LSU rolls behind decisive 15-point run

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- With their team down by four points at
halftime, LSU's Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Scholanda
Hoston went on the attack.

They combined for 41 points and 25 rebounds in the second half,
rallying the No. 3 Lady Tigers to a 66-45 victory Saturday against
No. 15 Minnesota.

Fowles, who played just six minutes in the first half because of
fouls, had 17 points and eight rebounds in the second half.

Augustus made just three baskets in the first half but struck
for 13 points and nine rebounds in the second. Hoston, who did not
have a first-half rebound, contributed 11 points and eight rebounds
in the second half.

"We weren't throwing chairs around at halftime," Hoston said.
"What really hit home for me was when (LSU) coach (Pokey) Chatman
came in and said that she didn't know who that was out there in the
first half."

Fowles and Augustus each finished with 21 points while Hoston
had 14. Fowles had 13 rebounds and Augustus had 11.

The Lady Tigers (13-0) outscored Minnesota 47-22 in the second
half, including a 15-0 run that put them ahead and 12 straight
points that kept them there.

"It's the defensive energy that gets the runs going," Chatman
said. "Then we start executing and we get comfortable on offense.
We get paint touches. It's ironic. When you get on a run, you play
slower and execute."

A basket by Natasha Williams put the Golden Gophers ahead 35-34
with 12:56 remaining. RaShonta LeBlanc gave the Lady Tigers the
lead for good with a layup following a defensive rebound by Fowles.

Then Hoston and Augustus went to work. Hoston made two foul
shots before Augustus sank her first field goal of the second half.
Hoston made four more free throws before Augustus hit another

Fowles made a foul shot before Augustus closed the outburst with
a field goal that gave LSU a 49-35 lead with 6:59 left. The Gophers
missed eight shots and committed three turnovers during that first
scoring drought.

"It was a battle," Minnesota coach Pam Borton said.

She said her team never recovered from LSU's six-minute,
15-point run.

"We played a great game against LSU, and hopefully we will see
them in a couple of months down the road," she said.

Minnesota (9-3) reduced its deficit to 54-45, but the Lady
Tigers then went on their second run. Over the final four minutes.
Augustus and Fowles scored all 12 of those points.

"We knew what we had to do to come back in the second half,"
Augustus said. "We had more energy in the second half. Our defense
started to get deflections. Then we started to run our offense

The Gophers were able to stay with LSU for most of the game
because of their reserves. Minnesota got 26 of its 45 points from
the bench. Backup post player Natasha Williams led the Gophers with
15 points.

In a 10-minute stretch of the first half, Minnesota forced LSU
to miss 16 consecutive field goal attempts. The Lady Tigers took a
14-8 lead when Augustus made a shot with 11:12 left in the first
half. LSU did not make another basket until Ashley Thomas hit a
jumper with 1:20 remaining. Thomas' field goal left the Lady Tigers
behind 23-19 at the halftime.

"LSU gets a lot of easy looks inside when they are not pressed
on the outside," Borton said. "Teams sag off against them. They
did not get the ball inside or see Seimone as easily."