Nov 29, 2002
MIAMI (AP) - When LSU needed to overcome a sluggish first half, the Tigers turned to DeTrina White.
White scored 14 points, and No. 3 LSU used two strong runs to beat Washington State 87-50 Friday night in the Thanksgiving Classic.
The Tigers (4-0) led 30-27 late in the first half when White scored eight points during a 13-2 run. Then LSU took a commanding lead by scoring the first eight points of the second half.
"We didn't start the game like we wanted to," White said. "We got together and said we just wanted to come out the last four minutes of the first half and pick up the intensity."
That's exactly what happened.
"That really opened it up for us," LSU coach Sue Gunter said. "DeTrina White had a spectacular night."
White, who scored her 1,000th career point in the first half, was 7-of-11 and grabbed five rebounds.
Seimone Augustus had 12 points while Temeka Johnson and Patty Hanten added nine apiece for the Tigers. Candace Fields had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"LSU is ranked number three, and they should be," Washington State coach Sherri Murrell said. "They have tools at every position."
Washington State committed 29 turnovers, with LSU's defensive pressure forcing 21 steals. The Cougars shot 44 percent from the field while LSU shot 60 percent.
"We made some crucial turnovers and they just turned into instant points for them," Murrell said.
LSU plays Florida International in the tournament's title game Saturday.