3:00 PM ET, February 17, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU made quick work of Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi.Sylvia Fowles scored 19 of her 22 points in the first half and Allison Hightower came off the bench to score 13 to help No. 7 LSU beat Mississippi 78-48 on Sunday.The Lady Tigers entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 50.3 points per game. They built a 19-8 lead in the first seven minutes and it ballooned to as many as 20 points in the first half.Fowles gave Ole Miss fits on the interior, almost collecting a double-double at the half with 19 points and eight rebounds."I just came out to make sure I was on point to set the tempo," Fowles said.Fowles scored just three points in the second half and attributed the low output to playing with a large lead."Once I got comfortable in the second half and they doubled and tripled-teamed me, I just kicked it out because I knew somebody would knock it down," she said.With the win, LSU (22-3, 11-0 SEC) remained in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings ahead of No. 1 Tennessee. The Lady Tigers won at Tennessee 78-62 on Thursday night to take over first in the conference.Shawn Goff and Elizabeth Robertson each had 11 points for Ole Miss (10-14, 4-7), which struggled to handle LSU's inside presence. The Lady Rebels were outrebounded 47-33 and outscored 26-14 in the paint.LSU took a 44-29 advantage at halftime.Ole Miss never found a consistent offensive attack, shooting just 32 percent from the floor."I absolutely expected LSU to be dominating in the paint as well as being effective on the perimeter," Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner said. "I think right now LSU is in championship form."Ashley Thomas was the third Lady Tiger scoring in double digits with 10 points."We just tried to find the gaps in their zone [defense] because they play so aggressively in it," she said.