LSU spanks Illinois-Chicago for fourth straight win

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- After a slow start, Sylvia Fowles helped No. 8 LSU take a big lead and then earned some rest.

Fowles scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as the Lady Tigers routed Illinois-Chicago 86-44 on Tuesday at the Cancun Classic.

Fowles shot just 1-for-5 in the first half but then opened the second half with back-to-back three-point plays. The senior center added a couple layups as the Lady Tigers (8-2) extended their lead to 59-26 and then was able to rest on the bench the remainder of the game.

"They doubled her all the time, but when [Ashley] Thomas started to make shots they have to come out and she took advantage," LSU head coach Van Chancellor said.

Fowles played only 18 minutes as LSU won its fourth straight.

Quianna Chaney scored 14 points, Allison Hightower had 13 and Thomas added 10 for the Lady Tigers, who will face Miami on Wednesday to complete the two-day event.

"We played a complete game on both sides, it was a good win because tomorrow Miami will play tough, they are athletic and will give us trouble," Chancellor said.

Jessica Miller led all UIC scorers with 12 points. The Flames (3-6) lost their fourth in a row and will play Wednesday against Southern Miss, which earlier lost to Miami.