Fowles' play propels LSU

Associated Press
LSU's Sylvia Fowles (left) shoots over Tennessee's Candace Parker during the second half. Fowles had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Tigers took over first place in the SEC.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 14 rebounds and No. 7 Louisiana State University grabbed the Southeastern Conference lead with a 78-62 win over top-ranked Tennessee on Thursday night.


LSU (21-3, 9-0 SEC) remains the only SEC team without a conference loss.

Fowles led a balanced offensive attack for the Lady Tigers. Erica White added 16 points, Quianna Chaney had 14 points, RaShonta LeBlanc had 11 and Ashley Thomas and Allison Hightower both added 10.

The Lady Vols (22-2, 8-1) held a 33-30 halftime lead, but the Lady Tigers came out with a 5-1 run to grab a 35-34 lead as LeBlanc drove to the hoop with 16:34 left.

LSU shot 60 percent during the second half compared to Tennessee's 28.6 percent. The Lady Tigers also took advantage of 17 Tennessee fouls in the second half, sinking 17 of 26 at the line.

Tennessee jumped out to a 21-2 lead on an Angie Bjorklund 3-pointer with 13:17 left in the first half as LSU hit only two field goals and a free throw in the first 81/2 minutes while missing 14 shots.

Candace Parker led Tennessee with 26 points and had 10 rebounds. Nicky Anosike had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers chipped away at the margin with five 3-pointers and took a 30-29 lead on a tip in by Sylvia Fowles with 1:38 left in the half.

The Lady Tigers forced 15 steals and capitalized with 25 points off 19 turnovers by the Lady Vols.


In College Park, Md., Marah Strickland scored a career-high 20 points as Maryland cruised.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Terrapins (26-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), while the Eagles (17-8, 5-5) suffered their third consecutive loss.

Boston College was led by Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy, who scored 10 points each.


In Norfolk, Va., Megan Pym had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Old Dominion to its 15th consecutive victory.

The Lady Monarchs (21-3, 12-0 Colonial Athletic Association) led 43-21 at the half and never trailed, keeping Northeastern to 34.5 percent shooting for the game.


In Athens, Ga., Tasha Humph-rey scored the game's first five points and wound up with 32 to lead Georgia.

The 32 points moved Humph-rey into fourth place on Georgia's career scoring list with 2,164, 32 more than Coco Miller, with whom she was tied when the night started. Humphrey grabbed 11 rebounds to give her 1,003 for her career, also fourth best in school history.

Freshman Angela Puleo also scored a career high 18 points, and Christy Marshall came off the bench to score 16 for pink-clad Georgia (18-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference.)

Reserve Sharielle Smith led Florida (15-10, 4-6 SEC) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sha Brooks and Depree Bowden scored 12 apiece.

Florida got as close as 10 points in the second half when Brittaney Thomas converted a spin move to make it 55-45 with 13:34 to play.

But six consecutive points by the Lady Dogs put the game out of reach.