LSU draws 3-seed in Fresno Regional

LSU's women's basketball team received a No. 3 seed in the Fresno Regional during Monday's NCAA Tournament selection show and will face 14th-seeded UNC Ashville in the opening round at Saturday in Austin, Texas.

The Lady Tigers (26-7, 10-4 SEC) made the Field of 64 for the 17th time overall and the ninth straight year. LSU enters the tournament having won three of its last four games, including advancing to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

"I thought it was right around what we expected," LSU acting head coach Bob Starkey said. "Coming out of the SEC tournament there were some people that though we might get a two seed. I certainly think our body of work merited a three seed. Our strength of schedule was well and we played well against quality opponents. We finished well even though we had some though losses. We had a one-point loss to Connecticut. We had a tough loss against Tennessee and a loss at Vanderbilt without Ashley Thomas. I think we were a deserving three seed."

UNC Ashville (21-11, 9-5 Big South) received an automatic bid after claiming the program's first Big South Conference tournament title. The Bulldogs, out of Ashville, N.C., enter their first NCAA Tournament having won six straight games, including wins over Coastal Carolina, Radford and Winthrop to win the conference championship.

The two teams will battle at the University of Texas' Frank Erwin Center at 9:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers have faced UNC Ashville once before, resulting in a 91-36 Lady Tigers' victory on Nov. 23, 1999.

The winner of the game will face the winner of sixth-seeded Xavier vs. 11th-seeded West Virginia on Monday night in Austin. The winner of that game will advance to Fresno, Calif., for the Regional Semifinal.

Sylvia Fowles, a Region 3 Kodak All-American, leads LSU into the tournament. The 6-6 junior center averaged 17.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game this season and sits third in nation in rebounding.

Quianna Chaney, a second-team All-SEC selection, posted 11.7 points per game for the Lady Tigers, while Erica White added 8.1 points and 4.1 assists per game.

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