Lady Tigers get No. 1 in San Antonio Region

LSU's fifth-ranked women's basketball team is dancing again, this time as the No. 1 seed in the San Antonio Region and will open the 2006 NCAA Tournament on Saturday against No. 16 seed Florida Atlantic in Nashville, Tenn., at approximately 1 p.m. CST.

LSU (27-3) made the field of 64 for the 16th time in the program's history and for the seventh straight season. The Lady Tigers earned a No. 1 seed for the third time and the second consecutive tournament.


"We are extremely proud of it," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said about receiving a second straight top seed. "When you put a team together that is going to stay together. That's a long shot. It's a matter of working day in and day out at practice and against different opponents. Responding to opponents and putting in the most work possible to put yourself in that position, it's nice to be rewarded for it at the end of the regular season."


Florida Atlantic (20-10) earned the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament title. The Owls enter the tournament having won nine of the last 10 games, including wins over Jacksonville, Mercer and Gardner-Webb to the claim the title.


The game will be played at Vanderbilt University's Memorial Gym and be broadcast on ESPN2.


Eighth-seeded Minnesota (19-9) and No. 9 Washington (18-10) will play at 11 a.m. CST. The winners of the two first-round games will meet on Monday at a time to be determined for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 in San Antonio, Texas. 


Minnesota is an at-large bid from the Big 10 conference and has dropped five the last six games entering the tournament.


The Golden Gophers are making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 


Washington, an at-large team out of the Pac-10, has dropped three straight games.


The Huskies are in the field of 64 for the 15th time.


 LSU owns a 12-3 record against the other 63 teams in the tournament, including a victory over Minnesota in January.

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