Lady Tigers drop in both polls

Despite a pair of victories last week, including one at No. 13 Georgia, the LSU women's basketball team dropped one spot in both the Associated Press and USA today/ESPN/WBCA polls.

LSU (16-1, 5-0 SEC) did remain No. 1 in scoring defense in the weekly NCAA statistics.


The Lady Tigers fell at then no. 5 UConn last Monday, but rebounded during the week to defeat Alabama and win at then No. 13 Georgia.


LSU received 985 points and fell to No. 4 in the AP poll, behind top-ranked Tennessee and No. 2 Duke. North Carolina's 1,049 points vaulted them past the Lady Tigers into third-place. The AP poll was release before Monday night's Duke victory over Tennessee.


The Lady Tigers collected 661 points in the coaches' poll to fall to No. 5. Duke overtook Tennessee for the No. 1 spot, while North Carolina slid up to No. 2. Tennessee is No. 3 and UConn is fourth.


Duke and North Carolina, the nation's only two unbeaten teams, play each other on Sunday.


In addition to being the top defensive team in the nation with a 47.6 points allowed average, LSU is ranked second in fewest personal fouls (12.1 per game), third in scoring margin (+27.8) and field goal percentage (50.0), fourth in won/loss percentage (94.1), fifth in steals (12.9 per game), eighth in fewest turnovers (13.5), 10th in field goal percentage defense (34.7), and 16th in scoring offense (75.4) and rebound margin (+8.7).


Individually, Sylvia Fowles is fourth in nation in field goal percentage with a 67.1 clip and 15th in rebounding with 10.6 per game. Seimone Augustus is 16th in scoring with 19.9 per game.


LSU hosts No. 22 Vanderbilt on Thursday at 8 p.m. CST in the Pete Maravich Center before hosting No. 9/10 Baylor on Monday at 6 p.m. CST in a rematch of the 2005 NCAA National Semifinal game at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

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