of the WBCA Coaches’ All-America program, which began in 1975.

Arguably the nation’s most improved player, Plaisance went from averaging 4.5 points per game as a sophomore to a league-best 17.0 points per game in her first year as a starter.

Plaisance was also the first LSU player since Seimone Augustus to lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring.

Plaisance finished fourth in the SEC in rebounds (8.3 per game), sixth in field-goal percentage (43.7), second in blocks (2.5 per game) and 10th in free-throw percentage (72.8). She was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in all five of those categories.

Plaisance helped lead LSU to a 22-12 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet 16 berth since 2008. The Lady Tigers went on a seven-game winning streak late in the season with wins over three straight top-25 teams.

Plaisance was one of seven SEC players who received an honorable mention on the WBCA All-America team. The others were Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone, Vanderbilt’s Tiffany Clarke, Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons, Georgia’s Jasmine Hassell and Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies.


TIGERS BRING HOME CENTRAL REGION AWARDS: LSU head coach D-D Breaux, sophomore gymnast Rheagan Courville, associate head coach Jay Clark and assistant coach Bob Moore all earned Central Region awards, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women announced Monday.

Courville won Central Region Gymnast of the Year, Breaux earned Central Region Coach of the Year and Clark and Moore shared Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

Courville is the first LSU gymnast to win Central Region Gymnast of the Year since Susan Jackson in 2010.

Breaux is now a six-time recipient of the region’s Coach of the Year award. She also won it in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

This marks the fourth time Moore has earned assistant coach of the year honors. He won it in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Clark is in his first season as a coach in the central region.

This season, Courville captured the all-around, vault and beam titles at the Southeastern Conference Championship. Courville leads the nation with nine all-around victories.

She has established career highs on each event this season as well, posting a 10.0 on vault, 9.95 on bars, 9.95 on beam and 9.975 on floor.

Breaux guided the Tigers to the No. 5 national seed at the NCAA Championships, which get under way later this month. Breaux coached the team to the 12th regional title in school history with a 197.275 at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Saturday. LSU finished third at the SEC Championship on March 23 with the third-best score in school history at 197.700.

LSU (20-6) is gearing up for the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles. The Tigers will take part in Semifinal I at 2 p.m. April 19 inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.