7:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A disputed foul call with time running out, a spinning last-second shot and now a backcourt steal in the waning moments.Tennessee may not dominate women's basketball like it used to, but the Lady Vols somehow found their way to an 11th NCAA championship game.LaToya Davis scored with 1.6 seconds left after LSU's Temeka Johnson lost the ball in the backcourt, giving the Lady Vols a 52-50 victory over the Lady Tigers in their national semifinal game Sunday night.
|I thought LSU had it won. Tennessee's zone probably hurt the Lady Tigers the most. The zone, which Tennessee switched to with about 16 minutes left in the game and stuck with until the final two minutes, was effective because Temeka Johnson couldn't penetrate inside. Her injury -- a bruised right thigh -- seemed to limit her speed and ability to drive. This also was just the third game this season that LSU failed to hit a 3-pointer.
Still, this would have been a much better game had Seimone Augustus not missed 14 of her 21 shots, but I'm not sure that was because of Tennessee's defense. Augustus just missed shots. She entered the game shooting 66 percent from the field in the tournament, but finished with 16 points -- 10 below her tournament average -- and 7-for-21 (33 percent). In the first half, Augustus was 2-for-9, but at that point her teammates were making up for it.
The other thing that ended up haunting LSU was missing the front end of a 1-and-1 with about four minutes to play. That could have given the Lady Tigers some momentum. We said this game could come down to free throws, and LSU's 12-for-20 performance at the line hurt.
It was a fantastic game, and my LSU has a great chance of coming back next year.
-- ESPN analyst Ann Meyers
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