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LSU forward Sylvia Fowles -- whom Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson calls the "best freshman in the country" -- might as well be a starter, in terms of the minutes she plays and the impact she has on a game. Fowles is the Lady Tigers' second-leading scorer (11.8 points) and top rebounder (8.9), and few can match her combination of size (6-foot-5) and athleticism (Seimone Augustus says Fowles can "dunk like a man"). Sophomore Emily Niemann is Baylor's top outside shooter, making 46 percent of her three-point attempts.


Baylor's Kim Mulkey-Robertson and LSU's Pokey Chatman are former standout point guards who grew up in Louisiana. Mulkey-Robertson, who won a national title in 1982 at Louisiana Tech, is the first woman to play and coach in the Final Four. Chatman, who played for LSU, is only the second Kodak All-American player to coach in the Final Four. Chatman is technically in her first year as LSU's head coach, but she filled in for an ill Sue Gunter during last year's tournament run, when the Lady Tigers also made the Final Four.

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