Louisiana State University Tigers And Lady Tigers[A 18]
The Katy Tigers did what they do best - put on a show - in front of a home crowd of more than 1,000 fans at Katy Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers remained unbeaten in the regular season and national lone champion Wilbert led a team of Pee Wee, Moss, Edsel and Tad, all coached by Jim Owen, to their first national championship.
It was the Tigers' third national championship and LSU is the first SEC school to win back-to-back BCS championships in its first three seasons. The Lady Tigers also won three national titles (2004, 2006 and 2009) and two SEC championships (2010 and 2011) during the 2011 campaign. LSU won its second national title in 2004 after beating the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2004 B CS National Championship Game.
After the team won the national championship, LSU played in the BCS championship game against Clemson for the first time in school history.
The tendency to play against inferior opponents prevented the Tigers from having a better record in the regular season, losing games at Missouri, Auburn and Georgia. LSU beat the Clemson Tigers in the playoff, averaging over 3,000 yards of offense and 4.5 touchdowns per game, setting numerous SEC and LSU records en route to the national title.
After entering the tournament as the No 6 seed, Fayette gave Pilot Grove everything she wanted and more when she played against the Lady Tigers in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, March 4. The 58 points were 57, the second-most in a conference game this season and the most since the Lady Tigers' loss to OIe - After a scoreless first half, MSU's lead grew to 40-11 before Bulldog guard Iverson and her teammates scored the equaliser. Outplayed the Tigers second half 36-24. The Bulldogs came alive in the third quarter, erasing Mizzou's lead and putting together a 14-0 run that gave them an 18-7 lead at halftime. With 57 seconds on the clock, it was the Tigers' biggest lead since their win over Mississippi State on Jan. 1, 2010, when they beat the O'Neal, Miss., Tigers went into the second half with a 9-1 run and a 10-2 run in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,842.
LS owns an 11-0 lead in the series, last a 49-3 win in 2011, but a strong defensive performance propelled the Tigers to a three-point victory over the Aggies on Jan. The Tigers were crushed 37-22 at the boards and used a 10-2 run in the second half to score the go-ahead run.
The Lady Tigers led 9-18 in the fourth quarter alone, but didn't attempt a three-pointer and only got within four points on an 11-point shooting of three threes. The Wildcats converted 11 of 17 shots from the field, the second-fewest by any team this season.
Kentucky led 21-14 in the second half and hit 10 of 17 shots from the field and 5 of 11 shots from three-point range. The Tigers have five wins against top-25 teams this season, including two wins against top-20 teams in their last three games. The world number 30 and eighth-ranked LSU will meet the winner of Saturday's South Carolina-Mississippi State game in the second round. LSU will battle the top-seeded SEC for a spot in the group stage in Sunday's first-round game at 7: 30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers traveled to Nacogdoches, Texas, last Thursday night and entered the contest with a 2-1 record against top-20 teams this season. They defeated Stephen F. Austin 72-60 in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.
The Lady Tigers trailed 26-10 after the first quarter, but were 12-11 against Kentucky in the second quarter. Pinson put the Tigers in front 26-16 on a drive through traffic and then extended a three-minute scoring slump by taking a charge into the paint. But the deficit was too much as Kentucky took a 37-22 lead at halftime. While the sports department retains authority over the daily life of the tiger, Mike I. and the following tigers would let a veterinarian take care of their medical needs.
The Lady Tigers have no midweek game next week but will host Georgia on Saturday, January 20 at 6pm in the first game of a three-game road trip. The Tigers are at home for the second time in three weeks on Friday, February 3, when they host Arkansas State. The game will be played at 7.30pm, the Tigers at 5.15pm and the Lady Tigers at 4.45pm, both at Tiger Arena.
For more information about the Lady Tigers, follow JSU Women's Basketball on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LSU Tigers tickets cost $9 and range from $1,025 to $1,025, depending on which team the Tigers play. Tickets are quite expensive, but if Tigers fans want to experience one of the most exciting games in their school's history, visit Tiger Arena on Saturday, January 20.