Five former Lady Tigers on WNBA rosters

All five former LSU women's basketball players active in the WBNA were in their teams' starting lineup when the 2005 season tipped off on Saturday. Rookie point guard Temeka Johnson made 5-of-8 shots and scored 10 points for the Washington Mystics, while fifth-year veteran Marie Ferdinand led the San Antonio Silver Stars with 24 points.

Johnson, the eighth overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft, played 26 minutes in her regular-season debut and added three assists and three steals. Washington won, 60-42, over the Charlotte Sting.

Ferdinand, a two-time WNBA All-Star guard, returned from an injury-shortened season in 2004 by making 6-of-13 shots and 9-of-10 free throws in a 78-71 loss to the Houston Comets. The former Lady Tigers All-American missed the second half of last season after dislocating her elbow on July 2 in Los Angeles.

The most veteran of former LSU student-athletes in the WNBA continues to be Elaine Powell, a guard for the Detroit Shock. Powell opened the 2005 season by playing in her 80th career game, was in the starting lineup and scored six points in 25 minutes.

DeTrina White entered her second season in the WNBA with the New York Liberty, as the 5-11 center scored six points (3-of-3) with eight rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. The Liberty fell to Powell's Detroit Shock, 68-62.

Another second-year WNBA player who started for the fourth time in her 25-game career was guard Doneeka Hodges of the Los Angeles Sparks. Hodges was held scoreless in 15 minutes of action, but had two steals.

The 34 game WNBA regular season concludes on Aug. 27, with an eight-team playoff held to determine the WNBA Champion. The defending champion is the Seattle Storm, which defeated the Connecticut Sun in three three-game Finals, 2-1, on Oct. 12, 2004.

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