LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- LSU coach Pokey Chatman had just learned
that her Tigers had held Kentucky to its lowest point total ever,
and she had one reaction.
"I better not tell them," Chatman said. "They might think
Too late, coach. It's already evident.
Seimone Augustus scored 23 points as No. 3 LSU routed Kentucky
66-36 on Sunday, the Tigers' second straight road win over an
In 32 seasons of women's basketball, Kentucky's previous scoring
low was 38 points, on two occasions -- against Tennessee on Jan. 21,
2001, and against Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 2000.
"They proved why they're the No. 3 team in the country,"
Kentucky coach Mickie DeMoss said. "They looked like the No. 1
team in the country."
LSU (7-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) held an opponent to 41
points or less for the third time this season.
Kentucky (8-1, 0-1) was off to its best start since the 1980-81
season and the Wildcats entered with hopes of an upset over a
Louisiana State team that reached last season's Final Four.
Kentucky drew 5,930 fans for the game, selling out Memorial
Coliseum for the first time this season.
But LSU dominated inside with the 6-foot-1 Augustus, NCAA
Division I's active scoring leader with 2,059 points, and 6-foot-6
Sylvia Fowles, who had seven points and 12 rebounds. Led by
Augustus' 11-for-20 effort, the Tigers shot 50 percent from the
field and scored 29 points off 20 Kentucky turnovers.
LSU's romp over Kentucky followed a 64-48 win at No. 4 Ohio
State three days earlier.
"It's December," Chatman said. "I don't think anybody expects
to play a full 40 minutes at the highest level at this time. I'm
just glad we're moving in the right direction."
Kentucky shot just 29.2 percent from the field. Only freshman
point guard Carly Ormerod, who went 4-of-4 from 3-point range and
scored 14 points, gave the Wildcats any offensive boost.
"Carly did a good job stepping up and competing," DeMoss said.
"Some others didn't."
Kentucky's point total was the second-lowest allowed by LSU to an
SEC opponent. The Tigers held Florida to 34 points in a February
Kentucky hit two of their first three field-goal attempts and
led 4-1 at the 17:17 mark, but the Wildcats made only one of their
next 15 shots over 12 minutes as LSU built a 21-7 lead. The Tigers
led 28-17 at halftime.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Ormerod brought Kentucky within 30-25
with 17:51 left and prompted Chatman to angrily call a timeout. The
Tigers responded by scoring the next nine points and extending
their lead to 54-29 with nine minutes left.
"That just killed us," Ormerod said. "They went on a run. I
don't even know when the next time we scored was. It was very
Kentucky came no closer than 22 points the rest of the way.
Scholanda Hoston added 14 points for LSU.