Fowles, LSU beat Rebels

Published 11:48 pm Sunday, February 17, 2008

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 19 of her 22 points in the first half to help No. 7 LSU beat Mississippi 78-48 on Sunday.

With the win, LSU (22-3, 11-0 SEC) remained in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings ahead of No. 1 Tennessee.

Fowles gave Ole Miss fits on the interior, almost collecting a double-double at the half with 19 points and eight rebounds. Allison Hightower added 13 points.

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Shawn Goff and Elizabeth Robertson each had 11 points for Ole Miss (10-14, 4-7), which struggled to handle LSU’s inside presence.

LSU entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 50.3 points per game. They built a 19-8 lead in the first seven minutes and it ballooned to as many as 20 points in the first half.

LSU took a 44-29 advantage at halftime.

Ole Miss never found a consistent offensive attack, shooting just 32 percent from the floor.