Seimone Augustus keeps sparking a special season for Louisiana State.
The freshman scored 26 points last night, including two free throws with 7.1 seconds left, to give No. 4 Louisiana State a 69-66 victory over No. 16 South Carolina.
Since the 18-year-old debuted with 27 points against Arizona, good things have happened to LSU. The Lady Tigers (19-1) have equaled their best start in the Southeastern Conference at 7-1 and their highest ranking in 25 years.
"Seimone came into a team that was very experienced," LSU Coach Sue Gunter said. "It's been a nice match. It's given her the time to find her comfort zone."
Augustus couldn't have looked much more comfortable last night than at the free throw line. The 85 percent shooter swished both shots after watching two teammates miss front ends of one-and-ones that kept South Carolina close (16-5, 4-4).
* DUKE 61, CLEMSON 49: In Clemson, S.C., Alana Beard scored 21 points, and the second-ranked Blue Devils recovered from their loss to No. 1 Connecticut.
The Blue Devils (21-1, 9-0 ACC) had been ranked No. 1 since the preseason and were 20-0 until they lost to U-Conn. on Saturday night. Last night marked their 33rd win in a row against ACC teams and fifth straight over the Lady Tigers (11-10, 3-7).
* GEORGIA 76, MISSISSIPPI STATE 71: In Athens, Ga., Christi Thomas scored 22 points as the No. 17 Bulldogs beat the No. 12 Bulldogs.
Georgia (15-5, 6-1 SEC) went 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the last 2:30 to hold off Mississippi State (16-5, 5-3). LaToya Thomas scored 28 points and had 11 rebounds for Mississippi State. She made her 1,000th career field goal in the first half. Tan White added 18 points and nine rebounds.
* PENN ST. 82, ILLINOIS 69: The Nittany Lions' Kelly Mazzante became the first player in Big Ten history to reach 2,000 points as a junior by scoring 23 in Champaign, Ill.
Mazzante, who also got her 200th career steal in the game, entered the contest needing six points for 2,000. Tanisha Wright added 16 points for the Nittany Lions (19-5, 9-1 Big Ten).
* OHIO STATE 66, MINNESOTA 58: Kim Wilburn and Courtney Coleman each scored 18 points to lead the No. 25 Buckeyes, at home, over the No. 15 Golden Gophers. Defense won the game for the Buckeyes (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten). Ohio State shut down the high-powered Golden Gophers (16-4, 5-4) for three minutes during a crucial late run.
* TENNESSEE 86, MISSISSIPPI 43: Gwen Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and every Tennessee player scored in the third-ranked Lady Vols' home victory. Tennessee (19-3, 8-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to 10 games since losing, 63-62, in overtime at Connecticut on Jan. 4.
* ARIZONA 79, WASHINGTON 66: Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 25 points and made a key three-pointer to halt the No. 20 Huskies' momentum in Tucson. Washington fell to 17-4, 9-3 Pac-10.
* STANFORD 85, OREGON 54: Nicole Powell and Kelley Suminski each had 15 points to lift the No. 6 Cardinal (18-2, 10-1 Pac-10) to its 22nd straight home victory.
* PURDUE 74, NORTHWESTERN 56: Erika Valek scored 18 points as the No. 10 Boilermakers (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) won at home.
* VANDERBILT 80, ALABAMA 69: Jenni Benningfield had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 18 Commodores (14-7, 4-4 SEC) won at home.
* WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 79, CLEVELAND ST. 59: Kristy Loiselle scored 19 points for the No. 21 Phoenix (18-3, 19-1 Horizon), which opened the game with an 18-2 run in Cleveland.
* VA. COMMONWEALTH 67, OLD DOMINION 56: The host Rams (8-10, 5-5) became the first CAA team in 36 games to beat the Lady Monarchs (11-8, 8-1). Coming into last night's game, the ODU had won 148 of 149 conference games.
* JAMES MADISON 68, GEORGE MASON 58: The Dukes (11-8, 6-4 CAA) extended their home winning streak to nine games behind Shanna Price's 18 points and 13 rebounds. Jen Derevjanik scored 24 points for George Mason (8-9, 5-5).
Free Throw Record Set
Jacksonville State's Shanika Freeman set a NCAA women's record by making 22 consecutive free throws in a game in Boca Raton, Fla. Freeman went 22 of 22 from the line against Florida Atlantic, breaking the previous single-game mark of 20 in a row held by Kristeena Alexander of George Mason against Central Florida in 1996 and Liz Beggs of Kent State against St. Bonaventure in 2000.