Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, lifting LSU to a 56-50 victory over top-seeded North Carolina in the regional final. The victory sent the second-seeded Lady Tigers (31-5) to their fifth Final Four in as many seasons.
LSU's always-stingy defense held No. 1 seed North Carolina nearly 40 points below its average Monday to clinch a fifth straight trip to the Final Four and first-year coach Van Chancellor's first spot in the national semifinals.
For LSU to reach its fifth straight Final Four (and earn coach Van Chancellor his first trip), the Lady Tigers will have to beat top-seeded North Carolina, their toughest Elite Eight foe in five years.
LSU replaced Tennessee as the No. 1 team in the AP women's basketball poll Monday amid a shake-up triggered by several upsets. Three of last week's top four teams lost; only LSU (7-0) emerged unscathed.