8:15 PM ET, November 13, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- After an atypical performance in the season opener, Sylvia Fowles was back to her usual self.Fowles finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds while playing less than half of the game in No. 10 LSU's 88-44 victory over Howard in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Monday night. In the Lady Tigers' first game against West Virginia, Fowles contributed just 12 points and six rebounds."Sylvia was extremely active tonight," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "She was trying to find someone to post up and bury in the paint."LSU (2-0) extended its nation's best home-court winning streak to 33 games. The Lady Tigers will play Virginia Tech, which has also won its first two games in the tournament, on Tuesday night.Fowles was 7-of-13 from the field and made four of six foul shots against the Bison (0-2). Only two of her points came after the first 9 minutes of the game."My quick start was just my mental focus," Fowles said. "I came in to dominate. The coaches have been wanting me to do that."Quianna Chaney added 12 points, Porsha Phillips had 11 and Misha Williams 10 for the Lady Tigers.Christina Aden led Howard with 16 points. Shannon Carlisle, who scored 29 points in the Bison's first game against Virginia Tech, was held to eight.It took Fowles less than 9 minutes to record the 36th double-double of her career. She grabbed her 10th rebound with 11:17 remaining in the first half. She scored 16 points during that same period of time.Fowles, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career in the first 3 minutes, scored all but six of the Lady Tigers' first 22 points. Fowles' basket with 11:34 remaining before halftime put LSU ahead 22-7."Sylvia is such a tremendous athlete around the basket," Howard coach Cathy Parson said. "She has such great hands. It was very difficult to contain her because once she got the ball, there was no answer for her."A couple of baskets by Phillips pushed the Lady Tigers' lead out to 19 points at 26-7. Howard would reduce its deficit to 13 on two occasions -- the last coming at 33-20 on two foul shots by Aden with 3:55 left in the opening half.LSU then scored the final 10 points of the half to take a 43-20. Chaney made a pair of field goals and Ashley Thomas hit a 3-pointer to close the run.The Lady Tigers opened the second half by outscoring the Bison 10-3. Chaney and RaShonta LeBlanc each made two baskets during this stretch. A basket by Fowles capped the run which gave LSU a 53-23 lead.Eight minutes into the second half, all the Lady Tigers starters had gone to the bench. LSU had a 60-30 advantage over Howard when its reserves took over on the court."Coming in to tonight's game, I wanted to take some momentum from last night's defensive effort," Chatman said. "It was nice to see us stay in our stance and play some nice team defense."The Lady Tigers, who allowed West Virginia to score just 25 points, held the Bison to 26 percent field goal shooting. Howard committed 20 turnovers, 11 being the result of LSU steals. The Lady Tigers also blocked seven shots.
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