No. 2 LSU Trounces Lady'Backs

BATON ROUGE, La. -- If the Arkansas-LSU women's basketball game on Thursday night had been a fight, it would have been stopped early on cuts.

The No. 2 Lady Tigers led 52-26 at halftime and never looked back, trouncing Arkansas 91-45 for their most one-sided Southeastern Conference win ever.

LSU (17-1, 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference) has now won nine games by 20 points or more this season. Arkansas (11-6, 1-5 SEC) lost for the fourth time in five games.

Seimone Augustus, who led LSU with 16 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of play, said, "We didn't want to go into overtime like our men did last night."

LSU's men needed a total of three overtimes to win its last two games over Ohio State and Arkansas, but the Lady Tigers used a 16-0 run to rocket to a 22-6 lead and put Arkansas away early.

Arkansas reserve center Ruby Vaden suffered an injury to her right knee with 8 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half and did not return to the game. She cried out in pain on the court and will undergo an MRI today.

Vaden will likely miss at least the South Carolina game on Sunday and the Missouri-Kansas City game on Tuesday, according to UA women's sports information director Bill Smith.

The LSU women's starters played a total of just 90 minutes, while the bench played 110 minutes and helped outscore Arkansas 39-19 in the second half.

Wendlyn Jones of Blytheville, who scored 10 points for LSU, said, "A lot of times we slack off in the second half, so tonight we focused on finishing."

Guard Temeka Johnson had nine points and 10 assists for LSU, including her usual assortment of pinpoint passes to Augustus and others.

"We just make eye contact," Augustus said. "It's nothing special."

Danielle Allen, Arkansas' leading scorer in SEC play, had 14 of her 16 points in the first half.

But Allen fought back tears during the postgame interviews.

"We did not have the same intensity out there tonight," Allen said. "At halftime LSU had 52 points. That's overwhelming and somewhat embarrassing. We just have to stay strong and stay together."

LSU's rebounding (45-33 edge), defense and fast-breaking offense were simply too much for Arkansas.

"LSU is a great team, and we couldn't get back with them on defense," said UA coach Susie Gardner. "Danielle played well, kept battling and did what she could. We just have to forget this game and move on."

The Lady Tigers got to show off their deep and talented bench. Reserves Sylvia Fowles and Quianna Chaney scored 11 points each for LSU, and the 6-foot-5 Fowles added eight rebounds.

"I said, 'Oh, my goodness, she (Fowles) is huge!'" Allen said. "She blocked one of my shots three seconds after it left my hand."

LSU coach Pokey Chatman was naturally pleased with LSU's all-around effort.

"We talk to the kids about it all the time," Chatman said. "If you think about it, some of our young players are practicing against Seimone, Temeka, Wendlyn, Sylvia and Tillie (Willis). If they can execute against that type of player, then on game day it shouldn't be a surprise."

Gardner praised the crowd of 4,152 and said, "That's a tribute to what (former LSU coach) Sue Gunter and Pokey Chatman have done here. I wish we could have given the fans a better game."

The one-sided nature of the game didn't bother Augustus at all.

"That never takes the fun out of it," Augustus said. "We still have a lot to learn."

Jones echoed, "We have a lot of things to work on to be a great team."

Jones was asked about her sister, Whitney, a 6-foot senior for Blytheville High who has signed with Arkansas.

"I'm not sure our coaches knew a lot about her," Wendlyn Jones said. "I wanted the choice to be hers. I wanted to let her go where she wanted."

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