"I was pleased," said LSU head coach Sue Gunter. "We were a better team tonight. That's the thing we look forward to, getting better."
LSU never trailed Florida Atlantic (0-3) in the game and needed less than four minutes to build a double-digit lead. It was the first meeting between the two schools in the 950th career game for Gunter as a coach.
The Lady Tigers, who led by as much as 39 points in the second half, got a double-double night from junior guard Tameka Johnson with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 10 assists. It was her first of the season and fourth of her career.
Gunter put Johnson and senior Kisha James, her two point guards, in the starting lineup for the first time this season to give the Lady Tigers a ball-handling and defensive edge over Florida Atlantic. James contributed 9 points and 7 assists to the winning effort, and she and Johnson were able to effectively implement a press defense that contributed greatly to the FAU Lady Owls' 25 turnovers.
"Either one of us can take the ball and go with it," said Johnson. "That's exciting for us and a problem for the other team."
Augustus' 10-for-12 shooting proved to be the biggest problem for Florida Atlantic, which fell behind by 14 points in the first six minutes of the game. All 13 players who entered the game for LSU scored against the Lady Owls, with redshirt freshman forward Wendlyn Jones leading the bench players with 10 points.
Starting senior forward Detrina White led the Lady Tigers with 8 rebounds in addition to her 9 points on 4-for-4 shooting. Senior post player Aiysha Smith rounded out the top five with five points.
"I think we played LSU Lady Tiger basketball tonight," said James. "The whole team showed that. The coaches said they were disappointed with our performance in the last two games. We are capable of doing better that that.
"Tonight I just think we put 40 minutes together. We came out with enthusiasm and intensity."
Florida Atlantic struggled to get quality shots against the LSU defense in the second half, hitting just 7-of-34 over the final 20 minutes. Although they had 15 offensive rebounds, the Lady Owls lost the overall rebounding battle to the Lady Tigers, 37-35.
Tamica Pierce led the visitors with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Shontavia Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the losing cause.