SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- For the third time in as many seasons, the No. 1-seeded LSU women's basketball team looks to advance to the Women's Final Four. The road to Boston crosses paths with third-seeded Stanford when the teams meet in the NCAA Elite 8 at 8 p.m. CT on Monday.

The game will be televised live by ESPN with an 8:07 p.m. scheduled tipoff.

LSU (30-3), winners of at least 30 games for the third time in four seasons, used a 26-4 run in the second half to beat No. 4-seeded and 13th-ranked DePaul on Saturday afternoon, 66-56.

The Lady Tigers have overcome slow starts to find domination in the second halfs of their three NCAA Tournament victories, out-scoring opponents by 43 points in the second 20 minutes.

Though LSU hasn't trailed by more than three points, head coach Pokey Chatman continues to look for a more efficient and consistent offensive performance from her team.

Seimone Augustus, who leads the nation in scoring (22.9) and is the NCAA's active leading scorer (2,662 points), continues a journey toward a national championship in her final season at LSU. The 6-1 Baton Rouge native has scored 22.0 points per game in first three games of the tournament on 50-percent shooting (28 of 56).

LSU center Sylvia Fowles has also played a significant role in the paint for the Lady Tigers, averaging a double double this season (16.3 ppg., 11.4 rpg.). Other LSU starters include shooting guard and defensive stopper Scholanda Hoston (8.8 ppg.), point guard Erica White (5.4 ppg.) and forward Ashley Thomas (4.5 ppg.).

The Lady Tigers have posted a 10-2 record against ranked teams. Stanford is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 entering the tournament.

Stanford (26-7) got 35 points from Brooke Smith and 26 from Candice Wiggins, as the Cardinal upended No. 2-seed Oklahoma in the Sweet 16. They are in search of the school's eighth Women's Final Four berth and first since 1997.

The Pac-10 regular-season champions, Stanford played only six players in the 88-74 win over Oklahoma. Smith (17.3 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) ranks in the nation's Top 20 in field goal percentage (58.1 percent) including 14-of-16 field goals against the Sooners.

Smith's performance against the Sooners was the ninth-best scoring output in Stanford history.

Wiggins, who along with Smith was a finalist for the 2006 Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, ranks in the nation's Top 10 in scoring and led the Pac-10 Conference this season at 21.7 ppg as a sophomore.

LSU and Stanford have not met on the women's basketball court since 1981, with the Lady Tigers winning by 25 in Palo Alto.

2006 NCAA San Antonio Regional
March 25 & 27
AT&T Center
Sunday Press Conference Quotes - LSU

Head Coach Pokey Chatman
How familiar are you with Stanford, someone LSU hasn't played in a while
"In terms of the Stanford team, you look at them in November and December, and in January, they keep getting better and better and better. You look at the job she (Tara VanDerveer) she has done at Stanford, also in terms of representing her country."

Impressions of Brooke Smith
Sylvia Fowles, So., C
"Brooke is a very good player. She goes and gets hers, my job is to just slow her down not to stop her game."

Tara VanDerveer says pressure is on LSU as #1 seed, what is your opinion of that
Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"I don't really think about it in terms of pressure when you get to this stage of the tournament. The pressure is to play well, so you play true to your system. The pressure is playing against a quality opponent."

Impressions of Stanford
Seimone Augustus, Sr., G
"They play to their strengths. They get the ball inside to Brooke (Smith), who is a great post player who can create tough situations for our defense, and then you have Candice (Wiggins) who can come at you from all sides. She can pull up and shoot the three. They play to their strengths very well."

Talk about your familiarity with Brooke (Smith), having played with her
Seimone Augustus, Sr., G
"I don't know if it really helps us. We know what she brings to the fold. She is very aggressive down low."

Talk about Brooke Smith's game
Head Coach Pokey Chatman
"I'll start with her feet. She has great footwork, you can tell she has worked on that away from the practice time, the time she has put in. She's worked on her game as an individual. She knows how to play to her strengths, she faces up, she can put it on the floor, she's also a good passer, she can hit free-throws. She is just an all-around great player."

Talk about the role players on the team
Scholanda Hoston, Sr., G
"I think it is tremendous. I don't think they as much credit for what they do. It's stuff in the stats that you don't see, but we see in our stat sheets. Stuff like deflections, loose balls and tips, or that extra effort when we might need it. Doing the dirty work."

Head coach Pokey Chatman
How hard is it not to press and look forward to what is in front of you
"It's not hard because of the schedule that we played way back to November. Some of it is the method to the scheduling is to keep you in the moment. Being in that hostile environment, it keeps you in the moment. You prepare for this opportunity in November, December and into early January."

How is Sylvia handling her enormous potential
"Sylvia (Fowles) is tremendous. I want to compliment her, because I don't have to step in. You look at how Seimone (Augustus) makes you a better team on the floor, she also makes you a better team off the floor. Sylvia is so caught up in the moment, and the moment is Sylvia improving to help this team."

Talk specifically about dealing with Stanford
"I say this as an ultimate compliment to Stanford, they run triple-post extremely well. That in itself is a headache for anyone who has to go against them. The key for us is to try and apply the same pressure, try to limit the number of touches to key people in their comfort zone, and close out. I am complimenting Stanford. You can look at Brooke (Smith) and you can look at Candice (Wiggins), and guess what you have to worry about everyone on the floor."

Impressions about Candice's performance Saturday night and how well you know Tara (VanDerveer)
"I think she (Candice Wiggins) has learned a lot from her players, and with her not in my conference I don't have to worry about playing her. She just has a lot of respect for the game, but also for her mentality. You say she had a rough night, she doesn't know she had a rough night. She may miss three or four shots, but she will turn around and play the best half-court defense."

Sunday Press Conference Quotes - Stanford

Head Coach Tara VanDerveer

Opening Comments
"We're really excited to be playing and just woke up this morning really pleased with our game yesterday and happy to be working still and getting ready for LSU. I'm really proud of our team and how hard they played and the focus that they showed on preparing for Oklahoma which was an excellent opponent. I think we're playing well and just want to continue doing what we're doing."

On the preparation for the game
"I think that our players have already talked about it, especially Brooke and Candice mentioned already, a lot of the preparation is the same. They both have very dominant post players and very talented perimeter players. Seimone Augustus is different than anyone Oklahoma has, but through our whole bracket we've had to really focus on a dominant post player on every team that we've played and we've also played against very athletic program players at Florida State, great shooters at Oklahoma. We've coached getting ready for our bracket, not just one team. We did not spend all last week getting ready for Oklahoma. We worked hard and we actually put in things that everyone in our bracket did on the first day of practice. We started right from the beginning getting to this point. I feel our team is more prepared. I think we learned from last years situation where we actually did focus almost 100% the whole week on Connecticut and then had one day to get ready for Michigan State and that wasn't enough time. I feel that we will be ready and our players have done yeowoman's work getting everything in order in terms of the scouting reports."

On how having a dominant post player affects a team
"I'm a go-to post coach. I love the fact that Kristen and Brooke give us a 1-2 punch inside and you surround them with perimeter players that make good decisions and take good shots and make good passes. When you have someone like Brooke in there, I think that is why we've been successful. Obviously Candice has had a great season and other players have contributed. Ros (Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) is having a great year for us. We do run our offense through Brooke and Newlin in the post and so does Oklahoma and to some extent so does LSU. They have a little bit of a different dimension on the perimeter with Seimone. That's me, but I love having a great go-to post player. You know 14 of 16 every night is fine with me."

Center Brooke Smith
On how she felt this morning following yesterday's game
"I had a little trouble falling asleep last night. I think we've started to move on to LSU. I was really excited about the game yesterday and how well we did and winning. We know LSU is going to be a great opponent for us. They have phenomenal players in Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus, so we're just trying to figure out a way to defend everything that they do."

On Sylvia Fowles (any similarities to Courtney Paris)
"Kristen played a lot of the defense on Courtney last night, so she is going to be the main person guarding Sylvia tomorrow. Playing against our entire bracket, which has a lot of really good post players, they all sort of built on each other and we've been able to prepare for all post players. Sylvia is different from Courtney. She's very athletic. She can jump very well. She can rebound very well. We're going to look at what her strengths are and what she likes to do and try to take that away from her and not give her anything easy."

On Seimone Augustus and the challenges she presents
"Seimone is definitely one of the best scorers in the country. She's just so fluid. She has a great mid-range game. It's not going to be one person guarding her, it's going to be a team effort. She's a very dominant player and can score at will. It's going to take a lot of help and we can't give her anything easy. We're not going to be able to stop her, but we'll have to try and limit her touches and make her work for the shots she gets."

If playing with Sylvia and Seimone this summer was an advantage
"They are a great 1 – 2 punch. Sylvia is very dominant inside and Seimone is great on the perimeter. You have to pick your poison with them. They both are very good at what they do and they play very well together. It will be a good challenge for us and really it will have to be a team effort on the defensive end."

Guard Candice Wiggins
The difference between last year and this year
"The biggest thing about last year was we got jumped on early in the Michigan State game. I think it's just important that we move on from last night. We're really excited about last night, but we're even more excited about tomorrow night. We just need to do what we're capable of doing and we'll be fine."

On the confidence level of the team
"I feel we're peaking at the right time. I think we have really good momentum and we're having a good time playing with each other which I think is the most important thing to have right now. You just want to keep going because you want to keep playing with these people. You look at a senior like Rapp (Krista Rappahahn) and you don't want this to be her last game. I want her to keep going. I think that is really great motivation for us to just keep going and enjoy playing with each other."

On the turnaround time to prepare for LSU
"It's a huge turnaround. You spend the whole week preparing for Oklahoma. I think that just means we are going to have to be smart on defense, but also just play hard and competitive. I think that if we play hard and as smart as we can the strategy, typically is going to hurt us. It's all about going out there and being as competitive as you can and wanting to win."

Forward/Center Kristen Newlin
On preparing for Sylvia Fowles as compared to other post players this season
"We started watching video last night and this morning, so we have a pretty good idea. Brooke knows a little bit more, since she played with her during the summer. She has a very commanding presence. She's big and athletic. She runs the floor well. She's different from (Courtney) Paris, but we're working on a game plan that is similar. It's going to be a whole team defensive effort to stop her."

Tiger Blitz Top Stories