Lady Tigers look to defend SEC Tourney title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - LSU's 15th-ranked Lady Tigers basketball team begins its defense of the Southeastern Conference Tournament title as the No. 2 seed on Friday at 2:30 p.m. CST in the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

LSU (22-6, 10-4 SEC) won last year's tournament championship in North Little Rock, Ark., as will begin its defense against the No. 7 seed Ole Miss, who defeated the No. 10 seed Alabama in Thursday's first-round game.

First-team All-SEC selections Seimone Augustus and Temeka Johnson lead the Lady Tigers into the tournament. Augustus, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, leads the Lady Tigers with 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while Johnson, a senior from New Orleans, is scoring 12.9 points and dishing out a league best 8.0 assists per game. Fellow senior Doneeka Hodges, who earned second-team all-conference honors, is averaging 14.6 points per game as well.

This is the 25th appearance in the SEC Tournament for the Lady Tigers. LSU owns an 18-22 record with titles in 1991 and 2003. It is the second time the tournament is in Nashville. The previous time was 2002 when LSU advanced to the championship game before falling to Vanderbilt.

Thursday's first-round games include No. 8 Mississippi State vs. No. 9 Arkansas at noon, Ole Miss vs. Alabama at 2:30 p.m., No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 12 South Carolina at 6 p.m., and No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Kentucky at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Tennessee, which earned the No. 1 seed will begin play in the second round on Friday at noon, while LSU will play at 2:30 p.m., No. 3 seed Auburn will play at 6 p.m. and fourth-seed Florida wraps the day up at 8:30 p.m. The semifinals are on Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with the championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m. CST.

All of the first and second-round games and well as the semifinals will be broadcast live on SEC-TV (Fox Sports Net, Ch. 38 in Baton Rouge) and the title game will be on ESPN2.

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