3:00 PM ET, December 10, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The matchup against Jessica Davenport and Ohio State brings out the best in LSU's Sylvia Fowles.For the second consecutive season, Fowles turned in a dominant performance against the Buckeyes, scoring 18 points and grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds to carry ninth-ranked LSU to a 75-51 victory against fifth-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.When the teams met in Columbus last December, Fowles had 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Lady Tigers cruised to a 64-48 victory. Fowles recorded the 40th double-double of her career Sunday."I must say that I came out in beast mode today," Fowles said. "I had my mind right and I had my game plan ready to go. I just tried to get in (Davenport's) head not by trash talking but by just making her work for everything she gets."Davenport finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but she missed seven of her 13 field goal attempts. Eight of her points came during the final 12 minutes of the game when the outcome had been decided."Sylvia and I are not going out there to be friends with each other and pat each other on the back. You go out there and compete," said Davenport, who came in averaging 21 points a game.The LSU victory extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 37 games. The loss by Ohio State (7-1) ended the longest regular-season winning streak at 23 games.Fowles scored eight of her points during an 11-minute stretch before and after halftime in which the Lady Tigers (10-1) outscored the Buckeyes 23-4 to take control of the game."Nothing about Sylvia Fowles should surprise you," Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. "She's a real presence in the paint. She did a terrific job on the glass."Fowles received offensive support from Quianna Chaney, who scored a season-high 17 points, and Erica White, who had ten points. The Lady Tigers shot 50 percent from the field, including 62 percent in the second half."Today was an example of our team raising its play when faced with stiff competition," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "I think what played a lot into our performance was we had a week to prepare. It was nice to see that practice carry over into the game."Guard Brandie Hoskins, who was Ohio State's second leading scorer at 18 points a game, was limited to nine on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. The Buckeyes did not score a single fast-break point."Everything went wrong today," Hoskins said. "There were turnovers and us just not focusing on stuff. Our responsibilities as seniors are to lead on the court and we didn't do that."The Lady Tigers (10-1) held Ohio State to one field goal in the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 34-24 lead. The only Buckeyes points came on a basket by Davenport which cut LSU's lead to 26-24.Ohio State missed six of its seven field goal attempts during that seven-minute stretch.Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers scored a dozen points to break away from a 22-22 tie. Chaney started the run with a field goal at the 6:16 mark. Fowles had a field goal and a pair of foul shots.Porsha Phillips contributed a field goal, while RaShonta LeBlanc closed the LSU scoring with a basket and two free throws.Ohio State shot 35 percent from the field in the first half. Uncharacteristically, four of its five baskets came on 3-pointers. The Buckeyes were averaging fewer than four 3-pointers per game.The Lady Tigers continued their surge to start the second half. Fowles sank a pair of baskets during an 11-2 run that put LSU ahead by 19 points. LeBlanc knocked down a 3-pointer and White hit a shot that gave the Lady Tigers a 45-26 lead.Ohio State didn't get within 15 points the rest of the game. LSUs largest advantage was 31 points at 73-42 after a free throw by Katie Antony.
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