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
"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
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
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
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.