The LSU women's athletics program takes center stage this week as two highly ranked LSU teams battle perennial powerhouses in their respective sports in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Thursday and Friday nights.

The LSU women's basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will play No. 5-ranked and six-time national champion Tennessee on Thursday at 6 p.m. before the LSU gymnastics team, ranked No. 3 in the nation, plays host to No. 7-ranked and five-time national champion Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m.

"This is a testament to how far our overall women's program has come in recent years," said LSU athletics director Skip Bertman. "This week, our fans have the opportunity to see two of our women's sports teams that are competing at their very highest level right now in action against two of the great programs in their sports."

Tickets are still available to both events. Tickets for the women's basketball game are $5 each, and all seating is reserved in the Maravich Center for this long-anticipated game between two of last year's Final Four semifinalists. Tickets for the gymnastics meet are $5 for adults and $3 for youths, but anyone with a ticket from the LSU-Tennessee women's basketball game will be admitted for only $1.

Tennessee in women's basketball and Georgia in gymnastics have long been dominant programs in their sports. Tennessee has won 12 Southeastern Conference championships in women's basketball and captured the national title in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Georgia has won 13 SEC titles in gymnastics and claimed national championships in 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998 and 1999.

LSU's teams are led by two of the premier athletes in their respective sports. All-American Seimone Augustus has led the Lady Tiger basketball team to a 21-1 record and is a candidate for National Player of the Year honors. Four-time All-American April Burkholder, the 2004 SEC Gymnast of the Year, is coming off a perfect score of 10.0 in the floor exercise last week against Arkansas, and is among the nation's leaders in the all-around.

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