Fowles' earns 18th straight double-double in SEC tourney win

DULUTH, Ga. -- It didn't take long for LSU coach Pokey Chatman to turn her focus from Friday night's 52-46 Southeastern Conference tournament victory over Mississippi.

The challenge of having to play No. 2 Tennessee the next day will do that to a coach.

The Lady Tigers' (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) semifinal Saturday night against Tennessee will come only 12 days after a hard-fought 56-51 home loss to the Lady Vols on Feb. 19.

"I can already tell you what the key is going to be," Chatman said. "We gave up 20 offensive boards the last time. You hold a team 20 points below their average, you're supposed to win, and we didn't."

Chatman can use Friday night's win over the Rebels as a guide for how to play championship defense. LSU held Ole Miss to 17 first-half points and 24.6 percent shooting overall.

"What won the game for us was our defensive prowess," Chatman said.

Another double-double from Sylvia Fowles didn't hurt.

Fowles posted her 18th straight double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Erica White scored 17 points for LSU (25-6).

The Tigers lost an 18-point lead in the second half, but recovered in the final minutes.

LSU led 35-17 early in the second half and was 42-28, before Ole Miss went on a 13-0 run.

With LSU leading 46-44, Fowles missed two free throws with 1:12 left. Jada Mincy then made two free throws to tie the game. White answered with two free throws with 48 seconds left to put LSU back on top.

Ole Miss guard Armintie Price missed a jumper with 20 seconds left. LSU controlled the rebound and White's layup pushed the lead back to four.

"I wouldn't trade how we played that last 20 minutes for anything," Ole Miss coach Carol Ross said. "I love being their coach when they play that way. It really is a treat."

White said LSU's defensive lapse aided the Ole Miss comeback attempt.

"We kind of did it to ourselves, but luckily we were able to battle back and get out of it," White said.

Fowles, the first player to post double-doubles in all 14 regular-season conference games, scored in double figures for the 24th consecutive game.

Price led the Rebels (21-10) with 12 points despite going 3-for-15 from the field. Ashley Awkward, who was 5-for-22 from the field, and Alliesha Easley added 10 points apiece.

The Rebels led 15-12 following a 3-pointer by Carla Bartee, but LSU finished the half with a 17-2 run to lead 29-17 at the break. White had seven points in the stretch.

Awkward and Price combined were 5-for-22 in the first half, and the shooting problems continued early in the second half.

A jump hook by Fowles gave LSU a 40-25 lead less than 5 minutes into the half. Another basket by Fowles gave the Lady Tigers a 42-28 lead with 12:52 left, but they then went scoreless for more than 7 minutes while the Rebels broke out of their scoring slump with 13 unanswered points.

Ole Miss finally gained some offensive momentum midway through the second half. Back-to-back baskets by Easley cut LSU's lead to 42-34 with 9:15 to play.

A free throw by Price, followed by a jumper by Awkward, cut LSU's lead to 42-37. Danetra Forrest capped the 13-0 run by scoring with 6:33 left to cut LSU's lead to 42-41.

White ended LSU's scoreless stretch by scoring after a steal with 5:26 left.