Lady Tigers run over WVU 64-25

Sunday's 64-25 win over West Virginia was the season opening contest for the No. 10 LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, and their play showed it.

The Lady Tigers opened their 2006-2007 season struggling early offensively against the Lady Mountaineers, but made up for it with strong play on defense.


"I'm not concerned about the slow start," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "I'm a coach. I'm always concerned about something…It's never about the score, but what you are capable of doing."


Sylvia Fowles led all scorers with 12 points and six rebounds, followed by RaShonta LeBlanc with 11 points and three rebounds.


Almost half of the Lady Tigers points came from inside the paint with 30, while 22 of LSU's points came off West Virginia turnovers. 


First half play started slowly, taking almost three minutes for the first basket to be scored. Both teams looked sloppy and had trouble scoring, but the Lady Tigers were the first to find their rhythm.


RaShonta LeBlanc got things started with an eight point first half performance, followed by Fowles with six points and Vanderbilt transfer Katie Antony with six of her own. As a team, the Lady Tigers made 11-of-26 shots and were 3-of-9 from behind the arc.

Because LSU was able to find a groove, they took a 30-10 halftime lead into the locker room.


"West Virginia was very aggressive from the start," Fowles said. "They played us hard and forced us into a shaky start.


Coming out of halftime, the Lady Tigers picked up where they left off and began with a 14-0 run that lasted 5:04 into the second half. The LSU defense smothered the Lady Mountaineers in the second half, allowing just 15 points.


Even as the Lady Tigers looked to be in full control of the contest, Chatman continued to harass her team following questionable play.

"She expects a lot from us," Fowles said. "She is greedy."


Fowles finished the game just five points away from her 1,000th point and two blocks away from tying LSU's career record for blocked shots (179). The junior from Miami, Fla. stands at 177 blocks in just 72 games.


Antony finished her LSU debut with nine points and four rebounds, while also shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line.


"I just went out and played," Antony said. "I just concentrated because you have to be strong in those situations. It's exciting to finally dress out. It took a while for me to get my legs back under me, but I feel fine."

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