By Dig Staff
The LSU women’s basketball team will open its 2014-15 campaign in the polls as the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll listed the Lady Tigers at No. 24 in the first batch of rankings for the upcoming season.
LSU is one of five Southeastern Conference teams that will open the season in the Top 25, behind second-ranked South Carolina, fourth-ranked Tennessee, fifth-ranked Texas A&M and Kentucky at No. 10.
“It’s exciting to start up my fourth year here at LSU,” said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell who led the Lady Tigers to a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. “We’ve had a lot of growth and success during my first three years. One of the things that we adopted over the summer was how we could be better than we were last year.”
The Lady Tigers were previously picked to finish seventh in conference by the media that cover the SEC.
Before beginning the season next Friday against Arkansas Little-Rock, the Lady Tigers are set to host a pair of exhibition games starting tonight when they take on Loyola-New Orleans at 7 p.m. They will then welcome Mississippi College to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission is free and both games can be watched online with SEC Network-Plus.
As one of the few contributors that returned from last season’s team, sophomore guard Raigyne Moncrief hopes he team can go further than just the Sweet Sixteen this time around.
“The Sweet 16 has been nice, but we are trying to go farther in the tournament this year,” said Moncrief. “We are going for the Elite Eight and the Final Four. We are going game-by-game and step-by-step. We are always trying to advance more than last year.”
Vale Costa wins Jack Kramer Invitational
LSU sophomore tennis player Joana Vale Costa captured the 2014 Jack Kramer Invitational title by beating 38th ranked Giuliana Olmos of USC by a score of 2-6, 7-6, 6-0.
It was Vale Costa’s first individual tournament win as a part of LSU.
“I’m really excited for Joana to take her first title,” said LSU tennis coach Julia Sell. “This tournament has been really helpful for her mental game. I think she is starting to play very mature tennis and when she’s doing that, she is extremely difficult to beat.”
Also partaking in the California event for LSU were junior Ella Taylor and sophomore Skylar Holloway
Pair Lady Tigers Named to All-Freshman Team
It hasn’t been a storybook season for the LSU soccer team. However, there is still hope for the future and that was confirmed on Sunday when striker Jorian Baucom and defender Alexis Urch were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.
It is the eleventh consecutive year that a player for LSU soccer has made an All-SEC at the end of the season.
Baucom scored eight goals in her 20 appearances for LSU this season while Urch started in every match this season for the Lady Tigers and provided a calm presence for a young backline.