7:00 PM ET, January 30, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU turned a Final Four rematch into a resounding rout.Seimone Augustus scored 29 points Monday night to lead the Lady Tigers (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) to a 88-57 victory over No. 10 Baylor.Augustus was 13-of-21 from the field as the Lady Tigers (18-1) scored their fourth-highest total of the season. She was one of four LSU players to score in double figures.Sylvia Fowles, who also had 14 rebounds and three blocks, added 17 points. Scholanda Hoston finished with 14 points and Florence Williams came off the bench to add 11."Usually when I give my opening [postgame] statement, I can find something that's wrong," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "But there wasn't a whole lot tonight. I think the energy and the execution led to so much offensively and defensively. And I was pleased how we extended it for close to 40 minutes."Sophia Young was the top scorer for Baylor (15-4) with 17 points -- all but four in the second half. Angela Tisdale had 13 points for the defending national champion Lady Bears, who beat LSU 68-57 in the Final Four last season on the way to their first title.Baylor's three previous losses this season had been by a total of eight points."That team is good enough to win a national championship," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "I don't want to take away from LSU's guys. They won in every phase of the game. When it rains, it pours. They just got on a roll. Everybody contributed on that team."LSU extended its home winning streak to 27 games. The Lady Tigers have won 11 games at home this season, all by at least 20 points.After the opening 4 minutes, LSU dominated the first half. The Lady Tigers made 15 of 26 shots after a slow start to grab a 50-27 halftime advantage.Augustus had 14 points and Fowles had a double-double -- 13 points and 10 rebounds -- before halftime."We ran our motion offense and we followed our script in the first half," Augustus said. "We wanted to get paint touches so we could get to the foul line. That opened up shots from the outside and drives to the basket."After a basket by Young left the Lady Bears behind by 11 points with just under seven minutes remaining, the Lady Tigers went on a 17-4 run. Three foul shots by Quinana Chaney began the spurt. A three-point play by Augustus completed the run and gave LSU a 47-23 lead."It was nice to see that first half," Hoston said. "We went out and executed. We put it all together in the first half."The situation got no better for Baylor at the beginning of the second half. When Baylor failed to score in the first 3 minutes and fell behind by 28 points, their entire starting five was taken out of the game by Mulkey-Robertson.The starters returned to the court two minutes later. Baylor's deficit for the rest of the game was never less than 23 points.After the game, Mulkey-Robertson expressed her displeasure with a comment made to her by Chatman before tip-off."She said something very unprofessional before the game, and I was responding to what she said," Mulkey-Robertson said of her remarks to Chatman during their postgame handshake. "You don't say things like that. She hasn't earned the right to say something like that to me."Asked what Chatman said, Mulkey-Robertson told reporters to question Chatman.Chatman later refused to say what upset Mulkey-Robertson."It was an exchange between two people in the profession," Chatman said. "I promise you it's been blown out of context. Did I say something unprofessional? Not at all. Have you ever heard something like that come from me?"It was really hard to hear what [Mulkey-Robertson] was saying after the game. I was trying to get my hand away and congratulate her staff and get back to the locker room. The air is cleared. That's my story. There's nothing to clear."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-67 (.358)||34-66 (.515)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-10 (.200)||4-6 (.667)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-9 (.778)||16-24 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|