3:00 PM ET, February 5, 2006
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 baskets."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.