Ballard earns freshman honor; latest LSU bracketology

LSU’s Danielle Ballard was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday, the fourth time this season she has been so honored.

A 5-foot-9 guard from Memphis, Tenn., Ballard scored 19 points Sunday in LSU’s big 63-41 win at Mississippi State. She also had seven rebounds and four steals.

Ballard is second in the SEC in points (12.6 points per game), rebounding (6.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (42.2). She also leads the conference with 3.1 steals per game.

With a 15-10 overall record and 6-6 mark in SEC play, LSU continues to hang in on the No. 12 seed line in ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme’s latest NCAA women’s tournament projection.

LSU will host NCAA first- and second-round games Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 26. If a team receives an NCAA tournament bid and is serving as a first- and second-round host it is guaranteed to play on its home court.

Creme projects LSU to play No. 5-seeded Nebraska (19-6) while he also has No. 4 Dayton (21-1 out of the Atlantic 10) and No. 13 Chattanooga (23-3) squaring off.