Jeff: Lady Tigers' win "one of biggest" in LSU history
Jay Vise Reporting
WWL.com’s Jeff Palermo says the LSU Lady Tigers’ stunning upset of Penn State was nothing short of amazing.
“I think it was probably one of the more gutsy wins that I've seen in some time, one of the biggest LSU wins in recent history,” Palermo said. “Only playing with seven players, with one of your emotional leaders out with a concussion…playing a team that had beat you the year before, shutting down Maggie Lucas…It was just a gutsy effort.”
Jeff says the win lays the groundwork for even stronger programs to come from Coach Nikki Caldwell.
“It really validates Caldwell and the job she is doing. She’s being paid $700,000, and to take this team to the Sweet 16, gives you a sense of just how good a coach she is. And once she really gets going, gets players she can use, maybe this program will be back in regular contention future Final Four appearances. Players buy into what she's teaching and preaching. She has really put her stamp on the program.
The Lady Tigers next face California in Spokane, Washington this Saturday on WWL Radio. Jeff says we’ll have to wait and see if the team can keep up this level of energy.
“It’s tough to say. It seems like a lot of players, the seniors, were motivated that they wanted to make sure their final game in front of the home crowd was not a loss. In Spokane, we won't have that emotion of the PMAC, and we won't have home crowd. Going to be tough to say if they can come off this emotional high, with just a couple of days to regroup.”
But, Jeff isn’t counting them out.
“We still don’t know if Jeanne Kenney's going to be back…So, with 7 players, odds will once again stacked. But don't bet against this team. All season, every time you thought, "this is it," and kept waiting for this team to go away... every time, they’ve done something to surprise you, like beating Penn State on Tuesday night.”