Lady Tigers too much for Huskies

With 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles on the floor on Monday, LSU dominated Washington.

Without, well, not so much. Luckily for the Lady Tigers, Fowles played most of the second half to spark a 72-49 victory and put LSU in the Sweet 16 for the fourth-straight season.

LSU (29-3) will travel to San Antonio's AT&T Center where they will face No. 4-seeded DePaul in the regional semifinal on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Fowles picked up two fouls in the first 93 seconds of the first half and LSU (29-3) trailed 26-23 at the half.

When she returned, Fowles scored two baskets in the first two minutes and opened room for SEC Player of the Year Seimone Augustus to work.

Augustus scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, making 11-of-21 shots, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing four assists.

She spearheaded a 17-2 run midway through the half to give LSU a 54-40 lead.

Fowles finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals in only 21 minutes. She finished with four fouls, continuing the season-long streak of no disqualifications for LSU during the 2005-06 season.

LSU guard Scholanda Hoston, who twice left the game with craps in her lefts and torso, had 13 points and two steals in 36 minutes. Point guard Erica White had nine points, seven rebounds and did not turn the ball over in 27 minutes.

LSU overcame 28-percent shooting in the first half by making 18-of-39 second-half shots to pull away.

After trailing 38-37 with 14:02 to play, the Lady Tigers allowed only four field goals the rest of the way and outscored the Huskies, 35-11.

Washington (19-11) shot 32 percent in the season-ending loss. The Huskies were led by Cameo Hicks who scored 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.

The rest of the team rest of the team was 12-of-47 shooting.

LSU opened an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game, forcing Washington head coach June Daugherty to call a 30-second timeout while her team missed its first five shots.

With Fowles on the bench with two fouls less than two minutes into the game, the Huskies responded on both ends of the court coming out of the timeout. Washington went on a 10-0 run to take the lead while holding the Lady Tigers without a field goal for 7:37.

The Lady Tigers' offensive woes continued without Fowles in the paint. After starting 4-of-7 from the field, LSU made only two of its next 18 shots to fall behind 18-16.

LSU tied the game at 22-22 on a jumper by Florence Williams, but trailed at the half 26-23.

Without Fowles on the floor for more than 18 minutes of the first half, LSU shot only 28 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by the Huskies, 28-16.

LSU held Washington to just 34 percent to stay close.

With their top seed and tournament life in jeopardy, LSU came out hot to start the second half, jumping out to a 37-30 lead after a 14-4 run.

Washington answered the run with eight-straight of their own to re-take the lead, 38-37, with 14:02 to play.

Not the be outdone in her final tournament, Augustus sparked a 17-2 run while Washington chilled from the field. The senior scored 10 points during the span of 7:13 that the Huskies went without a field goal.

LSU led 58-42 with 6:01 to play.

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