LSU hosts Baylor in battle of powerhouses

LSU's fourth-ranked women's basketball team hosts defending national champion and ninth-ranked Baylor in the rematch of the 2005 NCAA National Semifinal game on Monday at 6 p.m. CST in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Baylor (15-3, 5-3 Big 12) defeated LSU (17-1, 6-0 SEC), 68-57, in the National Semifinal of Final Four in Indianapolis, on the way to the national title. 


The Lady Tigers come into the game having won three straight since the loss at UConn two weeks ago. The Lady Tigers defeated Alabama, No. 13 Georgia and No. 22 Vanderbilt during that stretch.


Seimone Augustus leads LSU. The 6-1 senior guard is averaging 20.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game and is coming off a 28-point performance against Vanderbilt on Thursday night. 


Sylvia Fowles, who is averaging 16.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, posted 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the victory over the Commodores. Fowles, a 6-6 sophomore center, is among the best in the nation with a 65.9 field goal percentage.


The Lady Bears have won two straight, including a 90-40 victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon.


"Baylor will bring in a championship mentality because they have secured one," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "They are going to excellent in transition and aggressive on defense. With Sophia Young they will always have an opportunity to win the basketball game."


Young leads Baylor with 20.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.


This will be the 10th meeting between the two schools and just the second in Baton Rouge. LSU leads the overall series 6-3, including a victory in the Maravich Center. The teams split the meetings last year with the Lady Tigers winning, 71-70 in Austin, Texas, in the State Farm Tipoff Classic. The other meeting came at the Final Four.


Following the game, LSU returns to Southeastern Conference action by traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST in Bud Walton Arena.

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