Lady Tigers rout Ohio State 75-51

Behind smothering defense and a tenacious offensive attack, the ninth-ranked LSU women's basketball team dominated No. 5 Ohio State, 75-51, in front of the sixth-largest crowd in Maravich Center on Sunday.

For the second time in as many seasons, LSU (10-1) handed Ohio State (7-1) its first loss of the season. This time, a crowd of 10,677 Lady Tigers fans were on hand to watch.

 

On Dec. 15, 2005, LSU put forth its best effort of the season to shut down the Buckeyes at St. John's Arena in Columbus.

 

"Today's game was an example of our team raising its play when faced with stiff competition," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman. "We had a top team come in here with quality players that are coached well and we established some things early on to get the tempo going. I think what played a lot into our performance today was that we had a week of practice to prepare for this game and it was nice to see some of that nice practice to carry over into the game."

 

Today was the first time in the post Seimone Augustus era that the Lady Tigers were tested by a Top-10 national powerhouse. The Lady Tigers answered on both ends of the court and outscored the Buckeyes 53-29 in the final 27 minutes of the contest.

 

The much-anticipated matchup of LSU's 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles and Ohio State's 6-5 center Jessica Davenport lived up to its billing.

 

Fowles finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Davenport tallied team-bests of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Each blocked one of the other's shots, but it was Fowles' stare down after throwing back Davenport's jumper that ignited the crowd.

 

Though the battles in the middle were exciting, it was the LSU perimeter defense that stole the show.

 

The Lady Tigers starting guards -- point guard Erica White and wings RaShonta LeBlanc and Quianna Chaney -- had nine of LSU's 11 steals and two blocked shots to go along with countless deflections, as Ohio State struggled to run their offense through Davenport.

 

Consequently, the Buckeyes made only 4-of-19 three-point shots (21.1 percent) while finishing the game 21 of 65 from the field (32.3 percent). Ohio State committed 12 turnovers which led to 22 LSU points.

 

Meanwhile, the LSU offense was calculating and exacting.

 

LSU shot 50 percent from the field (30 of 60), making five three pointers and outscoring Ohio State 16-0 in transition.

 

Chaney used dribble penetration and quick moves to the goal to score 17 points. LeBlanc had a career-best eight assists to go along with seven points and two steals. Soft-spoken forward Ashley Thomas quietly added nine points.

 

White was the third Lady Tigers player in double figures scoring with 10 points, while dishing five assists and leading her team with four steals.

 

Outside of Davenport, Ohio State had little offensive punch. Buckeyes' guard Brandie Hoskins was held eight points below here season average, making only 4-of-13 shots for nine points.

 

After falling behind 7-6, the Lady Tigers used a 16-5 run to lead 22-12 with 9:33 to play in the half. However, Ohio State answered quickly, making up the 10-point deficit in just more than two minutes to tie the game at 22-22 at the 7:04 mark of the half.

 

LSU then closed the half on a 12-2 run to lead 34-24.

 

The second half started much the same as the first ended. LSU extended the lead to 18 by the 11:29 mark, 53-33, and Ohio State would get no closer.

 

LSU returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 17, when the Lady Tigers travel to face No. 20 Michigan State at 1 p.m. in East Lansing.

 

 

GAME NOTES

 

- Today's attendance of 10, 677 is the sixth largest to watch a women's game in the Maravich Center.

 

- LSU extended its nation's best home court win streak to 37 straight games.

 

- LSU has now won 26 straight games in the month of December.

 

- The Lady Tigers have now won 40 straight non-conference home games.

 

- Sylvia Fowles scored in double figures for the 65th time of her career with 18 points today.

 

- Fowles recorded the 40th double double of her career with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Her 16 marked the 43rd time in her career to reach double figures in rebounds.

 

- RaShonta LeBlanc equaled her career-high with eight assists today.

 

- LSU has now won  77 or the last 78 games when reaching the 75-point plateau.

 


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