LSU retires Augustus’ jersey

By Jerit Roser
Updated: January 28, 2010

BATON ROUGE — Most eyes in Louisiana fixed themselves on history in the Superdome on Sunday, but LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center hosted its own share of history and a heated top-25 women’s basketball matchup.

Lady Tigers legend Seimone Augustus, a two-time national player of the year, frequently wiped tears from her eyes as she watched her No. 33 become the first woman’s jersey retired in LSU history.

“This is something all Lady Tigers can share — past, present and future,” Augustus told the screaming crowd of 4,971. “This is a great opportunity for women in general.”

Augustus spent most of the game smiling as she received a key to the city and watched congratulatory video messages from Lebron James and Shaquille O’Neal, whose No. 33 men’s jersey also hangs in the PMAC.

Her jersey will forever hang in the rafters of the Maravich Center, joining a prestigious list that includes legends Pete Maravich, Bob Pettit and O’Neal.

But the celebration came to a quick end as No. 3 Tennessee scored the game’s first five points en route to a 55-43 victory. The Lady Vols proved too strong down the stretch, as Tennessee responded by scoring 23 of the final 33 points.

LSU’s Allison Hightower finished with a game-high 17 points, sophomore forward LaSondra Barrett added 12 points and eight rebounds and Katherine Graham pitched in with 10.