Nov. 15, 2007
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Sylvia Fowles had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead fourth-ranked LSU to a 64-41 victory over No. 17 Michigan State in the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament semifinals on Thursday night.
The victory puts the Lady Tigers (3-0) in the WNIT finals against the winner of Friday night's semifinal between No. 3 Maryland and No. 23 Notre Dame.
Quianna Chaney added 14 points for LSU, most of that in the second half as the Lady Tigers built a 33-point lead.
Going against a center three inches taller than her in 6-foot-9 Allyssa DeHaan, Fowles started fast, scoring six of LSU's first 13 points to help LSU build a 15-0 lead.
DeHaan, who came in as MSU's scoring leader with 17 points a game, did not score in the first half.
In fact, no one on Michigan State (2-1) scored until Courtney Davidson hit a 3-pointer with 12:26 left in the first half. Davidson finished as MSU's scoring leader with 12 points, while Taja Wilson scored 11.
Fowles, meanwhile, scored 21 points in the first half alone, outscoring the entire Michigan State team, as LSU built a 32-14 lead by halftime.
Fowles became the first LSU player to score more than 20 points in a half since Seimone Augustus scored 21 against Texas Tech in November 2005.
Although DeHann finally found her range in the second half with eight points, LSU widened its lead even more.
Chaney scored 12, including a pair of 3-pointers, during a 20-5 run capped by Allison Hightower's 3-pointer that put LSU ahead 60-27.