|LSU Lady Tigers basketball|
|University||Louisiana State University|
|Head coach||Nikki Fargas (8th season)|
|Location||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Arena||Pete Maravich Assembly Center |
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1986, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1984, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018|
|AIAW Tournament Runner-up|
|AIAW Tournament Final Four|
|AIAW Tournament Appearances|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|2005, 2006, 2008|
The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I women's college basketball. The team has been led by head coach Nikki Fargas since the 2011-2012 season. The team plays its home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Through the 2018-2019 season, LSU has made 27 AIAW/NCAA tournament appearances including 14 Sweet Sixteens, eight Elite Eights, and five Final Fours. The Lady Tigers have won the SEC regular season championship three times and the SEC Tournament championship twice.
The LSU women's basketball team started play in 1975 as the "Ben-Gals," with coach Jinks Coleman. In just their second season of play, the team made it to the AIAW national championship game before losing to top-ranked Delta State, 68-55. Coleman stepped down in the middle of the 1978-1979 season and was replaced by Barbara Swanner, who in turn led the team for three and a half seasons. The 1981-1982 season saw the NCAA become the governing body of collegiate women's basketball. LSU did not play in the first NCAA tournament.
Future Hall of Fame coach Sue Gunter was hired to replace Swanner. Gunter would lead the Lady Tigers for the next 22 seasons. Gunter led the Lady Tigers to 14 NCAA tournament appearances. Although she only won three regular season titles, for most of her tenure the SEC was dominated by national powers Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss. Gunter took a medical leave of absence in the middle of the 2003-04 season. Her top assistant, Pokey Chatman, who had played for Gunter in the late 1980s and early 1990s and served as an assistant coach since the end of her playing days, took over as interim coach and led the Tigers to their first Final Four. However, Gunter was still officially head coach, and LSU credits the entire season to her. Gunter retired after the season, and Chatman was named her permanent successor.
Pokey Chatman led the team to two more consecutive Final Four appearances and was highly regarded as coach. However, during the 2006-2007 season, just prior to the NCAA Tournament, Chatman resigned after allegations of improper conduct with a former player surfaced. She was replaced on an interim basis by longtime assistant Bob Starkey, who coached the team during the 2007 NCAA Tournament, leading them to a fourth consecutive Final Four.
Van Chancellor, the former head coach for Ole Miss and the Houston Comets, was hired at the end of the 2006-2007 season as a permanent replacement. In his first year as coach, Chancellor led the Lady Tigers to the SEC regular season championship. The Lady Tigers were runner-up in the 2008 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament and made the NCAA Final Four for a fifth consecutive year. LSU joined UConn as the only two schools ever to reach five consecutive Final Fours.
On April 2, 2011, LSU hired Nikki Caldwell, later Nikki Fargas, to replace Chancellor as head coach of the Lady Tigers. Fargas played as Nikki Caldwell at the University of Tennessee under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. During her tenure as head coach at LSU, Fargas has led the Lady Tigers to five NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament appearances in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
LSU has played in five Final Fours in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship tournament.
|Total Final Fours: 5|
LSU has won three regular-season conference championships and two conference tournament championships in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1990-91||SEC Tournament||Sue Gunter||24-7||5-4|
|2002-03||SEC Tournament||Sue Gunter||30-4||11-3|
|Total conference championships: 5|
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Jinks Coleman (Independent) (1975-1979)|
|1975-76||Jinks Coleman||17-14||-||AIAW Regional|
|1976-77||Jinks Coleman||29-8||-||AIAW Second Place||11|
|1977-78||Jinks Coleman||37-3||-||AIAW Regional||10|
|Barbara Swanner (Independent, SEC) (1979-1983)|
|1979||Barbara Swanner||5-5||-||AIAW Regional|
|1979-80||Barbara Swanner||17-17||-||AIAW Regional|
|1980-81||Barbara Swanner||17-15||-||AIAW Regional|
|Sue Gunter (SEC) (1982-2004)|
|1982-83||Sue Gunter||20-7||6-2||T-1st (SEC West)||20|
|1983-84||Sue Gunter||23-7||5-3||T-2nd (SEC West)||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||8|
|1984-85||Sue Gunter||20-9||4-4||3rd (SEC West)||NWIT Champions|
|1985-86||Sue Gunter||27-6||6-3||T-2nd||NCAA Elite Eight||8||9|
|1986-87||Sue Gunter||20-8||6-3||T-4th||NCAA Second Round (Bye)||19||14|
|1987-88||Sue Gunter||18-11||6-3||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|1988-89||Sue Gunter||19-11||5-4||T-4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||14|
|1989-90||Sue Gunter||21-9||4-5||T-6th||NCAA First Round||23|
|1990-91||Sue Gunter||24-7||5-4||4th#||NCAA Second Round (Bye)||18||8|
|1995-96||Sue Gunter||21-11||4-7||T-8th||NWIT Third Place|
|1996-97||Sue Gunter||25-5||9-3||T-3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||12||9|
|1997-98||Sue Gunter||19-13||7-7||T-6th||WNIT Semifinals|
|1998-99||Sue Gunter||22-8||10-4||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||21||21|
|1999-2000||Sue Gunter||25-7||11-3||3rd||NCAA Elite Eight||8||15|
|2000-01||Sue Gunter||20-11||8-6||T-4th||NCAA Second Round||20||18|
|2001-02||Sue Gunter||18-12||8-6||T-4th||NCAA Second Round||22||22|
|2002-03||Sue Gunter||30-4||11-3||2nd#||NCAA Elite Eight||5||3|
|2003-04||Sue Gunter||27-7||10-4||2nd||NCAA Final Four||3||19|
|Pokey Chatman (SEC) (2004-2007)|
|2004-05||Pokey Chatman||33-3||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four||3||2|
|2005-06||Pokey Chatman||31-4||13-1||1st||NCAA Final Four||4||5|
|2006-07||Pokey Chatman||30-8||10-4||T-3rd||NCAA Final Four||4||12|
|Van Chancellor (SEC) (2008-2012)|
|2007-08||Van Chancellor||31-6||14-0||1st||NCAA Final Four||4||6|
|2008-09||Van Chancellor||19-11||10-4||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2009-10||Van Chancellor||21-10||9-7||T-3rd||NCAA Second Round||25||21|
|Nikki Fargas (SEC) (2011-present)|
|2011-12||Nikki Caldwell||23-11||10-6||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2012-13||Nikki Caldwell||22-12||10-6||6th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2013-14||Nikki Fargas||21-13||7-9||T-6th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2014-15||Nikki Fargas||17-14||10-6||T-4th||NCAA First Round|
|2016-17||Nikki Fargas||20-12||8-8||7th||NCAA First Round|
|2018-19||Nikki Fargas||16-13||7-9||6th||Turned down NIT Bid|
Postseason invitational champion
Conference tournament winners noted with #
|No.||Member||Position||Career||Year No. Retired|
|Seimone Augustus||G||2004, 2005 (National Player of the Year), 2006 (National Player of the Year)|
|Sylvia Fowles||C||2007, 2008|
|Joyce Walker||G||1983, 1984|
The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972 and is home of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "The Palace that Pete Built," or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome," coined by Dick Vitale.
The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of LSU Lady Tigers and LSU Tigers basketball teams.
The LSU Basketball Practice Facility is the practice facility for the LSU Lady Tigers basketball and LSU Tigers basketball teams. The facility is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center through the Northwest portal. The facility features separate, full-size duplicate gymnasiums for the women's and men's basketball teams. They include a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction. The courts are exact replicas of the Maravich Center game court and have two portable goals and four retractable goals. The gymnasiums are equipped with a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer's table with video and data connection. The facility also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, training rooms, a coach's locker room and coach's offices.
The building also includes a two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level where a club room is used for pre-game and post-game events and is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center concourse. The lobby includes team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU basketball. A 900-pound bronze statue of LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal is located in front of the facility.
The LSU Tigers basketball strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium. Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment. It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.
|Bob Starkey (interim)||2007||4-1||(.800)|