Danielle Ballard scored 24 points and LSU led wire-to-wire in a 98-78 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Theresa Plaisance added 21 points and DaShawn Harden 17 for the Lady Tigers (20-12), who picked an opportune time to reach their highest point total of the season and led by as much as 20 in the second half.
Seeded seventh in the Louisville region, the Lady Tigers had the benefit of opening on their home court, where they are now 17-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
LSU next plays Tuesday night, again at home, against the winner of Sunday afternoon's game between second-seeded West Virginia and 15th-seeded Albany.
Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall each scored 20 for 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (20-12), but 6-foot-5 Nariah Taylor, who had 11 points, was limited by foul trouble, and LSU outrebounded Tech 57-30.
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