3:00 PM ET, December 30, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Despite Sylvia Fowles' strong shooting, her defensive presence is what impressed South Florida coach Jose Fernandez.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 her career."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 like that."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 basket.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.
|FG Made-Attempted||16-57 (.281)||30-55 (.545)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-16 (.250)||2-6 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-11 (.727)||25-32 (.781)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|