7:30 PM ET, December 15, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LSU is a lot more than just the nation's top player.Seimone Augustus, last season's player of the year, scored six of her 21 points during a 13-0 first-half run to lead the No. 3 Lady Tigers to a 64-48 victory over No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday night.When she wasn't making huge plays, 6-foot-6 running mate Sylvia Fowles was. Fowles scored a career-high 25 points and had 16 rebounds, missing only four of her 15 shots from the field."People who really follow women's basketball know there's two of them," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said with a grin.The Lady Tigers (6-0) never trailed after the opening 6 minutes and their lead never dropped below double figures in the final 24 minutes. They led by 25 points before coasting to the finish."That was probably our best game of the season," said Augustus, who scored in double figures for the 68th game in a row. "We were complete on the offensive and defensive ends."The game pitted one of the elite programs in the country -- LSU has made trips to the Final Four the last two years -- against an Ohio State team which has dominated in its region but longs to move into the national hierarchy.Jessica Davenport led Ohio State (6-1) with 14 points but was constantly confronted with Fowles and at least one other defender every time she touched the ball. Brandie Hoskins added 13 points."We knew she (Davenport) was the head of the snake," Fowles said. "We went under the assumption that if we took her away ... if we could slow her down, it would affect their team."LSU took over the game with its defense. The first time down the court, the Buckeyes got the ball into Davenport's hands and Fowles promptly swatted her shot. It was a bad omen for an Ohio State offense which is predicated on looking inside to its first-team All-American center."Everybody stuck to the defensive scheme, which was to limit Jess' touches. We wanted to make it difficult for her," Augustus said.With the score 10-10, the Lady Tigers ran off the next 13 points. Augustus got it started with an 18-foot jumper, with Quianna Chaney taking a long pass in transition for a layup. Fowles then scored twice inside off backdoor lob passes, adding a free throw.Augustus hit another perimeter jumper and scored on a drive to end the spurt.Ohio State, which had won its last 21 home games, missed its seven shots from the field during the drought. Meanwhile, the Tigers looked stronger inside and quicker outside, hitting 6 of 8 from the field.Ahead 33-15 at halftime, the Lady Tigers scored seven of the next nine points for a 40-17 lead. The Buckeyes bounced back to cut it to 44-32 -- the 6-foot-5 Davenport even popping outside to hit one of her two 3-pointers."It was pretty physical out there," Davenport said. "Everybody's game plan is to try to crowd me and make other players beat them."After a timeout, the Lady Tigers ran off nine points in a row to take control. Fowles was the difference-maker, hitting a follow that turned into a three-point play and then scoring off another lob over the Ohio State defense to make it 53-32."I've never played against someone as big as Jessica, so I think this was my best game," Fowles said.Ohio State, which has led the nation in field-goal percentage each of the past two years, shot 33 percent from the field. LSU was 29 of 55 from the field for 53 percent."In our preparation for the game, we talked about the game being won in the paint. We outscored them 34-20 in the point, and we won by 16," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said.Despite suffering their worst home loss since a 20-point setback to UC-Santa Barbara four years ago, Foster joked that the future wasn't entirely bleak for his team."It's very obvious that the chance of having an upside or improving are greater than theirs," he said. "Because Augustus and Fowles aren't getting any better. That's a fact."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-55 (.527)||19-55 (.345)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-9 (.222)||5-15 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-8 (.500)||5-10 (.500)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||11 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|