Moncrief having knee evaluated; Youngblood suspended indefinitely

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's Raigyne Moncrief (11) grimmaces in pain as she injures her knee while driving to the basket in the second half of LSU's 98-78 win over  Georgia Tech  in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournment Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Moncrief did not return to the game.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's Raigyne Moncrief (11) grimmaces in pain as she injures her knee while driving to the basket in the second half of LSU's 98-78 win over Georgia Tech in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournment Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Moncrief did not return to the game.

LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief will undergo a medical evaluation Monday afternoon to determine whether she will be available to play for the Lady Tigers in Tuesday’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against West Virginia.

Moncrief injured her left knee Sunday with 15:45 left in LSU’s 98-78 first-round win over Georgia Tech as she attempted to drive to the basket. She had to be helped to the locker room.

Moncrief injured her right knee in February and was making her first start since Feb. 20.

Junior DaShawn Harden, who started five straight games in Moncrief’s absence, will likely start against West Virginia (8:30 p.m., ESPN2). The winner advances to the regional semifinals Sunday in Louisville, Ky.

Harden scored 17 points off the bench and made all three of her 3-point attempts.

LSU team spokesman Matt Dunaway said Moncrief didn’t practice Monday and will be listed as questionable Tuesday. He said her status will be a game-time decision Tuesday afternoon.

The freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is averaging 10.1 points per game, third on the team.

Meanwhile, Caldwell announced sophomore center Derreyal Youngblood is suspended for the NCAA Tournament. Caldwell said the suspension was for a violation of team rules but did not elaborate.

Youngblood did not play against Georgia Tech and wasn’t seen on the team bench.

The Harvey native has been suspended previously this season and hasn’t played since LSU’s regular-season finale March 2 at Alabama. She is averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 21 games.