Lady Tigers Receive Donation From Capital Area Tigers

by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin)
Lady Tigers Receive Donation From Capital Area Tigers

BATON ROUGE — Members of the Capital Area Tigers chapter of Tiger Athletic Foundation got a first-hand look at the new LSU Basketball Practice Facility and the 2010-11 LSU Lady Tigers during a one-hour practice before surprising the program with a generous $6,000 donation during a banquet Tuesday night at the Maravich Center.

Over 100 people turned out for “A Night with Lady Tiger Basketball” that included a dinner prepared by Drusilla Seafood and Chico Moore, vice president of Capital Area Tigers. The group toured the atrium of the practice facility that features historic displays and great moments in Lady Tiger history. They also saw the new 11,324 square foot practice gymnasium.

Beth Tope, president of the Capital Area Tigers, then presented head coach Van Chancellor with the donation that will be used to purchase new state-of-the-art practice equipment.

“This is a tremendous surprise and I sincerely say thank you from all of us,” Chancellor said. “This means a lot to our program. We are so proud to have the support of all of you. I know this team appreciates it.

“Our team does it the right way. We are 11 of 11 here in graduation, and we have four seniors who are close to graduation who will make us 15 of 15. Our team is involved with charity and in situations to help others. These players sacrifice a lot and work hard, and we want you to know that.”

Chancellor introduced the entire coaching staff and gave everyone a preview of what to expect this season. The Hall of Famer then passed the mic onto senior guard Katherine Graham, who introduced the entire squad.

“On behalf of this team, we really appreciate this turnout not only tonight but all season,” Graham said. “For all of the things you have done over the years, we want to just show our appreciation and tell you thanks. Thank you for this donation. This will mean so much to our program and future Lady Tigers.”

LSU Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Joe Alleva concluded the evening thanking everyone for supporting the program and urging fans to support the squad this season in the Maravich Center.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 4 online at, by phone at (225) 578-2184 or in person on the first floor of the LSU Athletic Administration Building. Full season ticket details will be released on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers play host to Delta State in an exhibition game on Nov. 8 before traveling to face Northwestern (Ill.) in the season-opener on Nov. 14. LSU takes on nationally-ranked Ohio State in the home opener on Nov. 17.