Tiger duo leads US to gold medal game

IZMIR, Turkey -- LSU's Sylvia Fowles poured in a game-high 25 points and fellow Lady Tiger Seimone Augustus added 18 in the United State's 118-67 victory over Russia on Wednesday morning to earn a berth in Friday's gold medal game of the Women's World University Games.

Fowles, a sophomore-to-be for the Lady Tigers, connected on 11 of 15 field goals and hit three of four from the line for her 25. She also added a game-high seven rebounds. Augustus, a senior-to-be, added 18 points on eight of 12 shooting for Team USA.

With the score knotted at 26-26 at the end of the first quarter, the Americans outscored Russia 24-7 in the second quarter to pull away and lead 50-33 at the break.

Team USA, with LSU head coach Pokey Chatman serving as an assistant coach, shot 56.8 percent from the floor and held Russia to 37.7 percent, while the Americans grabbed 49 rebounds to Russia's 22.

The victory for Team USA assured the Americans of at least a silver medal. They will play either Serbia & Montenegro or Australia is the gold medal game at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday.

Fowles and Augustus remain Team USA's top two scorers. Fowles has scored 78 points in her five games for an average of 15.6 points per game. The 6-6 Miami, Fla., native also leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. Augustus has scored 67 points in her five games played for an average of 13.4 points per outing.

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