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LSU advances in WNIT over Saint Joseph's, 80-64

BATON ROUGE, La. -- DaShawn Harden had 19 points and 5 steals to lead No. 15 Louisiana State to the preseason WNIT semifinal round over Saint Joseph's 80-64.

Theresa Plaisance scored 15 points, Danielle Ballard added 12 and LSU (2-0) was able to take a 40-25 halftime lead thanks to an 8-0 run to end the half.

Erin Shields scored 23 for Saint Joseph's (1-1), including a 3-pointer at 12:59 in the second half to cut the Hawks deficit to nine at 55-46, but the Lady Tigers were able to open the lead back to 18 with under a minute left in the game.

The Lady Tigers advance to the semifinal round to face the Quinnipiac at Louisville winner Thursday.

This was the first ever meeting between the teams.