Women’s Basketball Hosts No. 18 Arkansas & Honors Seniors

by Judy Willson | Assoc. Communications Director
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Women’s Basketball Hosts No. 18 Arkansas & Honors Seniors

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU women’s basketball team host No. 18 Arkansas on Sunday, February 21 at 5 p.m. CT at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers will recognize their six seniors during pregame ceremonies at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Faustine Aifuwa, Jailin Cherry, Khayla Pointer, Karli Seay, Rakell Spencer and Awa Trasi will be honored for their careers wearing the Purple and Gold. Aifuwa is in her fifth season at LSU, while Cherry, Pointer and Spencer have been in Baton Rouge for four seasons. Seay and Trasi joined the program from the junior college ranks three and two seasons ago, respectively.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Sam Gore and Tamika Catchings calling the game. Fans can watch SEC Network through their local cable or satellite provider, on the internet at ESPN.com/watch or on the ESPN app. A link to the game is available on LSUsports.net.

The games will also be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and locally in Baton Rouge on 107.3 FM. Voice of the Lady Tigers Patrick Wright, in his 31st season, will be on the call from the LSU Radio Studio. A links to live stats is available at LSUsports.net.

LSU Preview

LSU is 8-10 on the season and is tied for seventh place at 6-6 in the SEC following last Sunday’s 66-59 loss at No. 1 South Carolina. The Tigers were scheduled to travel to No. 17 Kentucky on Thursday, February 18, but the game has been postponed twice due to extreme weather conditions across the southeast region of the country.

Against South Carolina, Aifuwa earned seven block shots and became the No. 2 shot blocker in LSU history. She became the second Tiger to record over 180 career blocked shots, joining LSU legend Sylvia Fowles. Aifuwa is currently in 16th place on the career rebounds list with 724, the 16th LSU player to record over 700 career rebounds. She needs five rebounds to move into 14th place on the list, passing Raigyne Louis and Seimone Augustus.  To become LSU’s 35th 1,000-career points scorer, Aifuwa needs 37 points. Aifuwa continues to lead LSU with 9.0 rebounds per game and 31 blocked shots this season, and is the second-leading scorer on the team with 11.8 points per game. She recently took over the top spot on the team leaderboard for field goal shooting at 44.4 percent.

Pointer leads LSU with 16.2 points and 4.2 assists per game to go along with a team-high 44 steals. Pointer became the eighth Tiger in school history to dish out 400 career assists on Jan. 28 at Georgia. She currently sits at No. 24 on LSU’s career scoring list with 1,225 points.

Sophomore Tiara Young, a strong candidate for SEC Sixth Player of the Year honors, is providing a key spark off the bench averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and is second in shooting at 43.7 percent from the field.

The Opponent – No. 18 Arkansas

Arkansas is 16-7 overall and 6-6 in SEC play this season, tied with LSU for seventh place. The Razorbacks are currently No. 18 in the Associated Press poll and in the coaches poll. Four players are averaging double-figure scoring – Chelsea Dungee (22.6 points per game), Destiny Slocum (15.0 ppg), Amber Ramirez (13.5 ppg) and Makayla Daniels (11.9 ppg). Tayliah Thomas leads the squad with 6.3 rebounds per game, while Slocum leads the team in assists with 87.

This will be the 51st meeting between LSU and Arkansas. The Tigers lead the series, 33-17 and are 16-7 when games are contested in Baton Rouge.

Season and Single Ticket Sales Information

For the 2020-21 season, seating for LSU women’s basketball games will be general admission in the PMAC. Seating has been reconfigured to support physically-distanced seating. Available seats will be spaced out in blocks of 2, 3 and 4 seats in order maximize attendance opportunities. Fans will be allowed to sit in any seat that is marked as available. Sections 112 and 115 are reserved for player guests.

Single game ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 3-12. To order tickets for any of LSU’s last two women’s basketball home games, go to LSUtix.net. The next home game is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 against Mississippi State at 6 p.m. CT. It will be LSU’s home finale of the regular season.

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