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LSU upsets Penn State to advance to Sweet 16

LSU upsets Penn State (Source: philly.com) LSU upsets Penn State (Source: philly.com)
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP/WAFB) -

Senior Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points as the LSU Lady Tigers upset Penn State 71-66 to advance to the Women's Sweet 16 in Spokane Tuesday night at the PMAC. 

Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and capped an 18-point night with a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU the lead and another key free throw to make it a four-point game with 8.3 seconds to go.

Webb, a senior, was 10 of 16 in what would have been her last game had No. 6 seed LSU (22-11) lost. Instead, she carried LSU to the Spokane Regional semifinal on a night when the Lady Tigers had only seven available players.

"We did not want our last game to be played with seven players," said Webb. "All seven of us got together and really came together and played for our fans which were out there and everyone who had supported us. We also played for Jeanne because for me Jeanne has really been a leader for us. That was my motivation at the beginning of the game that I wanted to play this game and have Jeanne Kenney out on the floor with me."

Nikki Greene scored 16 points and Alex Bentley 14 for Penn State (26-6), whose loss meant all four No. 3 seeds were out of the tournament.

LSU held Big Ten player of the year Maggie Lucas to just nine points.

"Seventh heaven," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell as she opened her press conference. "I was really proud of our team and what they did tonight without one of our leaders in Jeanne Kenney.  It was just a courageous effort by these seven young ladies and coming away with a great win against a very, very tough Penn State."

"I could see our team really taking in the atmosphere here, and it was a great atmosphere, especially for our seniors knowing that this is their last game at home," said Caldwell. "We just appreciate the fans who have stayed the course with us and who continue to believe in us when things looked a little bleak. This was an unbelievable crowd."

LSU next meets California on Saturday.

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