Slumping Lady Bulldogs can't find their offense

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BATON ROUGE, La. --- Sylvia Fowles' 19 points and 15 rebounds lifted eighth-ranked Louisiana State to a 63-57 victory over Georgia on Sunday, the Lady Tigers' 11th in a row.

Georgia's Angel Robinson (right) blocks the shot of LSU's Sylvia Fowles. Georgia has now lost four of five.  Associated Press
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Georgia's Angel Robinson (right) blocks the shot of LSU's Sylvia Fowles. Georgia has now lost four of five.

Quianna Chaney and RaShonta LeBlanc each scored 14 points for LSU (20-3, 9-0 Southeastern Conference). Chaney's four 3-pointers and LeBlanc's combination of mid-range jumpers and drives to the hoop helped LSU overcome an otherwise valiant defensive effort by Georgia, which held the Lady Tigers below their scoring average of 71.4.

"I see Chaney coming down, shooting it early from 3, shooting in transition from 3, and quite frankly, I think it makes for a more difficult team to defend," Georgia coach Andy Landers said.

The Lady Bulldogs' exertion on defense left them too worn out to move the ball effectively.

Against an LSU squad loaded with seniors, the Lady Bulldogs shot 32 percent and turned the ball over 16 times.

"We came in with a definite plan. We knew what the dangers were," Landers said. "We needed to score a couple more baskets."

LSU never trailed after taking a 6-5 lead and built double-digit margins several times.

Tasha Humphrey, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, helped Georgia counter with a few runs to keep the game competitive.

Angel Robinson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia (17-7, 4-5), which has lost four of five games and now is in danger of sliding out of the Top 25. Ashley Houts added 13 points.

LSU shot 42 percent and led 45-28 when Chaney hit her final 3-pointer with just under 16 minutes to go.

Angela Puleo's 3-pointer then ignited a 13-2 Georgia run that included two more 3s by Humphrey. When Puleo hit her second 3 of the half, LSU's lead was cut to 51-46 with 9:23 remaining.

Both teams wore special uniforms -- LSU in white with pink trim and Georgia in pink with white trim -- to promote breast cancer awareness. Much of the crowd in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center wore pink as well.

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