Fifth ranked South Carolina proved to be too much for the LSU women’s basketball team on Sunday. Despite a team-high 15 points from senior guard Jeanne Kenney, the Lady Gamecocks handed LSU a 73-57 loss at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
It was the Lady Tigers’ third loss in their last four games as they dropped to 7-5 in Southeastern Conference play.
“We’ve got to get our team understanding and having that sense of urgency again,” said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell. “They’ve got to fuel that confidence tank right because it’s shaky right now.”
With the home crowd behind, the Lady Tigers kept pace with South Carolina for much of the first half, but the Lady Gamecocks showed why they are a national title contender as they finished the half with a 13-2 run and never looked back after that.
“We’ve got to give a lot of credit to South Carolina,” Caldwell said. “I thought they did a nice job on the offensive end.”
LSU totaled 22 more shot attempts than the Lady Gamecocks, but only shot 28 percent from the field.
“That is disheartening,” Caldwell added. “When you’re playing a team like South Carolina, it’s going to be hard to dig yourself out of a hole.”
Caldwell and the Lady Tigers have to flush this loss fast. But they are headed to Athens, Ga., to take Georgia in a game that will pit two NCAA tournament bubble teams. Tip-off for that is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.
LSU will then return to Baton Rouge for a 1 p.m. matchup against Arkansas on Sunday.
“There are more games to be played,” Caldwell said, urging for her team to continue to fight this season. “We’ve got to go to Athens with a fresh mind, a fresh attitude and just start over. We do that by coming back and working extremely hard.”
Lady Tigers Sweep Doubleheader in Tennis
The LSU women’s tennis team went unblemished in a doubleheader last Sunday as they toppled Northwestern State 5-0 and McNeese State 5-2.
With the pair of victories, the Lady Tigers improved to 7-2 on the season.
“Northwestern State and McNeese State are both two very solid teams that I thought competed really well,” said LSU Head Coach Julia Sell. “We needed those kind of matches, our freshmen especially. They need to learn how to maintain that level and that intensity for two solid matches.”
One of those freshmen was Skylar Holloway who handedly won both of her singles matches. The Washington, D.C. native defeated Northwestern State’s Daniela Simonova 6-1, 6-2 and McNeese State’s Annabelle Peacock 6-2, 6-2.
Holloway excelled in doubles as well with fellow freshman Joana Vale Costa with an 8-2 win over Northwestern State’s Polina Kolop and Tatiana Larina and an 8-5 win over McNeese States’ Klaudia Gawlik and Sara Castellano to follow.
The Lady Tigers will hit the courts again on February 26 when they host Tulane at 3 p.m.
New Gymnastics Record Set
The third-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a school-record 197.875 team score in a second-place finish at the Metroplex Challenge last Saturday night in the Fort Worth Convention Center.
“I am proud that we fought hard all night,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “It is great to know we just set a school record and we can go much higher and be that much better.”
LSU’s previous high score record was a 197.850 against Oklahoma which was set in a neutral meet in Tulsa, Okla., on March 11, 2005.