FINAL FOUR: Lady Tiger Notebook

The Lady Tigers advanced to the first Final Four in the program's history with a victory over Georgia in the West Regional Final on Monday in Seattle, Wash. LSU upended No. 3 seed Georgia 62-60 to advance to New Orleans after getting past top seeded Texas 71-55 in the regional semifinal.

Seimone Augustus, named the West Regional MVP, scored 29 points in both games, while Temeka Johnson, a New Orleans native, joined Augustus on the All-Tournament team, scoring 16 points in the final and collecting a double double in the semifinal.

 

IN CONCLUSION...

LSU completed its regular season and conference tournament with a 23-7 record and finished second in the SEC with a 10-4 mark. The Lady Tigers, ranked in the top 25 all season, won at least 20 games for the 16th time in the program's history and defeated four ranked teams along the way. LSU, which began the season with a win over Villanova in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic in Oregon, fell in the next two outings and then rattled off a school-record tying 15 straight victories, including beginning the SEC with four consecutive wins. There were also many milestones reached and records set during the season. Head coach Sue Gunter won her 700th career game (Feb. 12 vs. Arkansas) and coached her 1,000 career game (Jan. 25 at Georgia). Temeka Johnson broke the career and single season assists records, while Doneeka Hodges, Seimone Augustus and Johnson all reach 1,000 points in their respective careers. Awards also piled up for the Lady Tigers. Augustus was named third-team All-American by the AP and first-team All-SEC by both the coaches and the AP, while Johnson earned first-team by the coaches and second-team by the AP and Hodges was second-team by the coaches. Augustus is also a finalist for the Women's Wooden Award and Kodak All-American, while Johnson is a finalist for the Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award.

 

GUNTER GETS 700!

LSU head coach Sue Gunter, in her 22nd season with the Lady Tigers, picked up her 700th career victory on Feb. 12 against Arkansas. Despite missing the game due to illness, Gunter became the third women's coach to reach the milestone, joining Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Texas' Jody Conradt. Gunter has 442 wins in her 22nd season at LSU and collected 266 wins in her 12 seasons at Stephen F. Austin prior to her arrival in Baton Rouge.

 

HEAD COACH SUE GUNTER

Sue Gunter is in her 22nd season as the head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers. The Hall of Fame coach owns a 708-307 career record and a 442-220 record at LSU. Gunter came to Baton Rouge after a 12-year stint as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin. Gunter has led the Lady Tigers to 14 NCAA Tournament berths, one Final Four, four Elite Eight appearances, eight Sweet 16 appearances and two SEC Tournament championship. She is the third-winningest coach in women's basketball with 708 victories and her 1,015 games coached in her career is third to Texas' Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summitt.

 

ASSISTING GUNTER

LSU's assistant coaching staff enters its third season together, but two members of the staff have been with Sue Gunter for many years. Pokey Chatman is in her 13th season under Gunter and her fifth as associate coach. Chatman, a 1991 LSU grad, is joined by Bob Starkey in his sixth season with the Lady Tigers after spending seven seasons with the men's program. Carla Berry, a fellow LSU alum, is in her third season as assistant to Gunter, while Joe Carvalhido is working his fourth season as administrative assistant for the Lady Tigers.

 

GUNTER IN THE RECORD BOOKS

Sue Gunter  enters her 40th season as a head coach (NCAA only recognizes 34) and ranks in the top four in four NCAA coaching categories.

Seasons coached          34         second

Games coached            1,015    third

Career wins       708       third

20-win seasons  22         fourth

 

HOME SWEET HOME

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center has been home sweet home for the Lady Tigers over the years, especially the past nine-plus seasons. LSU is 304-86 in the 28-year history of the building, including a 123-16 record over the past nine-plus years. LSU has two perfect seasons in the PMAC, going 14-0 in both 1977-78 and 1985-86.

 

THE BIG 300!

The Lady Tigers' victory on Feb. 12 over Arkansas was the 300th for the program in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU has been playing in the Maravich Center since the 1975-76 season and has collected 300 victories, an average of 10.2 wins per season.  The most wins in a season came during the 1999-2000 season when the Lady Tigers won 17.

 

STREAK SNAPPED

LSU had won 13 straight games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center before falling to Vanderbilt on Feb. 19. The Lady Tigers won the final home game last season and the first 12 games at home this season. The home court winning streak was the ninth longest in the nation.

 

IN THE POLLS

LSU sits No. 19 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA polls. The AP poll is the final one of the season, while the coaches poll will be released for the final time at the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament. LSU has been ranked in the top 20 the entire season.

 

AMONG THE ELITE

LSU has been ranked in the Associated Press poll for 244 weeks since the first poll came out in November of 1976. That ranks the Lady Tigers 16th in weeks appeared in the poll. SEC foe Tennessee holds the record at 467 weeks in the top 25.

 

AGAINST THE RANKS

The Lady Tigers are 6-5 against top 25 team this season with victories against No. 22 Rutgers on Dec. 2, No. 25 Arizona on Jan. 4, No. 21 Auburn on Jan. 11, at No. 20 Florida on Feb. 15, No. 4 Texas on March 27 and No. 16 Georgia on March 29. LSU has lost to No. 9 Penn State on Nov. 21, at No. 17 Georgia on Jan. 25, at No. 19 Auburn on Feb. 8, at No. 2 Tennessee on Feb. 29 and vs. No. 21 Vanderbilt on March 6.

 

GUNTER TAKES LEAVE FROM BENCH COACHING DUTIES

Head coach Sue Gunter is taking a medical leave of absence (acute bronchitis) from her bench coaching duties for the remainder of the season and post-season. She will continue to participate in film sessions, practices and game preparation. Pokey Chatman, LSU's associate coach will serve as acting head coach. Gunter has missed 18 games due to the illness. LSU is 14-4 in those games.

 

DOUBLE TROUBLE

LSU has seen four different Lady Tigers collect double doubles this season for a total of 16. Temeka Johnson leads the team with  10 (all points-assists), while Wendlyn Jones, Seimone Augustus and Tillie Willis each have two. LSU has posted a 13-2 record this season when a player has recorded a double double.

 

"BIG THREE" EARN SEC HONORS

Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson   were named All-Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press. Augustus earned a spot on the five-member First-team, while Johnson was on the six-member Second-team.

 

"BIG THREE" EARN SEC HONORS

LSU's "Big Three" of Seimone Augustus, Temeka Johnson and Doneeka Hodges earned post-season All-Southeastern Conference honors selected by the coaches. Augustus, a sophomore, and Johnson, a senior, were both named first-team All-SEC by the coaches and Hodges, a senior, was named second-team all-conference. Augustus earned second-team all-conference last season and was the Freshman of the Year, while Johnson was honorable mention All-SEc one season ago. Hodges earned second-team All-SEC two years ago as a sophomore.

 

JOHNSON OPTS TO PLAY NEXT YEAR

Point guard Temeka Johnson announced on March 14 that she will return to LSU for another senior season. The New Orleans native, who has played two and a half season, was a partial qualifier and had to sit out her first three semesters. The NCAA granted Johnson her lost year back based on her good academic standing at LSU.

 

JOHNSON GETS THE RECORD

Senior point guard Temeka Johnson became LSU's all-time assists leader in a career when she collected her fourth assist at Florida on Feb. 15. She entered the game needing four to to pass associate coach Pokey Chatman for the career lead and got it with 6:50 remaining in the game. Johnson, is just 92 games, enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four with 659 assists (7.2 average). 

 

JOHNSON GETS ANOTHER TOP SPOT

Temeka Johnson, LSU's point guard that already owns the records for assists by a sophomore and junior at LSU, climbed to the top of the list for assists by a senior with 11 against Alabama on Feb. 5.

 

OWNER OF EVERY RECORD NOW

Temeka Johnson now owns all of LSU's assists record by breaking the single-season mark on Feb. 22 against Mississippi State. The senior needed three assists to break mark of 201 held by Brenda McGuffee (1976-77) and collected six in the game. Johnson enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four with 281 assists this season.

 

JOHNSON TIES OWN RECORD

Temeka Johnson tied her own school record of 15 assists in a game on Feb. 12 against Arkansas when the senior dished out 15 in the victory over the Lady Razorbacks. She set the record at Ole Miss on Jan. 17, 2002. She has dished out at least 10 assists 11 times this season. 

 

AMONG STEAL LEADERS TOO...

Temeka Johnson enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four ranked eighth in steals by a senior. She has 61 and trails Elaine Powell by nine for seventh-place.

 

ANOTHER GRAND

Senior guard Temeka Johnson became the third LSU player to reach 1,000 points in her career this season. The New Orleans native needed 14 points in the first-round game against Austin Peay on March 21 and finished with 17. She is the 24th player in school history to accomplish the feat and joins Doneeka Hodges who scored her 1,000 point in the season opener on Nov. 15 against Villanova and Seimone Augustus who reached 1,000 on Feb. 26 against Ole Miss. Johnson sits in 22nd-place in career scoring, needing 12 points to pass Latasha Dorsey for 21st.

 

GOING HOME

Temeka Johnson and Doneeka Hodges, both seniors from New Orleans, are going to play in their home town for just the second time at LSU Lady Tigers. Johnson, a Bonnabel High School graduate, and Hodges, a graduate of O.P. Walker High School, played their first game in New Orleans earlier this season when LSU defeated Tulane 65-42 on Jan. 30 in New Orleans Arena. Lady Tigers' freshman Khalilah Mitchell, a St. Mary's High School grad., also hails from the Cresent City, but will not play due to injury.

 

FOUR SCORED... FOR THE FIRST TIME           

In LSU's 103-68 victory at Alabama on Feb. 5, four Lady Tigers scored at least 20 points  in a game for the first time in school history. Scholanda Hoston (career-high) and Doneeka Hodges (season-high) each poured in 25, while Seimone Augustus added 21 and Temeka Johnson had 20.

 

25 WINS FOR SEVENTH TIME  

LSU won its 25th game of the season on March 23 against Maryland, marking the seventh time to reach the milestone in the programs' history. This is the second straight season LSU has recorded at least 25 wins. Sue Gunter has guided the Lady Tigers in five of those seven 25-win seasons.

 

LIGHTS OUT    

LSU, which led the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage, is the only SEC team to shoot over 60.0 percent in a game this season. LSU's best shooting night was 64.6 (42-65) at Alabama on Feb. 5, followed by 61.3 (38-62) at Florida on Feb. 15, 60.6 (40-66) against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 20 and 60.0 (33-55) against Arkansas on Feb. 12.

 

HODGES GETS A GRAND!

Senior Doneeka Hodges became the 22nd player in LSU Lady Tigers history to reach 1,000 career points when the New Orleans native hit her second field goal in the victory over Villanova on Nov. 15. She enters the  NCAA Tournament Final Four with 1,477 points and is 10th on LSU career scoring. She is 57 points away from passing Madeline Doucet for ninth on the list.

 

DONEEKA - A 3-POINT SPECIALIST

Senior guard Doneeka Hodges ranks in the top seven in all of the three-point shooting career records. The New Orleans native  ranks second in career 3-pointers made with 189, is second in 3-pointers attempted with  544 and is seventh in 3-point field goal percentage at 34.7.

 

DONEEKA CRACKS INTO TOP 10

Doneeka Hodges cracked into the top 10 of two more career stat in Lady Tigers' history. The senior enters the NCAA Tournament Final Final ranked seventh in career FG attempts with 1339. Hodges is also second in career game played with 129.

 

HODGES CLIMBING IN SENIOR BOOKS

Doneeka Hodges is climbing up the senior class record books. The New Orleans native enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four sitting in ninth-place in points by a senior and 10th-place in assists by a senior. She needs two assists to pass Miriam Farr for ninth-place in assists and 16 points to pass Sheila Johnson for eighth-place in points.

 

THE CENTURY MARK              

LSU's 103 points scored in the Feb. 5 victory at Alabama were the most points scored by the Lady Tigers since putting up 103 in a victory over Jackson State on Dec. 28, 1999 in Baton Rouge. It is also the first time LSU reached the 100-point plateau since scoring 101 against Grambling on Nov. 11, 2001.

 

THE CENTURY MARK IN THE SEC       

LSU's 103 points scored at Alabama on Feb. 5 were the most points the Lady Tigers have scored in a SEC game in school history. It is just the third time LSU has scored over 100 points against a SEC opponent and the first since Feb. 10, 1991 with the Lady Tigers fell to Georgia 108-102 in two overtimes. LSU also put up 102 at Mississippi State on Jan. 28, 1985 in a 102-71 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

 

GUNTER COACHES 1,000TH

Sue Gunter, in her 40th season as a head coach, became the third coach in women's basketball history to reach 1,000 games coached in a career on Jan. 25th at Georgia. She sits only behind Texas' Jody Conradt and Tennessee's Pat Summitt in reaching the milestone.

 

GUNTER GETS FIRST FINAL FOUR

Sue Gunter, in her 40th season as a head coach, can finally claim what has eluded her and the LSU program, a Final Four appearance. Gunter has coached the most games,  collected the most victories and the most NCAA Tournament wins without making it to the Final Four until this season. 

 

POKEY, COME HOME

Pokey Chatman, LSU acting head coach, gets to lead the Lady Tigers into New Orleans for the Final Four, just minutes from her home town of Ama, La. Chatman, an All-American point guard for the Lady Tigers, missed the opportunity as a player to reach the Final Four in New Orleans in 1991 as a senior.

 

JOHNSON A LIEBERMAN CANDIDATE

Temeka Johnson was named of the 12 candidates for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented annually by the Detroit Rotary Club honoring the nation's top point guard in Division I women's basketball. Johnson, a 5-3 senior from New Orleans, was one of three finalists for the award last year.

 

DUO NAMED AP ALL-AMERICANS

Sophomore Seimone Augustus was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. The Baton Rouge native received the honor for the second straight season and is the first player in LSU history to earn AP All-America honors twice. Temeka Johnson was named honorable mention by the AP for the second year.

 

"MONEY" FROM LINE AND THE FIELD

Sophomore guard Seimone Augustus has lived up to her nickname "Money" in her season a half at LSU. The Baton Rouge native enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four in fifth-place on the Lady Tigers' career field goal percentage list with a mark of 54.0 (490-905). She also holds the the top spot in single season free throw percentage at LSU with a 89.9 clip (98-109) this season. That betters her percentage of 88.8 she shot last season to set the school record.

 

FREE THROW STREAK SNAPPED

Sophomore guard Seimone Augustus had connected on a school-record 42 consecutive free throw attempts before missing her fifth attempt on Feb. 12 against Arkansas. The Baton Rouge native had made 42 straight after missing her first in the SEC opener against Auburn on Jan. 9. Augustus' 42 broke her own record set last season when she began the SEC season with 29 straight free throws made before missing her first. Before last season the previous mark was 26 set by Cornelia Gayden during the 1993-94 season.

 

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP

Seimone Augustus enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four ranked fourth in points by a sophomore with 663. The Baton Rouge native trails Joyce Walker by 84 for third-place. Augustus needs 85 points to pass Walker for third.

 

GOT A GRAND

Seimone Augustus became  the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points when she scored her 15th point of the game with 9:43 left to play against Ole Miss on Feb. 26. She also became the eighth player at LSU to accomplish the feat in two seasons or less. Augustus enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four with 1,167 points and sits in 14th-place, 55 points away from passing Patricia Woods for 13th spot.

 

LEADER OF THE PACK

Seimone Augustus finished the SEC regular season third in scoring averaging in the Southeastern Conference in conference games only. The sophomore guard is averaged 20.4 points per game in conference games only. She also ranked 11th in rebounding, sixth in field goal percentage, first in free throw percentage and 10th in steals. Augustus also ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring in all games, is second in free throw percentage and ninth in field goal percentage.

 

STREAKING!    

Sophomore Seimone Augustus has posted double figures in 25 straight games, including 18 of the last 19 games with 17 or more and six straight with 20-plus points.

 

AUGUSTUS HONORED BY THE USA

Seimone Augustus was honored in December by USA Basketball by being named the Female Athlete of the Year. She was the MVP of the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women this past summer as a member of the Gold Medal winning United States team. Augustus joins a long list of past winners of the award which includes Lisa Leslie, Teresa Edwards, Chamique Holdsclaw, Dawn Staley and Cherly Miller to name a few. San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan was named the Male Athlete of the Year.

 

LADY TIGERS DUO WADE TOP 21

Senior Temeka Johnson and sophomore Seimone Augustus are among 21 players from around the nation named as tOP 21 candidates for the award, named after legendary three-time national champion coach Lily Margaret Wade. The award, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball," is entering its 27th year and is organized by the WBCA. The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators.

 

AUGUSTUS WOODEN AWARD FINALIST

Sophomore Seimone Augustus is one of 16 players from around the nation named as a Women's Wooden Award finalist. The Baton Rouge native is one of two sophomores on the list and one of two players from the Southeastern Conference. Over 200 voters from various media outlets across the nation will vote for the five-member All-American team and the inaugural Women's Wooden Award winner.

 

NAISMITH FINALIST

sophomore Seimone Augustus is among 20 players from around the nation named as a finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year award. The award enters its 36th season and is annually sponsored by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

 

INJURY BUG BITES TWO FRESHMEN

Freshman guards Khalilah Mitchell and Marian Whitfield both went down in practice within a few weeks of each other. Mitchell went down with a torn ACL in her right knee on Nov. 30, while Whitfield suffered a broken bone in her lower left leg in practice on Dec. 9. Mitchell, a New Orleans native will miss the remainder of the season after averaging 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes of play per game in the four contests. Whitfield, an Augusta, Ga., native was averaging 0.3 points in 2.7 minutes per

game in three games played.

 

POST SEASON PLAY  

Doneeka Hodges, who is second in career games played at LSU, is also among the leaders in career post season games played. The senior enters the NCAA Tournament Final Four having played in 12 post season games (SEC Tournament does not count). She is tied with Latasha Dorsey, April Brown and Marie Ferdinand for third-place. Temeka Johnson enters the Final Four with 10 post-season games played, good enough for ninth on the list.

 

ON THE TUBE

LSU is 12-5 on television this season and will appear on TV in every remaining game they play during the post season. The Lady Tigers defeated Florida State (SEC-TV), Arizona (Cox Sports), Auburn (SEC-TV), Florida (Cox Sports), Arkansas (Cox Sports), Mississippi State (Cox Sports), Ole Miss (Cox Sports), Ole Miss (SEC-TV), Austin Peay (ESPN2), Maryland (ESPN), Texas (ESPN) and Georgia (ESPN).

 

DUO AMONG NCAA LEADERS

Temeka Johnson and Seimone Augustus are among the leads in the nation in assists and free throw percentage and scoring. Johnson, a the senior point guard, is dishing out 8.0 assists per game and sits third in the country. Augustus, a sophomore guard, is third in free throw percentage with a .910 clip (91-100) from the line. She is also 38th in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game.

 

LSU AMONG BEST IN FIVE AREAS

LSU is among the nation's best in five statistical categories according to the weekly NCAA stats. The Lady Tigers are sixth in fewest turnovers per game, 14th in field goal percentage, 18th in assists per game, 16th in scoring offense and 28th in scoring margin.

 

DANCING AGAIN!

The Lady Tigers are in the NCAA "Dance" for the 14th time in school history and for the sixth straight season. LSU made the tournament for the first time in 1984, again in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 as well as this season. The Lady Tigers own a 20-13 record in the "Dance."

GO WEST AGAIN, YOUNG LADY!

LSU, the No. 4 seed in the West Region, was in the West for the fifth time in the program's history in the NCAA Tournament and the third straight year. The Lady Tigers are 10-4 as a participant in the West Region, including the wins over Austin Peay, Maryland, Texas and Georgia to advance to the school's first Final Four appearance.

 

GOING AGAINST THE FIELD

LSU was matched-up with 10 different teams in 13 games with schools that made the Field of 64. The Lady Tigers posted a 7-6 record in those 13 games, including wins over Villanova, Rutgers, Temple, Arizona, Auburn and two against Florida.

 

AS AN AT-LARGE

This is the 12th time the Lady Tigers enter the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. LSU is 17-11 in those tournament games. The only two times the Lady Tigers where not an at-large selection was in 1991 and 2003 after earning the Southeastern Conference automatic bid by winning the SEC Tournament. LSU has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times (1984, 1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2004) as an at-large, the Elite Eight three times (1986, 2000 and 2004) and the Final Four this season.

 

FIRST ROUND SUCCESS

LSU has enjoyed some success in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers are 7-2 in first-round games, including having won seven straight in the first round. LSU's only two first-round losses came to Stephen F. Austin in 1988 and Southern Miss in 1990, both on the opponents home floor. LSU has also received five first-round byes (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991).

 

ELITE EIGHT... WASN'T ENOUGH

The Lady Tigers advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth time in school history with wins over Austin Peay, Maryland and Texas. LSU also advanced to the Regional Final in 1986, 2000 and 2003 and now owns a 1-3 record, including Monday's win over Georgia in Seattle.

 

FABULOUS FOUR

LSU was awarded a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the school's history. The Lady Tigers are 9-4 in tournament games as the fourth-seed. The last time LSU was a No. 4 seed was 1999 when the team won its first two games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center over Evansville and Notre Dame before falling to Louisiana Tech in the West Regional Semifinal in Los Angeles.


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