No. 2-ranked LSU Presses Lady Eagles Into 74-43 Defeat

DENTON (1/2/03) -- Applying full-court pressure from the opening tip, the No. 2- ranked LSU Lady Tigers rolled past North Texas, 74-43, in a non-conference women's basketball game Thursday night at the Super Pit.

LSU's press and overall defense forced the Lady Eagles (4-6) into 26 turnovers and also contributed to North Texas shooting just 24 percent (18 of 74) from the floor. The Lady Tigers (11-0) opened up a 35-18 lead by halftime and shot 51 percent (32-63) in handing the Lady Eagles their fourth consecutive loss.

"We did not handle their press well at all," said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker.  "We played out of character in that we tried to slow the game down. We are a more up-tempo team, but we tried to slow the game down and pound it inside to Vilma (Grismanauskaite)."

The senior center was one of two Lady Eagles to reach double figures with 10 points. Junior forward Emily Britt also ended with 10 points. North Texas battled to a 51-39 dominance of the board, with Angel Lewis grabbing a team-high eight and three others -- Britt, Grismanauskaite and Kennethia Wilson -- each pulling down five.

"We wanted to press them and not give any easy shots and create turnovers," said LSU head coach Sun Gunter. "Overall we did a fairly decent job of that."

The unbeaten Lady Tigers controlled the game from the start, quickly jumping out to a 14-4 lead and eventually building a 19-point advantage at three different points in the first half. The final 31-point margin of victory was the largest of the game for LSU.

The Lady Tigers placed four players in double figures, with Aiysha Smith's 16 points leading the way.

North Texas now prepares to open Sun Belt Conference play at home on Saturday night, hosting Florida International in a 2:00 p.m. game at the Super Pit.



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