3:00 PM ET, February 25, 2007
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sylvia Fowles sat on the bench, talking to a teammate about defense, unaware she had made history in the talent-rich Southeastern Conference.Fowles became the first player to record a double-double in every SEC game for an entire regular season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds on Sunday in No. 7 LSU's 70-27 victory over reeling Alabama.The 6-foot-6 center apparently hadn't thought about the record until Lady Tigers coach Pokey Chatman tapped Fowles on the shoulder and asked if she realized what she had accomplished."She said, 'No ma'am,' and I said, 'Wow. That's why she's Sylvia," Chatman recalled."I still don't think she understands the magnitude of it," Chatman continued. "I mean ... knowing every game you're going to get double-, triple-teammed, shoved, pushed, grabbed, and to still have the presence of mind to get it done. She has no idea because she's Sylvia. And that's OK. That's why she's special."Fowles also had two blocks in only 17 minutes before getting the rest of the day off in a romp that ended the only losing streak of the season for LSU (24-6, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) at two games."It feels good to break records ... but I give credit to my teammates for getting me the ball," Fowles said.Although the game was a mismatch, the victory was an important one for LSU. With Mississippi (20-9, 9-5) losing to Auburn, LSU secured fourth place in the SEC, meaning the Lady Tigers will have a first-round bye in the conference tournament that begins later this week."It's huge -- mentally, physically," Chatman said. "This is the break I'm looking for and it's nice for these kids that that has been presented to them because they earned it."Alabama (10-19, 0-14), which has lost 14 in a row, did not have a single player score in double figures. Navonda Moore led the Tide with eight points."There's no question any lay person walking off the street can see the difference in the makeup of one team and the makeup of another one. Against LSU, we don't much stack up," Alabama coach Stephany Smith said. "It's a hard pill to swallow to have the take the approach of: Ignore the scoreboard ... and just play the game you love as hard as you can and with as much composure that you can muster against a team that is so aggressive as LSU."Porsha Phillips scored 12 points for LSU, which shot 45.2 percent in getting points from 10 of 11 players who dressed for the game.The Crimson Tide managed to stay competitive through most of the first five minutes, but no longer.Fowles' layup began a 33-3 run during the next 14 minutes that broke the game open."Not to take anything away from Alabama, but it just so happens this was their night that they had to take the banging," Fowles said. "So no regrets on what we did. We just went out and did what we we're capable of. They have to stop us."Quianna Chaney hit a jumper and a 3-pointer and Phillips hit a pair of jumpers during the early stages of the surge, then Fowles added an inside basket and a foul shot before LSU coach Pokey Chatman began going to her bench.Seldom used reserves Kristen Morris, Katie Antony and Marian Whitfield all scored to help the Lady Tigers further widen their lead.Alabama's last field goal of the opening half turned out to be a layup by Nikki Davis with 13:12 remaining. The Crimson Tide's only scoring the rest of the half came on three free throws as Alabama finished the opening 20 minutes 4-for-24 from the field (16.7 percent).LSU shot 52.8 percent during the first half, closing it out with Khalilah Mitchell's 3 that put the Lady Tigers up 46-12 at halftime.Alabama's field goal drought ended up spanning 17:43, ending when Davis hit a 3-pointer with 15:29 to go in the second half, which made the score 54-15.Alabama was 8-of-47 from the field (17 percent) for the game and finished with more turnovers (29) than points.
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