Fowles helps LSU extend home win streak to 42 games

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Pokey Chatman was impressed with her team's defense.

Sylvia Fowles recorded the 50th double-double of her career with 19 points and 20 rebounds as eighth-ranked LSU defeated Auburn 65-45 in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday.

Auburn (15-7, 2-4 SEC) made slightly less than 33 percent of its field-goal attempts and finished with a season-low point total. Whitney Boddie, who scored 14 points, was the only Auburn player who scored in double figures.

"We were very good defensively," Chatman said. "We did a very good job of defending Auburn today with our team concept."

Auburn's top three scorers were limited to less than their average. DeWanna Bonner, who was averaging 16 points, finished with six. Sherrell Hobbs ended with eight points, four below her average. Tamela McCorvey had six points, also four below her average.

"LSU's defense is very good," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "They shut things down on you very quickly. They take you out of what you are trying to do. They just shut down lanes very quick. We just couldn't get into much of an offensive flow."

Bonner, who was guarded by Ashley Thomas, missed five of her seven field goal attempts. Bonner also had just four rebounds, five fewer than her normal tally.

"We just watched film on what [Bonner] could do," Thomas said. "I was trying to make sure I stayed in front of her as much as possible. I knew I was quick enough to stay with her, her not being a true post player. I just tried to work a shard on defense as I could."

Quianna Chaney added 17 points for LSU (20-2, 6-1).

Chaney scored eight points in the first 7:15 after the half, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and a layup as LSU extended a 12-point halftime lead to 18 points at 42-24. Auburn never came closer than 10 points during the rest of the game. Fowles, Chaney and Thomas accounted for all but seven of LSU's 35 second-half points.

A pair of runs provided the impetus for LSU to take a 30-18 halftime lead. Field goals by Chaney and Thomas got LSU out to a 4-0 lead as Auburn trailed for the entire first half. Leading 4-3, LSU then went on a 7-0 run.

A three-point play by McCorvey left Auburn behind 16-13 just past the midway point of the first half. But Auburn failed to score during the next six-plus minutes and LSU tallied nine straight points to move ahead 25-13.