TAMPA, Fla. -- Many people already have Tennessee and Candace Parker in the title game, bum shoulder and all.
LSU coach Van Chancellor doesn't like it one bit. The Hall of Famer is tired at the lack of regard his team has been getting even though it beat Tennessee during the regular season with a healthy Parker.
"I'm amazed that a team that's been to five straight Final Fours in a row has very little respect," Chancellor said. "I think this team deserves a little more respect than what it's getting. I turn on the television and I see a guy saying it's going to be a great game between Tennessee and Connecticut on Tuesday."
Parker's been rehabbing her left shoulder constantly the last few days after dislocating it twice in the Oklahoma City Regional final and is ready to play against LSU today in the semifinals.
"I have all the confidence in the world in the medical staff," Parker said. "My shoulder feels strong and it's getting better every day. I'm happy we play the late game on Sunday because it gives us more time to rehab."
The winner will play Connecticut or Stanford on Tuesday night for the national championship.
LSU (31-5) has been a Final Four staple the last five seasons. But the Lady Tigers have yet to make it to the championship game. LSU is only the second team to play in five consecutive Final Fours, matching the feat accomplished by Connecticut from 2000-04.
Tennessee's Pat Summitt can sympathize with LSU's Final Four plight.
"We went to seven Final Fours and seven national championship games before we won one, I know how they feel," Summitt said. "Are we ever going to get there? But I think if you get there enough times, eventually you're going to be able to get a break or make your own breaks."
WOMEN'S NIT, at East Lansing, Mich. -- Angel Robinson had 16 points and eight rebounds to help Marquette win the title with an 81-66 victory over Michigan State. Krystal Ellis, the tournament MVP with a 23.2-point average, had 15 points and led a 23-2 run in the opening minutes.