The Florida State Women's Basketball team finally ran out of gas in a West Coast trip that commanded national attention. The lady noles took down Old Dominion in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and stunned the 2nd seed Stanford Cardinal in round two. All of that was the perfect mixture for FSU's first ever trip to the Sweet 16.
Saturday night the 3rd seeded LSU Lady Tigers conquered FSU from the opening tip-off and advance to the Elite 8 with the 55-43 victory of Coach Sue Semrau and the Lady Noles.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The way LSU plays defense, the Lady Tigers don't need much offense to win games.
When Quianna Chaney shoots the way she did Saturday night, it becomes quite easy.
Chaney scored eight of her 22 points during a 10-0 run to open the second half, and third-seeded LSU moved into the Fresno Regional final with a 55-43 victory over 10th-seeded Florida State on Saturday night.
The Lady Tigers (29-7) have the stingiest defense in the nation, allowing fewer than 50 points per game. And they were at the top of their game against the overmatched Seminoles (24-10).
Florida State was held to a season-low 18 points in the first half and then went nearly 5 minutes at the start of the second half without scoring, falling behind 37-18 on Chaney's fastbreak layup. She also hit two of her four 3-pointers in the run, finishing 9-for-16 from the field.
The Lady Tigers coasted from there and advanced to play top-seeded Connecticut (32-3) in Monday night's regional final. The Huskies beat fourth-seeded North Carolina State 78-71 in the opening game.
Earlier this season, UConn snapped LSU's 43-game home winning streak with a 72-71 victory Feb. 11.
Acting coach Bob Starkey, who took over the team after Pokey Chatman abruptly resigned March 7 amid allegations of improper conduct with a former player, has the Lady Tigers within one win of their fourth straight trip to the Final Four.