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BATON ROUGE -- The LSU women’s basketball team begins a three-game road trip and puts its five-game winning streak on the line at 7 p.m. Thursday as the Lady Tigers battle in-state rival Louisiana Tech in the Thomas Assembly Center.

The game follows a Louisiana Tech men’s game against Spring Hill, which tips at 5 p.m. The LSU Sports Radio Network will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. and can be heard on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge or in the Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net/live.

The Lady Tigers (8-3) are returning to the floor since defeating Grambling 62-47 on Dec. 22 in Baton Rouge. LSU hasn’t lost in the month of December and the Lady Tigers are seeking to complete a perfect December for the second straight year. LSU has won 12 consecutive games in the month of December dating back to 2009.

The Lady Techsters (7-7) have won two in a row and five of its last six, including a 63-62 win over Mississippi State on Dec. 11. Jasmine Bendolph, a 5-foot-7 guard, has produced 11 double-digit scoring games this season and she is averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists per game. Forward Whitney Frazier, the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week, is coming off a career-high 20 points in an 82-64 win over Tennessee Tech prior to Christmas.

“I remember how difficult it is to play and win here at Louisiana Tech,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “It definitely won’t be an easy game for us to waltz into. We have to be mentally prepared to face this challenge and hostile crowd. When you are facing an in-state school, there is definitely a lot more on the line.”

“You want to do the best to represent your university and obviously, we are going to do the best to represent LSU. This is a great rivalry for both teams and we want to continue it in the future.”

Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series with LSU, 12-11, but the Lady Tigers have won the last six meetings overall and the last seven regular season meetings. LSU has won three in a row in Ruston with most recently, a 77-74 victory in 2009 behind 32 points from Allison Hightower. The Lady Tigers won decisively last season in Baton Rouge by a score of 68-53.

Defense has been the key for LSU, who leads the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage defense (31.0 percent). That figure also ranks fourth nationally. LSU is also holding opponents to 46.5 points, which ranks second in the SEC and third in the nation.

Offensively, the Lady Tigers have risen to second in the conference in field goal percentage (44.9 percent) and assists (16.5 apg). Senior forward LaSondra Barrett continues to pace LSU with 12.0 points per game. Junior guard Adrienne Webb is second on the squad with 8.5 points per contest. Six players have tallied double-digit assists for the season.

“This group is definitely getting better and they have shown improvement in not only their practices but their play in games,” added Caldwell.



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