From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance, who averaged 17.0 points per game in her first year as a starter, has been crowned the Southeastern Conference's scoring champion as all SEC teams who reached the NCAA Tournament now have had their seasons come to a close.
Plaisance becomes the first LSU player to win the SEC scoring title since National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus did it in 2006 with 22.7 points per contest. Plaisance is the fourth different player in LSU history to claim the scoring title and it is eighth season that LSU has had a player finish atop the league scorers. Joyce Walker did it three years in a row from 1982-84, as did Cornelia Gayden from 1993-95.
"We had a special team this year," said Plaisance. "We fought through so much adversity and stayed close knit through it all. We all believed in each other. I'm happy about my individual progress I made this year. This summer, I am going to continue to build on it and get ready for a great senior season."
Arguably the nation's most improved player, Plaisance went from posting 4.5 points per game as a sophomore to 17.0 points per contest in her first year as a starter her junior season. From Nov. 16 to March 24, the New Orleans native recorded 31 consecutive double-figure scoring games, representing the longest streak by an LSU player since Seimone Augustus did it in a school-record 97 straight games from 2003-06.
"Her teammates didn't allow her to take a back seat," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "They really supported her in everything that she was doing for our team by getting her the basketball, setting great screens for her and really being there for her. I thought that helped her confidence and knowing that she's got to be a go to for us.
"She emerged as one of the best 6-5 players in the country. She can do everything. And I've played her at the point, the two, the three, the four, the five. Not a lot of 6-5 kids can do that."
Plaisance also finished fourth in the SEC in rebounding (8.3 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (43.7), second in blocks (2.5 bpg) and 10th in free throw percentage (.728). Plaisance was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in all five of those categories. She made (139) and attempted (191) more free throws than any player in the SEC, marking the second straight season LSU had someone achieve that feat. LaSondra Barrett led both last season.
In addition, LSU senior guard Adrienne Webb led the SEC in free throw percentage, connecting for 86-of-107 for 80.4 percent. Webb, who finished sixth in the SEC in scoring with 14.6 points per game, is the sixth Lady Tiger in history to lead the league in free throw percentage and the first since Barrett did it in 2010.
Danielle Ballard concluded one of the most remarkable freshman seasons in LSU history as the SEC leader in steals with 100 on the year and 2.9 per game. She is only the third player in school annals to do that, joining Joyce Walker (1983) and Marie Ferdinand (2000). Ballard shattered Ferdinand's LSU single-season steals record, becoming the first player in LSU history – men or women – to collect 100 steals in a season.