Nikki Caldwell with Pat Summitt and Holly Warlick
By Glenn Guilbeau, The Shreveport Times
BATON ROUGE - LSU women's basketball coach and former Lady Vol Nikki Caldwell gave birth to a baby girl, Justice Simone Fargas, at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday, LSU associate sports information director Bill Martin confirmed later Tuesday morning.
The baby weighed six pounds and 15 ounces and was born nearly three weeks early at Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge. Caldwell's due date was March 24. Martin said Caldwell, 39, went in for a routine checkup on Monday, and doctors told her she would be having the baby very soon.
Caldwell is in her first season as LSU's coach after leaving UCLA following last season. The father is long time boyfriend Justin Fargas, a former NFL player with the Oakland Raiders who played at USC. Caldwell announced she was pregnant last year.
The timing ended up being very good for Caldwell, whose team is off from games this week after finishing second in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Sunday with a loss to Tennessee, where Caldwell played in the early 1990s.
The Lady Tigers (22-10, 10-6 SEC) will be hosting an NCAA Tournament Regional next week at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU will learn its opponent on Monday night when the NCAA announces the tournament pairings.