3:00 PM ET, February 19, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Coming off their first Southeastern conference loss in two seasons, Seimone Augustus would not let LSU lose a second straight game.While her teammates struggled on both ends of the court, Augustus scored 26 points to help the Lady Tigers (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today; No. 2 AP) defeated Arkansas 64-42 on Sunday.The Lady Tigers (23-2, 11-1), who lost at Florida in overtime on Thursday, maintained their one-game lead over Tennessee in the conference race. LSU has games remaining against Alabama and Mississippi State.Augustus, who did not play the final 13 minutes, made 12 of 15 field goal attempts. She is the leading scorer in the SEC and has at least 25 points in five of the last eight games.No one else on LSU scored more than eight points."Our offense was not as effective," Augustus said. "I would not say our energy level was low. But, it was not tip top. I felt I needed to do something to step up my game."No Arkansas player scored more than six points. The five Lady Razorbacks starters accounted for only 11 points. Leslie Howard, Arkansas' top scorer, made just one of six shots and finished with two points."LSU is known for their offense, but they play very good defense," Arkansas coach Susie Gardner said. "Unfortunately, we've started the last four or five games like we did today."The Lady Tigers failed to get off to a quick start. After Scholanda Hoston made a field goal on the first possession, LSU missed its next seven shots and turned the ball over twice."Let's start with the positive," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "It's a win. It's a short list. We have to take care of the basketball. We had 22 turnovers against Florida and 23 against Arkansas. That's unacceptable. We are not giving ourselves the opportunity to score."Arkansas (13-11, 5-6) was not doing much better, making three of its first nine field goal attempts. Six minutes into the game, Arkansas held a 7-2 lead.Then, the Lady Tigers came to life scoring 17 straight points. A basket and a 3-point play by Augustus on back-to-back possessions tied the score at 7 with 12:29 remaining in the half. Hoston had a field goal and Florence Williams made two baskets before Augustus knocked down three straight shots."I was extremely frustrated about our start," Chatman said. "The players are well aware of what they are capable of doing. They have to make each possession a masterpiece. They didn't come close to doing that today."The Lady Razorbacks, who were 6-of-30 from the field in the first half, ended a drought of more than nine scoreless minutes when Kristina Andjelkovic made a field goal with 5:33 left in the half. Another Andjelkovic basket in the final minute left Arkansas trailing 27-14 at the half.