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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: “This is the first official practice. I have been on the floor with them six times, two hours each time. I think it’s too early to give my assessment of returning players and new players, but I can tell you during those six practices that we had, I saw young people that wanted to do good. They wanted to impress me. They played hard.” Stated the first year LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey before their first official practice in front of fans and media on Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Mulkey mentioned that there would be several former players in attendance at the practice. "We're going to have former players at practice today, those are players who go back to the Sue Gunter days, those are players that recently finished, some are WNBA players. To have them come to practice speaks volumes. I think the history of women's basketball at LSU speaks for itself. Those five Final Fours were phenomenal, it was exciting during that era." Mulkey said. "We from a distance was a part of understanding and appreciating what they were doing here because you know we played them in 2005 in the semi-finals of the Final Four. So being from Louisiana, I'm always keeping up with the State. I know the history here. I know the history of women's basketball at LSU. I know the history of good players in Louisiana. It's exciting for me, but a lot of young people don't know that history. So when you recruit, you must sell those players, you must sell the history, you must sell the coaches that came before me and we will do that. Our theme for the year will be, .. 'Respect the Pass and Embrace the Future'.."
When asked about the leadership of graduate student Khayla Pointer, Mulkey would add. "From my perspective I think she's doing great. Great in recruiting when we've had recruits on campus. Obviously because she's older and this is her COVID year, she can tell more about LSU probably more then we can as a coaching staff. She is Niki Fargas' niece, so she has a great love for the previous staff, but she also embraces the new staff. She is a ALL-Conference player. She is a leader out there on the floor. But she's learning. It's a new system for her. But she will be one of our leaders as will Faust and Jailin Cherry."
"We have goals." said Mulkey. "and our goals are in their notebooks and in fact when I leave from speaking with you guys, I'll go in that locker room and we will be reminded of those goals. So when we step on that floor today, this is why we're playing. Those goals will be realistic. They will not be unrealistic. Now I know how fans are. Listen, everyone wants everything yesterday. It doesn't work that way. It is a long process to get where you want to go. It may not happen as quick as we would like it. It might happen quicker then we thought. I don't know. I can't project that. All I know is that I can go out there and coach those kids that I have inherited, those kids that came with me and let's see what we can do together."
The Tigers have nine players returning from last season's team along with six first-year players. Guard Khayla Pointer will return for her COVID season and will no doubt continue to be a team leader. Last season she was named All-SEC and made the SEC All-Defensive team last season.
Sophomore Center Hannah Gusters, followed Mulkey from Baylor after recording six double-figure scoring games last season for the Bears.
Another nice addition to the team is Amani Bartlett who signed with the Tigers after LSU hired Mulkey. She is a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt.
Wednesday’s practice placed a heavy emphasis on defensive rotations, crashing the defensive glass, getting out on the fast break and transitioning into a half-court offense. The practice concluded with the Tigers matching up in halfcourt five-on-five. LSU will practice 29 more times leading up to its season opener against Nicholls.
Before the Lady Tigers tip-off the season, they will host two exhibition games which will both be free for fans to attend. Those games will be against Langston Oct. 30 at 2:00pm and Loyola on Nov. 4 at 6:30pm.
Get your tickets now Tiger Fans. These games will be fun to attend.... GEAUX TIGERS!!!
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LSU Sports Information
By: LSU Staff
BATON ROUGE – The first official LSU Women’s Basketball practice under head coach Kim Mulkey, scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, will be open for fans and media to attend on the main floor of the PMAC.The open practice will begin at 2 p.m. CT and fans, who are asked to wear masks while attending the practice, will be able to enter through the PMAC’s lower Southeast and Southwest entrances. When coming to campus next Wednesday, fans will be able to park in lot 104, next to the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Season tickets are still available for the upcoming season which will tip-off when LSU hosts Nicholls at 11 a.m. CT on November 9. Fans are also encouraged to join the Fast Break Club, the official booster club of LSU Women’s Basketball, to help the Tigers succeed on and off the court.
The Tigers will have two exhibition games which will both be free for fans to attend. LSU is scheduled to host Langston on October 30 at 2 p.m. and Loyola on November 4 at 6 p.m.
When the LSU Women’s Basketball team suits up for practice next week in preparation of the season, it will be the first official team practice under Coach Mulkey who was introduced as LSU’s head women’s basketball coach in April. The Tigers’ roster features nine players back from last year’s team and six players who will dawn purple and gold for the first time.
After holding her first official team meeting on August 23, the first day of LSU’s fall semester, Coach Mulkey and her staff have been able to hold workouts with the players. Starting with next Wednesday’s first official practice, the Tigers will be able to practice 30 times prior to their season opener against Nicholls.
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LSU Sports Information
By: Grant Kauvar
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Basketball schedule for Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s first season leading the Tigers has been announced.
The schedule will feature 16 home games along with two home exhibition games prior to the start of the season. Season tickets are still available.
The exhibitions, against Langston on Saturday, October 30 and Loyola on Thursday, November 4 will be free for fans to attend.
The Tigers’ schedule features 11 games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season, six of which will be at home in the PMAC.
Coach Mulkey will make her LSU debut on Tuesday, November 9 when the Tigers host Nicholls for an 11 a.m. CT showdown. The game will serve as the Tigers’ annual field trip game where LSU will host elementary and middle school kids from Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes.
The Tigers will then host Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, November 14 at 12:30 p.m. before heading to Lafayette to face ULL in its first road challenge of the season on Thursday November 18 at 6 p.m. The Tigers will host Tulane on Tuesday, November 23 at 6 p.m.
LSU will spend Thanksgiving in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the San Juan Shootout. The Tigers will have two games in the capitol city of Puerto Rico, beginning with New Mexico State on Friday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m. CT. The following day LSU will face Missouri State at 11:15 a.m., a team that made a Sweet 16 run last season.
Returning to Baton Rouge, LSU will host Iowa State on Thursday, December 2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Cyclones made the dance last season, losing to Texas A&M in the second round.
LSU will host its following three games against Texas Southern at 1 p.m. on Sunday December 12, Alcorn State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, and New Orleans at noon on Saturday, December 18.
The Tigers will then head to Florida for the West Palm Beach Invitational. In the first of two games, LSU will take on Clemson Monday, December 20 at 4:45 p.m. On Tuesday, December 21 the Tigers will match up against Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m.
LSU will conclude its non-conference schedule when it hosts Samford on Monday, December 27 at 6 p.m.
The SEC schedule will be 16 games and LSU will have home-and-homes against Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M. Official times have not yet been released for conference play and will come at a later date. The television schedule will also be released at a later time, but every game will at least be streamed via ESPN+.
Out of the gate to begin conference play, LSU will face three NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.
The Tigers will open SEC play when they travel to Athens, Georgia to face the Bulldogs on Thursday, December 30. Georgia reached the second round of the tournament last season before being defeated by Oregon.
In the SEC home opener on Sunday, January 2 the Tigers will face a Texas A&M team that reached the Sweet 16 last season and won the SEC Regular Season title. The Tigers will then welcome South Carolina to Baton Rouge on Sunday, January 6. Last season the Gamecocks won the SEC Tournament and reached the Final Four.
LSU will then travel to Auburn for a game on Sunday, January 9 before returning home to host Missouri on Thursday, January 13 followed by Vanderbilt on Sunday, January 16. The Tigers will have the following week off before resuming play.
After the bye week, the Tigers will hit the road to Gainesville to face Florida on Monday, January 24. From there, LSU will be hosted by Arkansas on Thursday, January 27 in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks had a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Tigers will return home for one game to host Kentucky on Sunday, January 30 before its second bye-week. LSU will pick up play on Monday, February 7 when it travels to Oxford to face Ole Miss.
LSU will take on Georgia at home next on Thursday, February 10. That weekend the Tigers will go to Bryant-College Station where they will face Texas A&M on Sunday, February 13. LSU will remain on the road and travel to Starkville to square up against Mississippi State on Thursday, February 17.
LSU will host Florida on Sunday, February 20. In their final home game of the season on Thursday, February 24, the Tigers will host Alabama.
The Tigers’ regular season will conclude in Knoxville at Tennessee on Sunday, February 27.
The SEC Tournament will take place in Nashville and will run March 2-6. The NCAA Tournament will start on Friday, March 18 and will conclude on Sunday, April 3 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.