LSU Quick Hits March 5th

Congrats to the Lady Tiger for their great run in the SEC tournament and fighting valiantly in their loss to the Lady Vols 70-58. The Lady Tigers battled back even after losing starting point guard LaSondra Barrett to a serious injury.

With 14:18 to go and LSU trailing 45-41, Barrett tumbled in the lane after a missing a shot and was inadvertently hit in the side of head by a knee from Tennessee forward Glory Johnson as Johnson started to run upcourt.

“Right when she was getting up, I tried to run past and (Tennessee’s) Alicia Manning slid this way, and I slid that way,” Johnson said.

Barrett lay motionless for several moments as LSU trainers and local medical personnel attended to her and family members came out of the stands.

Barrett then had her neck immobilized and was placed on a stretcher to be transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said she had a CAT scan. Barrett waved to the crowd as she was taken out of Bridgestone Arena to a standing ovation from LSU and Tennessee fans.

LSU team spokesman Bill Martin said Barrett was cleared to fly back to Baton Rouge on Sunday night with the team.

“We’re definitely going to take every precaution to make sure that she is OK,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said.

LSU Baseball swept Dartmouth Sunday and won 5-4 when center fielder Jake Carlson lost Tyler Hanover’s fly-ball in sunny, windy conditions and the ball bounced off his glove for a game-winning RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

“This was as difficult a day as you’ll ever see trying to catch popups,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “You’ve got about a 10-mile-an-hour wind, you don’t have a cloud in the sky, the sun is as big as the sky.

“We hit the ball hard to right- center field and the kid has to make the play, and he wasn’t able to do it and we win. It’s how the game is played sometimes.”

LSU Football continues it’s Spring Practices as Zach Mettenberger tries to convince Les Miles to drop the 3 yards and a cloud of dust offense for a fun and gun type of offense.

Mettenberger said he began to look at himself as the LSU starter right after the BCS title game was over and the Tigers were officially his team.

The last few weeks, he has been throwing passes to his young receiving corps to get ready for spring practice. He said his goal now is convincing Miles he and his receivers have the goods to make their run-happy coach think more about opening up the offense.

“I think this spring is going to give us a chance to show (Miles) we can be a good passing offense,” Mettenberger said. “If we can prove that to him, we’ll go into camp with more of a passing mind-set rather than just running it. If we do well this spring passing and in fall camp, then we can go out and throw the ball 30 times a game next year. That’s what I’m really hoping for.”


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