Lady Tigers take care of Ole Miss

Doneeka Hodges hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help No. 15 LSU rout Mississippi 79-66 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. <br><br> The second-seeded Lady Tigers (23-6) never trailed as they opened defense of their tournament title. They will play either No. 19 Auburn or No. 21 Vanderbilt in the semifinals Saturday night.

Seventh-seeded Mississippi (17-13) failed to advance past the second round for the 11th straight year, and the Lady Rebels have only themselves to blame because they didn't come close to keeping pace with the SEC's best shooting team.

After Amber Watts tied the game at 2, the Lady Rebels missed 15 of their next 16 shots. They wound up shooting just 31.1 percent (24-of-77), while LSU seemingly couldn't miss in hitting eight of its first 11. The Lady Tigers, who had been averaging a league-high 46.8 percent, finished 29-of-60 (48.3 percent).

Seimone Augustus added 20 points for LSU.

Armintie Price, the SEC's freshman of the year, led Ole Miss with 18 points.

Hodges hit her first three 3s, and then her bucket with 11:53 left put LSU up 19-6. Tywanna Inmon capped an 8-0 spurt to pull the Lady Rebels within 27-21 with 6:18 left, then Seimone Augustus scored for LSU and Amber Watts had a pair of free throws to make it 29-23.

That was as close as the Lady Rebels would get as Hodges hit another 3, and Temeeka Johnson scored on a 3-point play. Ole Miss lost Inmon a minute later when she hurt her left knee and had to be carried off the court.

Hodges hit her fifth 3 to give LSU a 43-26 halftime lead, and the Lady Tigers had no problem improving to a perfect 23-0 when leading at the half. They led by as much as 62-32 when Scholanda Hoston scored with 11:36 remaining.

The Lady Rebels had one last 10-0 spurt to get within 62-42. But LSU simply put back Hodges and Augustus back in the game, and Hodges scored to end Mississippi's run.

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