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Today: USF women at No.3 LSU

By GREG AUMAN
Published December 30, 2005


WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m.; Maravich Center, Baton Rouge, La.

RADIO: 910-AM. RECORDS: USF 10-2, LSU 9-0.

COACHES: USF - Jose Fernandez (70-85, sixth season); LSU - Pokey Chatman (42-3, second season).

NOTABLE: The Bulls face the highest-ranked opponent in their history, and perhaps the toughest 1-2 punch in the nation in 6-foot-1 senior guard Seimone Augustus, last season's consensus player of the year, and 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles. Augustus is scoring 21.3 points, and Fowles is averaging 17.2 points and 10.6 rebounds. The Tigers, whose average margin of victory has been 27 points, are coming off a 20-point win against No. 10 Michigan State, which beat USF by 15 points three weeks ago. Leading USF's upset bid will be junior Jessica Dickson, the nation's leading scorer at 25.6 points per game and fresh off a 35-point game in Wednesday's 87-49 rout of North Florida. The only other Bull scoring in double digits is center Nalini Miller, who is second in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (7.3). USF's frontcourt depth could be an issue, as center Sharon Cambridge (ankle) has played only 12 minutes in the past four games and forward ChiChi Okpaleke injured her ankle in Wednesday's game. The Bulls, who have played three ranked opponents, including an upset of then-No. 11 DePaul, play at Florida International on Monday before returning to Big East play Jan. 8 at Pittsburgh.