It's been a tough season for the Lady Tigers, who finished just 17-13, and were bounced from the SEC Tournament in the semifinals by #3 South Carolina. Coach Nikki Caldwell's worst season in Baton Rouge will still be earmarked with a Tournament appearance, as the Lady Tigers earned an 11-seed from the Selection Committee.
The Lady Tigers primarily struggled out of conference this season, going just .500 against OOC foes. In conference, they faired similarly to years past, going 10-6, which likely was enough to propel them into the tournament.
LSU played 14 games without star guard Danielle Ballard this season, and the combination of her return and a tough in-conference slate was enough to convince the selection committee to include them as one of their final four in.
The road ahead won't get much easier. First they draw South Florida, in Tampa, which should give them a decided home court advantage. If they are to advance, they will likely square off with the team that eliminated them last season, Louisville. If they are able to make it all the way to the Final Four, a likely date with UConn is in order. Certainly not the friendliest of draws for the Lady Tigers.
You can catch the opening round matchup with South Florida on Saturday March 21st at 6:30 pm on ESPN2.
Can the Lady Tigers make a run?