Archive for Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Women’s Basketball Roundup: Tigers romp in home opener

No. 3 LSU hammers Florida Atlantic behind Augustus’ 24 points

November 26, 2002


— Seimone Augustus scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, helping No. 3 LSU beat Florida Atlantic in the Lady Tigers' home opener Monday night.

Augustus shot 7-of-8 for 14 first-half points to help LSU (3-0) open an 11-0 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

Augustus, who has led LSU in scoring in all three games this season, started the early run with a 15-foot jumper from the left wing 11 seconds in, and capped it with another jumper from the same spot. She hit three more shots in succession before her only miss of the opening half midway through the period.

The Owls (0-3) scored on a 3-pointer by Janka Deckerova at the 16:17 mark of the opening half and came as close as 28-20 before halftime.

But back-to-back jump shots by Temeka Johnson and Kisha James increased the Lady Tigers' lead to 44-22 with 2:53 remaining in the first half, and LSU held a 46-29 edge at halftime.

Johnson, LSU's 5-foot-3 point guard and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection, got her fourth career double-double with 12 points and a team-high 11 assists.

LSU opened the second half with a 12-2 run during the first 4:20 to extend its lead to 59-31 when Augustus hit a 13-foot jumper from the left corner. Augustus left with 6:29 remaining and LSU leading 80-43.

No. 15 Louisiana Tech 72, Arkansas St. 54

Jonesboro, Ark. - Cheryl Ford had 19 points and 15 rebounds, leading No. 15 Louisiana Tech against Arkansas State.

Erica Smith scored 16 points and Tasha Crain added 10 points, five assists and two steals for the Lady Techsters (2-1), who took control with a 17-6 run to start the second half.

Casie Lowman scored 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting for Arkansas State (1-1). Jolie McKeirnan added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Louisiana Tech outrebounded Arkansas State 49-28, shot 46 percent from the field and led by as many as 24.

No. 17 Arkansas 76, TCU 66

Fayetteville, Ark. - India Lewis scored 26 points to lead No. 17 Arkansas past Texas Christian.

Katrina Nesby added 19 points, and Lewis hit 11 free throws in the second half for the Lady Razorbacks (2-0), who shot 30-of-36 from the foul line.

Kim Ortega led the Lady Frogs (1-1) with 13 points. TCU shot 21-of-56 from the field.

The Lady Razorbacks led 37-33 at halftime but four free throws within three minutes helped the Lady Frogs take the lead.

Lewis answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to tie it at 42.

A behind-the-back pass from Dana Cherry to Nesby down low put the Lady Razorbacks ahead for good, 58-53.

Michigan 70, No. 24 UC Santa Barbara 64

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Stephanie Gandy scored 15 points and Michigan closed the game with a 14-0 run to upset No. 24 UC Santa Barbara.

The Wolverines (2-0) rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the second half, tying the game on a pair of free throws by Gandy with 1:05 remaining. Lauren Andrews put Michigan ahead with two free throws with 32 seconds left.

Kristen Mann led the Gauchos (1-1) with 14 points. Tabitha Pool blocked Mann's potential game-tying shot with 10 seconds left and hit two free throws at the other end.

After the Wolverines trimmed UC Santa Barbara's nine-point lead to four, Mann scored four straight points to give the Gauchos a 64-56 lead with 4:34 left, but they did not score again.

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