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#20 Destini Hughes Season 2023-24

Fort Worth, Texas
High School
Kennedale HS

2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

Extremely quick point guard and solid defender who was the starter at the position for most of the 2009-10 season … Was the starter at point guard for the first 18 games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a season ending right knee injury at Tennessee on Jan. 19 … Finished her career with 44 starts … Served as a backup to Latear Eason as a junior … Recorded 207 career assists.

Started the first 18 games of the season before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in the final seconds of the first half at Tennessee on Jan. 19 … Averaged 6.9 points for the season … Put in 10 points and was an efficient 2-of-2 from three-point land in win over #14 Georgetown on Nov. 16 … Tied a career high with four steals and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line against the Hoyas … Terrific all-around game against Grambling on Dec. 22 where she scored eight points, grabbed a season-high five rebounds and collected three steals in 29 minutes … Buried a career-high six field goals and scored 13 points in New Year’s Day win at Ole Miss … Delivered the best game of her career, scoring a career-best 17 points and rallying LSU past Mississippi State on Jan. 5 in a season-high 36 minutes … Swished a career-high five free throws with most of those coming to close out the game in the final minutes … Poured in 11 points and made five free throws in a comeback win over South Carolina on Jan. 12 … In the final game of her career, collected four steals for the eighth time in her career and added five points at Tennessee on Jan. 19 … Sustained torn ligaments and a torn meniscus to her right knee with 1.3 seconds left in the first half when attempting to grab a cross-court inbound pass … Was carted off the floor and did not return … Earned an honorary start on Senior Night against #24 Vanderbilt on Feb. 23 … Allowed to participate in jump ball and was then lifted from the game to a standing ovation in a move agreed upon by coaches Nikki Caldwell and Melanie Balcomb and the officials.

Played in all 32 games with three starts while Latear Eason was out with injury … Saw extensive action against Tulane on Nov. 23, scoring seven points with three rebounds and knocking down two clutch threes late in the second half … Tied a career high with four steals in 20 minutes against Howard on Nov. 27 … Scored eight points and buried two threes at No. 1 UConn on Nov. 28 … Dished out a career-high seven assists in 17 minutes against UTSA on Dec. 16 … Started in place of Latear Eason (head injury) at point guard against Alabama on Jan. 9 … It was her first start of the season and first since the 2010 NCAA Tournament Second Round … Accounted for five assists in 18 minutes at Ole Miss on Feb. 6 … The five assists were the most by Hughes in an SEC game during the season … Came off the bench and played tough defense against Auburn on Feb. 10 as she gathered a career-high-tying four steals in 24 minutes.

Emerged as LSU’s starting point guard in the last 10 games of the season … Played in 30 games with 12 starts … Averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 assists per contest … Started her first game of the season against South Carolina on Jan. 21 … Played 37 minutes and responded with six assists and no turnovers … Scored a season-high nine points in the season-opening win over Centenary on Nov. 15 … Returned to the starting lineup on Feb. 7 versus Ole Miss … Scored eight points against the Rebels and sent the game to a second overtime with a game-tying jumper with 0.4 seconds left … Since entering the lineup in that game, had 32 assists in the final 10 games of the season … Scored eight points to go along with four assists in 32 minutes against Mississippi State on Feb. 28 … Also held the Lady Bulldogs’ Alexis Rack to 2-of-12 shooting in that contest … Played all 40 minutes for the first time in her career in the SEC Tournament second round against Vanderbilt … Had seven points, matched a career-high six assists and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line versus the Commodores … Scored four points with six assists and two steals in NCAA second round game at Duke.

LSU’s backup point guard who saw considerable playing time off the bench … Played in all 30 games with 10 starts, including the first three games of the season … Averaged 2.3 points, 1.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 17.5 minutes per game … Scored 14 points — all in the second half — to lead LSU rout of Texas Southern on Dec. 1 … Buried nine points in a span of two minutes as part of a 23-0 run against TSU and finished 3-of-4 from 3-point range … Grabbed a season-high five rebounds versus the Lions … Finished with eight points and was 2-of-2 from 3-point range in New Year’s Day win over Nebraska … Knocked down two crucial threes late that put the game out of reach … Scored six points and added five boards in 33 minutes at #1 Connecticut on Jan. 3 … Made first career SEC start at Arkansas on Jan. 8 and finished with two boards and one assist in 12 minutes … Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

The nation’s second-rated point guard by ESPN … Called by many as the best and most versatile backcourt defender in the year’s recruiting class … Ranked the 17th-best player overall by and a 2008 McDonald’s All-American … Helped Waxahachie High School to a 30-6 record and a Class 4A state title as a sophomore while playing with her sister, Niqky … Transferred to Class 3A Kennedale High School the following season to play for her father, Vance … Was part of a 25-5 record and a regional semifinal berth as a junior … Earned District 12-3A Most Valuable Player honors that year and was a Class 3A First-Team All-State selection … Voted all-area by the Dallas Morning News … Averaged 20.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 4.7 steals in 2007 … Recorded 12 double-doubles and nine triple-doubles that season … Also lettered in track … Graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a 3.8 grade point average.

Full name is Destini Hughes … Nickname is “D” … Born on April 23, 1990, in Dallas, Texas … Daughter of Vance and LaSonya Hughes … Has one four siblings, Antwan Kirk, Niqky, Jamaika and Vance II … Brother, Antwan Kirk, was an offensive guard in football at the University of Texas … Cousin is Desmond Mason, of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings … Majored in veterinary medicine and earned her undergraduate degree from LSU in Dec. 2011 … Plans on pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Points, 17, at Mississsippi State; Jan. 5, 2012
Rebounds, 7, vs. Alabama; Jan. 9, 2011
Field Goals, 6, at Ole Miss; Jan. 1, 2012
FG Attempts, 10, at Mississippi State; Jan. 5, 2012
3-Pt Field Goals, 3, vs. Texas Southern; Dec. 1, 2008
3-Pt FG Attempts, 4, three times; last vs. Tulane; Nov. 23, 2010
Free Throws, 5, twice; last vs. South Carolina, Jan. 12, 2012
FT Attempts, 6, three times
Assists, 7, vs. UTSA; Dec. 16, 2010
Steals, 4, several times
Blocks, 2, twice; last vs. Southeastern Louisiana; Dec. 18, 2008
Minutes, 40, vs. Vanderbilt; March 5, 2010 (SEC)


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