Lady Tigers tipoff second round at 8:30

Top-seed LSU survived and advanced in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers expect a more complete effort on Monday when they face No. 9-seeded Washington at approximately 8:30 p.m. CST in Memorial Gym.

The contest will be televised regionally by ESPN2 and will tip 30 minutes after the conclusion of the session's first game between host Vanderbilt and No. 1 seed from the Cleveland Region, North Carolina.

The LSU Sports Radio Network broadcast can be heard on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge, or worldwide in LSUsports.net's Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies. Pregame starts at 7:45 p.m. CT.

LSU (28-3), in search of its seventh regional semifinal in nine seasons and a third-consecutive Women's Final Four, overcame a lackluster opening stanza of the tournament to defeat 16th-seeded Florida Atlantic, 72-48, on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers held FAU to only 20 percent shooting and forced 25 turnovers, but trailed by a point midway through the first half. A 38-7 run from that point allowed LSU to advance to face the Huskies.

Washington (19-10), unranked and fourth in the Pac-10 Conference regular-season standings, battled past Minnesota for a 73-69 first-round victory prior to LSU's contest. The win broke a three-game losing streak including a three-point loss to USC in the Pac-10 Tournament.

The Huskies out-rebounded Minnesota, 50-38, including 23 on the offensive side. In 2005-06, Washington averaged 40.5 rebounds per game including 17.8 per game offensively.

LSU's hopes of advancing to Thursday's regional semifinal in San Antonio are in large part dependant on the play of its three All-Southeastern Conference players: senior guard Seimone Augustus, sophomore center Sylvia Fowles and senior guard Scholanda Hoston.

Augustus, who led LSU's charge in round 1 with 22 points, set the NCAA record for career double figures scoring games on Saturday with her 128th. Baylor's Sophia Young also accomplished the feat in her first-round game.

The reigning National Player of the Year is also the NCAA's active career scoring leader with 2,618 points. Augustus leads the nation in scoring at 22.9 points per game.

Fowles, a 6-6 center who averages better than 16 points and 11 rebounds per game, will be challenged defensively by the Huskies' unique attack. Each of Washington's five starters show the ability to shoot from the perimeter and dribble penetrate.

Hoston, LSU's defensive "stopper," will be charged with containing Washington's 5-10 junior guard Cameo Hicks (14.9 ppg., 5.5 rpg.), while providing a three-point threat for the Lady Tigers.

LSU hasn't lost in a March NCAA Tournament game in its past 12 games.

The Lady Tigers have met Washington in women's basketball only once, with the 21st-ranked Huskies defeating 12th-ranked LSU, 63-57, in Seattle on Dec. 7, 1991.

Along with Hicks, Washington is led offensively by 6-2 forward Andrea Plouffe (10.9 ppg., 4.3 rpg.) and 6-1 senior guard Kristen O'Neill (8.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg.), who comes off the bench but ranks third on the team in minutes played.

LSU will return to Baton Rouge following the game.

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