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LSU Lady Tigers win fifth straight, beat Auburn 57-41

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

LSU All-America candidate LaSondra Barrett recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Tigers claimed their fifth consecutive victory in defeating Auburn, 57-41, in the Pink Game recognizing breast cancer awareness on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

A season-high paid crowd of 6,763 watched LSU continue its ascend up the Southeastern Conference standings. The Lady Tigers (19-8, 9-5 SEC) moved into a tie for third-place with Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt with two games remaining. The 6,763 in attendance was the largest crowd to watch a Lady Tiger game in the PMAC since Feb. 1, 2009, when 6,887 watched LSU face Auburn.

"On the defensive end, we are doing a good job of holding our opponents in the high 40s to low 50s scoring," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "Offensively we are not capitalizing and executing on the other end because of our lack of taking care of the basketball. The thing I have harped on this group about is that we are going to win with our defense and our rebounding. The game may be ugly, but as long as you are collecting those wins at this time of the season, it's good to focus on that.

Auburn dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 11-16 overall and 3-11 in the league standings.

Barrett, who moved into eighth place with Sylvia Fowles in career starts with 107, was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and added three steals. Jeanne Kenney put in 11 points and nailed a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range – all in the first half. Both Courtney Jones and Adrienne Webb contributed seven points apiece.

For the fourth consecutive game, LSU held an opponent under 50 points as Auburn became the latest victim, shooting only 30.9 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent in the second half. Despite committing 24 turnovers, Auburn converted those into only nine points.

LSU rode a 9-0 first-half run and 63.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes to claim a 33-26 lead into the locker room. The Lady Tigers nailed threes on three straight possessions – two from Kenney and one from Webb – while Bianca Lutley found Jones on a beautiful alley-oop layup.

Auburn hung around early in the second half with both teams going cold from the floor. Auburn managed the only field goal of the first six minutes of the stanza until Lutley's layup at the 13:43 mark. A jumper by Barrett ignited another 9-0 run that left LSU with a 46-31 lead with 6:21 remaining in the contest.

Sheila Boykin came off the bench to give the Lady Tigers their largest lead, 53-35.

LSU dominated the boards, out-rebounding Auburn, 35-23, and improving to 16-4 when out-rebounding opponents on the season. LSU has out-rebounded 10 of its 14 SEC opponents.

The Lady Tigers senior class of Barrett, Jones, Taylor Turnbow, Swayze Black and Destini Hughes will be honored prior to their final regular season home game when LSU hosts Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. CT Thursday in the Maravich Center. The contest will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Tickets are on sale at www.LSUtix.net.

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