Gunter battling pneumonia, emphysema

Updated: April 13, 2005, 6:43 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former LSU coach Sue Gunter was at home Wednesday, continuing her recovery from pneumonia.

"I feel pretty good," Gunter said in a telephone conversation. "Glad to be home."

Gunter, who suffers from emphysema, was hospitalized March 1 with pneumonia. When she was first hospitalized, Gunter was unable to breathe adequately on her own and required the assistance of a mechanical ventilator.

Gunter, who coached LSU to 708 victories, ranks third on the career list in NCAA women's basketball. Her LSU squad went to the Final Four in her last season before illness forced her to step down as coach in 2004. She was succeeded by her longtime protégé Pokey Chatman, who took the team to the Final Four again this season. LSU lost to eventual champion Baylor in the semifinals.

"It was such a letdown," Gunter said on Wednesday.

Gunter was elected to both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this spring.

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