LSU's arena bears the name of Pete Maravich, but a statue honoring a more recent LSU star, Shaquille O'Neal is the spot where LSU fans pay homage to the past.
Inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, commonly known as the P-MAC.
Thursday night was Senior Night for the Lady Tigers. Five seniors were honored in the pregame ceremony, including Destini Hughes, who tore her ACL in January.
Senior Night recognition continued through tip-off. A pre-arrangement by the coaches with the knowledge of the teams allowed Hughes to officially start the game, which explains the atypical tip-off posture of the players.
Kady Schrann hit an early 3-pointer to tie the score at 6-6 early in the first half.
A 3-pointer by Jasmine Lister gave Vanderbilt a 9-8 lead.
Schrann hit three 3-pointers in the first half.
Elan Brown scored 12 points in the game, including 5 of 7 from the free throw line.
A steal and a fastbreak layup by Foggie late in the first half cut the LSU lead to one at 27-26. But by halftime the LSU lead had crept back up to five points at 34-29.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Stephanie Holzer scored six in the second half. Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, foul trouble limited her minutes, and she fouled out with four minutes left in the second half.
With the 'Dores trailing by four at 42-38, Lister scored on a layup, then was fouled on a 3-point attempt. She hit all three of the free throws to give Vanderbilt a one-point lead at 43-42 with 14:06 remaining in the game.
Tiffany Clarke was also limited by foul trouble, but when LSU built an 8-point lead at 59-51 with five minutes remaining and the home crowd got loud, she was an important part of the 'Dores answering run.
A 3-pointer from Foggie cut the lead to one point at 61-60 with 1:36 left in the game.
But that was as close as Vanderbilt would get. The 'Dores had their chances, but in the end, a few untimely miscues meant the Senior Night ended happily for LSU as they claimed the 69-66 victory.
Photos copyright 2012 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com