Lady Tigers ready to get it going

LSU's Lady Tigers basketball team opens the 2004-05 season against Everyone's Internet in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game will be LSU's lone exhibition game before opening the regular season on Nov. 11 by hosting the Women's College Sports Foundation Classic.

Pokey Chatman, who led the Lady Tigers to a 15-5 record and the Final Four as acting head coach last season, begins her reign as head coach on Tuesday. Chatman was named LSU head coach in April following the retirement of Sue Gunter

Seimone Augustus, the preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, leads the Lady Tigers. The 6-1 junior guard earned Kodak All-America honors last season after averaging 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.  

Temeka Johnson, a preseason All-SEC selection along with Augustus, also returns. The 5-3 senior point guard led the Lady Tigers and the SEC with 8.3 assists last season to go along with 12.9 points per outing.

Wendlyn Jones also returns as a starter from last season. The 6-1 forward started 17 games for the Lady Tigers last season and averaged 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  

Also returning from the 2003-04 Final Four squad are seniors Crystal White, Florence Williams and Tillie Willis, junior Scholanda Hoston, sophomore Hanna Biernacka, and redshirt freshmen Khalilah Mitchell and Marian Whitfield.

Everyone's Internet is a traveling team consisting of former collegiate players. They are coached by the WNBA's Houston Comets assistant coach Kevin Cook and open their 14-game swing against LSU. They also visit Arkansas, Duke, Texas Tech and South Carolina during their 17-day tour.  

LSU will be without Willis, Mitchell and freshman Quianna Chaney for Tuesday's game because of suspensions due to violations of team rules.

Tickets for the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Nov.11 and 12 featuring LSU, Maine, Virginia and Arizona State, along with season tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.LSUsports.net, in person at the LSU Ticket Office in the LSU Athletic Administration Building, or by phone at 225-578-2184 or 800-960-TKTS.  

LSU PROBABLE STARTERS (2003-04 STATS)

G          2          Temeka Johnson           5-3       Sr.        12.9 ppg            8.3 apg            

G          32         Scholanda Hoston          5-10      Jr.        8.7 ppg             2.4 rpg             

F          33         Seimone Augustus         6-1       Jr.        19.5 ppg            5.9 rpg 

F          32         Wendlyn Jones              6-1       Jr.        6.5 ppg             5.3 rpg 

C          31         Sylvia Fowles                6-6       Fr.        N/A                  N/A


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