Lady Tigers upend Rebels- stay perfect in SEC

Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus combined for 43 points and 21 rebounds as third-ranked LSU broke open a tight game with a 30-5 run late in the first half on its way to a 78-63 Southeastern Conference win over Ole Miss here Sunday at the Maravich Assembly Center.

The win extended LSU's SEC winning streak to 22 straight and ran the Lady Tigers record to 20-1 overall and 8-0 in league play. LSU also stretched its home court winning streak to 28 straight. The win also sets up a top five matchup on national television between the Lady Tigers and Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday.

With the defeat, Ole Miss lost for the fifth time in six games and fell to 12-10 overall and 2-7 in conference action.

Augustus paced the Lady Tigers with 22 points, her 83rd consecutive game in double-digits, while Fowles added 21 points and game-high 13 rebounds for LSU to record her league-leading 14th double-double.

For the game, the Lady Tigers held the league's No. 1 rated rebounding team to just 30 rebounds, 14 below its average.

"We knew there were a couple of things that we needed to do a good job in, and that was obviously on the rebounding end of it and then trying to keep Ole Miss off the free-throw line because they're one of the best in the league at getting to the free-throw line," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said. "I thought the first couple of minutes of the game that we let our offense take the shape of their defense. But then we locked in and we started executing the script, and that led to some good baskets, and the defense picked up some good transition baskets."

Ole Miss controlled the contest early, building as much as a six-point lead, 16-10, on a three-pointer by Armintie Price at the 13:41 mark in the first half. The Lady Rebels kept the lead for the next three minutes before a jumper by Augustus put LSU up for good, 17-16, with 10:16 remaining in the half.

Augustus' jumper was part of a 30-5 Lady Tiger run, a stretch that saw LSU go from six down to taking a 40-21 lead on a layup by Augustus at the 2:43 mark. LSU led 40-25 at halftime.

Ole Miss never threatened as LSU extended its lead to 20 points, 55-35, on a three-pointer by Scholanda Hoston at the 13:18 mark. The Lady Tiger lead reached as much as 23 points, 76-53, on a three-pointer by Erica White with 2:56 to go.

"I'm not excited about giving up 63 points in the manner in which we gave them up," Chatman said. "I thought in the second half we didn't do as good a job (on the defensive boards and) we gave up too many offensive rebounds.

"I don't know how many second-chance points they got, but it's one of things where if you give them an extra possession it's an extra opportunity for them to get another basket or get a foul, and it puts a lot of pressure on you. But fortunately we played enough quality minutes against a quality opponent to get the win."

Joining Fowles and Augustus in double-figures for the Tigers was White, who added 11 points and a team-high five assists.

Carla Bartee came off the bench to pace Ole Miss with 17 points, which included hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range. Price added 15 points for the Lady Rebels.

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