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Augustus hero for Lady Tigers

March 28, 2006

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— Seimone Augustus gave her old neighborhood - and all the rest of Baton Rouge - another reason to celebrate.

Two days after her middle-school AAU teammate Glen "Big Baby" Davis and other longtime pals got the LSU men into the Final Four, Augustus did the same for the Lady Tigers in quite a memorable way.

She scored 17 of her 26 points in the second half, then drew the game-saving charge with 4.8 seconds left, sending LSU past Stanford, 62-59, Monday night in the finals of the San Antonio Regional.

"It's just a great opportunity in front of us, to take advantage of it and end on a high note," Augustus said. "That's the key, end with a win at the end of the season."

Augustus carried LSU (31-3) in the second half with the determination of someone not wanting her career to end. She hit several clutch baskets, many coming after landing hard on her back while grabbing a rebound. Then, with the Lady Tigers up 60-59 and Stanford star Candice Wiggins driving, she set her feet in the way and drew a charge.

Her reaction was priceless: Laying prone, she kicked her feet and shook her fists for several seconds while the Cardinal (26-8) begged for a blocking call.

"I mean, Seimone was planted," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "It was one of those things where it was do or die. ... I thought it was ironic that one of the best offensive players in the game made a defensive stop."

LSU's Seimone Augustus celebrates near the end of their NCAA Women's Regional Final basketball game against Stanford in San Antonio, Monday, March 27, 2006. LSU beat Stanford 62-59 to advance to the Final Four.

LSU's Seimone Augustus celebrates near the end of their NCAA Women's Regional Final basketball game against Stanford in San Antonio, Monday, March 27, 2006. LSU beat Stanford 62-59 to advance to the Final Four.

Stanford was especially upset because Wiggins passed the ball to Krista Rappahahn, who made a three-pointer that didn't count. Wiggins led Stanford with 23 points, including a three with 39 seconds left. The Cardinal made only two field goals in the last 6:30.

Maryland 75, Utah 65, OT

Albuquerque, N.M. - Kristi Toliver made just about everything she put up and Crystal Langhorne was as reliable as ever, sending Maryland back to the Final Four after a 17-year absence. Toliver set career highs with 28 points and six three-pointers, and Langhorne added 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading second-seeded Maryland (32-7).

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