Chaney, Fowles help LSU make quick work of Spartans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Quianna Chaney nearly doubled her
season scoring average and Sylvia Fowles had a double-double for
LSU on Sunday, all in the first half.

That was all the help the No. 7 Lady Tigers needed to dominate
Michigan State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) 65-50.

"This was third team we've played that uses a matchup zone,"
LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "It was nice to see us execute
against it. We knew we had to reverse the basketball. And we
thought we had somewhat of a speed advantage if we did that."

Chaney, who came in averaging 9.6 points per game, had 15 of her
career-high 24 points in the first half as LSU (11-1) built a
20-point lead.

"We try to come out and play Lady Tiger basketball every
game," Chaney said after going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. "Wow!
(That start) boosted my confidence a lot and let me know my shot
was on and to keep shooting."

The 6-foot-6 Fowles had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first
20 minutes and finished with 21 and 14, respectively, for a team
with five junior starters.

"My main focus was to attack," Fowles said. "My coaches and
my teammates just said I needed to play my game. And I got more
physical as the game went on, making contact and using my

Victoria Lucas-Perry led the Spartans (7-2) with 18 points. She
finished 7-for-19 from the field after a 1-for-9 start.

"We'll take it as a lesson learned and also as a motivator,"
Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Our `A' game wasn't
completely present, only in spots, and you have to play 40 minutes
against an opponent like LSU."

The one Spartan who didn't seem intimidated early was 6-9
freshman Allyssa DeHaan, who was 4-for-6 from the field and
finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

"I didn't need to play this game to have impressions of her,"
Chatman said. "Good hands, good feet, good touch. And I like her
ability to pass the basketball, especially for someone her size.
Someone mentioned that she's going to be good. I think she's good

LSU was good from the opening tip. It grabbed a 6-0 lead when
Chaney swished two 3s from the left corner in the first 27 seconds,
before and after a quick Spartan turnover, their first of 20.

The Lady Tigers' lead grew steadily until a late 9-0 run brought
Michigan State within 34-23 at the break.

"We learned a lot about ourselves, that we have good
character," McCallie said. "But there's an aggressiveness gap and
a little bit of a maturity gap. I thought they probably slowed down
the way they should have more than we did."

LSU's margin expanded to 46-29 early in the second half. But a
surge led by Lucas-Perry brought the Spartans within seven at 54-47
before Chaney scored again from the corner and stopped the rally.

"What's nice to see is that our kids answered the call when
there was a run," Chatman said. "We knew it was going to take 40
minutes of basketball. That's exactly what it took. Fresh in my
mind was the evaporation of a lead going into the half. And it was
nice to see that we took our time and methodically got the ball
where it needed to get."

Both teams had 43 rebounds. But LSU had edges of 40 percent-32
percent in field-goal accuracy, 17-9 in chances from the line and
9-4 in steals to nearly repeat last year's 72-52 win in Baton