REPORT CARD: Lady Tigers Midseason Report

Can you believe there was a poll on among experts that said LSU will not reach the women's Final Four for the third year in a row?

Yep, that's true. But you must ask, what are they thinking?


The general consensus among the national pundits is that with the loss of Temeka Johnson at point guard, the Lady Tigers are a good team but cannot be the dominant team they have been the last three years without the team's leader.




Johnson was good and will go down as one of the greatest point guards in the history of the sport, but LSU returns the two pieces of a puzzle that will have LSU back in the national spotlight.


Seimone Augustus is the most decorated athlete in LSU history – already – and has proven to be one of the most complete basketball players in hoops history – men or women.


Sylvia Fowles has improved by leaps and bounds since her true freshman season and is truly the most dominant post player in the country. Tennessee's Candace Parker is all the rage of the national media, but until she and Fowles go head to head, it will be hard to change the minds of Lady Tigers fans who have watched Fowles the last season and a half.


You can't question the Lady Tigers opposition as they are set to face every team that has appeared in the Final Four the last two seasons. LSU has made quick work of nationally-ranked Texas Tech, Ohio State and national runner-up Michigan State. Due up are defending national champion Baylor, perennial power UConn and always good Minnesota as well as SEC powers Tennessee and Georgia.



The Backcourt:


Coach Pokey Chatman ahs had to replace Johnson, but sophomore Roshanta LeBlanc has shown to be the perfect replacement to the WNBA Rookie of the Year.


Augustus has done nothing to disappoint and is averaging more points than at any time in her career. Augustus' presence around the goal is unparalleled and the addition of an outside shot – beyond the three-point line – makes her even more lethal.


Scholanda Hoston got off to a slow start, but had a coming out party of sorts against Michigan State and is one of the best clutch three-point shooters in the land.


The Lady Tigers talented backcourt is a perfect compliment to LSU's dominant inside game and when the Lady Tigers have it working perfectly, no one can solve the equation.


LeBlanc, who is spelled by Erica White and Khalilah Mitchell, has shown to be capable and is running the offense as well as LSU needs to be very successful.


Grade: A



The Frontcourt:


All you need to know is Sylvia Fowles.


Fowles has so greatly improved from last year. She is making layups that she once missed and her rebounding abilities are just crazy. Not is she taller than most other players, but her ability to get position in the paint is just scary.


LSU guards literally lob balls into the air that she catches for ally-oop layups. Stay tuned for what everyone has been waiting to see – the dunk!


Florence Williams is more of a guard, but she has moved down low to the four and has thrived. A career-long reserve, Williams emerged in the postseason last season and is a dangerous type player that can battle inside yet pop the jump shot from the top of the key.


Grade: A





If LSU continues on its current course, the Lady Tigers are bound for the Final Four – there is just no doubt.


Too many weapons, too many options and too many threats for defenses to cover. If they crunch down on Fowles, Augustus and Hoston will kill you from outside. If you try and contain the guards, Fowles could score 40.


It is a double-edge sword that will continue to slash through opponents all the way to the Final Four.

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