No. 11 LSU Holds Off Vanderbilt, 62-51

Jan. 13, 2008

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 11 LSU beat Vanderbilt 62-51 on Sunday night.

Fowles was playing in just her third game since missing a couple of games because of knee surgery. She made seven of 10 field goal attempts.

With a one-time 16-point advantage trimmed to five, the Lady Tigers (13-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) held off Vanderbilt during the final six minutes. Leading 42-37, two free throws by Ashley Thomas and a three-point play by Fowles put LSU on top by 10 points.

The Commodores (12-5, 1-1) came no closer than seven points after Fowles’ three-point play. Quianna Chaney scored seven of her 12 points down the stretch for the Lady Tigers.

Erica White was the only other LSU player in double figures with 11 points.

Reserves Jessica Mooney and Liz Sherwood were the top scorers for Vanderbilt. Mooney scored 15 points, while Sherwood finished with 13 points, all in the second half. Hannah Tuomi had 10 points, also all after halftime.

Vanderbilt missed 14 of its first 15 field goal attempts. Midway through the opening half, Allison Hightower made a 3-pointer to give the Lady Tigers an 18-2 lead. Vanderbilt didn’t make its second field goal of the opening half until 5:25 remained when Jence Rhoads scored.

The Commodores broke into double figures with two seconds left in the half on a layup by Mooney.

LSU held Vanderbilt to 15 percent shooting and caused 10 turnovers in the first half. However, the Lady Tigers turned over the ball 13 times in the first half and led 21-10 at the break.

Sparked by Tuomi and Mooney, Vanderbilt reduced its halftime deficit to six points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Tuomi had eight points and Mooney had seven during that time. A 3-pointer by Mooney left the Commodores behind 33-27.

Thanks mainly to a couple of baskets by White, LSU regained a double-digit advantage at 42-31. Vanderbilt answered with three-point plays by Sherwood and Mooney for its smallest deficit since early in the game.

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