Hightower gets 1,000th career point as No. 7 LSU cruises past Nicholls StateBy AP
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Hightower gets 1,000th point as No. 7 LSU cruises
BATON ROUGE, La. — Allison Hightower scored 15 points, reaching 1,000 for her career, and No. 7 LSU routed Nicholls State 86-49 on Sunday night.
Playing their second game in two nights, the Lady Tigers (4-0) showed no signs of fatigue against the Colonels (0-3).
LSU scored the first 15 points before Nicholls State finally got on the board 5 minutes in. The Lady Tigers held the Colonels to 25 percent shooting from the field en route to a 46-15 halftime lead.
The LSU lead grew to as many as 42 points in the second half.
Hightower, who came into the game needing 14 points to become the 28th LSU player to score 1,000, reached the mark with 15:15 remaining on a pair of free throws. LSU coach Van Chancellor then called time out to allow Hightower to leave the game for good to an ovation.
Reserve guards Bianca Lutley and Adrianne Webb added 12 points each and backup forward Swayze Black had 10. All 13 active Lady Tigers saw action and all but three scored.
Ricshanda Bickham scored 23 to lead Nicholls. Alisha Allen added 14.
LSU shot 55.2 percent for the game and held Nicholls to 33.3 percent shooting. The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Colonels 48-23, led by a game-high nine rebounds from Black.
The win was LSU’s 29th straight against in-state opponents.