Nikki Caldwell’s bio on LSUSports.net mentions her fashion sense. The LSU women’s basketball coach’s collaboration on her on-court outfits with fellow former Tennessee player Shyra Ely-Gash is well documented.
Caldwell in recent years incorporated a thin pair of eye glasses into her look, but the last couple of games they’ve been absent (no jokes about LSU’s inability to shoot straight in Sunday’s 63-41 loss at Arkansas).
Turns out Caldwell isn’t trying to make a new fashion statement: she’s simply out of eye glasses for the time being.
“I’ve lost all my glasses,” Caldwell explained Tuesday. “My last pair got chewed up by my 12-week-old boxer. I’ve got more ordered, they just haven’t come in yet.”
Caldwell’s puppy by the way was named Tupac by her husband, Justin Fargas, after his favorite rap star.
Caldwell said the glasses will be back, with an added twist.
“I’m getting some purple ones,” she said.
SEC TOURNAMENT UPDATE: Caldwell’s Lady Tigers travel to Ole Miss on Thursday to take on the Rebels in a key 6 p.m. matchup on SEC Network+.
LSU is 15-11 and 9-5 in SEC play, while Ole Miss 16-11 and 6-8 after a 67-59 upset Monday of No. 13 Kentucky.
The loss by UK (19-8, 8-6) keeps the Wildcats a game back of LSU in sixth place. Kentucky is also down a tiebreaker to the Lady Tigers, who beat UK 84-79 on Jan. 18.
One more win by LSU at Ole Miss or at home Sunday against Texas A&M or one more loss by UK at Arkansas on Thursday or at home Sunday against No. 2-ranked South Carolina will mean LSU will be no worse than the No. 5 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.
The Lady Tigers could be as high as the No. 3 seed if they win out while Mississippi State loses at South Carolina or to Ole Miss, with winning out meaning LSU would win the tiebreakers over State and A&M.
If LSU is the No. 3 or 4 seed in the SEC Tournament, the Lady Tigers will get a double bye into the quarterfinals and start playing Friday. If LSU is the No. 5 seed it will play in the second round on Thursday.