Lady Tigers take out Owls 72-48

It took about 10 minutes for the LSU women's basketball team to shake off a little rust. When they did, the Lady Tigers looked like a well-oiled machine that tore through No. 16 seed Florida Atlantic, 72-48, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

After trailing 14-13 10 minutes into the contest, LSU went on a 38-7 run over a 16-minute span to lead 52-20 early in the second half.

Seimone Augustus again led the way for the Lady Tigers, scoring 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Sylvia Fowles added 15 including nine early in the second half as LSU pulled away.

Augustus also broke a four-way tie for the NCAA career double-figure scoring games record, posting her 128th. Baylor's Sophia Young, one of the four, has an opportunity to re-tie Augustus in the Lady Bears' first-round NCAA Tournament game on Saturday.

Quianna Chaney came off the bench to hit 6-of-11 shots and score 13 points for LSU, while sophomore forward Ashley Thomas had eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

It was the LSU defensive effort that stemmed the rally, however, as 17 of Florida Atlantic's 25 turnovers came of LSU steals. LSU had 20 fast-break points.

Florida Atlantic (20-11), making its first appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Tournament, shot only 20.6 percent from the field (17 of 60). Forward Demina Anderson led the Owls with 17 points, making seven of FAU's 17 baskets.

LSU was able to hold Owls leading scorer Shontavia Williams to eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, more than eight below her average.

The Lady Tigers (28-3) advance to face No. 9-seeded Washington in the second round here at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium on Monday evening. The time of the game has yet to be announced, but will be either 6 or 8:30 p.m. CT.

Washington (19-10) overtook No. 8 seed Minnesota (19-10) in the first game of the morning session, winning their first tournament game since 2001, 73-69.

The teams struggled to shake off two weeks away from competition, as both the Lady Tigers and Owls started 2-of-6 from the field with four turnovers before the first media timeout at 15:46.

After trailing by one midway through the first half, LSU scored six points in less than 20 seconds to take a five-points lead at the 9:02 mark and force a timeout.

The Lady Tigers continued to accelerate the pace on both ends of the court, turning rebounds and steals into layups and capping an 18-0 run with a smooth move to the goal by Augustus.

During the binge, nearly 10 minutes elapsed between FAU layups by Anderson while Augustus poured in 12 of her 16 first-half points.

LSU led 35-18 at the break, but the Lady Tigers weren't satisfied.

Fowles scored nine points to bolster a 17-2 LSU run to start the second half, giving the Lady Tigers a 52-20 lead with 14:22 to play.

The defensive pressure didn't stop there, as LSU scored six more points in transition after an Anderson layup that pushed the lead to 58-22 with 12:47 left.

With its starters on the bench, LSU allowed Florida Atlantic to go on an 8-2 run and cut the lead under 30, 66-39.

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