LSU's women's basketball team, coming off a third straight appearance in the NCAA Final Four, has been ranked among the nation's best in two preseason publications that hit news stands earlier in the week.
Athlon Sports tabbed the Lady Tigers ninth in the nation behind No. 1 North Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Duke, Tennessee and Georgia.
Lindy's ranked LSU 12th behind No.
1 Maryland, North
Carolina, Stanford, UConn, Tenenssee,
Georgia, Rutgers, Ohio State and Purdue.
The Lady Tigers finished last
season with a 31-4 overall record and claimed a second straight Southeastern
Conference title with a 13-1 mark. LSU returns three starters and five other
letterwinners from last year's squad, including 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles.
Fowles, a junior from Miami, Fla., averaged 15.9 points and 11.6 rebounds
per game in 2005-06 and earned second-team preseason All-America honors by
Erica White, a 5-3 point guard, and
Ashley Thomas, a 6-0 forward, also return from last year's starting lineup.
White started the final 20 games of the season and averaged 5.6, points and a
team-high 5.4 assists per game, while Thomas started 22 contests and posted 4.5
points and 4.8 rebounds per outing.
LSU opens the 2006-07 campaign by
hosting the three-day Basketball Travelers Classic Nov. 12-14 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Lady Tigers will face
Howard and Virginia Tech in the three games.
Athlon Sports Preseason Top
North Carolina State
Lindy's Preseason Top
Athlon's 2006-07 Preseason
Jessica Davenport – Ohio State
Crystal Langhorne – Maryland
Ivory Latta – North
Courtney Paris – Oklahoma
Candace Parker – Tennessee
Sylvia Fowles –
Tasha Humphrey –
Tiffany Jackson – Texas
Erlana Larkins – North
Candice Wiggins –