Ahead 39-26 with 8:52 to play, the
Lady Tigers made just two field goals the rest of the way and paid the price
with a 51-49 overtime loss to
"Our thought was probably, if we
could get one of these, that would be great,"
"When I replay the game in my head,
the one thing that jumps out at me is that
LSU was seemingly in control the entire night, led by junior forward Seimone Augustus, who finished with a game-high 25 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Augustus scored 14 first-half points, several coming in transition, and the Scarlet Knights appeared to have no answer for the National Player of the Year candidate. In overtime, however, Augustus missed two of four free throws after entering the game as an 89.2 percent shooter from the charity stripe.
The Lady Tigers broke open a close
game in the first half with a 17-6 run that saw them turn a one-point deficit
into a 30-20 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Temeka Johnson began the rally with a
pair of free-throws, and over the final 7:54 of the half, LSU held
Pondexter, who finished with 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting, made a lay-up with 1:19 remaining and Michelle Campbell tied the score with 40 seconds left. LSU, however, had the final shot, but Augustus' jumper was short and the rebound was corralled from RU's Essence Carson as time expired.
"I thought the shot was good when it left my hand," said Augustus. "It felt good and looked like it would be long enough. But sometimes those shots just don't go in, and that's what happened. Unfortunately, we just didn't make the big plays at the key times to get the W."
"When you hold someone to 51 points in 45 minutes, you need to win," said Chatman. "We did, but we'll move on and get over it."
In the extra session, the Lady
Tigers hit an untimely cold-spell, missing on all seven of their field goals and
making just two-of-five free throws.
Despite the offensive woes, LSU still had a chance to tie the game after
Pondexter missed the front end of a one-and-one with five seconds to play, but
Typical for two of the best
defensive teams in the country, Wednesday's game was not pretty from an
offensive standpoint. The Lady
Tigers were held to just 17 second-half points, their lowest output of the
"Hopefully this experience
makes us tougher," said Chatman.
"We knew this would be a hostile environment and