Lady Tigers score two wins in Spain

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell yells during the Lady Tigers' game against Texas A&M in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in February. Show caption
Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell yells during the Lady Tigers' game against Texas A&M in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in February.

ALICANTE, Spain — Freshman Raigyne Moncrief scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the LSU women’s basketball team closed out its Spain exhibition schedule in Spain with a 79-42 win over the Catholic University of Murcia on Sunday.

Moncrief and Jasmine Rhodes combined for 34 points, and Theresa Plaisance added 18 points in a 101-28 exhibition win over the Catholic University of Murcia on Saturday

The Lady Tigers posted a 3-1 record and got contributions from all nine players.

“This has given us a chance to bond,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said of the trip. “You can expect to see a team that is more disciplined on the offensive end. We have a lot of different looks that we can put on the floor. I am very pleased with our returning players. Our three freshmen can change the tempo of the game. That is something that will make us better. This team will be playing on a mission. We have appreciated everything about this opportunity to be in Spain.”

In Sunday’s game, Shanece McKinney netted 12 points, Anne Pedersen added 11— including six straight in the third quarter as all nine players scored for the second straight day.

In Saturday’s game, Moncrief had a game-high 19 points, including 11 in the second half.

Rhodes had 15 points and buried two 3-pointers.

Plaisance added 12 points in the second half, and Danielle Ballard chipped in 11.

LSU will depart Alicante on Monday morning for Madrid, where the team will tour before flying back to the United States on Thursday.

Basketball

MALL BALL SET SATURDAY: The LSU men’s and women’s basketball teams begin their “Road to Tipoff” for the upcoming season Saturday with their annual appearance at “Mall Ball.”

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will be in the Macy’s wing at the Mall of Louisiana from noon to 2 p.m. signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.

The “Road to Tip Off” is a series of preseason events which allow Tiger fans to follow the men’s and women’s basketball teams at appearances around Baton Rouge and the LSU campus before the season.

All events are free, and more detailed information will be available before each event on social media and LSUsports.net.

Other events scheduled at this time include: the first “Bayou Madness” Oct. 10 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center; the annual “Student Block Party” Oct. 22 in Free Speech Alley in front of the LSU Student Union and some appearances by the head coaches at local establishments, including at TJ Ribs during the Les Miles weekly radio show.