NO. 14 LSU 74, FLORIDA 59

Gators prove to be no match for Tigers

Published: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 12:55 a.m.

BATON ROUGE - Seimone Augustus had a career-high 28 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and four assists to lead No. 14 LSU to a victory over Florida on Thursday night.

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Louisiana State's Scholanda Hoston drives around Florida defender Tamia Williams in Baton Rouge. LSU wins 74-59.


She was five of six from the field in the second half and seven of seven from the line.

The victory stretched the Tigers' (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) winning streak to 13 games.

They have not lost since Penn State beat them in November, and have not been defeated at home since losing to Tennessee last February.

The Gators (11-5, 1-2) have dropped 12 straight SEC games on the road.

Doneeka Hodges scored 15 points for LSU and Scholanda Hoston added 10.

Vanessa Hayden led Florida with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bernice Mosby added 11 points.

Hayden made a layup less than three minutes into the second half to give Florida its only lead. The Gators went up 35-33 with 17:42 left, but never came close again.

LSU ran off 14 straight points and outscored Florida 17-4 over the first seven minutes of the second half for a 51-39 lead with 12:18 to go.

Down the stretch, Florida could cut the lead to no fewer than 11 points.

Tamia Williams' 3-point basket with 26 seconds remaining pulled Florida to 70-59, but Temeka Johnson and Augustus put the final margin back at 15.

LSU outrebounded Florida 47-37.

The Tigers had trouble shaking Florida in the first half. A rebound and shot by Augustus put LSU ahead 15-6 with 12:41 left.

But the Gators cut LSU's lead to 22-18 on a shot by Hayden with 7:52 to go and trailed only 31-30 at the break.

LSU coach Sue Gunter missed her third straight game with bronchitis and a respiratory infection.

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