SEC women’s tournament: Five things to watch for

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU's Theresa Plaisance is averaging 17.6 points and leads the SEC in made free throws with 123.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU's Theresa Plaisance is averaging 17.6 points and leads the SEC in made free throws with 123.

1. Next stop New Orleans?

No Southeastern Conference team has been to the Women’s Final Four since 2008 when LSU and Tennessee made it. Can anyone here show they are in good enough form to reach this year’s Final Four at New Orleans Arena?

2. Points of contention

The fight for the SEC scoring title has carried over to the conference tournament with a tight three-way duel between Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons (17.7 points per game), LSU’s Theresa Plaisance (17.6) and Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone (17.4). Simmons has made the most 3-pointers (57), Plaisance leads the SEC in made free throws (123), and Bone leads in field-goal percentage (56.7).

3. Four on the floor

To be tournament champion, LSU will have to win four games in four days. In the 33-year history of the event, that has been done only four times, most recently by Vanderbilt as a No. 6 seed (same as LSU) in 2004.

4. Crash the dance

The SEC’s top seven seeds — Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas A&M, South Carolina, LSU and Vanderbilt — have all locked up NCAA bids. Can Arkansas, Florida or Missouri win enough to get there as well?

5. Eye of the (new) Tigers

Morgan Eye of No. 10-seeded Missouri leads the nation with 3.6 3-pointers per game and leads the SEC with a 41.7 3-point shooting percentage. Will she and Mizzou’s SEC-leading 253 3-pointers be enough to knock off No. 7 Vanderbilt on Thursday?

Scott
Rabalais