From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – Freshman Raigyne Moncrief poured in 24 points with nine steals in her debut and the 17th-ranked LSU women's basketball team's new, up-tempo style was on full display in a dominant 95-24 exhibition win over Tennessee Temple on Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Four Lady Tigers scored in double-figures, and senior forward Shanece McKinney collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jasmine Rhodes finished with 15 points as LSU's promising true freshmen trio of Moncrief, Rhodes and Rina Hill combined for 48 points. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance added 10 points and nine boards in 20 minutes, while sophomore center Derreyal Youngblood gathered 10 rebounds.
"At different times of the game, I thought we put together some baskets based off of our defense, and the one thing that we talked about is establishing our identity as a very competitive defensive team," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "When you have Raigyne Moncrief or Danielle Ballard, and even Jasmine Rhodes get a deflection, deflections can lead to steals. That really helped us get our transition game going."
The Lady Tigers' quickness on both ends of the floor will be an asset this season. Tennessee Temple committed 33 turnovers that led to 37 points with most of those mistakes coming in transition. LSU racked up 20 fast-break points and it was the freshmen who had the biggest impact on that end.
LSU closed the first half with a 23-3 run to take a 50-16 lead into the locker room. Moncrief had 14 first-half points. The Lady Tigers then picked up where they left off, going on a 33-1 run in the first 12 minutes of the second stanza. The Crusaders did not manage their first field goal of the second half until the 6:43 mark of the game.
"When you look at (Raigyne) Moncrief, this is an opportunity for her to display to the crowd and to the fans the potential that's there," said Caldwell. "Her talent and her energy is something that I really like. Day-in and day-out at every practice, she just continues to get better and better."
Tennessee Temple finished 3-of-26 in the second half from the floor and shot 16.3 percent for the game. LSU shot at a 45 percent clip and committed only 12 turnovers in what was the first true action of the season for the team.
Senior guard Jeanne Kenney did not play for precautionary reasons after sustaining a concussion two weeks ago. She has been practicing and is listed day-to-day.
The Lady Tigers host their final exhibition at 2 p.m. Saturday against Mississippi College. Admission is free. Doors to the Maravich Center open at 12:30 p.m.