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    SEC Women's Hoops - Dec. 05

    Women's Baskeball Results Georgia Tech 69, No. 21 Georgia 53 Louisville 78, No. 8 Kentucky 52 No. 9 Tennessee 74, Old Dominion 44 Denver 70, No. 23 Vanderbilt 65 South Alabama 67, Ole Miss 60 South Carolina 52, Savannah St 33 Florida 50, Brown 56 Georgia Tech 69, No. 21 Georgia 53 ATLANTA(AP) -- After playing a brutal early schedule, Georgia Tech figured its state rival wouldn't seem quite so daunting. That's just how it worked out. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall scored 20 points, Metra Walthour provided a spark at point guard and the Yellow Jackets finally knocked off a ranked team on their fourth try, pulling away from No. 21 Georgia in the second half for a 69-53 victory Sunday. With the season not even a month old, the Yellow Jackets (7-4) already had lost to No. 1 Connecticut, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 12 Georgetown. But they took control against Georgia (6-2) with a 13-3 run shortly after the break and finished with their biggest win ever over the Lady Bulldogs. "We started out playing some of the toughest teams in the country," Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. "Before, Georgia had always been our biggest game to date when we played them. So it helped us to play those top teams. It prepared us for what we saw today." Georgia Tech made five straight shots from the field - all layups or close in - and knocked down three free throws to stretch a 37-36 lead to 50-39 with just over 13 minutes remaining. The Lady Bulldogs went 1 of 5 during that stretch, turned it over four times and played such shoddy defense that coach Andy Landers came storming off the bench to call a timeout. It didn't help. Georgia never got closer than nine the rest of the way. Dominating on the inside, Marshall scored seven points during the decisive spurt. Alex Montgomery added 18 points, while the 5-foot-6 Walthour seemed to have a hand in everything. She scored 16 points - double her season average - and had five assists, four steals and two blocks. "Coach told us to be aggressive and attack the rim," Walthour said. "We found a couple of openings in their press." Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 13 points. She was only player in double-figures for the Lady Bulldogs, who dominated the boards (50-29) but made just 22 of 67 shots (33 percent). Led by Porsha Phillips with 15 rebounds, Georgia had nearly as many offensive boards (26) as Georgia Tech had altogether. The Lady Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of all those second and third chances, however. "It's hard to imagine you could outrebound somebody like that and now have the game a little closer or even win the basketball game," Landers said. "I was pleased with that piece, the rebounding piece, but after that there's not a whole lot to talk about." While Georgia also turned it over 16 times, Landers was mostly peeved about his team's lackluster defense. Georgia Tech made nearly half its shots (27 of 56) - which wasn't too surprising, since so many of them were gimmes. "We weren't communicating very well," Phillips said. "We called switches, but we didn't switch very effectively. It was just communication. We gave them a lot of easy buckets." The Yellow Jackets extended their winning streak to four in a row, and they've made things a lot closer against Georgia in recent years. Georgia Tech has captured four of the last nine meetings, though Georgia still holds a commanding lead overall, 29-4. "I wasn't here for all of those," Joseph quipped. "I told the guys that it's not an upset if we win. Don't act like it's an upset, because it's not. We're expected to win at home. We have a very good basketball team. It would be an upset if they beat us here. We can't worry about what happened 20 years before we got here." Louisville 78, No. 8 Kentucky 52 LOUISVILLE, Ky.(AP) -- Freshman guard Shoni Schimmel poured in a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and Louisville rolled past No. 8 Kentucky 78-52 on Sunday. Becky Burke added 21 points and the Cardinals (6-3) held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting to avenge a 34-point loss to their rivals a year ago. Louisville turned it over a school-record 38 times in that game but were much steadier this time behind the play of Schimmel, Burke and sophomore walk-on Shelby Harper, who helped the Cardinals handle Kentucky's pressure defense with relative ease. Victoria Dunlap led the Wildcats with 17 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, but Kentucky looked rattled playing in front of a crowd of more than 22,000. Schimmel and Burke combined to knock down 12 of 21 3-point attempts, including four during a clinching 13-3 run midway through the second half, after the Wildcats had trimmed Louisville's lead to 10. No. 9 Tennessee 74, Old Dominion 44 NORFOLK, Va.(AP) -- Freshman guard Meighan Simmons scored 14 points and No. 9 Tennessee cruised past Old Dominion 74-44 on Sunday. The Lady Vols (8-1) closed the last 12 minutes of the first half on a 30-14 run, fueled by a full-court press that forced a spate of first-half turnovers, and led 40-22 at the break. The Lady Monarchs (3-3), who opened the season with a 65-63 win at Georgia Tech and beat Louisville 69-65 on Nov. 26, shot 32 percent and were outrebounded 41-33. Old Dominion, which went almost 3 minutes without a basket during Tennessee's first-half run, opened the second half with more energy but not much more luck scoring. With 13:39 to play, the Lady Monarchs, who were 4 of 21 on 3-pointers, were shooting just 31.6 percent. Denver 70, No. 23 Vanderbilt 65 DENVER(AP) -- Brianna Culberson scored 22 points, Kaetlyn Murdoch had 16 and Denver upset No. 23 Vanderbilt 70-65 on Sunday. Britteni Rice added 12 points for the Pioneers (4-4), who shot 56 percent from the field. Denver also outscored Vandy 40-22 in the paint and held the Commodores to a season low for points. Jence Rhoads had 19 points for Vanderbilt (4-3), which has lost three consecutive road games. Hannah Tuomi, from Thornton, Colo., had 17 points and six rebounds in her first collegiate game in her home state. Denver put together a 13-3 run to take a 61-51 lead with 2:51 remaining. Murdoch capped the surge with a three-point play. Jasmine Lister made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Vanderbilt. South Alabama 67, Ole Miss 60 OBILE, Ala. – Senior Kayla Melson came alive in the second half and finished the game with a career-high 29 points but Ole Miss’ late comeback fell short as the Rebels fell at South Alabama 67-60 Sunday afternoon. With the loss Ole Miss fell to 5-3 on the year while South Alabama improved to 4-4. After trailing by 20 in the second half, the Rebels cut the lead to six with 4:19 to play thanks in large part to the play of Melson but the Jaguars hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Melson scored on three straight trips down the floor for the Rebels to bring Ole Miss to within six, 61-55, with 3:59 to play. After trailing by 18 points midway through the second half, Laws and Melson combined for seven points as the Rebels cut the Jaguars’ lead to 12, 51-39, with 10:20 left to play. Ole Miss shot 40.0 percent (22-of-55) from the floor in the game while South Alabama shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59). Pa’Sonna Hope added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Rebels. Melson’s three-point play put the Rebels on top 11-9 with 15:34 left in the first half before South Alabama went on a run to go up, 19-11, with 12:43 remaining in the half. Hope’s jumper cut the Jaguars’ lead to nine with 7:38 left in the half but South Alabama used a 17-4 run to push its lead to 36-19 with 4:02 remaining. The Jaguars lead at the half, 36-22. Melson led Ole Miss at the half with nine points while Hope had eight. The Rebels shot 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the floor while the Jaguars shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32) including eight three pointers. Ole Miss will host Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at 1 p.m. UF Women’s Basketball Stunned by Brown, 56-50 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Less than 24 hours after having its best shooting percentage performance of the season, Florida charted its worst accuracy mark of the year in a 56-50 loss to Brown on Sunday in the final game of the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic hosted by Brown University at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Gators (7-2) shot only 30.6 percent during the game and had their five-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt, as Brown (3-6) snapped a four-game skid. Florida defeated Providence on Saturday behind a 49.1 percent shooting effort. Brown ripped off a 13-7 run behind a trio of three-pointers to begin the second half and extended their one-point halftime lead to seven, 35-28, with 15:19 remaining in the game and never trailed again. Deaundra Young (Titusville, Fla.) began to assert herself in the paint and put back two offensive rebounds to cut the deficit to three, 35-32 with just under 13 minutes left. Lauren Clarke prevented Florida from getting three consecutive scores and knocked down a jumper, before Brown collected a free throw and built its lead back to six, 38-32 with 9:14 to play. Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) tried to get Florida rolling by completing a three-point play, but Sheila Dixon equaled the points by nailing her third three-pointer of the half. One more free throw extended Brown’s lead to seven, 42-35. Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) drove hard for a layup and Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) followed with a four-footer from the side and cut the deficit to three, 42-39, with 7:13 remaining. The Bears had their confidence flowing from beyond the arc and Lindsay Nickel stepped up and nailed the team’s seventh trey of the game. Two free throws lift BU’s lead to eight points, its largest of the contest. Madu traded points with Brown on the next two trips, with Young stepping up for her 10th point of the game with 3:09 remaining. Every time Florida scored, Brown answered and trend continued for the remainder of the game. Madu charted her second consecutive double-double, collecting 14 points with a career-high 11 rebounds, while Young tallied the first double-dip of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds along with three blocked shots for Florida, which held a 50-34 rebounding advantage. Florida, which actually made three more field goals in the game, sank just 4-of-28 three-pointers (14.3%) and found its way to the free throw line only three times. Brown hit 39.6 percent overall, hitting seven three-pointers and connecting on 11-of-18 free throws. Sheila Dixon led all scorers with 15 points with seven rebounds, while Lindsay Nickel contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Neither team could get into a flow in the first half and that benefitted the Bears, as Florida shot just 26.5 percent (9-34), including a 2-of-13 three-point showing. Florida jumped out to a 5-0 lead with an inside bucket from Azania Stewart and a three-pointer from Jordan Jones and was seemingly in the shooting zone from last night when the Gators shot a season-high 49 percent from the field against Providence. The teams exchanged baskets for the next few minutes before Brown connected on consecutive possessions and cut the deficit to one with 13:50 left in the half. Florida came right back with inside shots from Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) and Ndidi Madu, before the Bears ripped off a 7-1 run and took their first lead of the game, 16-15, with 3:53 on the clock. The teams again traded scores for the rest of the half, with Brown getting the final field goal with 1:54 remaining and took a 22-21 halftime lead. The Gators, who were held scoreless for the final 2:11 of the half, turned the ball over 12 times during the first 20 minutes, as Butler pleaded with her team to pick up the pace. Ten Gators saw action during the first half, yet none were able to score more than four points. The Bears hit 34.6 percent of their shots, also connecting on nine field goals and two three-pointers, with the scoring difference coming at the free throw line, where Brown was 2-of-4 and Florida 1-of-2. Post Play Steers Second-Half Surge in Win Over Lady Tigers COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina sophomore Ashley Bruner scored 15 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as the Gamecocks pulled away from Savannah State in a 52-33 victory in women's basketball action at Colonial Life Arena Sunday afternoon. South Carolina (4-4) shook off a tough shooting first half to secure head coach Dawn Staley's 200th career win. After lighting up the nets in their previous home game, the Gamecocks had a hard time getting shots to fall in the first half, but the defensive effort kept them in control of the game. Like Wednesday's outing, it was post play that got things going as Charenee Stephens netted the game's first three points. As fouls mounted quickly on Savannah State, South Carolina recorded nearly half its 19 first-half points from the free throw line. Leading just 19-12 at the break, South Carolina saw the Lady Tigers score the first five points of the second half to pull within two points at 19-17. After Stephens hit a layup as the trailer in transition, La'Keisha Sutton hit a pair of close-range shots to put the Gamecocks back up by eight. Fila Smith got a transition layup to stop the run, but the Gamecocks went right back into the post for the next five points - a bucket from the right block from Stephens and three points from Jewel May, which extended the lead into double-digits for the first time at 30-19 less than five minutes into the half. A 10-2 run by the Gamecocks over the next four minutes further stretched the margin, and an 8-0 spurt that included seven straight points from Bruner sealed the Lady Tigers' fate. South Carolina had just one player in double figures, Bruner, who also paced the Gamecocks on the glass with six rebounds. Her complete effort also included four blocked shots and three steals. Sutton led the way with four assists and five steals to go with her six points. The Gamecocks are back in action in one week as the team slows down the schedule for final exams. South Carolina will host NC State in the final game of this three-game homestand on Sun., Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.