Week filled with prime-time performers

LSU was abuzz with sports happenings over the last week.<br><br> Aside from the national championship celebration held Saturday in Tiger Stadium, there was an array of events taking place on and away from the LSU campus.<br><br> While both the men and women's basketball teams were on the road last week, several other Tiger sports were active on the LSU campus.

Instead of spotlighting one official player of the week, Tiger Rag salutes the top performers of the last seven days – starting with hoops.


Although the LSU Basketball team failed to log a road victory last week, senior forward Jaime Lloreda had one of the better games of his career scoring 19 points along with 16 rebounds in LSU's 61-55 loss at South Carolina on Saturday. Lloreda was an efficient 7 of 12 from the floor and balanced his boards with eight on the defensive end and eight coming on the offensive glass.


It seems every week, Lady Tiger hoopster Seimone Augustus finds her way into the player of the week feature. Logging four straight games with 20 or more points, Augustus popped the nets for 22 points in a 73-65, come-from-behind win at Arkansas last week. She followed up that showing with a 24-point effort in LSU's disappointing defeat at Georgia Sunday.


Honorable mentions go out to Doneeka Hodges, who set a career high with six three-pointers (22 points) in Sunday's 80-74 loss. Wendlyn Jones logged her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


The "Gamer" of the Week goes to LSU head coach Sue Gunter.


Just one game back from a bad bout with bronchitis, the veteran Lady Tiger mentor was still visibly ill on television Sunday, steadying herself a number of times on assistants Pokey Chatman and Bob Starkey. Gunter's 1000th career game was logged on a sour note with a loss, but you can bet Gunter will be back in tip-top shape soon as she nears career-win No. 700.


The Lady Tigers Tennis team defeated UL-Lafayette 7-0 on Sunday.


LSU's Rocio Fantilli teamed up with Amanda Mang instead of her usual partner, Lauren Seaman. Fantilli and Mang made a powerful combination, beating their opponents 8-1 and 8-2. Seaman and Daysi Espinal, both sophomores, did just as well in their doubles matches, winning 8-2 at No. 2 doubles against Centenary and 8-1 at No. 3 against ULL.


Espinal had the hardest singles match of the afternoon at No. 5 against ULL's Kimmie Lyles. Espinal fell behind early her second set but battled back for the 6-1, 7-5 win.


Jessica Ferguson rebounded from her loss against Centenary with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Susan Linden.

All-American Nicole Toney turned in an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump Saturday, highlighting a fine day of performances by the top-ranked LSU track and field team at the Purple Tiger Invitational.


Toney led all jumpers in the event, recording a distance of 43-8 1/2.


LSU also had three other athletes reach NCAA provisional qualifying standards.


Hurdler RaNysha LeBlanc led the Lady Tigers' 1-2-3 finish of the 60-meter hurdles, winning the race in 8.43, while thrower Mallory McDonald won the weight throw with a season-best 63-7 3/4.


For the men, LeJuan Simon reached provisional standards in the long jump. Simon, who automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the triple jump last week, topped all collegiate competitors with a distance of 25-7/2.


Lolo Jones missed a provisional mark in the 60-meter dash by one hundredth of a second, clocking 7.45 in the prelims, before winning the finals in 7.50. Paul Thompson completed the LSU sweep in the event, winning the men's final in 6.86.


Other event titles for the LSU included Nadia Davy in the 200 meters (24.31), Katie McKeever in the shot put (49-4 1/4) and the men's 4x400 (3:17.88) and distance medley relay (10:12.21) teams.


Finally, LSU gymnast April Burkholter may have had the biggest week of all.


Compared to throwing a no-hitter in baseball or bowling a 300 on the lanes, Burkholter scored the very rare perfect 10.


Burkholder's perfect score on the floor exercise Friday wasn't enough to push the Tigers past No. 2 Alabama in their first home meet of season. Alabama won, 197.600-196.750.

Burkholder won the all-around competition with a 39.400. She won the floor exercise and was third on the vault.


- LSU Sports Information contributed to this report

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