LSU women try to rebound against UC Santa Barbara _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell reacts to Rutgers' stealing the ball from one of her players during the Sue Gunter Classic, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The LSU women’s basketball team looks to return to the win column before the holiday break and wraps up its two-game California road trip Friday at UC Santa Barbara.

Tip time is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CST from the Thunderdome, and the game will not be televised. The game will be broadcast on WBRP-FM, 107.3 in the Baton Rouge area.

Last time out, the Lady Tigers (4-5) nearly overcame an early 20-point deficit during the first half before dropping a 59-44 decision at Long Beach State. LSU rallied back to within 43-39 at the 6:49 mark, but the 49ers put together 16 of the final 21 points to pick up the 15-point win.

UC Santa Barbara (0-9) is led by Jemerigbe Onome’s 8.6 points and 3.3 assists per game. UCSB’s nine losses have come by an average of 16.7 points per contest.

“This team has to buy in that it’s a 40-minute game,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We have shown that we can play 20-30 minutes here and there.”

If we can put in the energy and the intensity levels for us to become a better team for 40 minutes, the outcome is going to be different. Holding a team like Long Beach State to 44 points after the spurt that they had at the beginning of the game, that’s a good defensive effort for 35 minutes of basketball. Offensively, we’ve struggled. That’s an area where we as coaches are going to watch and be able to see where we can be better on the offensive end. We have to see what play action we could be running differently and which players need to get more shot attempts. We need to get better on the offensive end and be ready to play UC Santa Barbara.”

Sheila Boykin has collected consecutive double-doubles which include 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in-front of her hometown crowd at Long Beach State. Over her last five outings, Boykin has upped her averages to 9.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She has amassed 3.6 of her 7.2 rebounds per game on the offensive end which ranks seventh in the SEC.

DaShawn Harden and Raigyne Moncrief have paced LSU’s offensive attack with 10.7 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.