Lady Tigers roll 88-66 in exhibition opener

National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus scored 32 points and SEC Sixth Woman of the Year Sylvia Fowles added 26 to lead the third-ranked LSU women's basketball team to an 84-66 exhibition victory over Everyone's Internet on Wednesday in the Maravich Center.

The Lady Tigers pulled away in the second half after shaking off an offseason worth of rust in the first half. LSU led 28-25 at the break despite 11 turnovers and 40-percent shooting.

"At this time of year there are always several things a coaching staff wants to work on in improving their team," LSU's second-year head coach Pokey Chatman said. "That is what early November is all about.

Augustus appeared in mid-season form, however, making 11-of-20 shots including a pair of three-pointers. The 6-1 senior from Baton Rouge added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Fowles, 6-6, dominated the interior by taking lob passes into the lane and converting 11-of-18 shots. She pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked three shots in 34 minutes.

Everyone's Internet, 1-1 in this preseason, had four of eight players in uniform score in double figures, including center Naomi Mobley with 15, forward Keila Beachem with 14 and guard Jae Cross with 10. The exhibition squad shot 37.3 percent from the field (25 of 67) and committed 18 turnovers.

LSU finished the game 30-of-58 shooting (51.7 percent), aided by a 20-of-33 performance in the second half. Reserve guard Quinna Chaney scored 11 points, while starting guard Scholanda Hoston had eight.

Sophomore point guard Khalilah Mitchell started for the first time as a Lady Tiger and had five assists without a turnover in 22 minutes of play. Another reserve point guard, Erica White, also had a turnover-free outing with three assists.

There were eight lead changes in the first 18 minutes. A layup by Fowles with 1:31 to play in the first half gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good, 24-22.

LSU scored 40 points in the paint to Everyone's Internet's 28.

The Lady Tigers return to action in the second and final exhibition match-up of the 2005-06 season, taking on Henderson State on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center.

LSU tips-off the regular season at Texas Tech in Lubbock in the State Farm Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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