Nov 25, 2002
BATON ROUGE, LA -- Seimone Augustus is playing more like a savvy senior than an inexperienced freshman.
Augustus scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting in her first game in front of her hometown fans as third-ranked LSU (3-0) coasted to an 88-55 victory over Florida Atlantic on Monday night.
"We had some good performances, and I'm pleased," LSU coach Sue Gunter said. "We're 3-0 with three games in four days, and two of them on the road, and I'll take it."
Temeka Johnson, the Lady Tigers' 5-foot-3 point guard and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection, got her fourth career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.
Redshirt freshman Wendolyn Jones scored in double figures for the first time in her career, adding 10 points.
LSU shot 59 percent (36-of-61) from the floor, compared to just 32.2 percent for Florida Atlantic (0-3).
Augustus, who also had five rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals while committing no turnovers in 28 minutes, has led LSU in scoring in each of its three games and is averaging 22.7 points.
"I felt good, and it wasn't scary playing my first game here," Augustus said. "There was a nice crowd tonight, and everything went well."
Florida Atlantic missed its first seven shots from the floor before finally scoring on a 3-pointer by Janka Deckerova shortly after Augutus' second field goal. The Owls pulled to 28-20 at the 8:39 mark of the first half when Angie Rodgers hit a 3-pointer from the right wing. That was as close as Florida Atlantic got.
The Tigers scored eight consecutive points after Rodgers' 3-pointer, with Augustus' 17-footer extending LSU's lead to 36-20 with 5:30 to go before halftime.
Kisha James, making her first start of the season, hit a 12-foot jumper for LSU's largest first-half lead at 44-22 with 2:54 to go. LSU led 46-29 at halftime.
"We played LSU basketball tonight," James said. "We came out with enthusiasm and intensity tonight, and it looks like we did everything right tonight."
The Lady Tigers kept their intensity level high in the second half, starting the last stanza with a 13-2 run to take a 59-31 lead on another jumper by Augustus with 15:42 remaining.
Augustus' final basket, a layup with 6:42 left, gave LSU its largest lead at 80-41. All 13 Lady Tigers who suited up scored and played at least five minutes.
The Owls missed 25 of their first 27 field-goal attempts in the second half and went 9:24 without a basket. Tamica Pierce scored 16 points to pace Florida Atlantic.
LSU's full-court press forced the Owls into 25 turnovers. The Lady Tigers forced 22 turnovers in each of their first two games, at Arizona and Southeastern Louisiana.
"Our full-court press was effective," Gunter said. "This is a very athletic team, and we have depth, so we'll continue to press."