12:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Seimone Augustus' second-half scoring run came to an abrupt end Saturday when the LSU guard crashed into the post under the basket while going for a layup.Augustus managed to score 22 points before the injury -- 14 in the second half -- in top-ranked LSU's 76-52 win over Georgia (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP).The All-American stole the ball and drove downcourt while guarded by Janese Hardrick. Augustus apparently lost her balance when she went up for the shot and fell hard against the support with 9:48 remaining. She was helped off the court and into the locker room clutching her left arm.Augustus was taken to the hospital, where X-rays on her left elbow were negative. LSU said she had a deep bone bruise and will be evaluated again Monday."There was no swelling," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "She had good range of motion. I'm sure it will be at least really sore."The Tigers (14-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), coming off their first loss of the season, played aggressive defense, holding Georgia to 37 percent shooting from the field (20-of-54).LSU also forced 16 Georgia turnovers, outrebounded the Bulldogs 51-30 and blocked 10 shots to put the game away early in the second half."We got beat on the boards," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "It started early and never stopped."Up 34-22 at the break, LSU went ahead 46-28 with 16 minutes left on a 12-6 run fueled by five baskets by Augustus."Coming off a loss, we talked to our kids about this being a perfect opportunity to learn some things," Chatman said. "I felt going into the half that the stage was set to see if we had done just that."LSU, which was coming off its worst offensive performance of the season against Rutgers, shooting 38 percent from the field and turning the ball over 21 times, shot 45 percent from the field against the Bulldogs and had nine turnovers."We made a special effort to make sure we pulled out the game," LSU guard Temeka Johnson said. "It wasn't anything out of the ordinary. We just did what we should be doing anyway."The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Georgia (12-4, 2-1). Tasha Humphrey led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Cori Chambers added 13 points.Scholanda Hoston scored 17 points for LSU, Johnson had 12 points and 11 assists and Wendlyn Jones had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tillie Willis added 10 rebounds."Rebounding is just something we've always done and that our coaches always have instilled in us," Jones said. "They always tell us that we're quicker and more agile than a lot of the post players and it's easy for us to run in there and get rebounds."
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