Lady Tigers win No. 700

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the sixth straight game the ninth-ranked LSU women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead, this time the Lady Tigers led 12-0 on the way to a 72-46 victory at Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in Rupp Arena.

The win for LSU (16-3, 5-0 SEC) was the program's 700th.

"This stretch over the last five games has been unbelievable," LSU head coach Van Chancellor said. "We have just been able to jump out and take early leads and not look back. We are shooting the ball well and that translates into victories."

LSU answered each of Kentucky's (10-10, 4-2 SEC) runs in the first half with runs of their own. The Wildcats cut the lead down to six, 14-8, with 13:30 left before the Lady Tigers used a 10-2 run to take a 15-point lead, 25-10.

UK then cut the lead to 27-20 with a 10-2 run, but LSU ended the half scoring that last 14 of 17 points to hold a 41-23 lead at the break.

The Lady Tigers largest lead of 27 points, 70-43, came with 2:08 left in the second half.

Sylvia Fowles led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Fowles connected on 9 of 11 shooting and also blocked three shots. Quianna Chaney added 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers during LSU's run to open the game.

Allison Hightower led an LSU bench that scored 26 points for the Lady Tigers. Hightower scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.

Sarah Elliott led Kentucky with 17 points and six rebounds, while Samantha Mahoney added 12 points and Victoria Dunlap had 10 points.

The Lady Tigers, who moved into a first-place tie with Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference, shot 48.4 percent from the floor, including 53.3 percent in the first half.

Defensively, LSU held UK to 26.8 percent from the floor and forced 13 turnovers.

The Lady Tigers also won the battle on the boards, 40-39.

LSU will return home to host South Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST in the Maravich Center.


- Sylvia Fowles scored double figures for the 17th game this season and the 107th game of her career with 20 points today.

- Fowles scored at least 20 points for the 32nd game of her career and the fifth game this season.

- Fowles recorded her 72nd career double double and her 10th of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds today.

- Quianna Chaney scored double figures for the 10th straight game, the 16th game this season and the 55th game of her career with 13 points today.

- Allison Hightower scored double figures for the eighth game this season and the 13th game of her career with 12 points today.

- LSU won for the 700th time in the program's history with today's victory. The Lady Tigers join Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn among SEC schools with at least 700 victories in program history.

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