1:00 PM ET, March 3, 2006
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Seimone Augustus of No. 3 LSU sat with 9 minutes left against Mississippi on Friday, her 30 points already tying a school record in a Southeastern Conference tournament game.After the 91-73 quarterfinal victory, LSU coach Pokey Chatman said she was unaware that a record was in the balance -- her own."Honestly, I didn't know I had any records left to break," Chatman said. "The hope is to continue playing and get some fresh legs underneath some people. But it does seem like a pretty smooth move on my part."It was Augustus with the smooth moves, posing a constant threat that kept the Ole Miss defense off balance whenever she was on the court."She is the best player in the country, and she has been for the last couple of years," Ole Miss coach Carol Ross said. "If you are not on the (opposing) bench, she is a pleasure to watch."Sylvia Fowles added 21 and 13 rebounds and Sholanda Hoston added 14 points for LSU (26-2), which advances to play Kentucky on Saturday night.Armintie Price scored 23 points, Ashley Awkward had 19 and Ashley Johnson added 17 for Ole Miss (16-13).On Friday, LSU needed only a few minutes to demonstrate its superiority. After Price tied the score at 12-12, the Lady Tigers responded with a 15-0 run sparked by a layup by Augustus.Hoston then sandwiched a layup between a pair of 3-pointers. LSU's defense smothered the Lady Rebels under the basket and Ole Miss couldn't take a shot without being harassed or having the ball stolen first.When Ole Miss scored a basket by Carla Bartee, LSU was up 27-14.The Lady Tigers put up some impressive first-half numbers. Augustus had 18 by the break, followed by Hoston with 14 and Fowles with 12.In the second period, a 3-pointer by Johnson and a basket and a 3-pointer by Awkward drew Ole Miss to 63-49, prompting LSU coach Pokey Chatman to call time out with 15:39 left.The Lady Tigers put the ball in Augustus' hands, who scored on a fadeaway jumper. Aided by four free throws by Erica White and a putback by Quianna Chaney, LSU's lead was back to 20 and Ole Miss never threatened again.Chatman, without being specific, said she wanted players to sharpen their game."It was extremely important to us to play well because there were some things we didn't do particularly well at the end of the season," Chatman said. "You know this conference will humble you, and it is imperative that you correct those things."LSU shot 55 percent compared with 36 percent for Ole Miss. LSU pulled down 53 rebounds, including 10 by Ashley Thomas, while Mississippi had 30."You get outrebounded by 23, you are going to get beat," Ross said. "Play a team like LSU, you are going to get beat pretty bad. That was the game in a nutshell."The Lady Rebels made 9-of-23 3-pointers, including five by Johnson.
|FG Made-Attempted||29-81 (.358)||36-66 (.545)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-25 (.360)||5-10 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-9 (.667)||14-20 (.700)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||8 (0/0)|