Lady Tigers trying to reach Final Four

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 28, 2005

LSU takes on Liberty at 11 a.m.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – LSU’s top-seeded Lady Tigers basketball team will get the Sweet 16 started on Saturday with an 11 a.m. CST tip-off against 13th-seeded Liberty in McKenzie Arena.

LSU (31-2) defeated Stetson and Arizona to reach the regional, while Liberty (26-6) is the Cinderella story of the 2005 tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 with upset wins over Penn State and DePaul.

The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Sixth seeded Georgia will face second-seeded Duke in the other regional semifinal in Chattanooga on Saturday, tipping 30 minutes following the conclusion of LSU’s game.

The winners of the two games will meet on Monday night for the right to advance to the Final Four in Indianapolis.


Seimone Augustus, Temeka Johnson and Sylvia Fowles, all members of LSU’s second-ranked Lady Tigers basketball team each received postseason honors from the Associated Press, it was released by the media organization on Wednesday.

Augustus, a 6-1 junior forward, earned first-team All-America honors and was the only one of the five-member first-team to be selected by all 45 voters.

Johnson, a 5-3 senior guard was named to the five-member second-team, while freshman center Sylvia Fowles was an honorable mention selection.

Augustus, who helped lead LSU (31-2) to the school’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance, is averaging 19.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Augustus earned third-team AP All-America each of her first two seasons and is LSU’s first Associated Press first-team All-American. She also received first-team All-America honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) last week.

“People marvel at Seimone’s mid-range jumper. I marvel at the fact she’s always wide open when the opposition has practiced all week (to stop her),” LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. “That’s because she’s cerebral. She understands what cuts to make and when to pick up the basketball.”

Johnson, a two-time honorable mention AP All-America selection, is averaging 10.3 points and 7.6 assists per game entering the Chattanooga Regional. She averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists in LSU’s first two NCAA Tournament games. Johnson was a first-team All-American selection by the USBWA.

Fowles, who is averaging 11.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots entering the regional and scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in each of LSU’s first two NCAA Tournament victories.

Augustus was joined on the first-team by Kansas State’s Kendra Wecker, Duke’s Monique Currie, Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport and TCU’s Sandora Irvin.