LSU gets past San Diego St 64-56 in NCAA opener

BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Published:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LaSondra Barrett had 17 points and 10 rebounds in her comeback from a concussion, and fifth-seeded LSU held off No. 12 seed San Diego State 64-56 Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Courtney Jones added 13 points and Jeanne Kenney 10 for LSU (23-10), which trailed by six midway through the second half but surged in front for good with a 12-0 run that lasted nearly 7 minutes.

LSU, which plays fourth-seeded Penn State in the second round, shot 38.3 percent (18 of 47) but made 26 of 35 free throws while San Diego State (25-7) missed 13 of 20 foul shots.

Courtney Clements scored 17 for the Aztecs, but only three in the second half. Chelsea Hopkins added 14 points.

Barrett was playing for the first time since being knocked out of LSU's Southeastern Conference championship game loss to Tennessee two weeks ago.