No. 10 Spartans Fall To No. 3 LSU, 72-52
Victoria Lucas-Perry matches a season-high with 15 points.
Dec. 28, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles scored 20 points apiece as third-ranked LSU defeated No. 10 Michigan State 72-52 Wednesday night in a matchup of two of last year's Final Four teams.
Augustus, who was the target of the Spartans' box-and-one defense, shot 8-for-14 from the field. Fowles, who equaled her career-high with 17 rebounds, was 7-of-12.
Scholanda Hoston scored a season-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Tigers (9-0).
Holding a 35-29 halftime lead, the Lady Tigers quickly padded their advantage in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Hoston made a basket and a pair of 3-pointers as LSU outscored Michigan State 15-4.
The Lady Tigers made all six of their field goals during that stretch, which ended on a basket by Fowles. The Spartans turned the ball over five times while falling behind by 17 points. Michigan State couldn't get closer than 11 the rest of the game.
LSU's largest lead came when Quianna Chaney made a foul shot to put the Lady Tigers ahead 68-46 with slightly more than 4 minutes left.
An 18-5 run in the late stages of the first half enabled LSU to take a six-point advantage into the break. Consecutive baskets by Shimek, Lindsay Bowen and Aisha Jefferson gave Michigan State a 21-17 lead with 9:48 remaining in the first half.
The Lady Tigers went ahead by one point after Fowles made a free throw and a field goal and Hoston made a basket.
With LSU ahead 22-21, Augustus scored nine of the Lady Tigers' next 13 points on a 3-pointer, two field goals and two foul shots. The surge gave LSU its largest lead of the first half at 35-26 with 23 seconds left.
The Spartans closed the period on a 3-pointer by Perry.