BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- After an atypical performance in the
season opener, Sylvia Fowles was back to her usual self.
Fowles finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds while playing
less than half of the game in No. 10 LSU's 88-44 victory over
Howard in the Basketball Travelers Classic on Monday night. In the
Lady Tigers' first game against West Virginia, Fowles contributed
just 12 points and six rebounds.
"Sylvia was extremely active tonight," LSU coach Pokey Chatman
said. "She was trying to find someone to post up and bury in the
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 was 7-of-13 from the field and made four of six foul
shots against the Bison (0-2). Only two of her points came after
the first 9 minutes of the game.
"My quick start was just my mental focus," Fowles said. "I
came in to dominate. The coaches have been wanting me to do that."
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
"Sylvia is such a tremendous athlete around the basket,"
Howard coach Cathy Parson said. "She has such great hands. It was
very difficult to contain her because once she got the ball, there
was no answer for her."
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
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.
"Coming in to tonight's game, I wanted to take some momentum
from last night's defensive effort," Chatman said. "It was nice
to see us stay in our stance and play some nice team defense."
The Lady Tigers, who allowed West Virginia to score just 25
points, held the Bison to 26 percent field goal shooting. Howard
committed 20 turnovers, 11 being the result of LSU steals. The Lady
Tigers also blocked seven shots.