Fowles Leads No. 10 LSU Past Howard
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead 10th-ranked LSU to an 88-44 victory over Howard in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Monday night.
LSU (2-0) extended its nation’s best home-court winning streak to 33 games. The Lady Tigers will play Virginia Tech, which has also won its first two games in the tournament, on Tuesday night.
Fowles, who only had 12 points and six rebounds one day earlier in LSU’s season-opener against West Virginia, was 7-of-13 from the field against the Bison (0-2).
Quianna Chaney added 12 points, Porsha Phillips had 11 and Misha Williams 10 for the Lady Tigers.
Christina Aden led Howard with 16 points. Shannon Carlisle, who scored 29 points in the Bison’s first game against Virginia Tech, was held to eight.
It took Fowles less than 9 minutes to record the 36th double-double of her career. She grabbed her 10th rebound with 11:17 remaining in the first half. She scored 16 points during that same period of time.
Fowles, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career in the first 3 minutes, scored all but six of the Lady Tigers’ first 22 points. Fowles’ basket with 11:34 remaining before halftime put LSU ahead 22-7.
A couple of baskets by Phillips pushed the Lady Tigers’ lead out to 19 points at 26-7. Howard would reduce its deficit to 13 on two occasions _ the last coming at 33-20 on two foul shots by Aden with 3:55 left in the opening half.
LSU then scored the final 10 points of the half to take a 43-20. Chaney made a pair of field goals and Ashley Thomas hit a 3-pointer to close the run.
The Lady Tigers opened the second half by outscoring the Bison 10-3. Chaney and RaShonta LeBlanc each made two baskets during this stretch. A basket by Fowles capped the run which gave LSU a 53-23 lead.
Eight minutes into the second half, all the Lady Tigers starters had gone to the bench. LSU had a 60-30 advantage over Howard when its reserves took over on the court.