BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — As you probably know by now LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell is dealing with the task of trying to advance her Lady Tigers in the NCAA tournament and playing the role of full time mom.
Interestingly enough, on the other side of the court, her opposing coach Coquese Washington is familiar with both challenges.
“She shared some motherly memories and advice because she is a mother, and we talked about what they do now which is really funny. We appreciate everything basketball has brought to our lives but being a mother is on a whole another level, It’s great to share that experience with Coquese and I wish her luck tomorrow in tomorrow night’s game,” Caldwell said at Tuesday’s press conference.
One thing the two coaches don't have in common is home court advantage. Something Caldwell hopes, lady tiger basketball supporters capitalize on for the last home game in the Maravich Center.
“We are really going to be challenging our fans to come out. I know it is a late start but we want our fans to come out to see our seniors because it is our last home game.”
Seniors like Lasondra Barrett try not to dwell on that fact. Instead, she attempts to just stay focused at the task at hand.
“I just approach it as another game. I try not to think about it being our last game. It's a special place to be, we are always LSU, we bleed purple and gold and we will be back,” Barrett said
While Barrett says both teams will have their respective game plans, she believes it’s that little something extra that will make the difference in winning and losing.
“I think it all comes down to who is the toughest team. Who wins the board play? Who wins the battle of hustle play? So whatever game plan is made by either team I think that the toughness right now, and bringing your effort and intensity is what determines the games.”