LSU report for October 6, 2011

CHOUDRANT — For the second straight season, LSU sophomore Landon Lyons finished among the Top 10 at the Squire Creek Invitational to lead a group of LSU individuals playing in the 54-hole event at Squire Creek Country Club.

Lyons, a former Episcopal standout, fired an even-par 216 (70-72-74) to finish tied for ninth. He earned a fourth place at the in his collegiate debut here in 2010.

Austin Gutgsell finished one shot behind Lyons in a tie for 11th at 217.

Freshman Stewart Jolly tied for 19th place at 5-over 221 for his first top-20 finish.

Women’s basketball

LADY TIGERS OPEN PRACTICE: The LSU women’s basketball team opens practice Thursday, officially beginning preparations under first-year coach Nikki Caldwell.

Caldwell was named LSU’s seventh women’s basketball coach on April 2, succeeding Van Chancellor.

The Lady Tigers return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last season’s 19-13 team, led by first-team All-Southeastern Conference senior forward LaSondra Barrett. Other returning starters include senior forward Taylor Turnbow and junior guard Adrienne Webb.

The Lady Tigers open play less than a month from now with an exhibition game against Xavier of New Orleans at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU opens the regular season Nov. 14 at Wichita State, and begins its regular-season home slate against Georgetown at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the PMAC.

The PMAC will also once again serve as a host site for the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s tournament, March 18 and 20.

Soccer

LSU CLIMBS INTO TOP 20 IN RPI REPORT: LSU climbed 16 spots to No. 18 in the NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index after a weekend sweep of Georgia and Tennessee.

The Tigers, ranked No. 34 in the initial RPI last week, are riding a six-game win streak and an unbeaten streak of nine games.

The Tigers (9-3-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) lead the SEC.

The RPI is the primary ratings system used by the NCAA when determining which teams receive at-large bids for the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament.

NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer RPI

1. UCLA 10-0-1

2. Florida 10-3-0

3. Wake Forest 11-1-1

4. Duke 12-1-1

5. Stanford 11-0-1

6. Virginia 8-3-2

7. Boston College 9-0-2

8. Memphis 12-0-0

9. UW-Milwaukee 11-1-0

10. Kentucky 9-3-0

11. North Carolina 8-2-0

12. Pepperdine 8-0-4

13. Florida State 9-4-0

14. Oklahoma State 14-0-0

15. Auburn 9-2-1

16. Central Florida 9-2-3

17. Dayton 10-1-0

18. LSU 9-3-1

19. Texas A&M 9-5-0

20. Miami (Fla.) 7-4-1

21. Penn State 11-3-0

22. Marquette 12-2-0

23. California 8-3-1

24. Rice 8-3-1

25. Santa Clara 7-1-4

BOUDREAU EARNS NATIONAL AWARD: LSU senior Taryne Boudreau, already honored as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, also received her second straight selection to the Soccer America Women’s National Team of the Week.

Her selection Wednesday is the third time in the past four weeks that an LSU player has been picked for the Soccer America Women’s National Team of the Week. Freshman defender Jodi Calloway was recognized Sept. 14.

Boudreau figured in both goals in a 2-1 win over Georgia on Sunday. She assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner.

ISOM NAMED FINALIST FOR AWARD: LSU senior goalkeeper Mo Isom was selected Wednesday as one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer.

CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

The 10 finalists were selected by a media committee from a list of 30 candidates announced in August.

Fans of LSU have the opportunity to cast their votes for Isom via online voting through Nov. 14 at www.seniorclass

award.com.

Softball

FALL SEASON OPENS ON FRIDAY: After two weeks of practices, LSU will play it first games of the fall season with a doubleheader against Northwestern State at 5 p.m. Friday.

“I’m excited for our players to put the uniform on for the first time and for our fans to get their first glimpse of the 2012 Tigers,” coach Beth Torina said. “We’ve got a great mix of veterans and newcomers. As coaches, we’re looking forward to seeing how the players respond in a game atmosphere.”

LSU returns 17 players, including pitcher Brittany Mack.