No. 5 LSU women's basketball rolls Auburn by 30 on Seimone Augustus Day
The LSU women's basketball team wasn't about to spoil Seimone Augustus Day.
Hours after the university and program honored the LSU great unveiling her statue outside the basketball practice facility Sunday, the No. 5 Tigers rolled Auburn, 84-54, in front of the fifth-largest crowd in LSU women's basketball program history inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The win over Auburn (10-7, 0-5) extended LSU's program-best start to 18-0, and 6-0 in SEC play, a record previously held by Augustus and her teammates back in 2005.
Alexis Morris surging for LSU
As good as senior point guard Alexis Morris has been scoring the ball this week, dropping 24 points at Missouri before 10 against Auburn, she and Kim Mulkey would both say how she has ran the point has been the biggest factor for the team recently.
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Morris had a double-double against Auburn, highlighted by 10 assists, which is the second most she's had this season, along with 12 points. She dictated the tempo all game long, mixing up speeds while displaying her court vision.
LSU stays hot from behind the arc
Before this week, Mulkey's team hadn't established a reputation for spotting up and knocking down perimeter shots.
But after hitting a season-high 10 3's in the victory at Missouri, it made six of its 15 3-point shots (40 percent) against Auburn. Once again, the Tigers didn't settle for jumpshots. When they took them, they sank them at opportune times.
Senior wing Jasmine Carson paced the Tigers going 4-for-7 from the arc and finishing with 18 points. Reserve Kateri Poole hit two 3's and had 7 points.
Angel Reese captures 18th straight double-double
LSU's star sophomore forward, whom Augustus lauded earlier this week for her play and has led the team to this point, secured her 18th consecutive double-double just seconds into the second half.
While Auburn did a serviceable job keeping Reese off the offensive glass, the 6-3 forward cleaned up plenty of Auburn's misses, especially early on, with six rebounds in the first period.
Reese ended the night with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
LSU's paint defense keeps Auburn off balance
Auburn came into the game led by its guard play. Honesty Grayson-Scott is one of the better guards in the SEC and Johnnie Harris' offensive schemes features plenty of screens and cuts to the basket.
But the Tigers, led by Reese as well as freshman guard Flau'jae Johnson, made Auburn's guard uncomfortable each trip inside the lane. LSU limited Auburn to 28 points in the paint and forced misses on nearly half of its layups (10-for-18).
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