LSU Smothers OSU to Reach Regional Final

Lady Tigers hold Cowgirls to 15% shooting in first half
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2008 6:06 PM CDT
Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley (10) knocks the ball away from LSU guard Erica White (5) during the second half of semifinal game at the New Orleans Regional of the women's NCAA Tournament today.    (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
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(Newser) – LSU had a fairly easy tuneup for North Carolina in the regional semifinals, as the Lady Tigers cruised by Oklahoma State 67-52 today, reports the Associated Press. Erica White led Louisiana State with 18 points, and three other teammates scored in double figures. LSU held the Cowgirls to 15% shooting in the first half and forced 13 turnovers.

LSU (30-5) also shut down the  Oklahoma State offense in the second half, restricting them to 20% shooting for much of it to put themselves one win away from a fifth straight trip to the Final Four. The Cowgirls did score four straight baskets to break the second half shooting drought, but never got closer than nine points. Andrea Riley led Oklahoma State (27-8) with 26 points.