Wildcats Face LSU in SEC Tournament Semifinals
March 3, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Kentucky women's basketball team is one game away from advancing to its third straight Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. Standing in Kentucky's way is the LSU Lady Tigers. The two teams will face off Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in the SEC Tournament semifinals at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., with a bid to the championship on the line. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Cara Capuano and Carolyn Peck calling the action.
(1) Kentucky vs. (4) LSU
Sat., Mar. 4 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | LSU
Radio: UK IMG
Live Video via WatchESPN
Fourth-seeded LSU topped Arkansas on Friday evening, 41-40, in a dramatic game that went down to the final possession. LSU was led in the victory by junior guard Adrienne Webb, who scored a team-high 15 points. Junior guard Bianca Lutley led LSU on the glass with seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Jeanne Kenney dished out a team-high six assists.
LSU trailed Arkansas 33-40 with 1:59 to play, but rallied by scoring the game's final eight points to get the one-point victory. Webb started the LSU run with a 3-pointer to cut the Arkansas lead to four points with 1:42 to play. Following an Arkansas turnover, Keanney drove in for a layup with 41 seconds remaining. After a defensive stop, LSU found Webb outside and the junior drilled a 3-pointer to give LSU a one-point lead with nine seconds to play. Webb's eventual game-winning 3-pointer gave LSU its first lead since the 18:37 mark in the second half. Arkansas had one final chance, but C'eira Ricketts' driving runner was blocked by LSU's LaSondra Barrett as time expired.
Kentucky fell to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in the two teams' only matchup of the season on Feb. 5. In that game, junior guard A'dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) led Kentucky with a team-high 12 points, and senior guard Keyla Snowden (Lexington, Ky.) followed closely behind with 11 points. Kentucky, despite holding a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass, lost the rebounding battle to LSU, 26-33 and hit just 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) free throws compared to the Lady Tigers' 25-of-31 (80.6 percent).
No. 10/9 UK advanced to Saturday's semifinal game with a 71-67 win over Florida. Kentucky got the win in spite of shooting a season-low 29.7 percent from the field. Kentucky was led in the win by Mathies, who recorded her 11th 20-point outing of the season with a team-high 24 points. Snowden was also instrumental in the victory, knocking down four 3-pointers on six attempts. The SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year finished with 17 points and game-high three steals. The win was Kentucky's third over the Gators this season.