3:00 PM ET, February 12, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU showed off its defense against No. 13 Georgia on Sunday.Seimone Augustus scored 17 points and the third-ranked Lady Tigers held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the second half en route to a 68-61 victory.Sylvia Fowles added 15 points for LSU (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference), and Erica White, who made eight straight foul shots in the last 2 minutes, had 12 points and 10 assists."We take pride in our defense," Augustus said. "Defense wins championships. That's the key and we want to win championships."Tasha Humphrey scored 18 points for Georgia, the top scoring team in the conference heading into the game. Janese Hardrick, who made four 3-pointers in the final minute, and Sherill Baker added 12 apiece.The Lady Bulldogs (17-6, 7-3), who scored their fewest points of the season, shot less than 40 percent from the field for the second time in SEC games -- both against LSU. Georgia, which was averaging 84 points, shot 38 percent in a 65-64 loss to LSU last month and finished at 39 percent Sunday.Megan Darrah made two free throws for the Lady Bulldogs to tie it at 46 with just over 9 minutes remaining. However, Georgia didn't score again until Darrah hit a 3-pointer with 2:26 left."I thought we got some good shots," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "We missed a couple of layups. We missed a couple of 10-footers. We had some good 3-point shooters miss some shots. We don't shoot the ball well in the second half for some reason."While the Lady Bulldogs were going scoreless, the Lady Tigers scored 12 consecutive points. Augustus started and ended the run with field goals, and Florence Williams scored six of her 11 points during the key stretch.Neither team was able to build a substantial lead in a first half, which had six ties and nine lead changes. Georgia twice had a two-point lead, the last at 13-11. LSU's largest advantage was six points, the last at 21-15.The score was tied four times in the final 4 minutes of the half, before Augustus' three-point play with 1:01 remaining gave the Lady Tigers a 34-31 lead at the break.LSU shot 62 percent from the field in the first half, while the Lady Bulldogs shot 46 percent. Georgia made up that difference by shooting 5-for-9 on 3s, including three by Humphrey.The Lady Tigers started poorly in the second half with four missed shots and three turnovers in the first 4 minutes. Georgia wasn't much better, but the Lady Bulldogs got baskets from Baker and Humphrey to take a 35-34 lead."In the first few minutes of the second half, we were lucky and not good," Chatman said. "Georgia didn't take advantage and we were fortunate to clean it up. That was our one go free, get-out-of-jail card."LSU ended its scoring drought when Augustus made a layup with 14:51 remaining. A basket by Ashley Thomas put the Lady Tigers ahead by three points. However, Georgia regained the advantage at 39-38 with 11:42 to go after field goals by Humphrey and Alexis Kendrick.The score was tied three times over the next 3 minutes, the final time on Darrah's free throws. Then, the LSU defense took over.