Lady Tigers hold off Baylor 71-70

AUSTIN, Texas – A little too close for comfort. <br><br> The LSU Lady Tigers blew a 21-point lead, but held on to defeat the Baylor Lady Bears 71-70 at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic in Austin, Texas.

For the first time in her career, Seimone Augustus eclipsed the 30-point mark scoring a game and career high 33 points to lead the Lady Tigers. Temeka Johnson nearly bagged a triple-double scoring 15 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

From the onset, LSU (3-0) controlled the game leaping out to a 43-24 halftime advantage. But the Lady Bears fought back and outscored the Lady Tigers 46-28 in the second stanza, but fell just a point short in the end.

"We came out early and executed on both the offense and defensive ends of the floor," said LSU coach Pokey Chatman. "Then we fell apart, but it was a slow fall."

The Lady Bears erased the 19-point halftime deficit and with eight minutes left in the contest it was anybody's game.

The trio of Steffanie Blackmon, Sophia Young and Emily Nieman were responsible for the Baylor surge. Blackmon led all Lady Bear scorers with 22 points, followed by Young with 21. Nieman got hot from beyond the arch and hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in the second half to finish with 15 points.

"We played three games in four days," Chatman said. "Then we come here and play a quality opponent like this on the road. I am happy with this win. I take my hat off to our players for hanging in there and getting the win."

Augustus was 14-of-21 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Only six players scored for LSU with Sylvia Fowles putting up eight points and six boards. Wendlyn Jones scored six points and had seven rebounds.

The Lady Tigers return to action Sunday when they travel to Houma for a 2 p.m. contest with Southern Miss.

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