Mathies lifts No. 9 Kentucky women over No. 6 Tennessee
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 61, Tennessee 60
|Georgia 61, Florida 55
|Ole Miss 60, Arkansas 54
|LSU 58, South Carolina 48
|Vanderbilt 66, Auburn 58
|Mississippi State 66, Alabama 61
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A'dia Mathies drove the lane and scored in traffic with 4.2 seconds left to finish with a career-high 34 points and No. 9 Kentucky beat No. 6 Tennessee 61-60 Thursday night to snap the Lady Volunteers' 36-game Southeastern Conference winning streak.
With Kentucky trailing 60-57, Mathies followed her own shot to cut it to one with 46 seconds left.
After Tennessee (12-4, 3-1) was called for a charge and Kentucky (15-2, 4-0) used a timeout, Mathies took the ball at halfcourt, dribbled into the lane and hit a 7-foot floater off the glass in the paint.
Kamiko Williams drove the length of the floor, but missed an off-balance 16-footer as time expired.
Tennessee rallied from 12 points down with 7:46 left to take a lead, but lost for the first time in the SEC since falling 53-50 at Georgia on Jan. 21, 2010.
Keyla Snowden added 11 points to help Kentucky win its first four games in conference play for the first time in history to go with 15 straight at home.
Glory Johnson scored 17 points, Vicki Baugh 16 and Shekinna Stricklen 11 for Tennessee.
Kentucky led 50-38 off two free throws by Mathies with 7:46 left when Tennessee used a 14-2 rally to tie it. Meighan Simmons and Stricklen hit 3s, while Ariel Massengale's three-point play made it 54-all.
Then, after Mathies made two more free throws, Stricklen hit a layup, Kentucky's Amber Smith threw a pass away that led to a free throw by Johnson and Mathies fell and lost the ball that started Tennessee's 3-on-0 break that ended with a layup by Baugh to give the Lady Vols a 59-56 with 2:06 left.
At the timeout, the Kentucky pep band played "Don't Stop Believin'" with the game seemingly getting out of control.
Bria Goss made one of two free throws for the Wildcats and Johnson hit the second of two attempts to put Tennessee back ahead 60-57.
Goss then missed a 3 that would've tied it, but grabbed her own rebound and Kentucky got another possession. Mathies scored on a putback to cut it to 60-59 and Stricklen was whistled for a charge with 28 seconds to play, setting up the final possession.
The last time these two teams played in the SEC Tournament, the Lady Vols routed the Wildcats by 25. This one looked to be different from the start between the two schools that have many ties on the coaching staff on both sides.
Tennessee used a 10-2 run midway through the first half to take a 20-18 lead before both teams went cold for the next five minutes, combining to miss 25 consecutive shots and commit 12 turnovers before Mathies grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to end the cold snap.
The Lady Vols' struggles continued. Alicia Manning hit the second of two free throws, but a bucket by Snowden gave Kentucky a 25-21 halftime lead as Tennessee finished the half with 16 straight misses and eight turnovers.
Johnson's 8-footer in the lane on the team's first shot of the second half ended the span of nearly 11 minutes without a field goal, but Kentucky would still build a 50-38 lead behind Mathies and Snowden before Tennessee's furious rally.
No. 19 Georgia women beats Florida 61-55
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Anne Marie Armstrong and Khaalidah Miller scored 19 points apiece to lead No. 19 Georgia to a 61-55 win over Southeastern Conference rival Florida on Thursday night.
Georgia (14-3, 3-1) led for almost the last 36 minutes -- by as many as 15 points -- but weathered a late rally by Florida (11-6, 1-3).
Jennifer George led Florida with 15 points and eight rebounds. Deana Allen added 14 points.
Armstrong led Georgia with six rebounds and three steals. She also turned the ball over 10 times.
The Gators rallied in the second half. Florida went on a 13-2 run to close to 40-37 with 9:26 to go on George's 3-point play.
Georgia pushed the lead back to 10 on two free throws by Armstrong with 4:53 to play. Florida got to 53-49 when Jaterra Bonds hit two free throws with 2:37 remaining, but the Gators never got closer.
Big Second Half Leads Ole Miss Over Arkansas
OXFORD, Miss. – Danielle McCray grabbed a huge defensive rebound with 22.9 seconds remaining and Nikki Byrd added two free throws with 19 seconds left as the Ole Miss women’s basketball team defeated Arkansas 60-54 Thursday night.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 11-6 (1-3 SEC) while Arkansas fell to 11-5 (0-4 SEC).
Byrd led Ole Miss with 16 points while Valencia McFarland added 13 points and seven assists. McCray tied her career high with eight rebounds.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a nine-point lead, 15-7, with 14:15 to play before a three from McFarland cut the lead to four on a three pointer, 17-13, with 11:00 remaining.
Arkansas again stretched its lead to nine before threes from McFarland and Whitney Hameth cut the Razorbacks’ lead to 31-28 with 4:47 left in the first half.
A three-point play from Byrd with 57 seconds left in the half gave Ole Miss its first lead of the game at 32-31 and the teams were tied at 33-33 at the half.
McFarland led the Rebels with nine points on three threes while Byrd had seven. Ole Miss shot 52.2 percent (12-23) from the floor while Arkansas shot 43.8 percent (14-32).
In the second half, the Rebels used a 13-0 run to race out to a 46-33 run, holding the Razorbacks scoreless for the first 5:17 of the half. Arkansas used an 8-0 run to get back in the game, pulling to within two, 52-50, with 2:50 to play.
For the game Ole Miss shot 47.8 percent (22-46) from the floor.
Ole Miss will travel to Alabama Sunday at 2 p.m.
Barrett leads LSU women to comeback win
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LaSondra Barrett scored 14 points and LSU rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat No. 24 South Carolina 58-48 on Thursday night.
The Lady Tigers (13-3, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 30-20 less than one minute into the second half. But LSU then held the Gamecocks to 10 points over the next 18 minutes. The Lady Tigers took the lead for good at 35-33 when Jeanne Kenney made two free throws with 10:32 remaining.
South Carolina (14-3, 3-1) pulled to 41-40 when Ebony Wilson sank two free throws with 6:57 to play. LSU then scored 12 consecutive points -- Barrett made seven free throws during that stretch.
Destiny Hughes added 11 points for the Lady Tigers. Krystal Forthan came off the LSU bench and contributed eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
Reserve Aleighsa Welsh led the Gamecocks with 13 points and seven rebounds. La'Keisha Sutton finished with 10 points.
No. 25 Vanderbilt women beat Auburn 66-58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Christina Foggie tied a career high with 27 points, leading No. 25 Vanderbilt to a 66-58 victory over Auburn on Thursday night.
Foggie scored 22 points after halftime and matched a personal best with six 3-pointers. It was her seventh 20-point game of the season as Vanderbilt (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) is off to its best start in five years.
After a scoring drought over nearly eight minutes in the first half, Auburn (9-8, 1-3) trailed by 20 twice in the second half. The Tigers went on a 13-1 run over the last 98 seconds to cut the lead to five, but Vanderbilt made three of four free throws to seal the victory.
Tiffany Clarke, making her first start of the season for Vanderbilt, scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. Jasmine Lister chipped in 11.
Tyrese Tanner scored 14 points for the Tigers and Chantel Hilliard added 11 points.
Strong Second Half Rallies Mississippi State past Alabama, 66-61
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – While the University of Alabama remains proud of Foster Auditorium, the new home of its women’s basketball team, Mississippi State has also found the facility to its liking.
Trailing for most of the contest Thursday night, MSU notched its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season and a second straight win in this building. A late Kendra Grant 3-point basket broke a tie as the Lady Bulldogs posted a 66-61 victory.
“I had to knock it down, I was open and Diamber (Johnson) saw me,” said Grant, of her game-winning shot. “I knew I had to knock it down and I did.”
That basket came at the 1:18 mark and actually gave the Lady Bulldogs their first lead of the second half. Alabama missed two shots on its offensive end before MSU received possession after a loose ball went out of bounds.
Porsha Porter, back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s loss at Kentucky due to illness, sank two free throws to close out the Lady Bulldogs’ fifth straight win on the Alabama campus.
The Lady Bulldogs (11-5 overall, 1-2 SEC) have now won eight times all-time in Tuscaloosa, with seven of those wins coming in the last nine series meetings here.
“There were a lot of big plays,” MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “Kendra hit a big 3 and Martha (Awal) came up with a big shot. Shamia (Robinson) also had a big shot. We had some rebounds with folks off the bench, and Diamber attacked the basket.”
The Lady Bulldogs struggled on the defensive end early. After a basket by Johnson gave MSU a 16-15 lead, The Crimson Tide grabbed a 26-20 lead with an 11-4 run. Thanks in part to a 3-point from Porter, the Maroon and White closed back within one.
Alabama (10-8 overall, 0-4 SEC) answered with the game’s next seven points to take a 33-25 lead with 3:28 left in the half. UA would run the advantage to 11 points before taking a 41-34 halftime lead.
In the opening half, the Crimson Tide hit 44.4 percent of its shots. Defensively, MSU changed some things around in the second half. Alabama missed all five of its 3-point attempts in the final half and also never made it to the free throw line in the final 20 minutes.
“Not allowing a free throw or 3-point basket in the second half was a real positive for this team,” Fanning-Otis said. “We stepped up and got better as a team. We found a way to come back and get a big SEC win.”
The Lady Bulldogs held Alabama to two field goals over the first seven-plus minutes of the final half. A jumper by Alwal brought MSU within two at 43-41.
Alabama quickly reestablished a six-point lead and held some type of lead until Grant hit a game-tying 3-point basket with 4:17 left. Alabama had only one field goal the rest of the way.
Two free throws by Porter again created a 61-61 tie with 2:26 left. Slightly more than a minute later, Grant hit the eventual game-winner.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 23 of 54 shots from the field (42.6 percent), 9 of 26 shots from 3-point range (34.6 percent) and 11 of 17 shots from the foul line (64.7 percent). The Crimson Tide hit 22 of 56 shots from the field (39.3 percent), 5 of 15 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 12 of 15 shots from the foul line (80.0 percent).
UA held a 37-34 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 14 assists and 18 turnovers, while the Crimson Tide had 11 assists and 20 turnovers.
Johnson paced four Lady Bulldogs in double figures with 22 points. Porter added 16 points, while Grant scored 13 points and Catina Bett scored 11 points. Porter’s efforts pushed the Chicago native past 500 career points.
“To have four players in double figures is a real positive for this team,” Fanning-Otis said.
Alabama received 15 points from Celiscia Farmer and 11 points from Jasmine Robinson.
The Lady Bulldogs host No. 19 Georgia at 2 p.m. Sunday.