On Dec. 15, 2005, LSU put forth its
best effort of the season to shut down the Buckeyes at
"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.
Fowles finished with 18 points and
16 rebounds, while
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
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).
Meanwhile, the LSU offense was calculating and exacting.
LSU shot 50 percent from the field
(30 of 60), making five three pointers and outscoring
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.
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,
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,
LSU returns to action on Sunday,
Dec. 17, when the Lady Tigers travel to face No. 20 Michigan State at 1 p.m. in
- Today's attendance of 10, 677 is
the sixth largest to watch a women's game in the
- 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.