LSU LADY TIGERS (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
No. 5 AP/No. 5 Coaches
No. 17 AP/No. 18 Coaches
Nov. 15, 2007 •
LADY TIGERS' PROBABLE STARTERS
G 5 Erica White 5-3 Sr. 7.0 ppg 0.0 rpg 4.0 apg
• Has started 57 games in her career
G 12 RaShonta LeBlanc 5-7 Sr. 5.5 ppg 6.5 rpg 3.0 apg
• Has started 56 games in her career
G 15 Quianna Chaney 5-11 Sr. 19.5 ppg 1.5 rpg 3.5 apg
• Has started 40 games in her career
F 54 Ashley Thomas 6-0 Sr. 3.5 ppg 3.0 rpg 1.5 spg
• Has started 57 games in her career
C 34 Sylvia Fowles 6-6 Sr. 13.0 ppg 6.0 rpg 2.0 spg
• Has started 75 games in her career
LADY SPARTANS' PROBABLE STARTERS
G 20 Brittney Thomas 5-10 Fr. 5.5 ppg 4.5 rpg 5.0 apg
G 33 Alisa Wulff 6-0 Sr. 1.5 ppg 2.0 rpg 1.0 apg
F 15 Cetera Washington 6-0 Sr. 12.0 ppg 5.0 rpg 4.5 apg
F 32 Kalisha Keane 6-1 Fr. 12.5 ppg 5.5 rpg 3.0 spg
C 41 Allyssa DeHann 6-9 So. 17.0 ppg 8.0 rpg 7.5 bpg
LAST TIME OUT
Sylvia Fowles scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in 21 minutes of action to lead LSU past TCU, 73-54, in the quarterfinals of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday. Fowles was a perfect 6-6 from the floor and hit 4-5 free throws. Quianna Chaney scored 14 points and Allison Hightower, in her first start of the season, added 12 points and seven assists. RaShonta LeBlanc posted five points, a career-high nine rebounds, three assists and six steals. The Lady Tigers trailed 11-2 early in the game, but put together a 27-5 run to take control on the game.
The Spartans, out of the Big Ten Conference, defeated IUPUI, 65-35, and
This will be the third meeting between LSU and
For the first time LSU will participate in the Preseason Women's Invitational Tournament (WNIT). The Lady Tigers advanced to the semifinals with a 86-38 win over Samford and a 73-54 victory over TCU.
• Sylvia Fowles sits eighth in LSU's career scoring list
• Sylvia Fowles sits second in LSU's career rebounding list
• Sylvia Fowles and Erica White earned preseason All-SEC accolades
• LSU was picked to finish second in the SEC by the media
• See head coach Van Chancellor's career record
MOVIN' ON UP
Sylvia Fowles enters the
Sylvia Fowles is in elite company when it comes to her career points and rebounds totals. The senior is the second player in LSU history to have at least 1,500 points and 1,200 rebounds, joining only Julie Gross. Fowles is the only player in school history with at least 1,600 points, 1,200 rebounds and 250 blocked shots.
Sylvia Fowles, in 111 games in her career, has collected 252 blocked shots now holds the record for career blocked shots at LSU. She surpassed Julie Gross for the record with her second block at Tulane on Nov. 19, 2006.
SCORING A SCORE
Sylvia Fowles has reached the 20-plus point plateau 27 times in her career, including 13 times last season. The
Senior Sylvia Fowles enters the
GRABBING THE BOARDS
Sylvia Fowles has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in 66 games in her career. She grabbed a career-best 22 boards in LSU's victory over No. 22 Vanderbilt on Jan. 26, 2006 and collected 20 against Auburn on Jan. 28, 2007, 20 at South Carolina on Feb. 4, 2007, 20 at Arkansas on Feb. 15 and 20 against Tennessee on March 3.
"Q" FROM DOWNTOWN
Quianna Chaney enters the
"E" CLIMBING THE ASSIST CHART
Erica White enters the
HOME SWEET HOME
LSU has now been ranked in 96 straight Associated Press polls dating back to the final poll of the 2001-02 season.
IN THE POLLS
LSU moved up to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll after the wins overs Samford and TCU. The USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll will be released Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Tigers received 1,072 points in his week's AP poll.
AMONG THE ELITE
LSU has been ranked in the Associated Press poll for 300 weeks since the first poll came out in November of 1976. That ranks the Lady Tigers 12th in weeks appeared in the poll. SEC foe
CHANCELLOR AMONG COLLEGE BEST
Van Chancellor returns to college basketball and the SEC for the first time since the 1996-97 season when he left Ole Miss for a 10-year run with the WNBA's Houston Comets. Chancellor enters the
AGAINST THE RANKED
LSU faces No. 17 Michigan State in the WNIT semifinal. The Spartans will be the first ranked opponent for the Lady Tigers this season. LSU posted a 5-7 record against ranked teams last season.
ON THE TUBE
LSU is scheduled to appear on television 13 times this season, including three times on ESPN2, five times on SEC-TV and five on Cox Sports Television.
The Lady Tigers return eight seniors and 277 combined starts on the roster this season. From information gathered around the country, LSU is the only school in the country with eight seniors and ranks fifth in career combined starts returning for the season.
GET TO 75 AND WIN
The Lady Tigers have won 83 of the last 84 games when they score at least 75 points.
The Lady Tigers have won 23 of the last 24 games in the month of November. LSU fell at Baylor on Nov. 21, 2006 for the only loss in the month since a Nov. 21, 2003 loss at
NOVEMBER REIGN, PART II
LSU has not lost a home game in the month of November since Nov. 23, 1981 (75-74 to
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
LSU has not lost a game in the month of December since Dec. 29, 2001, a streak of 29 straight wins. The Lady Tigers went 5-0 in the month during the 2002-03 season, posted a 9-0 mark in 2003-04, 4-0 in 2004-05, were 6-0 in 2005-06 and went 5-0 last season.
The Lady Tigers completed last season as the nation's best defensive team. LSU is No. 1 scoring defense at 49.0 points per game and No. 1 in field goal percentage defense at 32.8 percent. The Lady Tigers also finished eighth in scoring margin (+16.9), sixth in fewest turnovers (13.7), eighth in fewest personal fouls (13.7), 16th in blocked shots (5.5), 27th in rebound margin (+5.5) and 36th in assists (15.4).
FOWLES NAMED TO PRESEASON LISTS
Senior Sylvia Fowles has been named to the preseason watch lists for both the State Farm Wade Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award. Fowles was a finalist for both honors last season.
FOWLES A FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Senior Sylvia Fowles was named as one of five preseason first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press. 6-6 center is joined by
NOTICE SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
If you noticed something different about associate head coach Bob Starkey, you are correct. Starkey, in his 19th season at LSU and his 10th season with the Lady Tigers, shaved his head bald to support his wife Sherie. Sherie was diagnosed with breast cancer this past summer and is doing well with her treatments. Starkey and LSU, along with the WBCA, want to raise awareness of breast cancer with the "Think Pink" campaign.