Augustus continues assault on record books

Seimone Augustus added another record to her impressive college resume on Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

The 6-foot-1 senior scored 22 points, making it 128 games she has scored in double figures in her college career. Augustus was tied with Jackie Stiles (Missouri State), Sophia Young (Baylor) and Alana Beard (Duke) entering the NCAA Tournament.

 

"Seimone is Seimone," said LSU coach Pokey Chatman. "What that is is she can create for herself and she understands how to get opportunities through our system."

 

Augustus scored 16 points in the first half and sat out the final 9:42 with the game well in hand.

 

"I just did what I always do," said Augustus, who also had five rebounds and four steals. "I was patient and worked within our offense and did the things I normally do."

 

 

Halftime Secret

 

Chatman was not too pleased with her team's effort in the first half against Florida Atlantic. The second-year coach spent about six to eight minutes gathering her thoughts outside the locker room before sharing her thoughts with her team.

 

Augustus told the media what was said will remain private.

 

"I can never let that secret out," Augustus smiled.

 

Then she expounded.

 

"Mainly it was focusing on what we need to do and what we weren't doing on the offensive end," she said. "Defensively, we needed to get a hand on the ball and make it as difficult as possible for them to get touches inside."

 

Chatman said she the halftime talk did not revolve around X's and O's.

 

"We didn't get out a marker at halftime and get on the board," she said. "We just appealed to their competitive nature in terms of how they want their season to play out."

 

LSU trailed 14-13 with 9:30 to play before halftime, then went on a 20-0 run to take control of the game.

 

"We went on a 20-0 run, but it didn't feel like it," she said.

 

 

White All Right

 

Point guard Erica White enjoyed a solid game in her first start in an NCAA Tournament game. The sophomore handed out six assists and made four steals to go along with her three points and two rebounds.

 

"Erika saw the success we had last year and she understands that shot is there early in the shot clock, it is going to be there in the middle of the shot clock and the end," Chatman said. "The key to that is discipline. I think she is smart enough to figure out the closer we get the ball to the basket, the better chance we have of it going in. She understands who she has playing along side of her."

 

One of those players is Augustus, who has been on the receiving end of countless assists this season from White, who has 172 on the year.

 

"She understands her role. She plays within herself," Augustus said. "She understands where the ball needs to go. It is going to go to me or Sylvia (Fowles), and she is very patient on the offensive end. She's reading the play. A couple of times today, she saw she could create for herself on the break. She is a very smart player and she knows what she needs to do."

 

 

Name That Move

 

Augustus had one highlight-film move in the second half against Florida Atlantic. On a two-on-one fast break, Augustus faked a pass to her left, then kept the ball and went in for a layup.

 

"If you ask my teammates, they would call that ‘the shimmey,'" Augustus said. "It is an in-and-out move. It was just a little more detailed because of the way I sold the move, but it was just a basic in-and-out. But according to the LSU Lady Tigers, it was called ‘a shimmey.'"

 

 

No Doubting Thomas

 

Ashley Thomas hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench for LSU.

 

"Ashley Thomas is a blue-collar worker," Chatman said. "She doesn't get talked about in the media room because she doesn't show up in the stats. It is so nice to see because that play is infectious and it is that type of play that every player is capable of."

 

 

Tip-Ins

 

LSU recorded 17 steals, the most in school history in an NCAA Tournament game . … LSU was 0-for-7 from three, marking the fourth time this season the Lady Tigers did not hit a three-pointer. … LSU is 9-2 in first round games in the NCAA Tournament, winning their last nine. … LSU held Florida Atlantic to a season-low 28 percent shooting. … LSU is now 2-0 all-time against Florida Atlantic. … LSU held Florida Atlantic scoreless for a stretch of 7:51 in the first half and the first 3:40 of the second half.


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