Lady Tigers rout Southern 107-39

LSU sophomore center Sylvia Fowles posted 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the third-ranked Lady Tigers to the second-biggest victory in school history, 107-39, over cross-town rival Southern University on Tuesday.

"Overall I'm extremely pleased with the effort on both ends of the floor," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "We went in at halftime and talked to the kids about maintaining that same level of intensity, but also that same level of execution. I thought from players one through 12 that we did a good job of that."


A Maravich Center paid crowd of 4,358 watched LSU (2-0) tally its most points in nearly 10 years. LSU scored 108 against Nicholls State on Nov. 29, 1995.


Fowles, who played only 19 minutes in the romp, was 9-of-14 from the field and added three steals.


Reserve point guard Erica White saw most of the action in the second half, and led four other Lady Tigers in double figures scoring with 14. Reserves Ashley Thomas and Quianna Chaney each had 12, while All-American Seimone Augustus scored 10 points in 20 minutes.


Overall, LSU's bench scored 59 points.


"That gives our kids huge confidence," Chatman added. "That is what we need to carry us through the season."


The Lady Tigers hit 54.5 percent of their shots (40 of 67) and were outstanding at the free throw line at 89.7 percent (26 of 29).


LSU's pressure spanned the length of the court, forcing 34 Jaguars turnovers while earning 23 steals. The Lady Tigers scored 50 points off turnovers.


All three of LSU's point guards -- starter RaShonta LaBlanc, White and Khalilah Mitchell -- recorded five assists and had a total of one turnover between them.


Southern was led by guard Ronalda Monroe with 11 points on 3-of-17 shooting. Reserve center Fredreika Lewis was the only other Jaguar in double figures scoring with 10 points. She led the team with five rebonds.


LSU dominated the paint, scoring 60 points. The Lady Tigers' fast breaks also led to 24 points.


On Wednesday, LSU will travel to Miami, Fla., for the Miami Thanksgiving Classic which begins on Friday. LSU takes on Nebraska at noon CST on Friday at Ransom Everglades High School before facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday.

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