THIBODAUX, La. -- Four Lady Tigers scored in double-figures, including 15 points from freshman Shanece McKinney in the second half, and the LSU women's basketball team rolled to an 88-35 win over Nicholls State with relentless effort on Tuesday night in Stopher Gymnasium.
The Lady Tigers (5-4) concluded a stretch of playing four games in five days and they ended the road trip with their best performance of the season. LSU put together two complete halves and held the Colonels to 19.7 percent shooting from the floor. Nicholls was just 1-of-24 from three-point range.
The Colonels (2-4) fell to 0-11 all-time against LSU in what was the first meeting between the two in Thibodaux since 1981. The Lady Tigers shot a season-high 56.1 percent (37-of-66) from the floor, including a 61.8 percent effort in the second stanza. Twelve players scored at least one point in a balanced outing for LSU.
"That was by far the best game we have played all year," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor. "It was the best defense we've played. It was a tremendous effort by all 13 players. I have great respect for this team (Nicholls). Ole Miss only beat them by four and St. John's had them at their place by only five at the half. We did a great job taking them out of their offense. We did not allow them to run what they wanted to run."
McKinney came off the bench with 15 points during a dominating 10-minute span in the second half. Junior forward LaSondra Barrett put in 13 points while Jeanne Kenney and Adrienne Webb had 10 points apiece.
Houma native and former Vandebilt Catholic star Theresa Plaisance scored 10 points in her return to the Nicholls area. Plaisance went up against her mother DoBee Plaisance, who is the third-year head coach of the Colonels. It was one of the rare instances in collegiate athletics when a mother coached against her own daughter who was a player for the opposing team.
"It was a special night," said Plaisance. "We had great support and I saw a lot of people from my high school. Playing against my mother is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget."
"This was great for basketball in Louisiana," said Chancellor. "It was a great crowd. We had a lot of fans here and they had a lot of fans here. There are still a lot of fans here postgame."
With the score tied at 10, LSU converted a 9-0 run that culminated with a three from Kenney and a lay-up from Swayze Black at the 7:48 mark in the first half. The Lady Tigers outscored the Colonels, 30-6 in the final 12:36 of the period to head into the locker room up 40-16.
LSU did not let up, pushing the ball up the floor with a 16-2 run in the first seven minutes of the second half. Taylor Turnbow had three buckets underneath and Adrienne Webb buried one of two three-pointers for the sophomore on the night. Chancellor pulled his starters early in the period and gave McKinney a chance to shine.
The 6-foot-4 freshman was unstoppable with four strong layups inside during a four-minute span. Plaisance, to the cheers of the crowd, got into the act with a short jumper at the 8:52 mark that made it 68-27. Fittingly, Plaisance put the finishing touches on the victory with the final points of the night on a lay-in with 22 seconds on the clock.
LSU was dominant inside, outscoring the Colonels 50-18 in the paint, and the Lady Tigers bench contributed 47 points.
LSU breaks for its concentrated study period and final exams before returning to action on Tuesday, Dec. 14 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center.