Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 10
rebounds for her 72nd career double-double and No. 9 LSU continued
its run through the Southeastern Conference with a 72-46 victory
over Kentucky on Sunday.
The Tigers (16-3, 5-0) have won their five league games by an
average of nearly 26 points and appear to be on a collision course
with No. 2 Tennessee on Feb. 14 that could determine SEC supremacy.
Kentucky (10-10, 4-2) could have moved into a tie with the
Tigers for second place with a victory but was thoroughly
Although not quite as lopsided as LSU's record-setting 53-point
blowout against Mississippi State earlier this month, this was the
Tigers' second-largest win in league play, and the outcome was
never in much doubt.
Kentucky missed its first three shots and had four early
turnovers, failing to score until Amber Smith's layup four and a
half minutes into the game.
By then, LSU had jumped out to a 12-0 lead, with half of those
points coming on consecutive wide-open 3s by Quianna Chaney.
The Tigers would connect on just three more long-range buckets,
but wouldn't need them. Not the way Fowles dominated the post, even
amid double and triple-teams.
On one possession early in the second half, three Wildcats
hovered beneath the basket looking to rebound an LSU miss. Fowles
jumped higher than them all, grabbing the ball with her left hand
and tossing back an easy layup.
Fowles made nine of 11 shots from the field, and she proved too
much to handle for Kentucky's tallest player, 6-foot-6 senior Sarah
Elliott, who picked up her fourth foul with eight minutes left.
Elliott was more of a force on offense, leading Kentucky with 17
The Wildcats' outside shooting wasn't much better as they
connected on just one of eight 3-point attempts. That was by star
guard Samantha Mahoney, who made just two of 12 shots from the
field, finishing with 12 points.
Chaney (13) and Allison Hightower (12) joined Fowles as
double-digit scorers for the Tigers.
Kentucky's only modest run came midway through the first half to
cut the deficit to 14-8. But the Wildcats would get no closer as
LSU stormed into halftime on a 14-3 run, putting them ahead 41-23.