3:00 PM ET, January 16, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU's youngsters got some valuable playing time, and the Tigers showed Alabama just how much work it needs to do.Seimone Augustus scored 19 points in 23 minutes to lead LSU (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) over Alabama 76-51 on Sunday.The Tigers took control of the game quickly against the overmatched Crimson Tide and pulled its starters early in the second half.LSU (16-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) used 14 players -- all its healthy players -- and the Tigers' reserves scored 32 points. Temeka Johnson and reserve Quianna Chaney each scored 11 points and Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and seven rebounds."It was tremendous for them to get those kind of minutes with different players," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "You're only an injury or a twisted ankle away from those kids having to step up, so getting them some quality minutes is important."Getting some solid playing time showed the young players what they could look forward to, Fowles said."Just to be out there with the other freshmen was good," Fowles said. "It gave us a good feel for what it'll be like when we're playing together.Marverly Nettles led Alabama (10-6, 1-2) with 26 points. Nettles scored 17 of her team's 24 first-half points, went 11-for-11 from the foul line and shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range."We can learn a lot from this," Nettles said. "We already learned we have to work on everything."Alabama shot 35 percent (15-for-51) against the Tigers' defense, which has allowed only two teams to score more than 54 points this season."I think they are defending at the highest level I've ever seen them defend at," Alabama coach Rick Moody said. "It's hard to get a look at the basket."LSU had 11 blocked shots -- five by Chrystal White -- and nine steals. The Tigers scored 26 points on turnovers and outrebounded Alabama 44-31."Rebounding had a lot to do with everything," Nettles said. "It makes it a lot harder to run the offense when you can't get rebounds."The Tigers had 24 second-chance points to the Tides' 11 and outscored them 24-16 in the paint.Before Navonda Moore sank two free throws with 4:19 left in the first half, Nettles was the only Alabama player to score. LSU led 43-24 at halftime.Alabama, which lost its second SEC road game, lost all seven last season.