Posted: Feb 10, 2013 4:29 PM by LSU Sports Information
BATON ROUGE -- Facing it's third top-15 opponent this week, the LSU women's basketball team broke through with a 62-54 victory over No. 9-ranked Georgia on Sunday at the Maravich Center.
LSU (14-10, 5-6 SEC), which lost to No. 12 Tennessee on a last-second layup Thursday, bounced back by outscoring Georgia (20-4, 8-3 SEC) 11-3 in the final 3:23.
The Lady Tigers converted 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch while holding Georgia to only 2-of-9 shooting.
Forward Theresa Plaisance led the way for LSU with 13 points with nine rebounds, while guards Adrienne Webb and Jeanne Kenney added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Danielle Ballard overcame a 2-for-17 shooting afternoon by grabbing 15 rebounds including eight on the offensive end.
Bianca Lutley and Derreyal Youngblood each scored seven points off the bench for the Lady Tigers.
Georgia, which shot 30.1 percent (22 of 73), got a team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds from Jasmine Hassell. Outside of Hassell's 8-for-13 shooting performance, the rest of the Bulldogs made only 23 percent of their shots.
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LSU vs. Georgia
February 10, 2013
LSU HEAD COACH NIKKI CALDWELL
"I'm very proud of this team, especially after the loss on Thursday. We could have wallowed in the fact that we let that one go. But they came back today with a lot of courage, and a lot of character. Their work ethic on the defensive end was impeccable. I thought we did a very good job of disrupting a very good offensive team in Georgia. They've got some tremendous players. We were able to execute our game plan. They pretty much executed and tried to do anything we asked of them. More importantly, I was proud of them to come away with a win today."
On the team's attitude in today's game...
"I was leaning more to the confident side, and being optimistic because of how they handled the Tennessee loss. I saw a team very disappointed, but I saw a team who had laid it on the line and wasn't afraid to. With great risk there are great rewards, but there is also going to be greater sorrow. We felt that in the locker room. We took the day off Friday, and removed ourselves completely from basketball. We came in Saturday, and went over the game plan real light. We let them sleep in this morning, and got to the gym early and they were focused. That's the sign of a team that's maturing."
On the importance of today's win...
"We were very focused. We know that opportunities are going to start dwindling down. We knew that a win today would not only have significance as far as our standings in the SEC play, but more importantly for team morale, having been so close in the last two games. Against Texas A&M in the last four minutes we let that one slip. In the last 40 seconds of the Tennessee game, we let that one slip. They've always known that they can play with some of the best teams in the country. It is just a matter of us now taking that extra step to beat some of the best teams in the country."
On Danielle Ballard's rebounding success
"(Ballard) is that type of player. She has competitive spirit about her. She wants to win. She didn't shoot the ball extremely well, but we challenge her to do other things like get on the boards, and she did just that. Some of those offensive put backs that she missed; we know she can make some of them. Some of them, because of her competitive spirit, she was going against a 6'4' 6'3' (player) every time. But Danielle does a lot of good things for us, not only with her board play but also defensively."