BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- It's only the second game of the season, but Seimone Augustus is already living up to her preseason All-America billing.
Augustus scored 25 points as LSU (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) defeated Arizona State 65-54 on Friday night to win the Women's Sports Foundation Classic title."It was a team effort," said Augustus, the tournament's MVP. "I thought we came out a little bit slow in the second half. We just didn't come out and get a good start like we did in the first half. I just stepped up and did what I have to do to try and help my team win."Temeka Johnson added 11 points and seven assists for LSU (2-0). Kylan Loney paced Arizona State (1-1) with 12 points, and Emily Westerberg added 11 points and eight rebounds.A 3-pointer by Loney and a basket by Kristen Kovesdy in the first two minutes of the second half cut the LSU lead to 39-28. But the Sun Devils didn't score again for five minutes and trailed 43-28.The Sun Devils cut the deficit to 51-41 with 7:45 left. But Arizona State got no closer, and LSU went on a 13-4 run over the next 4:45 put the game out of reach.Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne said the loss came down to her team's lack of defense."It's disappointing because I think LSU is a phenomenal team," Thorne said. "We just fell a little short of our game plan. We're going deep in our rotation and we just have to get
better when we mix in lineups."LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said her players must improve on the little things if they are to continue their success."We have a ton of areas that need improvement," she said. "Every coach in the country would probably say that this early in the season.LSU travels to Austin, Texas, on Sunday to take on eighth-ranked Baylor in the State Farm Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. Arizona State will play San Diego in its home opener Nov. 20.LSU trailed for only the first 46 seconds. Augustus' first two points gave the Lady Tigers a 4-2 lead.