Florida Beats In-State Rival Florida State
|WOmen's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 72, Florida State 58
|South Carolina 65, Clemson 48
|Georgia 73, College of Charleston 48
|Kentucky 81, Northeastern 47
|Mississippi State 66, Alcorn State 48
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jennifer George scored 18 points, Jaterra Bonds and Jordan Jones added 14 apiece and Florida beat No. 21 Florida State 72-58 Thursday.
The Gators (2-1) defeated their in-state rival for just the third time in the last nine meetings. The Seminoles (2-2) lost consecutive games to Southeastern Conference teams and likely will drop from the rankings for the first time since January 2009. FSU lost to Arkansas over the weekend.
Florida closed the first half on a 14-4 run, turning a close game into a double-digit affair. FSU trimmed the lead to 49-41 with about 15 minutes to play, but the Gators pulled steadily pulled away down the stretch.
George was key, making 9 of 11 shots from the field.
Cierra Bravard led the Seminoles with 22 points, her 25th consecutive game in double figures. She fouled out with 3:48 remaining, and without their best player, the Seminoles couldn't mount a comeback.
Stephens Powers Gamecocks Past Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - South Carolina took advantage of ball movement on offense and aggressive defense to earn a 65-48 win over Clemson in women’s basketball action at Littlejohn Coliseum Thursday night. The Gamecocks got 19 points from senior Charenee Stephens and a stat-filling five-point, six-assist, seven-steal night from senior co-captain La’Keisha Sutton. South Carolina shot 50.0 percent in the first half for a commanding 17-point halftime lead.
“I thought we played two solid halves from a defensive standpoint where we executed the game plan to a T,” Staley said. “In the second half our offense got a little shaky, but our defense picked it up. It was important in this game that when we got a lead we held onto it. Everyone that came in contributed in a way that they can feel good about the win.”
The Gamecocks stormed out of the gate, putting their arch rivals on their heels 10-2 five minutes into the game. Stephens was dominant early on the inside, and Markeshia Grant added balance from the perimeter driving in as the two accounted for all 10 early points. The Tigers scored the next four points off a pair of Gamecock turnovers, but South Carolina went right back inside, this time to Ashley Bruner.
Leading 13-10 with 11:22 in the half, South Carolina ramped up the defense and its relentless attack of the basket to net the next 10 points unanswered. Bruner kicked off the surge with a free throw, and Grant added a driving layup after an offensive rebound extended the next possession. Stephens put back a missed shot, and, after a Clemson turnover, Ebony Wilson flashed up the lane for a 20-10 Gamecock advantage with 8:52 on the clock. Another defensive stop set up a traditional three-point play for Bruner to cap the spurt.
Still leading by 11, 26-15, the Gamecocks put together another surge. This one was led by the guards with Ieasia Walker hitting a pair of free throws, La’Keisha Sutton adding a driving layup, and Tina Roy knocked down a jumper from the left elbow, stretching the advantage to 32-15. The teams traded baskets over the final 4:45, allowing the Gamecocks to take a 42-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half got off to a frenetic pace with neither team seizing control, but Walker finally got the Gamecocks on track with a drive up the lane to kick off a 6-0 run that also saw Stephens capitalize on a busted drive from Grant for a bucket and Walker hit a step-back jumper for a 50-30 advantage at the 13:14 mark. The Tigers appeared to be making a run with six unanswered points, but the Gamecocks went back to Stephens who answered with the Gamecocks’ next eight points to open up a 58-38 lead 6:39 left to play.
While Stephens was the only Gamecock in double figures, the offense was balanced throughout the night. Roy finished with nine points, and four other Gamecocks added six apiece. The rebounding was equally a team effort. Courtney Newton, Stephens and Aleighsa Welch tied for team-high honors with five each.
South Carolina is back in action at home on Sun., Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. against #11/12 Penn State.
Lady Bulldogs Blow Past College of Charleston
ATHENS, Ga. - Jasmine James put up 17 points, recorded eight rebounds, dished out seven assists and collected six steals to lead the No. 12 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (3-0) to a 73-48 victory over College of Charleston (1-2) Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
"We’re playing good defense, we’re knocking balls down and we’re playing well in transition," said head coach Andy Landers. "The difference tonight was that we passed the ball well in transition. I thought we did some really nice things when we passed the half line tonight.”
With a dominant 18-0 run to open the first half, the Lady Bulldogs started strong and held the Cougars scoreless the first 9:14 of the game. Georgia shot 48.6 percent from the field in the first half and entered the locker room with a 44-22 lead.
The second half was much like the first, as the Lady Bulldogs had an impressive 15-4 run the start the period.
College of Charleston had 31 turnovers for the night, 20 of which were forced by the Lady Bulldogs.
“We won the points off of turnover battle which is really important," continued Landers. "Our defense really created a lot of offense tonight."
Krista Donald posted her first career double-double, as she led Georgia on the boards with 10 rebounds and put up 10 points.
“Krista Donald, Jasmine James and Erika Ford played with a lot of energy and seemed to focused on what it was they intended to do tonight," said Landers.
Khaalidah Miller and Anne Marie Armstrong were also productive for the Lady Bulldogs, putting up 10 points each, and Ford and Tamika Willis contributed seven points apiece.
The Cougars, who shot 41.9 percent for the night, were paced by Megan Fischer with 15 points.
Georgia wraps up a busy week of three games in six days, when they play host No. 23 Southern Cal on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
No. 17 Kentucky routs Northeastern 81-47
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A'dia Mathies scored 20 points and No. 17 Kentucky beat Northeastern 81-47 on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (3-0) forced Northeastern into 37 turnovers two days after they set a school record forcing Jacksonville State into 48 turnovers Tuesday. Kentucky's opponents are averaging 35 turnovers this season against the Wildcats' full-court press.
After Northeastern's Jewel Tunstall scored the game's first basket, Kentucky went on a 26-4 run over an 8-minute stretch that put the game out of reach early. Over that span, 18 of Kentucky's points came off Northeastern turnovers.
Mathies was one of four Wildcats to finish in double figures; Keyla Snowden finished with 14 points, Azia Bishop had 12 and Bria Goss had 11.
Tunstall led the Huskies (0-3) with 12 points.
Lady Bulldogs Surge Past Alcorn State, 66-48
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State overcame a sluggish start to post a 66-48 victory over Alcorn State in a women’s basketball game played Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 29.4 percent in the opening half and only led 24-15 at the break. The lead was still only seven points midway through the final half before a game-deciding 13-3 run.
“It was a gritty win,” MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “We played with more intensity in the second half. We had more focus when the game was on the line. Alcorn does a lot of good things. We didn’t read and react well for most of the night.”
Senior Diamber Johnson paced the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, her 11th-straight game in double figures going back to the 2010-11 season. She was one of three MSU players in double digits, as Porsha Porter and Kendra Grant tallied 13 and 11, respectively.
Freshman Martha Alwal finished one point shy of her third-straight double-double as she paced the MSU defense with 22 rebounds, a mark that tied LaToya Thomas for fifth-most in a game. The tally was also the most ever by a Lady Bulldog freshman, and her 10 offensive boards were the most in a game since 1988.
Both teams struggled through a turnover-marred first half. The Maroon and White scored the game’s first seven points and actually never trailed in the contest. A Grant layup moved the MSU advantage to 12-4 with 14:42 left in the half. From there, the Lady Bulldogs would only manage five field goals for the remainder of the half.
While the Lady Bulldogs (3-0) were frigid in the first half, Alcorn State (0-2) was ice cold. The Lady Braves only hit on 4-of-23 first-half field goal attempts. Each team had 12 turnovers in the opening half.
“This was a complete turnaround from the other night (a 71-65 win over Xavier Monday night),” MSU’s Johnson said. “We did what we said we weren’t going to do. We took this team lightly. We didn’t use this game to get ready for our next game (at No. 6 Texas A&M) like we should have.”
Still, the Lady Bulldogs were rarely threatened in the game’s final 20 minutes.
A 3-point basket by Grant – one of five by MSU in the contest – placed the hosts on top, 33-19 with 15:35 left in regulation. From there, Alcorn State responded with an 11-4 run to climb back within, 37-30.
“Give Alcorn State a lot of credit,” Fanning-Otis said. “They have just about everybody back from last year. They play so hard. When you play that hard then you always have a chance. Defensively, they did a lot of things that caused us problems.
“We didn’t do a good job of executing our half-court offense and turned the ball over way too many times.”
A 13-3 run by the Lady Bulldogs moved the lead back out to 50-33 with 7:32 left in regulation. A 3-point basket by Porter capped the monster run.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 26 of 67 shots from the field (38.8 percent), 5 of 16 shots from 3-point range (31.3 percent) and 9 of 20 shots from the foul line (45.0 percent). The Lady Braves hit 18 of 55 shots from the field (32.7 percent), 2 of 8 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 10 of 21 shots from the foul line (47.6 percent).
MSU held a 59-34 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 12 assists and 24 turnovers, while the Lady Braves had seven assists and 21 turnovers.
Alcorn State received 15 points from Kiara Ruffin and 12 points from Renelle Richmond.
The Lady Bulldogs now take to the road for the first time this season. MSU plays No. 6 Texas A&M in the Super Six Series Sunday in College Station, Tex. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.