LSU, winners of five straight games, will play Richmond who defeated Arkansas State 76-56 in the other first-round game on Wednesday afternoon in the championship game of the tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST.
The Lady Tigers (6-2) and Kent State (3-3) battled close for the opening 16:30 of the game before LSU ended the first half on a 13-3 run that gave them a 37-27 lead going into the break. LSU then opened the second half on a 10-2 run and pulled away for good.
"Really and truly the last three or four minutes of the first half we notice that a lot of fatigue began to set in and we continued to push the basketball up and down the floor and got a lot of transition baskets," LSU head coach Sue Gunter said.
Seimone Augustus led the way for LSU with 18 points and six rebounds, while Temeka Johnson added 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Doneeka Hodges had 13 points and seven rebounds and Scholanda Hoston hit for 10 points off the bench.
Andrea Csaszar led Kent State with 17 points and six rebounds, while Lindsay Shearer added 15 points and seven rebounds.
LSU connected on 43.9 percent of its shots while holding the Golden Flashes to 31.5 percent and the Lady Tigers had a slim 41-37 rebounding margin.
"Our kids did a nice job of taking a game plan and understanding what the defensive assignments were," Gunter added. "I thought we did a nice job of knowing what we wanted to do and then going out of the floor and getting it done."
Kent State will face Arkansas State in the consolation game at 5 p.m. on Thursday.