Athlon says Lady Tigers are #1

LSU's women's basketball team, coming off one of the most successful seasons in the program's history, has been tabbed as the 2005-06 preseason No. 1 team in the nation by Athlon Magazine.

The Lady Tigers were also named preseason No. 4 in Slam Magazine and ranked 10th in Lindy's preseason publication.

LSU will be led into the 2005-06 season by second-year head coach Pokey Chatman, the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year, and senior guard Seimone Augustus, the 2004-05 National Player of the Year. 

Augustus, who averaged 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season, is joined by fellow seniors Scholanda Hoston and Florence Williams as returners. Also back is the Southeastern Conference 6th Women of the Year Sylvia Fowles. Fowles, a 6-6 center from Miami, Fla., averaged 11.8 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game.

Athlon, a yearly publication dedicated to college basketball, placed the Lady Tigers above Duke, Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia in the annual preseason top 25 ranking.  

Slam Magazine has LSU No. 4, behind Tennessee, Duke and Ohio State, while Lindy's ranked Duke, Tennessee, Rutgers, Georgia, Baylor, North Carolina, Ohio State, UConn and Michigan State ahead of the Lady Tigers.

Ranking

Athlon

Lindy's

Slam

1

LSU

Duke

Tennessee

2

Duke

Tennessee

Duke

3

Ohio State

Rutgers

Ohio State

4

Tennessee

Georgia

LSU

5

Georgia

Baylor

North Carolina

6

North Carolina

North Carolina

Baylor

7

Baylor

Ohio State

Maryland

8

Stanford

Connecticut

Connecticut

9

Michigan State

Michigan State

Georgia

10

Connecticut

LSU

Michigan State

11

Rutgers

Stanford

 

12

Texas

Texas

 

13

Maryland

Maryland

 

14

Texas Tech

Purdue

 

15

Notre Dame

Vanderbilt

 

16

Southern California

UCLA

 

17

North Carolina State

Texas Tech

 

18

Arizona State

Notre Dame

 

19

Utah

Minnesota

 

20

Arizona

Oklahoma

 

21

DePaul

Southern California

 

22

Minnesota

Utah

 

23

Oklahoma

Temple

 

24

Purdue

Arizona State

 

25

Florida State

North Carolina State

 

 


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