Lady Vols find way to beat LSU

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 5, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - In the end, Tennessee always seems to find a way.

LaToya Davis scored with 1.6 seconds left after LSU's Temeka Johnson lost the ball in the backcourt, giving Tennessee a 52-50 victory over the Lady Tigers in the national semifinals Sunday night.

Nothing has come easy for the Lady Vols this season, but remarkable balance and resiliency have put them in their 11th NCAA championship game.

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It was the third straight two-point, last-second victory for the Lady Vols, who had only three players score in double figures.

With the score tied 50-50 and the clock running down, once again Tennessee put the ball in the hands of Tasha Butts, who scored the winning points in the Lady Vols' last two narrow wins.

She missed this time, giving LSU the ball with 6 seconds left. But Tennessee trapped Johnson in the backcourt, forcing the turnover. The ball squirted out and Shyra Ely came up with it and quickly fed Davis underneath for an uncontested layup.

Tennessee will seek an NCAA-best seventh title against Connecticut.