Taylor Turnbow had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 7 LSU to a 61-40 victory over No. 24 Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night.

LaSondra Barrett added 10 points for LSU (2-0).

All-American forward Alysha Clark had 16 points and a game-high 20 rebounds for Middle Tennessee (1-1).

The Blue Raiders beat the Lady Tigers each of the last two seasons, including last year's game in which Clark scored 37. However, Middle Tennessee's hopes of a third straight win over LSU evaporated quickly.

After an early exchange of leads, LSU's advantage grew to double figures midway through the first half. The Lady Tigers led 35-15 at the break and by at least 16 the rest of the way.

LSU senior guard Allison Hightower was helped to the locker room after leaving the game with 3:02 remaining.