By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
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DULUTH, Ga. - Adrienne Webb scored a game-high 18 points Thursday and sixth-seeded LSU held off a furious late-game rally by 11th-seeded Auburn to post a 65-62 win in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
LSU (20-10) advances to face third-seeded Georgia (24-5) at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday on SportSouth.
Auburn (16-14), which trailed by as many as 18 points (55-37) with 12:03 remaining in the second half, ignited an impressive comeback that brought the Lady Tigers within two points, 64-62, with just under 10 seconds remaining. A free-throw by LSU’s Jeanne Kenney with five seconds remaining sealed the victory for the Lady Tigers.
Webb’s 18 points came on 7-of-12 shooting and a 3-of-4 clip from the free-throw stripe. Forward Theresa Plaisance added 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Five LSU players scored six or more points in Thursday’s game.
Auburn was led by senior forward Blanche Alverson, who finished with a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds.
• Session 3 attendance: 3,024
• Auburn falls to 16-14 for the season and 34-30 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
• This was Auburn’s fourth straight loss to LSU, and the first Auburn loss to LSU in six all-time postseason meetings.
• Auburn has lost its last four SEC Tournament games, dating back to the quarterfinal round in 2010.
• The Tigers turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, leading to 16 LSU points. But Auburn turned the tables in the second half, scoring 14 points off 11 LSU turnovers.
• Auburn forced LSU into 18 total turnovers, giving Auburn 629 forced turnovers for the season which ranks 7th in school history.
• Auburn won the rebounding battle 39-38, only the Tigers’ fourth loss this season when grabbing more boards than their opponent (14-4).
• Auburn fell to 4-12 this season when trailing at the half.
• With 17 points, senior guard Blanche Alverson moved into 19th all-time at Auburn in career scoring with 1,199 points. She also had a team-high 9 rebounds.
• Freshman guard Chadarryl Clay scored 14 points, her 4th double-digit scoring game of the year and the 15th time an Auburn player has come off the bench to score in double figures.
• Auburn won the rebounding battle, 39-38
• LSU improves to 20-10 on the season, 32-32 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
• With the win, Nikki Caldwell secured the fourth 20-win season in her five years as a collegiate head coach, her second with the Tigers.
• The win was the seventh-consecutive for LSU, dating back to Feb. 10.
• LSU has defeated Auburn in four consecutive meetings, although this was its first win over AU in an SEC Tournament game (1-5).
• LSU has now won at least one game in the SEC Tournament in three consecutive seasons.
• The Tigers raise their record to 16-3 on the season when leading at the half.
• Senior guard Adrienne Webb scored 18 points, the 24th double-figure scoring game of her season and the sixth time she led the Tigers in scoring on he year.
• Junior forward Theresa Plaisance 15 points, her 29th game in double figures this year.
• Plaisance also led LSU with 14 rebounds, the 16th time this season she has done so and the seventh double-double of the season and her Tiger career.
• LSU is 4-0 on the season with the starting lineup of Ballard, Webb, Lutley, Plaisance and McKinney.
• LSU led by as many as 18, with that margin coming with 12:03 remaining in the second half.