LSU-Penn St. NCAA game features top young coaches


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The parallel lives of Penn State coach Coquese Washington and LSU's Nikki Caldwell are about to cross paths again, with a guarantee that one will reach uncharted territory in their up-and-coming careers.

Washington, in her fifth season as a head coach, and Caldwell, in her fourth, are no strangers to the second round of the NCAA tournament, in which they'll meet Tuesday night when the fourth-seeded Lady Lions (25-6) play the No. 5 seed Lady Tigers (23-10).

The two coaches played against each other when Caldwell was at Tennessee and Washington at Notre Dame, with the Lady Vols winning each time.

Both have also have experienced coaching while pregnant, and say they've shared plenty of "new mother stories" since Penn State's arrival in Baton Rouge last weekend.