Lady Tigers roll past ULL 65-31

Junior center Sylvia Fowles posted another double double on Thursday evening, as the No. 10 LSU women's basketball team completed an undefeated four-game home-stand to start the season, 65-31, over UL-Lafayette in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Lady Tigers (4-0) open a five-game road swing that includes a trip to New Orleans to face Tulane on Sunday at 5 p.m. CST. From there, the Lady Tigers face No. 16 Baylor on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Waco.

Fowles, who had 16 of LSU's 29 first-half points, played only 25 minutes and ended the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-6 Miami, Fla., native had seven offensive rebounds and made 8-of-14 shots. She was the only Lady Tigers player in double figures scoring.

LSU led 29-16 at the break after shooting just 40 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. The Lady Tigers then erupted early in the second half and jumped out with a 17-1 run.

"We weren't locked in offensively as far as executing the game plan," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "But, when we left the locker room after halftime they took my instructions to the court. We really established Sylvia (Fowles) in the first five possessions of the second half. When we do that it opens up things for everybody else because she is such a demanding and dominating presence."

Fowles outscored ULL after 30 minutes of play, 20-19, as LSU led at that point, 47-19.

Guard Quianna Chaney and forward Ashley Thomas each added eight points for the Lady Tigers, while guard Katie Antony came off the bench to score seven. Guard RaShonta LeBlanc and reserve forward Kristen Morris each scored six points.

LSU shot 43.3 percent from the field (26 of 60), while the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2) finished only 10 of 46 (23.1 percent).

The Lady Tigers outrebounded ULL, 43-29, and blocked seven shots.

Center Sonora Edwards scored 10 points to lead the Ragin' Cajuns. Guard Whitney Dunlap added nine, and forward Yolanda Jones scored seven points on 2-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds.

The victory was LSU's 35th straight the Maravich Center and the 38th in a row against non-Southeastern Conference opponents. The 35 straight home wins, which leads the nation, will be challenged again with LSU returns to the Maravich Center on Dec. 2 to face Detroit at 2 p.m. CST.

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