Ballard leads LSU past Lady Vols

By The Sports Network
January 2, 2014 - 10:03pm

Knoxville, TN ( - Danielle Ballard scored 25 points in 16th-
ranked LSU's 80-77 win over No. 5 Tennessee in the SEC opener for both teams.

Ballard added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for LSU (11-2, 1-0 SEC), which nearly squandered a 16-point lead in the final five minutes of the contest. Tennessee had cut its deficit to 78-77 with 12 seconds left when Raigyne Moncrief made a pair of free throws to restore a three-point LSU edge. Andraya Carter's last second triple was off the mark on the other end.

DaShawn Harden made four of the Lady Tigers' six 3-pointers for 17 points off the bench, while Theresa Plaisance and Jeanne Kenney totaled 15 and 14 points, respectively. <