FSU vs. LSU: David vs. Goliath

By Lara Boyko - March 24, 2007

No. 10 seed Florida State has half of their roster over the 6-foot mark, but with No. 3 seed LSU’s Sylvia Fowles towering at 6-foot-6, will quantity be enough for Florida State to overcome LSU’s quality player?

Fowles not only is tall, but at 205 lbs, even some of her teammates are scared of her at times.
“Sometimes someone really does need to get on her,” said LSU junior guard Erica White told the Fresno Bee. “Sylvia's 6-foot-6 and upset and she had that gleam in her eye and it's just like I'm 5-foot-3, I'm not gonna put my frame at risk.”

Along with her teammates being happy to be playing in the same side of court, the Lady Tigers, who are here trying to make their fourth straight Final Four appearance next weekend, are hoping that Fowles will carry them into being an ‘Elite’ team. The next hurdle for Fowles and her LSU teammates, who are here after beating UNC Ashville and West Virginia in the Austin, TX, sub-regional, is to overcome a Cinderella team.

Florida State, who is making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, came into the tournament the old fashion way, they earned it.

After falling in the ACC tournament quarter-finals, the Seminoles received an at-large bid and received a No. 10 seeding in the Stanford, CA, sub-regional. While the Seminoles were doing some serious California dreaming last weekend when they played in Palo Alto, their dreams turned into a reality one game at a time.

First they beat a tradition-rich Old Dominion, a program that they last faced in 1981-1982 season. Then they faced a tough Stanford team in front of an even tougher Stanford crowd, on the Cardinals home court. With the win over Stanford, who had only lost four times during the season, was impressive, what’s even more impressive is that Florida State is in it despite being in the same underdog category as Marist.

Stay tuned, more to come as LSU is up 10-6 with 14:18 to play in the first half.

Posted by Lara Boyko at 11:46 PM on March 24, 2007

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