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Chaney leads LSU with career-high 27 points

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- LSU coach Van Chancellor wasn't sure
how many minutes he was going to get out of All-America center
Sylvia Fowles.

Quianna Chaney made sure it didn't matter.

Chaney scored a career-high 27 points, including 18 in the first
half, and No. 11 LSU held off shorthanded Florida State 73-61
Thursday night.

With the 6-foot-6 Fowles watching the first four minutes of the
game from the bench, Chaney scored the game's first eight points
and LSU's first 14. She made her first four 3-point attempts,
helping the Tigers jump out to a 27-11 lead early in the first
half.

"You don't know whether Sylvia was going to go in the game and
play three minutes, and not play again," Chancellor said. "For
her to knock down those shots, that was the difference-maker...
From that moment on it was an even game."

Chaney finished 10-of-17 from the field, and 5-of-9 from the
3-point line. She added five assists and four steals.

"I just happened to knock down the shots," Chaney said.

Fowles, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Dec.
21, entered the game after the first media timeout, and added 11
points and six rebounds for the Tigers (11-3).

"She is a great [worker]," Chancellor said of Fowles' quick
rehab. "Sylvia has been working every day, Christmas Day and
everything."

The Tigers shot 54 percent from the field and held the Seminoles
to 36-percent shooting. LSU scored 25 points off
Florida State's 16 turnovers and never trailed in the game.

The Seminoles closed within four with 12:35 left in the game and
had two chances to make it a one possession game, but they couldn't
convert. The Tigers rattled off a 9-2 run to push their lead back
to 11, and Florida State never threatened again.

"They didn't get rattled at all when we cut the lead to four,"
Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "That's a very, very good
basketball team."

Shante Williams scored 20 points for the Seminoles (10-5), and
freshman Antoinette Howard added 11. Florida State is played
without its best post player Britney Miller, and its leading scorer
Tanae Davis-Cain (13.7 PPG). Both players are suspended
indefinitely.