Not So Sweet Ending For Arizona Against No. 1 LSU

March 22, 2005

Final Stats

AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - LSU's Temeka Johnson is making the most of her lastchance for a national championship.

The Lady Tigers' senior point guard scored all 14 of her points in the firsthalf and had 10 assists to help LSU rout Arizona 76-43 on Tuesday night in thesecond round of the NCAA tournament.

LSU (31-2), the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, will face 13th-seededLiberty in the Chattanooga Regional semifinals on Saturday. Liberty upsetfifth-seeded DePaul 88-79 on Tuesday night in College Park, Md.

Johnson had a perfect shooting night, going 4-of-4 from the field, includingtwo 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 at the foul line. She did not attempt a shot in thesecond half, and it wasn't needed.

LSU scoring leader Seimone Augustus finished with 18 points on 7-of-18shooting before she went to the bench with about 10 minutes left. ScholandaHoston added 12 points for LSU.

The Lady Tigers are trying to cap the most successful regular season inschool history by making a second straight run to the Final Four. The LadyTigers are in the final 16 for the ninth time.

The ninth-seeded Wildcats (20-12) were in a big hole early and neverrecovered.

With Arizona unable to match LSU's speed and hustle in transition, the LadyTigers ran out to an 11-0 lead and had a 20-point advantage with 7:22 left inthe half.

The Wildcats made a dent in the lead after switching to a zone defense andhad a quick 8-0 run to cut it to 14 before halftime, but that was as close asArizona would get.

Johnson had six assists in the first 6{ minutes of the game.

The shortest player on the court at 5-foot-3, Johnson scored inside andoutside. She got one of her baskets before halftime driving the baseline andpast 6-5 Shawntinice Polk in the paint.

Arizona trailed by 25 at the break, its largest halftime deficit of theseason. LSU outscored the Wildcats 8-0 to open the second half to go ahead by33. Arizona's set a season low with its 43 points, and the margin matched thebiggest loss of the season. Arizona also lost by 33 at Ohio State earlier thisseason.

Dee-Dee Wheeler led the Wildcats with 13 points, and Polk had 10. DanielleAdefeso added 12 rebounds. Arizona had only four assists.

Arizona's band tried to drum up support for the flailing Wildcats by playingTennessee's 'Rocky Top,' and Lady Vols fans who arrived early for theTennessee-Purdue game briefly cheered against their Southeastern Conferencefoe.

Arizona and the Lady Tigers played a home-and-away series in the previoustwo seasons, with LSU winning both by a combined 17 points.

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