BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- It took LSU (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) almost 10
minutes to get its offense going against Ole Miss on Sunday.
But, then Seimone Augustus scored 22 points and Sylvia Fowles
had 21 and 13 rebounds, leading third-ranked LSU to a 78-63 victory
over Mississippi on Sunday.
"We came out a little flat," Augustus said. "We turned it
around defensively and we started blocking out underneath. We began
rebounding and we got out on transition which led to easy
Augustus made 10 of her 18 field-goal attempts and grabbed eight
rebounds to help the Tigers (20-1, 8-0) remain undefeated in the
Southeastern Conference. Fowles was 7-for-11 from the field and
recorded her 14th double-double of the season.
"That's a credit to Seimone and it's a credit to Sylvia as
well," said LSU coach Pokey Chatman, about their ability to score
despite Ole Miss' physical defense. "They get hammered, they get
held and they get bumped. But, they keep moving. A lot of times
that movement and activity will open things up for someone else."
Erica White had 11 points and five assists for the Lady Tigers,
who have won 28 straight at home and 22 consecutive SEC games.
The 15-point margin of defeat was the largest of the season for
the Lady Rebels (12-10, 2-7). But the margin was the smallest in
the Lady Tigers' 12 victories at home this season.
"We try to create and manufacture ways to play with teams the
caliber of LSU," Mississippi coach Carol Ross said. "I thought we
battled them about as well as we could have."
Reserve Carla Bartee led Ole Miss with 17 points, including four
3-pointers. Armintie Price had 15, while Jada Mincy and Ashley
Johnson each had 10.
LSU trailed 16-10 before going on a spurt that eventually put
the Lady Tigers ahead by 19 points.
Ole Miss opened the game in a triangle-and-two defense with
Price guarding Augustus and Danetra Forrest guarding Fowles. When
the Lady Rebels rested Price and Forrest, LSU gained momentum.
A basket by Florence Williams and a 3-pointer by Scholanda
Hoston began a 30-5 run that put the Lady Tigers ahead 40-21. A
field goal by Augustus gave LSU a 17-16 advantage with 10:16 left
in the first half. Four more points by Augustus put the Lady Tigers
on top 21-16.
The Lady Rebels scored the final four points of the half to pull
within 40-25. After making just three of its first 10 shots, LSU
sank 12 of its last 18 shots of the half. Meanwhile, Ole Miss
missed 14 of its last 18 shots before halftime.