Lady Lions meet LSU in NCAA Tournament second round

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions (26-5, 14-2 Big Ten) continue their NCAA Tournament against No. 6 seed and the host LSU Tigers (21-11, 10-6 SEC) on Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised regionally on ESPN2 and available in its entirety on ESPN3.com. The winner of the Penn State-LSU game will earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen where they will meet with winner of the California-South Florida matchup.

TV: The second round game will appear regionally on ESPN2, but can be seen in its entirety on ESPN3.com with Tom Hart and Krista Blunk on the call. For DirecTV customers, the game can be found on channels 732 and 732-1 (HD), Dish Network subscribers can watch the game on channel 147 and Dish Network FullCourt subscribers can find it on channel 461.

RADIO/LIVE STATS: The game is on the Penn State Sports Network and ESPN 1450 locally with Jerry Fisher and Brian Tripp calling the action. A link to the audio feed and GameTracker are available at www.GoPSUsports.com.

SCOUTING LSU: The Lady Tigers were an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament with 21-11 overall record and a 10-6 mark in SEC action. Theresa Plaisance, who is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds to go along with 83 blocks, leads LSU. Danielle Ballard has chipped in 12.3 points to go along with a team-leading 95 steals and Jeanne Kenney leads the team in assists, averaging 4.3 helpers per contest.

ALL-TIME VS. THE LADY TIGERS: The Lady Lions are 4-2 all-time against LSU. Penn State is 1-1 all-time against the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge, winning the most recent match-up by a score of 90-80 on March 20, 2012 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Lions are 1-0 all-time vs. LSU in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State is 23-27 all-time against SEC opponents.

LAST TIME VS. LSU: Penn State picked up a 90-80 victory over the Lady Tigers on March 20, 2012 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round in Baton Rouge. Maggie Lucas knocked down five three-pointers and was 11-for-11 from the free throw line en route to 30 points, 19 of which came in the first half. Ariel Edwards was second on the team with 15 points, while Mia Nickson posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Alex Bentley also reached double figures, adding 10 points and five steals in the win.

NCAA FIRST ROUND: The Lady Lions opened the NCAA Tournament with an 85-55 win over No. 14 seed Cal Poly Sunday night to improve to 30-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. With the win over the Mustangs, Penn State is now 15-3 in first round games with a +14.7 scoring margin in those games. Additionally, the Lady Lions have won three consecutive first round games and five of their last six.

LUCAS LOVES MARAVICH: Junior guard Maggie Lucas had a particular affinity for Pete Maravich growing up and would watch his training videos as she honed her game as a youngster. That affinity has translated to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, where in three NCAA Tournament games, Lucas is averaging 24.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals. She is also shooting .489 from the field (22-45) and .952 (20-21) from the free throw line.

COQUESE & CALDWELL: Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington and LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell have had several encounters during their collegiate careers with Caldwell's Tennessee Lady Vols getting the best of Washington's Notre Dame Fighting Irish three times (1991, 1992 and 1993). The Lady Vols held serve in Knoxville in 1991 (88-71) and 1993 (79-48) and earned the road win in South Bend in 1992 (85-82).

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Last Updated March 26, 2013