Fowles overcomes early foul trouble to lead LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Sylvia Fowles made the most of her limited action.

In just 21 minutes, Fowles hit all six of her shots from the field and scored 16 points to send No. 5 LSU past TCU 73-54 and into the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday.

After playing only six minutes in the first half after being tagged with two fouls, Fowles asserted herself in the second half and scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. It was the 92nd time in her career that she had scored 10 points or more.

LSU coach Van Chancellor said the Lady Tigers effectively picked up the slack while Fowles was out. Khalilah Mitchell had seven points in 17 minutes, while RaShonta LeBlanc had five points and a career-high nine rebounds.

"I thought we played really well when Sylvia was out of the game," Chancellor said.

TCU (1-1) led by as many as nine points in the first half, but LSU (2-0) used scoring runs of 8-0 and 13-0 to build a 14-point lead with 3:27 left in the half. But the Lady Frogs scored the last seven points of the half to cut the gap to 35-28 at halftime.

Guard Adrianne Ross led TCU in scoring with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

LSU went 17-of-22 from the free-throw line in a game that included 39 personal fouls.

TCU got no closer than 11 points in the final 12 minutes.