CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The No. 1-seeded Lady Tigers of LSU advanced to the Final Four for the second-straight year by defeating the Duke Blue Devils, 59-49, Monday night in the McKenzie Arena.

LSU's Seimone Augustus was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Chattanooga Region. Augustus led all scorers with 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Augustus was a perfect four for four from the free throw line and added seven rebounds and two steals.


LSU trailed the Blue Devils by 12 in the first half but went into the locker room tied after a late run that did not allow a Duke field goal for the last 4:11 in the first half. The Lady Tigers first lead came after a field goal by Augustus in the beginning of the second half.




Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson (AP/Donna McWilliam)



The Lady Tigers kept up their defensive pressure and scored their last six points from the free throw line, resulting in their ten point victory. Despite early offensive troubles, LSU's defense held Duke to 49 points, which is their lowest scoring game of the season.


Sylvia Fowles contributed solid minutes off of the bench and scored a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.


Temeka Johnson was named to the All-Tournament Team in the region. Johnson was three of nine from the field including two of two from behind the arch and finished the game with nine points and six assists.



Temeka Johnson celebrates with a postgame dance. (AP/Donna McWilliam)


Mistie Williams and Monique Currie were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Williams led Duke with 15 points, shooting a perfect seven of seven from the field. Williams also grabbed six rebounds. Currie finished the game with 11 points on four of 18 shooting and added five assists.


The Lady Tigers' next game will be Sunday in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. They will take on No. 2-seeded Baylor who advanced out of the Tempe Region by defeating the No. 1 seed, UNC.





1. Seimone Augustus scored in double figures for the 61st straight game and collected 20 points for the 18th time this season and 45th game of her career.


2. Sylvia Fowles collected her 11th double double of the season,

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