Lady Tigers finish No. 4 in final poll

LSU's women's basketball team finished the 2005-06 season ranked fourth in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll.

The Lady Tigers (31-4) advanced to the program's third NCAA Final Four and the third in as many season. LSU fell to Duke, 64-45, in the national semifinal this past Sunday in Boston's TD Banknorth Garden.

Maryland, winners of the program's first national title, received all 31 first-place votes and 775 points, while Duke, the national runner-up, placed second with 744 points and North Carolina was third with 689.

LSU received 679 points to place ahead of No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 UConn. Stanford, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Ohio State completed the top 10.

The Lady Tigers enjoyed one of the program's finest seasons. LSU won its second straight Southeastern Conference regular season championship with a 13-1 record. The team was also award a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and the third time overall.

LSU defeated Florida Atlantic, Washington, DePaul and Stanford to earn a trip to the Final Four in Boston.

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