TR TV: Chancellor, Lady Tigers in WNIT semis

Van Chancellor and the 4th-ranked LSU lady Tigers are set to host No. 17 Michigan State Thursday night in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT at the Pete Maravich Center. Watch our interview with coach Chancellor on Tuesday...



LSU LADY TIGERS (2-0, 0-0 SEC)

No. 5 AP/No. 5 Coaches

vs.

MICHIGAN STATE (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

No. 17 AP/No. 18 Coaches

Nov. 15, 2007 • Maravich Center (13,472)

Baton Rouge, La. • 7 p.m. CST

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.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE

The Spartans, out of the Big Ten Conference, defeated IUPUI, 65-35, and Evansville, 73-53, to advance to the semifinals of the WNIT. Michigan State is led by Suzy Merchant in her first season as head coach. She owns a 2-0 record as t he Spartans coach and a 203-120 career mark.

THE SERIES

This will be the third meeting between LSU and Michigan State. The Lady Tigers wom the previous two games; a 72-52 win in Baton Rouge on Dec. 28, 2005 and 65-50 win in East Lansing on Dec. 17, 2006.

THE WNIT

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.

NOTE WORTHY...

• 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 Michigan State game ranked eighth in career points with 1,652. She is 44 points away from passing Katrina Hibbert for seventh-place. Fowles is also eighth in career field goals made with 642 and will move into seventh-place with her next 14 made baskets.

ELITE COMPANY

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.

BLOCKING FOWLES

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 Miami, Fla., native has also scored in double figures in 92 of her 111 career games.

DOUBLE FOWLES

Senior Sylvia Fowles enters the Michigan State game ranked second in school history with 62 doubles doubles in her career. The Miami natives passed Maree Jackson with her double double against Mississippi State on Jan. 14. Fowles now has her sights on Julie Gross' record of 68 and is six away from the record.

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 Michigan State game ranked sixth in career three-pointers made and fifth in career three-pointers attempted at LSU. The Baton Rouge native has made 117 three pointers in her career and needs four more to move into fifth-place. She also has taken 365 long range shots and needs 82 more to pass Katrina Hibbert for fourth-place.

"E" CLIMBING THE ASSIST CHART

Erica White enters the Michigan State game just out of the top 10 in career assists at LSU. The senior has 367 assists and is four away from passing Brenda McGuffee for 10th-place on LSU's career list.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center has been home sweet home for the Lady Tigers. LSU is 346-88 in the 33-year history of the building, including a 155-14 (.917) record over the past 12-plus years.

POLL STREAK

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 Tennessee holds the record at 523 weeks in the top 25.

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 Michigan State game ranked 30th in career wins among active coaches (441).

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.

EXPERIENCED TEAM

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. West Virginia returns 364 starts to lead the nation.

GET TO 75 AND WIN

The Lady Tigers have won 83 of the last 84 games when they score at least 75 points. Florida ended a streak of 71 straight on Feb. 16, 2006 with a 79-78 overtime win over LSU. Before that game, the last time LSU failed to win a game when posting at least 75 points was Dec. 16, 2001, an 86-81 double overtime loss to Michigan.

NOVEMBER REIGN

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 Penn State.

NOVEMBER REIGN, PART II

LSU has not lost a home game in the month of November since Nov. 23, 1981 (75-74 to McNeese State), a streak of 49 straight home wins on the month.

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.

DEFENSIVE LEADERS

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 Tennessee's Candace Parker, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, Stanford's Candice Wiggins and Maryland's Crystal Langhorne.

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.


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