Lady Tigers roll in 113-46 exhibition win

Coach Sue Gunter had to be impressed with what she saw Wednesday night. <br><br> In the Lady Tigers first exhibition contest of the preseason slate, LSU trampled what was called an "elite" team. In a 67-point blowout, the 10th-ranked Lady Tigers handed the National Women's Basketball League Elite Team a 113-46 beating before 2,359 fans in the Maravich Assembly Center.

Seimone Augustus scored 21 points and Temeka Johnson poured on 18 more leading LSU this night. However, the play of the Lady Tigers fabulous freshman foursome stole the show.


Marian Whitfield hit 9-of-11 shots scoring 18 points as Gunter's heralded recruiting class totaled 36 points. Khalilah Mitchell and Hanna Biernacka put up seven points a piece and Amber Long came on late scoring four.


Augustus displayed her newfound range on the game's opening shot draining a three-point bucket. The sensational sophomore equaled her three-point output from all of last season on the initial bucket of the contest.


Augustus went on drilling 7-of-12 shots in the first half with a team high 18 points at the break. Johnson knocked down 4-of-6 first half offerings as the Lady Tigers only other double-digit scorer.

The starting five consisting of Augustus, Johnson, Doneeka Hodges, Tillie Willis and Scholanda Hoston re-took the floor opening the second half. The first-five were in the game long enough to seize a 73-32 lead before Gunter sent her starters to the bench.


In mop-up duty, Gunter was able to examine her freshmen and key reserve post players in action. Post players Biernacka and Treynell Clavelle got in quality minutes preparing for early season appearances in place of injured starters Crystal White and Wendlyn Jones.


LSU shot an impressive 64.3-perecent from the floor, including a staggering 72.4-percent in the second half. However, the Lady Tigers were outrebounded 49-41 in the contest, including a lopsided 23-13 on the offensive glass.


Other superlatives included 10 assists by Hodges along with Augustus leading the way with a team-high seven rebounds. Reserve guard Florence Williams was LSU's other double-digit scorer pitching in



Jamie Redd led all NWBL scorers with 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Redd, a 5-10 guard, played at the University of Washington.

One other player to note for the Elite squad was former Lady Tiger standout Aiysha Smith. Smith, a first round draft pick by the WNBA's Washington Mystics, scored just three points after receiving a rousing ovation when introduced during warm-ups.

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