LSU roughs up La-Lafayette with stifling defense

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU coach Pokey Chatman was pleased again with her team's defensive effort.

For the fourth consecutive game, No. 10 LSU held its opponent to fewer than 45 points, with a 65-31 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday night. The Lady Tigers limited Louisiana-Lafayette to 22 percent shooting, and forced the Ragin' Cajuns into 21 tunovers.

"That's four games in a row where we've put out a good defensive effort," Chatman said. "It's not always about the final score, but the process to get to the final score."

Sylvia Fowles, the only LSU player in double figures, scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Ashley Thomas and Quianna Chaney each had eight points.

Onna Charles, who was Louisiana-Lafayette's leading scorer and averaging 17 points, finished with only one point. Charles missed all five of her field goal attempts. Sonora Edwards led Louisiana-Lafayette with 10 points.

LSU (4-0) took a 29-16 lead into halftime.

The Ragin' Cajuns had no opportunity to mount a rally in the second half as LSU maintained its defensive pressure. Louisiana-Lafayette didn't score until Charles made one of two free throws almost five minutes into the second half.

It was another four minutes before they would score again, this time on a pair of foul shots by Edwards. By that time, LSU had opened up a 46-19 advantage.

Nearly 12 minutes elapsed in the second half before Louisiana-Lafayette made a field goal. Edwards' basket with 8:07 remaining in the game ended another scoring drought in which the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2) missed 10 shots and committed eight turnovers to open the second half.

"I wasn't that pleased to be honest with our ball movement," Louisiana-Lafayette coach J. Kelley Hall said. "I was not pleased with the way we handled the ball. You have to give LSU credit. They turned up the heat on us and kept the players fresh."

On the possession following Edwards' field goal, Katie Antony made LSU's first 3-pointer of the game to give the Lady Tigers a 52-23 lead. LSU's largest advantage was 35 points at 59-24.

LSU, which trailed briefly in the early minutes of the game, took the lead for good at 8-6 on a basket by RaShonta LeBlanc with 15:26 left in the first half.