9:00 PM ET, March 23, 2004
Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Seimone Augustus never doubted LSU would get past Maryland in the NCAA West tournament. Not even when they were trailing at halftime.Her 26 points help rally LSU to a 76-61 victory Tuesday night over Maryland in the second round of the NCAA West tournament."We thought we were taking some good shots, they just weren't falling," Augustus said. "We knew we had to do a better job of getting inside in the second half."The victory sends LSU (25-7) to the West Regional semifinal game in Seattle on Saturday. It also ended Maryland's best postseason run since 1992.Doneeka Hodges scored 15 points for LSU, Temeka Johnson had 12 points and 12 assists, Wendlyn Jones had 10 points and Tillie Willis had 10 points and 11 rebounds."LSU is an extremely talented team," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "They not only have Seimone, who I was hoping was going to miss a shot at some point, they have an extremely talented and athletic team to go along with her."Augustus has scored in double-figures in 23 straight games. It was Johnson's 9th double-double of the season.Maryland was led by Shay Doron with 23 points, including 11 of 12 free throws. Delvona Oliver added 15 points.No. 12 seed Maryland looked as if it might pull off its second upset of the tournament. The Terrapins upset fifth-seeded Miami in the first round and held a 28-27 halftime lead against fourth-seeded LSU."In the first half we shot a dismal 35 percent but no one hung their heads," said LSU coach Pokey Chatman. "We came back and we attacked. We didn't do anything any differently except we hit some shots."Maryland owned the paint in the first half, using a tight zone LSU struggled against. The Tigers scored 44 points in the paint against Austin Peay in the first-round game. They had just six in the first half against the Terrapins and finished with 28."We wanted to push the ball and get the post players involved more in the second half," Augustus said.Maryland staked out the area under the basket with Oliver (6-foot-3), Aurelie Noirez (6-2), Crystal Washington (6-2) and Chrissy Fisher (6-0) to good effect. The Terrapins outrebounded LSU 37-31.LSU started penetrating the Maryland zone in the second half and outscored the Terps 27-16 to take a 54-44 lead with 8:05 remaining.The tenacious Terrapins cut the Tigers' lead to 60-55 on a pair of free throws by Doron with 5:27 remaining. But a 16-6 run down the stretch sealed the victory for LSU.The Tigers shot 46 percent (29-63) and made just 2-of-7 3-point attempts. They were 16-for-18 from the foul line. Maryland made 37 percent of its field goals and 15 of 18 free throws.LSU advanced to the round of 16 for the eighth time, the fourth since 1999.LSU ran off a 10-2 lead to start the game. The Terrapins came back with a 14-4 run, with a 3-point basket by Doron with 8:12 remaining to tie it at 16.The Tigers went 5:44 without a field goal and Maryland pulled ahead 22-18. Doron's basket with 53 seconds remaining gave the Terps a 28-24 lead. Then Hodges tossed in a 3-pointer with one second remaining to cut the Maryland lead to 28-27 at halftime.
|FG Made-Attempted||21-55 (.382)||29-63 (.460)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-15 (.267)||2-7 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-18 (.833)||16-18 (.889)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|