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We're a 16 seed….no respect for the A-Sun!
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I looked at the LSU roster. They have a 6-6 sophomore center. Other than that it looks pretty even. Talent and determination will decide the game. And coaching. ;)

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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Simone Augustus is their best player and one of the top 5 players in the country. We will need to shut her down, which obviously won't be easy.
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I was surprised with the 16 seed. Even Sydney got a 15. I find it hard to believe that there are 60 teams better than FAU.
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Owls to face LSU in tourney

One game at a time ;)
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The talking heads on TV worried about LSU's top player getting into foul trouble a lot. Hope so!
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GhostOfBuchanan said

We're a 16 seed….no respect for the A-Sun!
Hopefully our team will take it personally and come out to play.
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If we stay disciplined and play hard inside the paint then hopefully we can get a few of them to get into foul trouble early - that could help loosen up some lanes.

Good luck Lady Owl's!!
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GhostOfBuchanan said

We're a 16 seed….no respect for the A-Sun!

We still have the same odds as anybody else, I can't believe that this is the first ever tourney invite. Did they not have a women's tournament when Yolanda Griffin (a WNBA MVP) played for the Owls?

Good luck to our Owls!!
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FAU will face LSU NCAA women's tournament


Owls a 16 seed; Tigers are No. 1

By Ted Hutton
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted March 14 2006

Florida Atlantic's women had been celebrating for a couple of days after earning their first-ever spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Now comes the hard part as the Owls (20-10) learned Monday that they are the No. 16 seed in the San Antonio Regional and will face No. 1 seed LSU in the first round Saturday.

"It's going to be very tough," FAU coach Chancellor Dugan said of facing the Tigers (27-3), whose only losses this season were to Florida, Tennessee and Connecticut.

Dugan said she will be reminding her players that unlike in the men's tournament, a 16 seed has beaten a No. 1 in the women's tournament.

In 1998 Harvard beat Stanford to provide hope to teams like FAU, which won the Atlantic Sun tournament Saturday to earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

"It's been done. That's all that matters right now," Dugan said.

FAU, which plays LSU at 2 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn., was not the only state school gathered around the television Monday when the 64-team bracket was revealed on ESPN.

Florida State and Florida each earned No. 6 seeds.

The Seminoles (19-9) are in the San Antonio Region and will play No. 11 Louisiana Tech (26-4) Saturday in Denver.

The Gators (21-8) are in the Albuquerque Region and will be in Tucson, Ariz., to play New Mexico (21-9), also on Saturday.

South Florida will also be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Bulls (19-11) were considered a bubble team. Not only did they get an at-large bid, but they were a surprise No. 9 seed and will play No. 8 Southern California (18-11) in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday as part of the Bridgeport Region.

"They had some good wins, over DePaul, over Notre Dame, and we obviously felt they warranted that seed," said Jodi Comstock, chair of the selection committee.

The Big East and ACC each have seven teams in the tournament, with the Pac-10 and SEC each with six, and the Big Ten with five.

North Carolina, Duke and Ohio State were the other No. 1 seeds, and Comstock said the overall rankings had the four placed as such: North Carolina, Duke, LSU and Ohio State.

Tennessee, which won the SEC tournament over LSU and played one of the toughest schedules in the country, ended up a No. 2 seed in the Bridgeport Region with North Carolina, where Rutgers, which was 16-0 in the Big East, is the No. 3 seed.

"It was a very, very tough decision, but we felt Tennessee was a No. 2 seed this year," Comstock said.

There was not much debate about LSU, which features two of the top players in the country in senior guard Seimone Augustus and sophomore center Sylvia Fowles, the former Miami Edison standout.

Augustus is 6 feet 1 and averaging 23 points per game, while the 6-6 Fowles is pulling down 11.6 rebounds per game and adding 16.7 points.

"Their size is a huge problem for us," said Dugan, whose tallest starter is 6-0.

FAU played LSU in the 2002-03 season, losing 88-55 in Baton Rouge.

While Dugan said she and her assistant coaches will start breaking down tape of the Tigers today, she said it would not be all work.

"We are going to enjoy this," said Dugan, whose phone has not stopped ringing since the Owls beat Gardner-Webb in Saturday's A-Sun championship.

"You forget how many people you know," Dugan said.

Ted Hutton can be reached at [email protected]


FAU ecstatic about No. 16 seed

By Marcus Nelson
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

BOCA RATON ? It was going to take more than being saddled with a No. 16 seed and drawing No. 1 seed LSU in the women's NCAA Tournament to keep Florida Atlantic from celebrating Monday.

The Owls, who are headed to the tournament for the first time, gathered at Wackadoo's, a pub on campus, to watch the bracket unveiled on ESPN. When Florida Atlantic's logo flashed on the screen, the dozens of fans and members of the team stood and cheered.

It was almost as if the Owls didn't care about the uphill battle they face against the Tigers.

That assignment ?at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Nashville ? couldn't stop the Owls from basking in their first trip to the national stage.

"We're happy to play LSU ? why not play the best?" said FAU coach Chancellor Dugan. "This is really exciting for us."

The Owls (20-10) were enjoying their newfound notoriety Monday.

"A lot more people know our names," said senior guard Sharia Young. "It's great to get congratulations from people who are jumping on the bandwagon."

Preparation for the Tigers (27-3) will start with a 6 a.m. practice today.

FAU senior guard Shontavia Williams played against LSU in her freshman season, when the Owls lost to the Tigers 88-55 in 2002 in Baton Rouge, La..

"It was a good game; we just didn't match up to them," Williams said.

Williams is more familiar with this year's version of LSU. She is friends with some of the Tigers from Miami, including Sylvia Fowles, the Tigers' leading rebounder. Fowles is one of three LSU players from Miami-Edison, a rival of Miami-Jackson, where Williams played.

"We never beat them," Williams said. "They were a good team."

And the odds are against Williams and the Owls as they face Tigers.

Led by the 2005 National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus, LSU has been to the past two Final Fours.

But it's not an impossible task for FAU. Unlike the men's tournament, which never has seen a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed, the women's tournament has seen a No. 16 beat a No. 1.

In 1998, No. 16 Harvard defeated No. 1 Stanford 71-67 on the Cardinal's home court.

"We are not going to set history," Dugan said. "It's already been done. To do it again is going to be tough. They are incredibly good. We just have to go up and play ball and see how we do."

Williams is looking forward to the challenge.

"I love it when we face teams who are better than us," Williams said. "This is perfect, I'm used to it and I always play my best against better teams."

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