No. 14 LSU women hosting No. 17 Georgia in key league game

LSU's Faustine Aifuwa. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

No. 14 LSU continues into the homestretch of the regular season with another key Southeastern Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with No. 17 Georgia visiting the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game will be televised by the SEC Network and broadcast locally by 107.3-FM.

“We rely on getting to the rim, getting to the paint and post touches,” LSU Coach Kim Mulkey said. “They’re (Georgia) pretty much the same way. They’re a man-to-man team like we are although they did go to that 3-2 when we were playing them, so we’ll be more prepared for that than we were when we first played them.”

With three weeks remaining in the season, LSU (19-4, 7-3 in SEC) and Georgia (17-5, 6-4) are both in a position to finish as high as No. 2 in the conference. The Tigers are back in action after a road win Monday at Ole Miss where Khayla Pointer had her second triple-double of the season and Faustine Aifuwa a double-double.

“These kids have a sense of urgency,” Mulkey said of her seniors. “Time is winding down for them. They’ve got six more regular season games. A chance to really do something that I don’t know anyone really thought could be done and that’s to host the first and second rounds.”

Former LSU All-American Sylvia Fowles will be honored on the court prior to the game and fans should plan to be in their seat by 7:15 p.m. to enjoy the celebration. The game will also serve as LSU’s Play4Kay game in honor of breast cancer awareness.

“Sylvia Fowles is legendary, not just here at LSU, but in the game of women’s basketball,” Mulkey said. “What has she not done? She was a big-time player here. Won some SEC Championships. She goes to the WNBA. She has Olympic Gold Medals.”

LSU will honor breast cancer survivors during a halftime ceremony. For information about joining the breast cancer survivor’s second line on the court at halftime email promotions@lsu.edu.

The game represents a rematch after LSU defeated Georgia, 68-62, on Dec. 30.

“Just like if we were missing a piece to our puzzle, it would affect us, and I’m sure if affected them,” Mulkey said of Staiti’s absence in the first matchup. “Now we’re not going to apologize and give them the victory back, but they’re good. They’re in the middle of the pack like all of us. It’s South Carolina and everybody else.”

Center Jen Staiti, who missed the first game, leads Georgia in scoring (15.1) followed by guard Que Morrison (14.3).

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