LSU Lady Tigers basketball

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LSU Lady Tigers basketball
LSU Lady Tigers basketball athletic logo
University Louisiana State University
Conference Southeastern Conference
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Head coach Nikki Caldwell (4th year)
Arena Pete Maravich Assembly Center
(Capacity: 13,472)
Nickname Lady Tigers

Purple and Gold

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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NCAA/AIAW Tournament runner-up
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
1977, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1986, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1984, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1977, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1991, 2003
Conference regular season champions
2005, 2006, 2008

The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I women's college basketball. The team has been led by head coach Nikki Caldwell since the 2011-2012 season. The team plays its home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


The LSU women's basketball team started play in 1975 as the "Ben-Gals," with coach Jinks Coleman. In just their second season of play, the team made it to the AIAW national championship game before losing to top-ranked Delta State, 68-55. Coleman stepped down in the middle of the 1978-1979 season and was replaced by Barbara Swanner, who in turn led the team for three and a half seasons. The 1981-1982 season saw the NCAA become the governing body of collegiate women's basketball. LSU did not play in the first NCAA tournament.

Future Hall of Fame coach Sue Gunter was hired to replace Swanner. Gunter would lead the Lady Tigers for the next 22 seasons. Gunter led the Lady Tigers to 14 NCAA tournament appearances. Although she only won three regular season titles, for most of her tenure the was[clarification needed] SEC dominated by national powers Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss. Gunter took a medical leave of absence in the middle of the 2003-04 season. Her top assistant, Pokey Chatman, who had played for Gunter in the late 1980s and early 1990s and served as an assistant coach since the end of her playing days, took over as interim coach and led the Tigers to their first Final Four. However, Gunter was still officially head coach, and LSU credits the entire season to her. Gunter retired after the season, and Chatman was named her permanent successor.

Pokey Chatman led the team to two more consecutive Final Four appearances and was highly regarded as coach. However, during the 2006-2007 season, just prior to the NCAA Tournament, Chatman resigned after allegations of improper conduct with a former player surfaced. She was replaced on an interim basis by longtime assistant Bob Starkey, who coached the team during the 2007 NCAA Tournament, leading them to a fourth consecutive Final Four. Van Chancellor, the former longtime head coach at Ole Miss, was hired at the end of the season as a permanent replacement.

In his first year as coach, Chancellor led the Lady Tigers to the SEC regular season championship. The Lady Tigers were runner-up in the 2008 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament and made the NCAA Final Four for a fifth consecutive year. LSU joined Connecticut as the only two schools ever to reach five consecutive Final Fours.

On April 2, 2011 LSU hired Nikki Caldwell to replace Chancellor as head coach of the Lady Tigers. Caldwell had played for Tennessee in her playing days.

Through the 2012-2013 season, LSU has made 23 AIAW/NCAA tournament appearances including 13 Sweet Sixteens, 8 Elite Eights, and 5 Final Fours. The Lady Tigers have won the SEC regular season championship 3 times, and the SEC Tournament championship twice.

2013–14 Roster[edit]

2013–14 LSU Tigers women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High school/previous college Home town
C 1 Youngblood, DerreyalDerreyal Youngblood 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) So John Curtis HS Harvey, La.
G 3 Bethel, AkilahAkilah Bethel 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Jr Academy of Holy Cross/West Virginia Baltimore, Md.
G 4 Pedersen, AnneAnne Pedersen 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) So The Rock School / FL Copenhagen, Denmark
G 5 Kenney, JeanneJeanne Kenney 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sr St. Michael HS Baton Rouge, La.
G 10 Rhodes, JasmineJasmine Rhodes 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Faith Academy Mobile, Ala.
G 11 Moncrief, RaigyneRaigyne Moncrief 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr American Heritage HS Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
G 13 Hill, RinaRina Hill 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Fr IMG Academy / FL Nagoya-Shi, Japan
F 21 McKinney, ShaneceShanece McKinney 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Sr LeFlore HS Mobile, Ala.
G 24 Harden, DaShawnDaShawn Harden 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Jr St. Thomas Aquinas HS/Johnson County (KS) CC Olathe, Kan.
F 31 Jones, AnnAnn Jones 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Jr Liberty Magnet School/Memphis Jackson, Tenn.
G 32 Ballard, DanielleDanielle Ballard 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) So Memphis Central HS Memphis, Tenn.
F 42 Boykin, SheilaSheila Boykin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Jr Long Beach Poly HS Los Angeles, Calif.
F 55 Plaisance, TheresaTheresa Plaisance 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Sr Vandebilt Catholic HS New Orleans, La.
Head coach

Nikki Caldwell

Assistant coach(es)

Tasha Butts
Angel Elderkin
Tony Perotti

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Last update: 2013-08-16

LSU All-Americans[edit]

Player Position Year(s)
Seimone Augustus G 2004, 2005 (National Player of the Year), 2006 (National Player of the Year)
Pokey Chatman G 1991
Marie Ferdinand G 2001
Sylvia Fowles C 2007, 2008
Julie Gross F 1978
Joyce Walker G 1983, 1984

Player awards[edit]

National awards[edit]

SEC Awards[edit]

Seimone Augustus - 2005, 2006
Sylvia Fowles - 2008


Pete Maravich Assembly Center[edit]

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972 and is home of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "The Palace that Pete Built," or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome," coined by Dick Vitale.[1]

The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of LSU Lady Tigers and LSU Tigers basketball teams.[2]

Practice and Training facilities[edit]

LSU Basketball Practice Facility[edit]

The LSU Basketball Practice Facility is the practice facility for the LSU Lady Tigers basketball and LSU Tigers basketball teams. The facility is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center through the Northwest portal. The facility features separate, full-size duplicate gymnasiums for the women's and men's basketball teams. They include a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction. The courts are exact replicas of the Maravich Center game court and have two portable goals and four retractable goals. The gymnasiums are equipped with a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer's table with video and data connection. The facility also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, training rooms, a coach's locker room and coach's offices.[3]

The building also includes a two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level where a club room is used for pre-game and post-game events and is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center concourse. The lobby includes team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU basketball. A 900-pound bronze statue of LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal is located in front of the facility.[4]

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility[edit]

The LSU Lady Tigers basketball strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium.[5] Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment.[6][7] It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.[8]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Record Pct.
Jinks Coleman 1975–1979 91-32 (.740)
Barbara Swanner 1979–1982 57-50 (.533)
Sue Gunter 1982–2004 442-221 (.667)
Pokey Chatman 2004–2007 90-14 (.865)
Bob Starkey (interim) 2007 4-1 (.800)
Van Chancellor 2007–2011 70-26 (.729)
Nikki Caldwell 2011–present 83–50 (.624)

Year by year results[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Jinks Coleman (Independent) (1975–1979)
1975-76 Jinks Coleman 17–14 AIAW Regional
1976-77 Jinks Coleman 29–8 AIAW Second Place 11
1977-78 Jinks Coleman 37–3 AIAW Regional 10
1978-79 Jinks Coleman 8–7
Jinks Coleman: 91–32
Barbara Swanner (Independent, SEC) (1979–1983)
1979 Barbara Swanner 5–5 AIAW Regional
1979-80 Barbara Swanner 17–17 AIAW Regional
1980-81 Barbara Swanner 17–15 AIAW Regional
1981-82 Barbara Swanner 18–13
Barbara Swanner: 57–50
Sue Gunter (SEC) (1982–2004)
1982-83 Sue Gunter 20–7 6–2 T-1st (SEC West) 20
1983-84 Sue Gunter 23–7 5–3 T-2nd (SEC West) NCAA Sixteen 8
1984-85 Sue Gunter 20–9 4–4 3rd (SEC West) NWIT Champions
1985-86 Sue Gunter 27–6 6–3 T-2nd NCAA Quarterfinals 8 9
1986-87 Sue Gunter 20–8 6–3 T-4th NCAA Second Round (Bye) 19 14
1987-88 Sue Gunter 18–11 6–3 3rd NCAA First Round
1988-89 Sue Gunter 19–11 5–4 T-4th NCAA Sixteen 14
1989-90 Sue Gunter 21–9 4–5 T-6th NCAA First Round 23
1990-91 Sue Gunter 24–7 5–4 4th# NCAA Second Round (Bye) 18 8
1991-92 Sue Gunter 16–13 4–7 T-7th
1992-93 Sue Gunter 9–18 0–11 12th
1993-94 Sue Gunter 11–16 2–9 T-10th
1994-95 Sue Gunter 7–20 1–10 T-10th
1995-96 Sue Gunter 21–11 4–7 T-8th NWIT Third Place
1996-97 Sue Gunter 25–5 9–3 T-3rd NCAA Sixteen 12 9
1997-98 Sue Gunter 19–13 7–7 T-6th WNIT Semifinals
1998-99 Sue Gunter 22–8 10–4 2nd NCAA Sixteen 21 21
1999-2000 Sue Gunter 25–7 11–3 3rd NCAA Quarterfinals 8 15
2000-01 Sue Gunter 20–11 8–6 T-4th NCAA Second Round 20 18
2001-02 Sue Gunter 18–12 8–6 T-4th NCAA Second Round 22 22
2002-03 Sue Gunter 30–4 11–3 2nd# NCAA Quarterfinals 5 3
2003-04 Sue Gunter 27–7 10–4 2nd NCAA Semifinals 3 19
Sue Gunter: 442–220 132–111
Pokey Chatman (SEC) (2004–2007)
2004-05 Pokey Chatman 33–3 14–0 1st NCAA Semifinals 3 2
2005-06 Pokey Chatman 31–4 13–1 1st NCAA Semifinals 4 5
2006-07 Pokey Chatman 30–8 10–4 T-3rd NCAA Semifinals 4 12
Pokey Chatman: 94–15 37–5
Van Chancellor (SEC) (2008–2012)
2007-08 Van Chancellor 31–6 14–0 1st NCAA Semifinals 4 6
2008-09 Van Chancellor 19–11 10–4 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
2009-10 Van Chancellor 21–10 9–7 T-3rd NCAA Second Round 25 21
2010-11 Van Chancellor 19–13 8–8 T-5th
Van Chancellor: 90–40 41–19
Nikki Caldwell (SEC) (2011–present)
2011-12 Nikki Caldwell 23–11 10–6 T-4th NCAA Second Round
2012-13 Nikki Caldwell 22–12 10–6 6th NCAA Sixteen
2013-14 Nikki Caldwell 21–13 7–9 T-6th NCAA Sixteen
2014-15 Nikki Caldwell 17-14 10-6 T-4th NCAA First Round
2015-16 Nikki Caldwell
Nikki Caldwell: 83–50 37–27

Total: 857–407

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[9]

NCAA Tournament History & Seeds[edit]

Years → '84 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '97 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '11 '12 '14 '15
Seeds → 5 2 4 9 4 9 2 4 4 3 6 6 1 4 1 1 3 2 7 5 6 7 11


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