Louisiana State has a lot more than the nation's top women's player. Seimone Augustus, last year's player of the year, scored six of her...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Louisiana State has a lot more than the nation’s top women’s player.
Seimone Augustus, last year’s player of the year, scored six of her 21 points during a 13-0 first-half run to help the No. 3 Tigers get a 64-48 victory at No. 4 Ohio State on Thursday night.
When Augustus wasn’t making huge plays, 6-foot-6 running mate Sylvia Fowles was. Fowles scored a career-high 25 points and had 16 rebounds, making 11 of 15 shots from the field.
“People who really follow women’s basketball know there’s two of them,” Ohio State coach Jim Foster said.
The Tigers (6-0) didn’t trail after the opening six minutes and their lead never dropped below double figures in the final 24 minutes. They led by as many as 25 before coasting to the finish.
“That was probably our best game of the season,” said Augustus, who scored in double figures for the 68th game in a row. “We were complete on the offensive and defensive ends.”
The game featured one of the elite programs in the country — LSU has made trips to the Final Four the last two years — against an Ohio State team that has been effective in its region and longs to rise in the national hierarchy.
Jessica Davenport led Ohio State (6-1) with 14 points but was constantly confronted by Fowles and at least one other defender virtually every time she touched the ball. Brandie Hoskins added 13 points for the Buckeyes.
“We knew she [Davenport] was the head of the snake,” Fowles said. “We went under the assumption that if we took her away … if we could slow her down, it would affect their team.”
Ohio State, which has led the nation in field-goal percentage each of the past two seasons, shot a mere 33 percent. LSU was 29 of 55 from the field for 53 percent.
“In our preparation for the game, we talked about the game being won in the paint. We outscored them 34-20 in the paint, and we won by 16,” Tigers coach Pokey Chatman said.
Foster joked that the future wasn’t entirely bleak for his team.
“It’s very obvious that the chance of having an upside or improving are greater than theirs,” he said. “Because Augustus and Fowles aren’t getting any better. That’s a fact.”
Other Top 10 women
At No. 1 Tennessee 83, Louisiana Tech 59
Shanna Zolman scored 21 points and Candace Parker added 18 to lead the Vols (9-0) over the Techsters (5-3). It was Tennessee’s fifth straight victory in the series.
Parker’s layup with 14:15 left in the first half gave the Vols a 12-10 lead. Tennessee never trailed again.
No. 12 Arizona St. 68,
at Fresno St. 52
Emily Westerberg, a former Central Valley High School standout, scored 15 points and the Sun Devils (8-1) forced 23 turnovers in a victory over the Bulldogs (5-3).
Arizona State extended its winning streak to five. Sun Devils guard Briann January, who is from Spokane, had six steals.
Oregon 89, at Idaho St. 69
Carolyn Ganes scored a career-high 26 points as the Ducks (8-1) defeated the Bengals (4-5). Ganes added a team-high eight rebounds.
Chelsey Chambers scored 26 on 10-of-16 shooting for Idaho State.
• Kentucky sophomore center Randolph Morris‘ seasonlong suspension for his attempt to enter the NBA draft was reduced to 14 games by the NCAA. He can begin playing Jan. 10.
Additional information provided by the school showed Morris clearly intended to retain his collegiate eligibility while declaring for the draft, the NCAA said in a statement.
Morris must repay expenses related to the tryouts — which amounted to more than $7,000 from nine NBA teams, the NCAA statement said.