|Women's basketball Scoreboard
|Duke 73, Auburn 50
|Ole Miss 54, South Alabama 45
|Alabama 78, Northwestern State 52
Auburn Takes First Loss At No. 8 Duke, 73-50
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Elizabeth Williams notched a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, leading the No. 8-ranked Blue Devils (2-0) to a 73-50 win over Auburn (2-1), handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Sophomore Camille Glymph came off the bench and led the Tigers in scoring for the second game in a row, shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range for a team-high 12 points. Freshman Hasina Muhammad also finished in double figures, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds.
It was a tale of two halves for the Tigers as Auburn clawed back from being down double figures to pull within one, 32-31, at halftime. Duke turned the tables on Auburn in the second half, out-scoring the Tigers 41-19 to pull away for the win.
Auburn’s defense did the trick early on as the Tigers forced nine Blue Devil turnovers in the first half, turning them in to 15 points off turnovers. Duke then used that tactic against Auburn, forcing 11 second-half Tiger turnovers that turned into 15 Blue Devil points.
Auburn tallied eight steals and 11 blocked shots in the game, led by sophomore Jassany Williams with seven blocks and two steals. Williams’ seven blocks ties for 13th all-time at Auburn in single-game blocks.
Auburn trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, with Duke leading 27-14 with 6:26 to go in the period. The Tigers finished the period on a 17-5 run, capped off by a buzzer-beater by Najat Ouardad, to cut the lead to 32-31 at the half.
Duke opened the half on an 8-0 run, but Auburn was able to keep the lead in single digits for most of the half. But, capitalizing on Auburn turnovers in a crucial stretch late in the game, Duke was able to go on an 11-0 run to go up 61-42, solidifying its lead.
Auburn shot just 32.8 percent from the field while Duke shot 41.7 percent in the second half to finish at 38.0 percent for the game. The Blue Devils won the rebounding battle, 52-35, and dominated inside with 44 points in the paint.
Auburn was 5-of-16 from 3-point range with Glymph accounting for four of Auburn’s treys. The Tigers held Duke to 0-for-12 from beyond the arc.
Williams was one of three Blue Devils in double figures, ahead of Chloe Wells and Haley Peters with 14 and 10 points each, respectively. Senior Morgan Jennings led Auburn with six rebounds and three assists.
Byrd's Double-Double Leads Ole Miss Past South Alabama
OXFORD, Miss. – Nikki Byrd recorded her sixth career double-double as Ole Miss downed South Alabama, 54-45, Friday night.
With the win Ole Miss improved to 2-1 overall while South Alabama fell to 2-1 overall. Ole Miss head coach Renee Ladner picked up her 60th career victory Friday night with the win over South Alabama.
Byrd recorded a team-high 12 points and 16 rebounds. Valencia McFarland added 11 points and six assists and Danielle McCray recorded eight points and eight rebounds.
“Tonight’s game was completely about the defensive end of the floor,” Ladner said. “We defended, rebounded and everybody stayed within the game plan for the most part. We struggled to score at times but we played great defensive so I’m proud of that.”
The first half stayed close until Courtney Marbra hit a pair free throws to give Ole Miss a five-point lead, 23-18, with 6:21 left in the half. The Rebels went on a 7-0 run over the last 5:42 of the game to take a 30-20 lead at the half.
Ole Miss shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half (11-33) while South Alabama shot 27.6 (8-30). McCray led Ole Miss with six points in the first half while Byrd grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
In the second half, Ole Miss pushed its lead to 13, 38-25, on a three-point play from McFarland.
The Jaguars cut the lead to five, 45-40, with 4:39 remaining but a three-point play by Byrd pushed the Rebels’ lead back up to 10, 50-40, with 2:44 to play.
The Rebels shot 28.1 percent from the floor (18-64) while the Jaguars shot 25.8 percent (17-66). Ole Miss outrebounded South Alabama, 58-42. That marks the most rebounds for the Rebels since they recorded 50 on November 13, 2010 in a win against Sam Houston State.
Ole Miss will play at SEMO on Monday at 7 p.m.
Alabama Women's Basketball Bounces Back with 78-52 Victory over Northwestern State
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior guard Meghan Perkins, playing in just her third game for the Crimson Tide, scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Alabama women’s basketball team to a 78-52 victory over the Northwestern State Lady Demons on Friday at Foster Auditorium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 2-1 while Northwestern State falls to 1-2.
Sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson also notched a new career-high, scoring 20 points to go along with a game-high six assists, while senior guard Ericka Russell added 15 points for the Tide.
Alabama led by as many as 31 points in the second half after leading 42-23 at halftime. For the game, the Tide forced 29 turnovers, turning those into 24 points while outscoring the Lady Demons 36-18 on points in the paint. Alabama led for 39 of the game’s 40 minutes.
“We got a lot better tonight by sharing the basketball,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “We had 18 assists and 19 turnovers in the game, but we’ll take that because the team was trying to make the extra pass. I like that a lot. The most impressive thing we did though is play with a lot of attention. We didn’t come out too fast. We came out strong and played consistently. We shared the basketball a lot and were able to get the ball to our center. When you share the basketball, you’re able to play better basketball. We played with a sense of urgency, and we’ll continue to keep getting better throughout the season.”
Leading 8-6 at the 15:06 juncture of the first half, the Tide embarked on a 15-3 run over a five-and-a-half minute stretch to take a commanding 23-9 lead. From there, Alabama would build upon its advantage, stretching the lead to as much as 20 points at the 3:02 mark of the half before settling on a 42-23 halftime advantage. Robinson, Perkins and Russell combined for 32 of the Tide’s 42 first half points.
The Lady Demons cut the margin to 53-38 over the first five minutes of the second half, but would not get any closer the rest of the way. A 13-2 Alabama run, spanning a little over six minutes of the half, gave the Tide a healthy 66-40 advantage from which it would coast to victory.
In addition to her game-high and career-high of 22 points, Perkins also added a game-high nine rebounds, while junior guard/forward Erin Hogue totaled a career-high eight rebounds for the Tide.
Senior guard Jordi James led the Lady Demons with 13 points.
The Tide will host Georgia Southern for its next game scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.