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    Monday SEC Women's Hoops Report

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Alabama 67,  Georgia Southern 34
    Ole Miss 51,  SE Missouri State 43
    LSU 80,  Arkansas Pine-Bluff 28

    Crimson Tide Defeats Georgia Southern 67-34

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team improved to 3-1 after downing Georgia Southern on Monday at Foster Auditorium, 67-34. The Crimson Tide was paced by senior Ericka Russell, who led all scorers with 15 points, and sophomore Jasmine Robinson, who chipped in 14 points.

    “I thought our intensity level was the best that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “For 40 minutes, the intensity level was where it should have been. Defensively, we dominated the basketball game.”

    Alabama got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s first seven points, and never looked back. With seven minutes left in the first half, Georgia Southern cut the Alabama lead to 11, then Alabama shot back with an 18-0 run, going into halftime up 44-18. 

    The Tide came out of the locker room ready to play after the halftime break, and held the Eagles scoreless until the 13:55 mark of play, going on a 6-0 run to start the half. Alabama extended its lead all the way out to 36, before closing the game with a 33-point victory, 67-34. 

    Alabama out-rebounded Georgia Southern by the tune of 44 to 31, tallying 17 offensive boards in the process, as well. The Tide’s defense was especially stifling, forcing 25 turnovers and held Georgia Southern to just 34 points, and a 20.0 field goal percentage (8-for-40). 

    Georgia Southern was paced by sophomore forward Aishya Wofford, with 10 points. Wofford was the only Georgia Southern player in double figures. With the loss, Georgia Southern drops to 1-3 on the season. 

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    Ole Miss Beats SE Missouri State, 51-43

    Cape Girardeau, Mo . – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team beat Southeast Missouri State 51-43 Monday night, behind Nikki Byrd’s second consecutive double-double.

    With the win Ole Miss improved to 3-1 while Southeast Missouri State fell to 0-4. Ole Miss improved to 3-1 overall for the third consecutive season.
    Byrd recorded her second double-double of the year and seventh of her career with 14 points and 13 rebounds.  She is the first Rebel to record back-to-back double doubles since Bianca Thomas in November of 2009. 

    Valencia McFarland finished with 13 points, all in the second half, while Kenyotta Jenkins scored eight.  As a team, Ole Miss led its second consecutive team to under 50 points.  The Rebels shot 35.7 percent (20-56) from the floor. 

    “It feels good to get a win,” assistant coach Armintie Price Herrington said. “We have a lot to improve on but the team did whatever it took tonight to get the job done.  We did a good job of keeping the lead.  As for Nikki, she knows this is her last year and she wants to take this team to the NCAA Tournament.”

    Ole Miss started out with a 10-0 lead with Byrd scoring eight of the team’s first 10 points.  The Rebels held the Redhawks without a field goal until the 12:25 mark of the first half.

    Ole Miss pushed its lead to 13, 18-5, with 10:19 remaining in the half before SEMO went on an 8-0 run to cut the Rebels’ lead to five, 18-13, with 4:52 left in the half. 

    At the half, Ole Miss lead SEMO, 20-16.  Byrd led the Rebels with 12 points and nine boards while Valencia McFarland has six steals and two assists. 

    As a team, Ole Miss shot 32.3 percent from the floor (10-30) while SEMO shot 23.8 percent (5-21).  The Rebels did not attempt a free throw in the first half while the Redhawks went 6-7 from the free throw line. 

    In the second half, Ole Miss used a 10-0 run to take a 12-point lead, 36-24, on a basket from Pa’Sonna Hope with 11:51 left in the game. 

    The Redhawks cut the Rebels’ lead to single digits, before a three from McFarland put Ole Miss up 11, 43-32, with 4:29 left in the game.
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    LSU ROLLS PAST ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF, 80-28

    BATON ROUGE -- Senior forward LaSondra Barrett led a trio of double-figure scorers with 14 points and the 20th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff in record-breaking fashion by a score of 80-28 on Monday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

    LSU (3-1) held the Golden Lions to eight points in the first half, the fewest allowed by the Lady Tigers in any half in school history. The eight points shattered the previous low of nine set on four instances, including most recently against Alabama in the first round of last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament. It was the fifth single-digit half allowed by LSU in school history.

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped to 0-4 on the season and committed 35 turnovers, just six shy of the LSU opponent record of 41 set by Centenary in 1982. The Golden Lions shot 21.3 percent for the game and made just three field goals in the first 20 minutes.

    “This group was challenged on Sunday (in practice),” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “We came out tonight and really took the things we really wanted to focus on the offensive end and defensive end and executed them well. We were able to go deep into our bench and our bench responded. It’s early, and we’re going to continue to grow and learn.”

    The Lady Tigers quickly put behind a tough overtime loss to Tulane on Saturday with a blistering 42-4 run in the final 14 minutes of the first half that had the game decided by halftime. Jeanne Kenney sparked a 14-0 spurt with LSU’s only three of the night and Bianca Lutley drove to the lane for two consecutive layups.

    Barrett finished with a game-high 14 points and seven rebounds. She was 5-of-6 from the floor and has notched double-figures in all four of the Lady Tigers’ contests this season. Adrienne Webb had her best game of the young season with 12 points and Theresa Plaisance came off the bench for 11 points.

    Charnecia McRae broke the LSU 14-0 run with a bucket at the 9:58 mark, but the Lady Tigers compiled another 13-0 run that put the game out of reach. Barrett knocked down two jumpers and Sheila Boykin scored her first collegiate points on lay-up that made it 30-6 with 6:31 to go in the first half.

    The final fireworks of the first half came with 12.4 seconds on the clock when freshman standout Krystal Forthan, making her first career start, nearly dunked on a breakaway. Her attempt bounced off the rim and LSU held a commanding 47-8 advantage into the halftime locker room. 

    “Krystal (Forthan) is such a talented young lady,” said Caldwell. “That’s just another part of the game that’s going to bring excitement, but at the end of the day, I just want her to make two points.”

    LSU worked several combinations of its bench in the second half and improved its shooting percentage with a 54.2 percent effort in the final 20 minutes. The Lady Tigers shot 47.1 percent for the game, collected 20 steals and out-rebounded the Golden Lions, 52-29.