No. 3 LSU triumphs in final seconds


Published: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ATHENS, Ga. - Seimone Augustus doesn't want to sound greedy. Still, she would prefer to have the ball in her hands with the game on the line.
Augustus scored 24 points, including the winning shot with 13 seconds remaining, and No. 3 LSU overcame a 31-point effort by Georgia's Tasha Humphrey to beat the 13th-ranked Lady Bulldogs 65-64 on Sunday.
The teams swapped the lead five times in the final 1:21. After Humphrey worked into the lane to sink a shot that put Georgia ahead 64-63, LSU went with the obvious choice for its final possession.
Getting free on the right side, Augustus swished a 10-footer over Sherill Baker and Megan Darrah.
"If someone has to take them - especially at crunch time - then I'd rather take the shot," Augustus said. "I'm not saying that my teammates can't make the shots, but I'd like them to come to me every time."
Scholanda Hoston set the backscreen that gave Augustus just enough room to make the winning shot for the Lady Tigers (16-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference).
"I guess their defense got hung up in the screens," Augustus said. "But I really wasn't that open. Sherill and No. 24 (Darrah), they were right there."
After watching LSU execute its offense to perfection, Georgia (13-5, 3-2) messed up a couple of chances to win it.
  • NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 68, FLORIDA STATE 51:
    Erlana Larkins scored 22 points and host North Carolina tied its best start in school history.
    Ivory Latta added 18 points while LaToya Pringle had 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Tar Heels (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who last won their first 18 games in 1994-95.
  • NO. 7 OHIO ST. 67, NO. 12 MICHIGAN ST. 65:
    Jessica Davenport scored 31 points, including a layup in the final second, to lift visiting Ohio State.
    The 6-foot-5 Davenport, who had 10 rebounds and three blocked shots, took a 40-foot pass from Marscilla Packer and scored at the buzzer.
  • NO. 11 PURDUE 57, ILLINOIS 53: Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 14 points and visiting Purdue snapped Illinois' nine-game home winning streak.
    Aya Traore added 12 points for the Boilermakers (15-2, 7-0 Big Ten), who withstood an Illini rally that trimmed a 10-point deficit to one with 2:15 left.
  • NO. 16 MINNESOTA 80, IOWA 68: Liz Podominick had 13 points and Jamie Broback and Natasha Williams added 12 each for visiting Minnesota.
    Freshman Megan Skouby led the Hawkeyes with 20 points, while Krista VandeVenter added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
  • NO. 21 TEMPLE 67, XAVIER 62: Candice Dupree had 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to help visiting Temple overcome Tara Boothe's 30-point performance.
    Kamesha Hairston added 19 points and Lady Comfort had 15 for the Owls (14-4, 5-1 Atlantic 10), winners of four straight.
  • NO. 22 BOSTON COLLEGE 85, LONGWOOD 29:
    Brooke Queenan scored 18 points and Kathrin Ress had 17 to lead host Boston College to its most lopsided victory.
  • MASSACHUSETTS 55, NO. 25 GEORGE WASHINGTON 53:
    Kate Mills had 13 points, 11 rebounds and the winning free throws to lift Massachusetts.
  • ARKANSAS 60, MISSISSIPPI ST. 58: Rochelle Vaughn's 3-point shooting powered a recovery from a 5-point deficit and gave host Arkansas its first lead of the second half on the way to victory.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 67, ALABAMA 48: Stacy Booker scored 14 points and Demetress Adams added 11 to lead visiting South Carolina over Alabama.
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