Lady Tigers overwhelm Ohio 85-57

Aiysha Smith scored 15 points and DeTrina White added 14 more as the LSU Lady Tigers rolled over Ohio University 85-57 in the first round of the Classic at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday.

LSU (7-0), ranked No. 2 in the AP and third in the ESPN Coaches poll, cruised to a 51-28 halftime lead before cruising to a somewhat sloppy second half.


"I liked the first half much more than the second," LSU head coach Sue Gunter said. "I was happy with the play of our team after an 11-day layoff. I thought I saw some of our quality practice time coming out in the first half."


The Lady Tigers bolted out to a 12-3 lead in the early stages of the contest. However, the Lady Bobcats (1-6) kept it close to the three-point shooting of Andrea Johnson, who connected on her first four attempts from beyond the three-point arch. In all, she finished with 24 points on 8-of- 15 shooting, including 5-of-8 shots from long range.


"We gave up 24 points to No. 14 (Johnson) in our halfcourt defense," Gunter said. "That is something I thought we didn't do well. We also had 15 turnovers against their zone defense."


Fifteen turnovers by LSU was only a fraction of how many the Lady Tigers pressure defense forced. Ohio committed 27 turnovers in the game, 19 of which came in the first half.


"We have been working hard on the press," White said. "We jumped into quickly and got some fast turnovers.


"We rattled them a little bit," Smith said.


LSU led 21-13 with less than 10 minutes to go in the half. Following a 12-0 run, the Lady Tigers held a 33-13 lead at the 7:22 mark and went into the half leading 51-28.


"One of our goals was to play hard for the first five minutes," White said. "We were able to do that."


Ohio trailed 57-32 at the 16:13 mark of the second half and played LSU even until the Lady Tigers went on a 20-7 run leading 83-47 with 4:11 remaining in regulation.


Smith led all LSU scorers with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. White grabbed 10 rebounds while connecting on 7-of-11 shots as well for 14 total points. Seimone Augustus hit 6-of-8 shots for 12 points while Roneeka Hodges rounded out LSU's double-digit scorers with 10. She also pitched in eight assists. Temeka Johnson also had eight assists to go along with eight points and three steals.


Thirteen different players took the floor for Gunter's squad, 10 of which scored.

"If we can continue to play 10, 11 or even 12 players and be effective, it is going to help us on into January when we need to be effective," Gunter said.

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