Originally created 02/03/03

Lady Bulldogs fall to LSU



BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State emphasized rebounding heading into its game against Georgia. Seimone Augustus must have been listening.

Augustus had a career-high 19 boards and scored 24 points as No. 5 LSU beat No. 18 Georgia 68-64.

"I didn't think Seimone would be that big of a factor on the boards," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "But she is able to reach over and tip it to herself, and you don't see her trying to go over somebody's back to do it."

Augustus scored 18 of her points in the second half and went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Aiysha Smith added 17 points for LSU (18-1, 6-1 SEC), which shot only 33.9 percent from the field and 0-for-8 from 3-point range.

"We emphasized rebounding all week, knowing that Georgia was a good offensive rebounding team," Augustus said. "We really worked hard on going to the glass on both ends."

Augustus had 10 offensive and nine defensive rebounds.

Temeka Johnson hit a jumper and a pair of free throws in the last 31 seconds to seal LSU's win.

"That was the biggest shot of the game," coach LSU coach Sue Gunter said.

Alexis Kendrick scored 17 points and Marquita Driskell added 13 for Georgia (14-4, 5-1).

The Tigers held a three-point lead at the start of the second half. Augustus quickly pushed the Tigers' lead to 35-28 with a layup on a pass from Doneeka Hodges and a pair of free throws.

Augustus scored 10 straight to make it a seven-point game again at 47-40 with 14:57 remaining. Augustus fed Wendlyn Jones for a layup, and she was fouled and converted a three-point play for a 50-40 lead with 12:49 left.

"I don't remember Seimone taking a bad shot the whole game," Gunter said. "She played a great game all around."

Georgia cut the lead to 50-47 with seven straight points, but LSU built the lead back to 56-49 with 7:01 left on a pair of KeKe Tardy free throws.

The Bulldogs cut the Tigers' lead to 63-61 with two foul shots by Kara Braxton.

LSU led 31-28 at the break despite falling behind by nine in the opening minutes and going 12-of-36 in the first half.

Georgia played much of the game without 6-foot-5 center Christi Thomas, who was forced to the bench less than six minutes into the game with two fouls. She fouled out with 8:43 left after scoring 10 points.

The Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak against the Bulldogs at home.

"We thought we had a good basketball team when we left Athens, and we were in position to steal a win on the road," Landers said. "But we just weren't good enough to win it."