Augustus double-double sparks LSU win vs. Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Second-half free throws made the difference in No. 3 LSU's 76-68 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech on Sunday in the Tip-Off Classic.

The Lady Tigers made 16-of-24 free throws on the second half, something that impressed coach Pokey Chatman.

"Tough to do in this environment," she said. The "kids hung tough. Resulted in victory."

Seimone Augustus had 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers. Last season's national player of the year, Augustus scored nine of LSU's final 14 points after Tech had tied the score at 62 with about three minutes remaining.

She knew her team had to go inside to beat Tech.

"We were straight into driving and penetrating," Augustus said. "It was very fun, great to play a game early here."

The Lady Raiders (0-1) led for most of the game until they went scoreless on six possessions midway through the second half. Meanwhile, Augustus hit a shot from the corner and Scholanda Hoston made a 3-pointer to put the Lady Tigers (1-0) ahead 46-43 with 13:55 remaining.

Tech then used a 13-3 run to tie it at 58 before Augustus took over. RaShanta LeBlanc hit a 3-pointer to put the game away for good with about two minutes remaining. There were four ties in the final six minutes.

"We played a great basketball team today, no question one of the best teams in the country," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "They have so many weapons. Seimone really played well."

Augustus, who was 12-of-25 from the field, had 10 defensive rebounds, making it tough for the Lady Raiders to get second chances. LSU finished with 32 defensive rebounds to Tech's 26, and the Lady Tigers outrebounded Tech 51-37 overall.

"We got a little fatigued on the boards, and they started hurting us right there," Sharp said.

Chatman said the zone defense Tech used was effective.

It was "good to see kids make adjustments this early in the year," she said. "Tough in this environment, the fanfare, in the month of November. Didn't get in a hurry. Made one or two passes, reversed the basketball, attacked and got to the free-throw line."

Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, while Hoston added 10 points.

LaToya Davis scored 21 points for Texas Tech and Alesha Robertson added 17, LaVonda Henderson 11 and Erin Grant 10.

Sharp called Davis' play "in the trees."

"She does things in a different way than your traditional post players," Sharp said. "It always feels great when we can get the ball in her hands. She's a playmaker."