Lady Tigers drop to #5 in both polls

Despite losing the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game by one point to Tennessee, the LSU women's basketball team dropped from third to No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA polls.

LSU (27-3) entered last week's SEC Tournament as the third-ranked team in the nation and posted 2-1 record, falling to then-No. 8 Lady Vols, 63-62, in the championship game. The Lady Tigers defeated Ole Miss and Florida by an average of 22.5 points to reach the title game.

The Lady Tigers received 938 points in the AP poll to fall behind top-ranked North Carolina, No. 2 Ohio State, third-ranked Maryland and Duke. Rutgers remained sixth, while Tennessee moved up one to seventh. Oklahoma, UConn and Baylor rounded out the top 10.

In the coaches' poll, LSU received 662 points, 30 behind fourth-ranked Duke. UNC remained No. 1 after winning the ACC tournament, while Ohio State slid up to second after winning the Big 10 title. Maryland is third.

Tennessee moved up to sixth with UConn, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Baylor the remaining top 10 teams.

The NCAA Tournament selection show is on Monday at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN. LSU will make the field of 64 as an at-large selection, but will find out its seeding and where, when and against whom the next game will be.

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