LSU vs. Tennessee Take II

LSU senior Seimone Augustus scored 17 points in the first 11 minutes to help the Lady Tigers open a 20-point lead on their way to a berth in the SEC Championship game, 79-52, over No. 4 seed Kentucky on Saturday.

Augustus, who tied a school tournament record with a 30-point performance on Friday, finished with 29 points on 13-of-18 shooting to lead the Lady Tigers into their sixth conference title game -- and fourth in five years.

LSU (27-2) will face No. 2-seed Tennessee, which defeated No. 3 seed Georgia (89-79), in the Championship game at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, broadcast by ESPN2. The Lady Tigers ended Tennessee's 64-game home conference winning streak earlier this season.

The Lady Tigers are in search of their third SEC Tournament Championship in school history (1991 and 2003).

Kentucky (21-8) was eliminated from the tournament and awaits an NCAA Tournament bid.

LSU center Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, while Scholanda Hoston added 10 points and Florence Williams had eight off the bench. Point guard Erica White directed the efficient offense with nine assists to go along with six points.

The Lady Tigers shot well, making 57 percent of their field goal attempts (31 of 54). They out-rebounded Kentucky, 39-25.

Kentucky, which shot 36 percent from the field (19 of 53), was led by Natassia Alcius who scored 14 points off the bench. Center Sarah Elliott was the only other Wildcat in double figures scoring with 10 points.

After Kentucky scored the first basket of the game, the Wildcats were held scoreless for better than seven minutes and fell behind 15-2. A three pointer by Hoston with 8:37 left in the half increased the LSU lead to 27-7 -- Augustus had 17 of LSU's points.

Although Kentucky used a 14-4 run to get back within 10, 31-21, LSU again held the Wildcats scoreless for the final 3:32 to lead 37-21 at the half.

LSU outscored Kentucky 29-12 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put earn a 33-point lead. The Wildcats got no closer than 27 for the duration.

The game continued a trend of blowouts at the 2006 SEC Tournament, as none of the first 10 games has been decided by less than 18 points.

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