TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Sylvia Fowles did a full game's worth of damage in 22 minutes.
Fowles had 24 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of play to lead No. 8 LSU to an easy 89-53 victory over Alabama on Thursday night.Sylvia Fowles, an All-American, missed most of the second half of an easy win over Florida after tweaking her right knee and played only 22 minutes against Alabama. She nearly had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and nine rebounds. She hit 10 of 16 free throws."She's a pretty impressive specimen," Alabama coach Stephany Smith said. "What a powerful force she is, and she's surrounded by a great group of talent as well."Leading 16-12 with 11:31 to go in the first half, the Lady Tigers (19-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) outscored Alabama (8-15, 1-7) 27-14 to take a 43-26 lead at the half. LSU then opened with a 31-9 run to take a commanding 40-point lead on two free throws by Marian Whitfield with 6:05 left in the game.It was the tenth straight win for LSU -- and the ninth straight victory over Alabama -- and the seventh straight loss for Alabama.Alabama rallied late, outscoring LSU 11-2, to cut the lead to 77-46 with 3:21 left to play. But 31 points was as close as the Tide got to a comeback.In the first half, LSU was 16 of 20 from the line. Alabama hit both of its free-throw attempts."We tried to be very aggressive defensively," Smith said. "We wanted to be more aggressive, but our intent was not to commit more fouls."Alabama scored first and kept the score relatively even early."The first seven or eight minutes, Alabama trapped us and that caused us some problems," LSU coach Van Chancellor said. "After that we started to play LSU ball."Tierney Jenkins was the only Alabama player to break double figures. She had 12 points and nine rebounds. She said Fowles was a great challenge for the Tide."She's way bigger than anybody on our team," Jenkins said. "We tried our best to guard her."It was the tenth straight win for LSU -- and the ninth straight victory over Alabama -- and the seventh straight loss for Alabama."They're a very powerful basketball team and we didn't have any answers to that," Smith said.