LSU handles SWT in NCAA opener

The rematch between No. 3 LSU and Southwest Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was fairly similar to the first game.<br><br>The Lady Tigers build and early lead Saturday night with 65 percent shooting in the first half and beat the Bobcats 86-50 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.

The rematch between No. 3 LSU and Southwest Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was fairly similar to the first. The Lady Tigers build and early lead Saturday night with 65 percent shooting in the first half and beat the Bobcats 86-50 at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore.

LSU (28-3), the top seed in the West Region bracket, advances to play No. 7-seed Wisconsin-Green Bay Monday night.

The Lady Tigers handled Southwest Texas 91-40 in their first meeting this season on Dec. 21, 2002.

LSU helped itself in Saturday's game with 24-of-27 shooting on free throws and outscored the Bobcats' bench 36-16.

Forward Roneeka Hodges led the Lady Tigers off the bench with 16 points and forward Aiysha Smith had 15 with a team-high seven rebounds.

Aiysha Smith (AP/Photo)

Aiysha Smith (31) drives under the basket against Southwest Texas State' Tori Talbert during the first half of the women's NCAA West Regional game in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo)

The other LSU players in double figures were Seimone Augustus, who scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Temeka Johnson, who has 10 points with five assists and five rebounds.

The Bobcats committed 20 turnovers that led to 22 LSU points. The Lady Tigers also scored 14 fast break points, taking advantage of their decisive athletic advantage over Southwest Texas.

Tori Talbert led Southwest Texas with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

LSU took control of the game after Southwest Texas narrowed the score to 10-9 in the first half. The Lady Tigers went on an 18-4 run by making 10 their first 13 shots.

LSU held a 47-25 at halftime for its largest first half margin. The Lady Tigers' biggest lead in the game was 38 that came on a Roneeka Hodges tip-in with 2:19 to play.


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