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    Auburn 67, Ole Miss 54
    South Carolina 69, Mississippi State 43
    Kentucky 82, Alabama 68
    Arkansas 73, Florida 72 (OT)
    Vanderbilt 81, LSU 72
    Tennessee 67, Georgia 50

    Camille Glymph’s 19 Points Leads Auburn To 67-54 Win At Ole Miss

    OXFORD, Miss. – Auburn sophomore Camille Glymph scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Tigers (11-11, 3-6 SEC) to a 67-54 win at Ole Miss (12-10, 2-7 SEC) Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.

    “That was a good way to start the second half of the SEC season,” said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “We are focusing on finishing the season strong and we are one down now with seven to go.”

    Glymph scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half when the Tigers used a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. The Greenville, S.C., native also finished the day with four rebounds and a team-high six assists.

    “Camille had a good day shooting the ball, but she didn’t even take all the shots she had, if you can believe that,” said Fortner. “I actually had to get on her to shoot more. It was nice to see her knock down those shots because it gives us some confidence and you can see that immediately when she does that.”

    Tyrese Tanner, Auburn’s leading scorer on the season, came off the bench for 12 points while Blanche Alverson added 10. Senior Parrisha Simmons came off the bench and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

    One of the big factors for Auburn was the defensive play of Pascale West, who came off the bench to guard Ole Miss’ Nikki Byrd. Byrd, the Rebels’ second-leading scorer and the SEC’s top rebounder coming into the game, was held to just two field goals and three rebounds.

    “We had to take care of Nikki Byrd and that is where I thought P.J. West was the x-factor for us,” said Fortner. “P.J.’s size really bothered Byrd and kept the ball out of her hands.”

    There were three ties and eight lead changes in the first half, but Auburn went on 13-2 run to close out the half to take the lead for good. The Rebels led 26-25 with 5:09 left in the half, but Glymph found Alverson in the lane for a layup that gave Auburn the lead for good and sparked the run.

    Ole Miss was able to cut into the lead early in the second half, but would come no closer than seven points.

    A pair of free throws by Kenyotta Jenkins with 9:51 left cut the lead to seven, but Chantel Hilliard got a turnaround jumper that sparked a 10-2 run that put the Tigers back up by 15. Auburn would lead by double digits the rest of the way, holding on for the 67-54 win.

    Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 15 points while Byrd finished with 11. McFarland and Danielle McCray pulled down team-highs of five rebounds each.

    Auburn shot 46.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from3-point range with Glymph and Alverson combining for five treys. The Tigers also out-rebounded Ole Miss, 40-32.


    Second-Half Run Sparks 69-43 Win Over Mississippi State

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Seniors La’Keisha Sutton and Markeshia Grant shined in South Carolina’s 69-43 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Sutton scored 17 points, her 11th double-figure game in the last 14 outings, while Grant had 15 as the Gamecocks picked up their sixth conference win. South Carolina (17-5, 6-3 SEC) turned an eight-point halftime lead into a comfortable margin with an immediate 17-3 run in the second half.

    The Gamecocks put the pressure on Mississippi State (13-8, 4-4 SEC) early in the game, forcing turnovers and getting easy buckets in the paint. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to answer as Sutton netted a jumper on a fast break, putting the Gamecocks ahead 6-2. Defensive rebounding by Ashley Bruner and Charenee Stephens allowed the Gamecocks to push the ball on offense and control the pace of the game early.

    Mississippi State bounced back after Catina Bett scored in the paint as the Lady Bulldogs applied full-court pressure. The Gamecocks held their composure against the press, only turning the ball over once while continuing their success on offense. Tough defense by South Carolina limited the Bulldogs to only 11-of-28 shooting in the first half. Defensive rebounding was a big factor in fueling the Gamecocks’ offense as well. Led by Bruner, the Gamecocks had a total 11 defensive rebounds and only allowed two second-chance points the entire first half.

    Sutton was firing on all cylinders, leading the team in scoring and assists in the first half. With 10:20 left in the period, she assisted Bruner on a fast break layup then sank a jumper from the right side of the key. After missing a layup, Sutton stole the inbound pass and laid it up to put the Gamecocks up 20-12. Three plays later, she assisted Stephens for a layup then drove the right side for two points of her own. Sutton concluded a three-possession run where she scored or assisted on every basket with a mid-range jumper from the right side to finish off a 6-2 surge.

    The Gamecocks came out in the second half with a 6-0 run on 3-pointers from Grant and Sutton to give the home team the momentum. The Lady Bulldogs answered with a layup from Martha Alwal, but the response was short lived. The Gamecocks came back with an 8-0 run off breakaway layups from Sutton and Bruner to go up 47-25, the largest lead of the game, just five minutes the half.

    “We got out and got some easy buckets [early in the second half],” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “I thought we came out and just took open shots, shots that were natural for us.”

    The Lady Bulldogs’ Porsha Porter hit a bucket to stem the tide, and Mississippi State got a turnover on the Gamecocks’ next possession looking to rally back. But, back-to-back blocks by Bruner stymied Mississippi State’s effort, and the Lady Bulldogs would not get any closer.

    The Gamecocks lit up the court with a season high 49.1 field goal percentage and out-worked the Lady Bulldogs on the boards only allowing three second-chance points on the game and turning 27 defensive rebounds into 21 fast break points.


    Kentucky Tops Alabama

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had high hopes that his sixth-ranked Wildcats would put on a show in front of the only team in school history to win a conference title. By the end, he was just happy for a win.

    "It's almost as if we thought if we got a certain number of points ahead, Alabama was going to go away, that certainly never happened today," Mitchell said. "We're not going to paint a masterpiece every afternoon."

    Keyla Snowden scored 14 points and A'dia Mathies added 13 as Kentucky jumped on Alabama with a big first-half run in an 82-68 victory Sunday to move the Wildcats within one game of matching the best start in school history.

    The Wildcats honored the 1981-82 team at halftime, which included Valerie Still, the school's all-time leading scorer and the only woman with her number retired in the program's history.

    Kentucky (20-2, 9-0) is vying for its first Southeastern Conference title since 1982 and looking to match the squad one year later that won 21 of its first 23 games on the way to the NCAA tournament.

    "It's one of our goals," Snowden said of winning the conference. "That's what we're going to push for."

    But Kentucky realizes it'll need a better sustained effort after jumping out to a 25-point lead but playing a lackluster second half.

    Alabama (10-12, 0-8) held an early 13-10 lead before Kentucky used a 32-4 run where the Crimson Tide hit just 1 of 14 shots from the field and committed 10 turnovers in a span of just under 12 minutes.

    "We feel like we did some things to ourselves," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "We had 16 turnovers in the first half, cut those down to nine in the second."

    Kentucky has won 17 straight at Memorial Coliseum, which was again sold out with 7,871 in attendance, and has won 45 of its last 47 at home over the last three seasons.

    The Wildcats have been in the poll for 37 straight weeks and appear on a collision course for a game at Tennessee on Feb. 13 that will likely determine this year's SEC regular season champion.

    "We want to win the SEC," Mathies said. "We think we've worked extremely hard to win it and that we've got the most talent to win it. I think if we just keep doing what we've been doing and get better then we'll be able to win it and it will be a great honor to win it."

    SEC freshman of the week Bria Goss had 11 points for the Wildcats and Kentucky scored the first seven points of the second half before Alabama rallied with Mathies and Samarie Walker in foul trouble.

    Meghan Perkins' layup cut it to 73-62 with 4:41 left and Alabama had a chance to get within single digits, but Jasmine Robinson missed a layup and Khristin Lee's putback attempt was no good with 4:05 left as Kentucky pulled away from there.

    Robinson and Kyra Crosby scored 14 points apiece, while Lee finished with 12 for Alabama, which has lost seven straight in the series. Alabama finished with 25 turnovers, the 20th game this season Kentucky has forced at least 20 turnovers as the nation's leader in turnover margin.

    "If we play together, have a common goal, we can beat anybody if we play for 40 minutes instead of 20 minutes," Crosby said.

    Jessica Merritt hit two free throws to give Alabama a 13-10 lead with 14:34 left before the Wildcats' 32-4 run that started when Snowden hit a 3-pointer from the left side and followed up with another basket.

    Mathies hit consecutive 3s for Kentucky that made it 33-17 and Walker finished the spurt with her jumper in the paint to give Kentucky a 42-17 lead.

    Kentucky is keyed by the play of Snowden, Mathies and Goss, along with a frenetic style of defense known as the "40 minutes of dread" and had forced 16 turnovers by half - just off Alabama's 16.8 average per game.

    But it wasn't quite up to standards against the Crimson Tide.

    "I just know that we had an uncharacteristic second half of defense and I didn't think we gave a Kentucky-type effort in the second half. That's disappointing," Mitchell said. "If they continue to do that, they'll get beat."

    Alabama hasn't beaten a ranked opponent in nine years and doesn't have a senior on this squad after Ericka Russell's career ended due to multiple knee injuries.

    "I think we probably played our two best SEC games," Hudson said after also losing against Tennessee on Thursday night. "We had a group together that was competing against the two best teams in the league. Hopefully that's going to prove something."


    Watkins leads Arkansas to double OT win Sunday

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Five University of Arkansas players were in double figures leading the Razorback women’s basketball team to a 73-72 double-overtime win over Florida in Bud Walton Arena Sunday.
    Arkansas (16-5, 5-4 SEC) has won five Southeastern Conference games in a row with the victory over the Gators (13-8, 3-5 SEC).
    Junior Sarah Watkins led the Razorbacks with 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks.  Senior Ashley Daniels finished with 13 points and nine rebounds followed by 12 points, four assists, three steals and seven rebounds from senior C’erira Ricketts. Senior Lyndsay Harris added 11 points and sophomore Dominique Robinson had 10 points and eight rebounds in the win.
    “It was a great game and the fans got behind us and made a huge difference,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “Florida frustrated us in the first half and we struggled but our leadership was fantastic and we pulled it out.”
    Arkansas trailed by 12 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half before putting together an amazing run.  Down 10 with 4:06 to play in regulation, the Razorbacks went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 62 and force the first overtime period.
    The Razorbacks shot just 35.5 percent in the first frame and stepped up shooting 54.2 percent in the second frame on 13-for-24 from the floor.
    The teams were even with seven points each in the first overtime period forcing a second OT, the first double overtime game for Arkansas since the 2006-07 season.  
    The Gators scored first in the final five minutes and went up three, 69-72, with 2:40 to play.  Watkins drained a 17-foot jumper pulling Arkansas within one and igniting the crowd.
    Watkins next blocked a Gator attempt, one of her four blocks in the game, and it was followed by a Florida foul sending Ricketts to the line.
    Ricketts could not convert on the bonus shots but managed to harass the Gator in bound play with under a minute to go on the clock.
    Watkins picked up the loose ball and fed Daniels for the lay in and what be the game winning shot.  Florida had a chance at the end of the game and in bounded the ball with seven seconds on the clock.  Freshman Calli Berna grabbed the ball and tied it up leaving just two seconds for the Gators.  They were unable to convert and Arkansas escaped with the one-point win.
    Arkansas was 4-for-9 and 3-for-6 from the line in the overtime period.  They finished the game shooting 43.8 percent and out-rebounded Florida 39-37 for the contest.


    Vanderbilt Caps Three-Game Homestand With Win Over LSU

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The Vanderbilt women's basketball team capped its three-game homestand with an 81-72 win over LSU on Sunday, January 29 at Memorial Gym. The Commodores improved to 16-5, 4-4 in SEC play. The Lady Tigers fell to 14-7, 4-4 in league action.

    Vanderbilt was led by an impressive 29 points from guard Kady Schrann. It marked a career-high for the freshman. She went 11-15 from the field, including 3-5 from three while connecting on all four trips to the foul line.

    SchrannSchrann's performance was coupled with 18 points and 15 rebounds from redshirt sophomore center Stephanie Holzer. Holzer's 15 rebounds matched her career-high. Also in double-figures for Vanderbilt were Christina Foggie (14 points) and Jasmine Lister (12 points). Lister dished out a game-high seven assists.

    The 81 points scored by Vanderbilt were the most LSU has given up all season.

    The Lady Tigers were led by 18 points Bianca Lutley. LaSondra Barret added 17 points, mostly at the foul line where she went 7-11. Barret also grabbed nine rebounds. Adrienne Webb joined the pair in double-figures with 11 points, while Courtney Jones just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

    LSU Head Coach Nikki Caldwell made a conscious effort to deny Vanderbilt sophomore guard Christina Foggie, who was coming off a 34-point performance against No. 17/15 Georgia on Thursday night.

    Her plan worked in the first half, as Foggie was scoreless and had attempted just three shots, but Schrann was the beneficiary and took what she was given, scoring 12 in the opening frame to help the Commodores lead 33-27 at the break.

    In the second half, LSU didn't have an answer for Schrann or Foggie, as they scored 17 and 14 points, respectively. Also a factor in helping the Commodores pull away was Holzer, who almost had a double-double in the second half alone (10 points, nine rebounds).

    Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb pointed out the unsung hero behind the performances of Foggie and Schrann this week, Jasmine Lister. Lister had seven assists tonight after having six on Thursday against the Lady Bulldogs.

    "Jasmine is giving up a lot of the stats to other people," Balcomb said.

    Balcomb and Schrann both acknowledged that LSU's focus on Foggie is what allowed the rookie to have such a big night.

    "They left (Schrann) open and she took advantage," Balcomb explained. "Kady can score, she's just been letting other people score."

    "They went box-and-one on Foggie so I just took what they gave me," Schrann said, summing up her game.


    2nd Half Powers #7 Lady Vols To 67-50 Win

    ATHENS, Ga. - After leading by just one point at halftime, #7/9 Tennessee outscored #17/15 Georgia in the second half, 38-22, to claim a 67-50 victory at Stegman Coliseum on Sunday evening. The Lady Vols (16-5, 7-1 SEC) scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 40-28 lead and never looked back. The closest the Lady Dogs (16-6, 5-4) got for the remainder of the game was eight points. Shekinna Stricklen led all scorers with 24 points. Ariel Massengale was Tennessee's only other double-figure scorer with 16.

    Georgia was led by Meredith Mitchell (13) and Jasmine Hassell (11). The Lady Vols' defensive was stifling as it limited Georgia to just 28.8 from the floor (17-of-59) and a 2-of-18 from 3-point range.

    Taber Spani returned to action and scored three points. Glory Johnson was the top rebounder with eight to go along with five points.
    Stricklen keyed that 11-0 run to start the second half as she scored six points in the spurt that started with a Meighan Simmons 3-pointer just 15 seconds into the second half.

    Tennessee led 29-28 at halftime after Georgia cut its deficit to one just before halftime on a layup by Erika Ford with 30 seconds left in the half. The Lady Vols built a 19-11 lead on a 3-pointer by Spani with 10:50 left in the half, but Georgia answered with the next six points. To get back to within two at 19-17.