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    Tennessee 87, Vanderbilt 64
    Florida 62, LSU 58
    Arkansas 59, Auburn 39
    Ole Miss 69, Alabama 55
    Georgia 68, Mississippi State 51
    Kentucky 66, South Carolina 58

    #6 Lady Vols Hand #25 Vandy, 87-64 Loss

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A 21-4 run over a six-minute span midway through the second half helped lift the #6/7 Lady Vols to a 87-64 victory over #25/24 Vanderbilt on Saturday before 17,879. Shekinna Stricklen led the way with 20 points and Glory Johnson posted her sixth double-double in the last seven games with 16 points and 13 rebounds.Vicki Baugh contributed 16 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Vols, who rebounded from a 61-60 loss at #9 Kentucky on Thursday night. Tennessee improved to 13-4 overall, 4-1 in the SEC.

    Meighan Simmons chipped in with 10 points and Ariel Massengale set her career-high in assists with 12 to go along with six points. The 12 assists tie for the fifth-most in Tennessee history. That mark was first accomplished by Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick in 1980.

    Christina Foggie led all scorers with 24 point for the Commodores (14-3, 2-2). Stephanie Holzer added 14.

    After a very tight game for the first 25 minutes, where neither team led by double-figures, the Lady Vols turned up the defensive intensity and created offensive opportunities. Tennessee had 14 steals and shot 52.9 from the floor. It was the third time this season, Tennessee shot 50 percent from the floor. Johnson tied her career-high with five steals.

    The Lady Vols limited the NCAA's best 3-point shooting team to just 31.3 from beyond the arc (5-of-16). Vanderbilt came into the game making 44.1 percent of its shots from trifecta land.

    As part of the 21-4 run, the Lady Vols used a 10-0 run to break open the game midway through the second half. Tenacious defense helped create easy offensive opportunities for UT. After neither team led by double-figures for the first 28 minutes of action, the Lady Vols ballooned to a 15-point lead with 10:26 left in the game.

    A Stricklen 3-pointer with 14 minutes left in the second half, gave the Lady Vols a 51-43 advantage after the teams had played even early in the second half. Tennessee then took the first double-figure lead of the game on a pair of Baugh free throws with 11:44 left. Just seconds later Johnson stole the ball and laid one home for a 57-45 lead for Tennessee. On the next possession, Simmons stole another pass and Massengale finished 10 consecutive points for the Lady Vols.

    The lead ballooned to 20 on a Baugh jump shot with 4:30 left, giving the Lady Vols a 77-57 lead.Tennessee held a 39-36 advantage at halftime thanks to 50 percent shooting from the floor (16-of-32) with eight points apiece from Baugh and Johnson. The half featured three ties and team led by double-figures.

    Johnson went down with an apparent shoulder injury with 1:49 left in the half as she got tangled up with Elan Brown going after a loose ball. After halftime, she returned with vengence and as she racked up the double-double.

    A Briana Bass 3-pointer followed by a Baugh lay-up gave the Lady Vols a 35-26 lead with 3:34 left in the first half. Vanderbilt came right back with consecutive 3-pointers by Foggie to cut the UT lead to 35-32 with 2:49 left.

    Johnson's putback with 6:30 left in the first half gave Tennessee the first lead larger than six points in the first half, 25-19. That finished a mini 6-0 run for UT.


    Gators Use Balanced Attack to Snap LSU’s 10-game Winning Streak, 62-58

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack, which saw all 10 players record at least two points, and a lockdown defense to hand LSU its first Southeastern Conference loss, 62-58, Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

    Redshirt senior Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) led the offensive charge for the Orange and Blue scoring 11 of her 16 points in the second half to help UF to the victory. Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) and Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) each added nine points for the Gators who improved to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in SEC play with the victory. The balanced attack helped UF earn a key 18-12 advantage in bench scoring.  

    “Obviously I’m very proud of our effort today in every way and I think we saw for most of the ball game what we’ve been waiting to see - a complete game where we’re playing tough Florida defense,” said UF head coach Amanda Butler, who earned her 90th victory in five years with the Gators. “I’m really proud of the way they bounced back after some really tough losses that I think would have been very easy for our team to start to hang their heads and doubt a little bit. I think it would have been really easy for our kids to have less belief than they did, but they didn’t allow that to happen. They played with a lot of confidence.”

    The win for UF was the first for Butler against LSU and has now earned at least one win against each of the other SEC schools. Sunday’s victory marked Florida’s first against the Tigers since a 79-78 overtime victory on Feb. 16, 2006.

    After the first six minutes of the game saw the two teams go back-and-forth, the Gators went on an 18-4 run to push their advantage to 30-16. The run was sparked by a stout defense effort, which held the Tigers without a field goal for 10 minutes and 14 seconds of game action.  LSU refused to back down and cut the Gator lead to 32-25 at the half.

    UF used a balanced attack in the first half as nine different Gators etched their names in the score book. The balanced attack started early as each of UF’s first seven field goals came from a different player before Jones added her second field goal at the 11:02 mark.  Lilly Svete (Granger, Ind.) led the UF charge in the first with six points on a pair of threes, while Madu and Jones added five each. On the glass in the first, UF was paced by Allen who had six rebounds.

    The second half saw Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.), who was hampered with three early fouls and was the only Gator who played in the first half that didn’t score, set the tone for UF as she scored two early baskets, which were followed by a Jones three that pushed the Florida advantage to 14 points, 43-29.

    LSU (13-4, 4-1 SEC) responded by going on a 7-0 run of its own and closed within seven, 43-36, with 10:58 remaining, before Bonds converted on a layup off of a two-on-one fast break taking a beautiful pass from Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.), who dished a game-high six assists, a marked tied for her season-high. 

    The Bonds layup seemed to spark the Gators as they scored eight of the next 10 points behind a pair of deep threes from Jones and a foul line jumper from Madu that pushed UF’s advantage back to 15 points, 53-38, with 7:39 on the clock.

    As was the case earlier in the game, the Tigers refused to go away and cut the UF lead to two, 55-53, on a basket and the foul from Courtney Jones with 2:35 left in the game. George quickly answered with a fastbreak layup to push the lead back to two possessions. From there, Florida was able to play tough defense and hit 5-of-9 free throws down the stretch, including two from Bonds after the LSU was within four, 57-53, with 1:23 remaining, and two from Madu, who sank both with 15 seconds on the clock that pushed UF’s lead back to eight, 62-54, to hang on for the four-point victory. Each of the Gator’s five SEC games has been decided by six or less points this year.

    LaSondra Barrett led all scorers and rebounders with 17 and 11, respectively, for LSU, which had its 10-game win streak snapped and surrendered the third most points it had allowed all season. The Gators also halted their five-game slide against the Tigers. Courtney Jones added 15 points and eight rebounds, as the Tigers held the 43-41 rebounding edge, as well as outscore the Gators 30-24 in the paint and tally 18 second-chance points, compared to UF’s 11.


    Arkansas downs Auburn for big SEC win

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas had two posts in double figures for the first time this year leading the Razorbacks to a 59-39 Southeastern Conference win over Auburn in Bud Walton Arena Sunday.
    The balanced attack saw Ashley Daniels and Sarah Watkins score 12 each as the Razorbacks notched their first SEC win of the year moving to 12-5 overall and 1-4 in the SEC.  Auburn falls to 9-9 and 1-4 in the SEC.  Lyndsay Harris added 11 going 3-for-7 from three point range for the Razorbacks.
    “It just feels good to get a win in the SEC,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “We were pretty focused today, especially on the defensive end of the floor.  Our shooting was still kind of slow to start but the defense kept us in the game.”
    Arkansas hit a three to start the game and scored its next eight points in the paint, something that had been lacking in the team’s recent losses.  Collen substituted liberally in the first half, keeping Auburn guessing on personal and offenses and that gave the Razorbacks an advantage.
    Arkansas’ aggressive play did see the Razorbacks turn the ball over 10 times but Auburn was unable to convert those miscues into points, scoring just four off turnovers.  The Razorbacks were balanced for the half shooting nearly 48 percent going 11-for-23, taking a 28-18 lead into halftime.  It was the first halftime lead for the Razorbacks since Dec. 28.
    Both teams were cold to start the second half and Auburn tried to press the Razorbacks to slow the fast-paced play.  Harris, Ricketts and Calli Berna handled the ball well and broke the press keeping the pace moving until the scoring started once again.
    Both teams finally hit more than three minutes into the second frame and traded baskets in the first 10 minutes of the half.  Auburn cut the lead to 10 twice but a three pointer from Harris at the 9:27 mark seemed to knock the wind out of the Tigers as Arkansas stretched the lead to 22 three different times in the final minutes of the game.
    Arkansas shot 42.9 percent for the game, going 21-for-49.  In addition to three players in double figures, Arkansas got seven points from senior C’eira Ricketts and six from sophomore Kiera Peak.  Peak paced the team as the Razorbacks out-rebounded Auburn, 38-34. 
    The Razorbacks were also really good in the paint, scoring 24 and holding Auburn to 14.


    Ole Miss Wins Back-To-Back SEC Games

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team won back-to-back SEC games for the first time in two years as a balanced effort led the Rebels over the Alabama Crimson Tide Sunday afternoon, 69-55.  

    With the win, Ole Miss improved to 12-6 overall (2-3 SEC) while Alabama fell to 10-9 overall (0-5 SEC). The win gave Ole Miss its first back-to-back SEC wins since the 2009-10 season when the Rebels won five straight conference games in January of 2010. 

    Valencia McFarland recorded her eighth career 20-point ending the game with a career-best 25 points to go along with nine assists.  Whitney Hameth tied her career high with 15 points and Tia Faleu recorded eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.

    The first 11 minutes of the game featured six lead changes and three ties, before a 9-0 run by the Rebels put Ole Miss up 21-13 with 9:28 to play in the first half.

    Ole Miss stretched its lead to 13 points, 32-19, on a three from Hameth with 6:24 remaining in the half.  The Crimson Tide cut the Rebels’ lead to five, 36-31, with 31 seconds left in the half before McFarland hit a fade away jumper with three seconds remaining as Ole Miss led, 38-31 at the half.

    The Rebels shot 50 percent (16-32) from the floor in the first half and 71.4 percent (5-7) from three point range.  McFarland had 17 points and five assists at the half while Faleru had six boards. 

    In the second half, the Crimson Tide cut the Rebels’ lead to six, 44-38, with 15:56 left to play before another three from Hameth gave Ole Miss a 13-point advantage, 53-40, with just over 13 minutes remaining.
    Alabama cut Ole Miss’ lead to 10 on three occasions late in the second half but the Rebels went up 14, 66-52, on a put back from Faleru with 3:23 to play. 

    For the game, Ole Miss shot a season-best 66.7 percent (28-59) from the floor and shot 70 percent (7-10) from three-point range. 


    Georgia Rolls Mississippi State

    Starkville, Miss. --- Anne Marie Armstrong equaled her career high with 22 points to lead a trio of Lady Bulldogs in double digits as No. 19 Georgia secured a 68-51 victory over Mississippi State here on Sunday.

    Khaalidah Miller scored 17, and Jasmine Hassell chipped in 12. Erika Ford added eight (all in the second half) for Georgia (15-3, 4-1 SEC). Porsha Porter paced State (11-6, 1-3 SEC) with a dozen points.

    The victory was even more impressive considering the Lady Bulldogs played the final 33:58 without starting point guard Jasmine James.

    "We've got a lot of kids with aches and pains," Andy Landers said. "For them to be able to come out and play and then lose a player in the game and not flinch and continue to make plays like they did today is admirable. It's a maturity and a strength that a lot of teams don't have."

    Georgia led 23-16 when James went to the floor with 6:02 left in the first half grasping the right knee she sprained during the Montana State game on Dec. 20. James missed the Lady Bulldogs' final two non-conference outings against Appalachian State and Furman before returning to the court for the SEC opener versus Arkansas on Jan. 1.

    James did not return, leaving Ford, Miller and Meredith Mitchell on the floor for the rest of the contest.

    The Lady Bulldogs were impressive over the entire 40 minutes.

    Georgia scored the game's first five points and never trailed. Armstrong and Miller combined to score 14 as the Lady Bulldogs opened up a 20-10 lead at the 9:35 mark. State responded with a 6-0 run to pull within four just 1:03 later.

    After play resumed following James' injury, Georgia quickly scored five points - on a runner by Miller and a three from Armstrong - to build the largest advantage of the first half at 28-16. The Lady Bulldogs eventually entered the lockerroom up 34-26.

    Georgia notched the first five points of the second stanza in less than a minute to expand the margin to 13. State did not pull within single digits the rest of the way, with the lead topping out at 60-42 with 5:31 left.

    The Lady Bulldogs shot 42.3 percent from the floor and outrebounded State, 40-29. Georgia had as many offensive rebounds (21) as Mississippi State grabbed defensively and posted a 29-12 edge in points off of turnovers.

    "I thought everyone played well," Landers said. "Our guards, first of all, were terrific defensively and our traps on ball screens really kept Mississippi State from executing and doing the things that they do so well. That piece drove the game and drove the outcome of the game. For the most part, we kept them out of the paint as well. That's what they want to the ball into the lane and make plays or drive and kick out or drive and play off to a post player. We accomplished the objectives we set out to accomplish before the game started."


    Kentucky Remains Perfect In SEC Play

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Keyla Snowden scored 15 points to lead No. 9 Kentucky to a 66-58 win over No. 24 South Carolina on Sunday.

    The Wildcats (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern) came in as the SEC's leading offense, but were held to 15 below their average by the league's best defense. Still, the 66 points were the most the Gamecocks have given up all season.

    Kentucky showed it can play defense too, forcing 28 turnovers and holding South Carolina (14-4, 3-2) to just three fields goals over 10 minutes after the Gamecocks took a 45-36 lead with 11 minutes to go in the game.

    The Wildcats' 5-0 SEC start is their best ever and they are now alone atop the SEC and nearly halfway to matching their team-best 11 SEC wins achieved each of the last two seasons.

    Kentucky also beat a ranked SEC team on the road for just the third time in the past decade.

    The Gamecocks, ranked for the first time in nine years, appeared to be ready to knock down another wall and beat a top 10 team for the first time since knocking off sixth-ranked Vanderbilt in January 2002. Kentucky had a three-game losing streak in Columbia, and South Carolina led by nine with 11 minutes to go after Aleighsa Welch hit a free throw.

    But Kentucky scored the next 11 points. Kastine Evans' 3-pointer - Kentucky's first of the game - tied things at 45, then Azia Bishop's short jumper put Kentucky ahead for the first time in the second half at 47-45 with 6:52 to go.

    Sancheon White buried a 3 to give the Gamecocks the lead briefly, but Snowden answered with a jumper, and the Wildcats would lead for the rest of the way.

    Kentucky's two leading scorers coming in combined for just 11 points. A'dia Mathies scored eight and Bria Goss added three points. The Wildcats were just 2-of-13 on 3-pointers and were outrebounded 40-30.

    But the Wildcats, tops in the SEC in turnover margin, forced South Carolina into 10 more turnovers. The Gamecocks also didn't help out themselves, making just 12 of 25 free throws.

    Ieasia Walker led South Carolina with 14 points. La'Keisha Sutton scored 12 points and Welch added 11 points.

    The Gamecocks lost twice this week and will likely tumble out of the top 25 after making into the poll this week for the first time since the end of the 2002-03 season. The Gamecocks made the NCAA tournament that year, but have not been back since.