Plaisance named WBCA All-American

Bill Martin
LSU's Theresa Plaisance. Photo by

LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association Honorable Mention All-America Team last week.

A 10-member first-team All-America squad was selected in addition to the honorable mentions. This is the 39th year of the WBCA Coaches' All-America program, which began in 1975.

Arguably the nation's most improved player, Plaisance went from posting 4.5 points per game as a sophomore to a league-best 17.0 points per contest in her first year as a starter. From Nov. 16 to March 24, the New Orleans native recorded 31 consecutive double-figure scoring games, representing the longest streak by an LSU player since Seimone Augustus did it in a school-record 97 straight games from 2003-06. She was also the first LSU player since Augustus to lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring.

Plaisance finished fourth in the SEC in rebounding (8.3 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (43.7), second in blocks (2.5 bpg) and 10th in free throw percentage (.728). Plaisance was the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in all five of those categories. She made (139) and attempted (191) more free throws than any player in the SEC.

Plaisance helped lead LSU to a 22-12 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet 16 berth since 2008. The Lady Tigers went on a seven-game winning streak late in the season with wins over three straight ranked teams.

Plaisance was one of seven SEC players on the WBCA Honorable Mention All-America Team, joining Texas A&M's Kelsey Bone, Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke, Tennessee's Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons, Georgia's Jasmine Hassell and Kentucky's A'dia Mathies.