BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Despite Sylvia Fowles' strong shooting,
her defensive presence is what impressed South Florida coach Jose
Fowles had 24 points -- shooting 7-for-8 from the field and
10-for-14 from the free throw line -- and 13 rebounds as No. 3 LSU
defeated South Florida 87-44 Friday.
Fowles played a key role in the defense, which held the Bulls to
a season-low point total.
"LSU's intensity level on defense is high," Fernandez said.
"Sylvia Fowles changes the complexity of the game so much. She's
6-foot-5 and her wingspan goes across the key."
Quianna Chaney scored a career-high 18 points in a reserve role
for LSU (10-0), and Seimone Augustus added 11 points. Scholanda
Hoston had 10 points and became the 25th player in school history
to score 1,000.
Fowles had her sixth double-double of the season and the 18th of
"It was a team effort on defense," Fowles said. "Everybody
did their part. When I was late (getting over), Flo (Williams) or
Ashley (Thomas) had my back. You can give us an A-plus to play defense
Shantia Grace led South Florida (10-3) with 16 points, and Ezria
Parsons added 14. Jessica Dickson, the nation's leading scorer,
finished with 11 points, well below her 26-point average. Hoston
was assigned to guard her.
"Dickson probably got a little frustrated," Hoston said.
"There is no drop-off when we make substitutions. Everybody's
talented and knows the system."
LSU scored 19 straight points midway through the first half to
seize control, and South Florida went more than seven minutes without a
Hoston started LSU's run with a field goal and three free throws
after being fouled on a 3-point shot.
Chaney had a three-point play and a 3-pointer during that
stretch. Augustus and Fowles combined for the eight points. During
its scoreless spell, South Florida missed nine shots and turned the
ball over five times.
The Lady Tigers also scored the final eight points of the half
to take their largest lead at 48-17, with Fowles scoring four of
her 15 first-half points. LSU missed just seven of 24 field goal
attempts in the first 20 minutes.
"When you play the No. 3 team in the country, you can't shoot
as poorly as we did in the first half," Fernandez said. "LSU has
an inside-outside punch. They have the best player in the country
(Augustus) and the best inside player in the country (Fowles)."
LSU went on an 18-0 run early in the second half to stretch its
lead to 71-22. Fowles scored seven points during that run.