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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 25

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Vanderbilt 81, Lipscomb 39
    Alabama 62, Seton Hall 56
    Florida 85, LaSalle 74
    Kentucky 73, Sam Houston State 52
    Arkansas 69, Grambling State 49

    Vanderbilt Thumps Lipscomb, 81-39

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Head Coach Melanie Balcomb called it her team's most complete performance of the year, as Vanderbilt used a 17-0 run to open the game before cruising to an 81-39 win over Lipscomb in the opening game of its annual Thanksgiving Tournament. The Commodores stand at 5-0, while the Lady Bisons fall to 0-6.

    Vanderbilt played some of its best defense of the year, holding the Lady Bisons to 26.4% shooting (14-53) in the contest and forcing 26 turnovers, good for 31 Vandy points.

    Redshirt sophomore Stephanie Holzer led the way for the Commodores, scoring 17 points while adding four rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks. Junior Tiffany Clarke was right behind with her second-straight double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

    Vanderbilt also had a pair of guards reach double-figures in sophomore Christina Foggie and freshman Kady Schrann, who each scored 11 points. Freshman Maggie Morrison had an outstanding game at point guard, dishing out seven assists.

    Every Vanderbilt player who dressed scored at least two points, including freshman walk-on Nadine Ndip, who scored her first collegiate points. Gabby Smith missed her fourth game of the season with a concussion.

    Lipscomb was led by nine points from Anna Bowers. Sasha Robinson led the Lady Bisons on the boards with nine rebounds, while Morgan Faulkner dished out three assists.

    "This was the best game we played all year," said Balcomb. "We played for 40 minutes the way we need to play. Our players were confident, unselfish, coachable and they were communicating. The offense was dictated by the defense and we rebounded."

    Vanderbilt's defense was outstanding right out of the gate, holding Lipsomb without a point until the 11:46 mark when O'Neisha Smith connected on a free throw. The first Lipscomb field goal came three seconds later when Smith rebounded her own missed free throw and scored.

    The Commodores athleticism was just too much for Lipscomb to overcome. Vanderbilt scored 31 points off turnovers, outscored the Lady Bisons in the paint, 44-14, and off the bench, 28-13.

    Vanderbilt led at the half, 37-11. The 11 points marked the lowest total for an opponent at the half since it held Alabama A&M to eight in the opening stanza on November 22, 2005.

    Holzer said a factor for the Commodores was their focus on Lipscomb, not a potential showdown with No. 13/14 Oklahoma in the championship game.

    "We come into every game focusing on our opponent for that game," said Holzer. "We did not look past Lipscomb. We came out here with a game plan and did a really good job executing.

    When asked what the biggest factor in the contest was, Morrison had a simple answer.

    "Defense," said the freshman guard. "Our defense was very tough. We got our hands on a lot of (passes). Everyone is really trusting each other and when they need help we know someone's going to help."

    The Commodores move on to the championship game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. They will face the winner of the Liberty/Oklahoma game at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 26, at Memorial Gym. Lipscomb will face the loser of the Liberty/Oklahoma contest at 2:00 p.m.



    Alabama Women’s Basketball Outlasts Seton Hall in Overtime, 62-56

    ST. THOMAS, USVI – Freshman Aneesah Daniels led four Crimson Tide players in double figures to lift the Alabama women’s basketball team to a 62-56 overtime victory against Seton Hall on Friday at the 2011 Paradise Jam. Eleven of the Tide’s final 18 points came from Daniels as did a pair of offensive rebounds with less than 19 seconds remaining in the bonus period to keep the ball in Alabama’s possession down the stretch.

    Joining Daniels in double figures was senior Ericka Russell with 12, sophomore Jasmine Robinson with 11 and sophomore Khristin Lee with 10. Junior Erin Hogue came up big defensively for the Tide, roping in 10 rebounds and three steals.

    “We didn’t have that lull in today’s game that we did yesterday,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “We had a lot of young ladies toughen up and play a lot of minutes in this game. It was really a great team effort, and I am very proud of them.”

    Seton Hall struck first with a basket at the 19:06 mark to take the early lead. Russell countered with a three-pointer on the next possession to put Alabama in front 3-2. The game would go back and forth over the duration of the half, but it would be the Pirates holding a two-point edge at halftime, 26-24.

    Seton Hall’s Brittany Morris buried a three with just over two minutes played in the second, giving the Pirates their largest lead of the game. Russell then scored five consecutive points to even the score at 29 with 16:50 to play. Daniels would give the Tide its first lead in nearly 17 minutes, scoring a free throw at the 15:07 mark. From there, Alabama embarked on a 14-4 run to take a 43-33 lead. Seton Hall responded, outscoring the Tide 14-6 to pull within two with 2:44 remaining in regulation. Alabama stayed in front until another three from a wide-open Morris went through the net with 30 seconds to go.

    In overtime, Daniels connected on a pair of free throws with just over one minute played to put the Tide on top. The Pirates tied the score with their only basket from the floor in overtime on the ensuing possession, settling for one additional free throw for the remainder of the game. Alabama would tack on an additional seven points.

    The Tide had 10 steals in the game compared to Seton Hall’s one and forced 29 Pirate turnovers, while only committing 12.

    Alabama will play its final game of the tournament on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. CT when it takes on Louisiana Tech.

    Fans can follow along with a live web stream of the game in addition to listening live on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. To access, please visit RollTide.com and click on the women’s basketball schedule page.



    Jordan Jones' 28 points Leads Gators to Win over La Salle, 85-74

    Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senior Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) launched a Gator career-high 28 points, junior Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) powered in her second consecutive double-double and Florida pulled away from La Salle for an 85-74 victory on the opening day of play at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic held at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center on the campus of LIU in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    The win was the fourth straight for the Gators (4-1), who also received 16 points and nine rebounds from senior guard Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 12 points and four assists from sophomore guard Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.).

    The Gators next play Charlotte (5-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their second game of the two-day event. The 49ers lost to host LIU, 81-72, in the opening game of the tournament.

    Florida leads the six-game series versus Charlotte, 5-1, however it was the 49ers who earned the most recent victory, rallying for an 81-77 overtime final in the third round of last year’s Postseason WNIT. The Gators had topped the 49ers in last year’s second round of the PRESEASON WNIT, 76-70.

    Fans can tune into the game on the radio at WBXY-FM 99.5 “The Star” in Gainesville and through the internet at www.GatorZone.com, the official website of the Florida Gators.

    “I think today we had some really good individual performances,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “Obviously, Jordan (Jones’) 28 points is very impressive and she shot the ball great. In the first half, (Jennifer) George really sustained us with her play in the paint. But there were some areas we need to quickly turn around and get better at tomorrow.”

    Jones nailed her fourth three-pointer of the game to begin the second half and give Florida a 44-38 lead, but La Salle charged back with a 6-1 run and got within one, 45-44, with 16:49 remaining.

    Jones answered with a runner in the paint and Bonds dropped in a floater, before the Explorers rallied with a 7-2 run and tied the game at 51 with 13:37 remaining.

    Florida quickly regrouped, as Jones nailed another trey and Bartley connected on both ends of a 1-and-1 trip to the free throw line and stretched the lead back to five to begin a game-changing 16-4 spurt that gave the Gators a 71-57 advantage with 8:56 on the clock and Florida remained in charge for the duration of the game.

    Four different Gators scored during the decisive run, with Jones and Bartley scoring six points each, George netting four points and Deana Allen (Houma, La.), who finished with seven points and three steals, adding five points, including a three-pointer in front of the Gator bench that capped the run.

    Florida held the 43-35 rebounding advantage, snaring 22 offensive boards, while shooting 44.3 percent (31-70) during the game. La Salle (2-4) hit 47.7 percent of its shots (31-65) and forced 16 Gator turnovers.

    While Florida scored a season-high 85 points, the 74 points it surrendered is the most by an opponent this year.

    “I thought we turned the ball over way too many times,” Butler said. “We made some poor decisions at some crucial moments. This was not our team on defense.  We gave up too many points, allowed scorers to score consecutive points in the same way and that’s one of the things we talk about a lot as a team. It was a great rebounding effort by our team, we always know that’s important for us. We didn’t crumble down the stretch. You have to credit La Salle for making some big shots, in particular Jordan Mosley, who is a Florida kid. I thought she played great. They really came ready. When we jumped out on them, they always answered so you have to give La Salle a lot of credit for their effort.”

    Mosley scored 16 points and was one of four Explorers in double-figures, as Jada Payne led La Salle with 17 points.

    George finished the game with 18 points and topped her career-high rebounding mark for the second consecutive game, collecting 15 against La Salle after her 14-rebound effort versus Hampton on Tuesday.

    Jones connected on 9-of-18 shots overall, including 6-of-12 three-pointers and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Her 28 points was three shy of the career mark she set during her freshman year at South Carolina.

    Bartley helped set Florida’s tone on both ends of the floor, but offensively she converted a game-high 7-of-8 from the free throw line, where the Gators shot 14-of-20.

    The Gators came out sizzling behind the hot hand of Jones, who tallied of all her 11 points in the first 5:37 of the opening half. Bartley also found her shot early, contributing all of her eight points in the first 5:14.

    Florida slowly added to its lead, as George, Bonds, Allen and Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) joined Jones and Bartley on the scoreboard and built a 29-15 lead with 7:40 remaining in the first half.

    La Salle then ripped off an 11-2 run over the next 3:23 and cut Florida’s lead to five, 31-36.

    George put in a pair of tough, physical buckets under the basket between an Explorer hoop, as the teams traded scores for the next couple of minutes, before La Salle connects on consecutive offensive trips and Florida whittled to three with 1:34 remaining in the first half.

    Jordan Mosley canned a trey for the Explorers and had La Salle within two points, but George converted a layup with 26 seconds on the clock that gave UF a 41-37 lead.

    La Salle hit one free throw to close the scoring in the half, with the Gator heading into the locker room with a 41-38 lead.

    George had 10 points in those final eight minutes of the period, ending the stanza with 12 points and eight rebounds, helping UF to a 26-19 rebounding edge and a 24-14 lead in points in the paint.



    Kentucky pulls away from Sam Houston State

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Keyla Snowden scored 19 points and No. 14 Kentucky overcame a slow start to beat Sam Houston State 73-52 on Friday night.

    Samantha Drake added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats.

    Leading by only seven at the half, the Wildcats used a 10-2 spurt early in the second half to put the game out of reach. Kentucky (6-0) shot just 33 percent from the field in the first half and forced only 12 turnovers. The Wildcats were able to quicken the pace a bit in the second half forcing more turnovers.

    Britni Martin finished with 13 points for the Bearkats (2-2).



    Three in double figures lead to Razorback win
               
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Lyndsay Harris, Quistelle Williams and C’eira Ricketts all scored in double-figures leading the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 69-49 win over Grambling  State Friday.
               
    Arkansas (5-1) was paced by Harris who scored 14.  Ricketts and Williams added 13 each in the win.
               
    “I’m glad to get out of the game with a 20-point win,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.   “They (GSU) were aggressive on both ends of the floor and that was good for us.  They exposed us a little bit and that was a good thing.  I thought our offense was good in the first half – we attacked and made good decisions.”
               
    It was a tale of two halves all in the first stanza for Arkansas.  The Razorbacks got out to a solid lead, up 28-16 near the mid-point of the frame.  The shooting went cold for Arkansas and the defense surrendered an 8-0 to GSU who closed within four, 28-24, as the clock wound down.
               
    Arkansas was able to rally, however, closing the first period with a 14-2 run taking their largest lead of the season into the halftime break, up 42-26.
               
    The Razorbacks shot 53.3 percent in the opening frame going 16-for-30 from the floor.
               
    Arkansas was able to continue the pressure in the second half and GSU trailed by as many as 26 before the 20 point loss.
               
    The Razorbacks played 12 of its 14 players getting 39 points from its bench.  Arkansas out-rebounded Grambling State, 46-30, finishing just two boards shy of a season best.  The Razorbacks turned GSU over 24 times but also committed 24 turnovers of their own.
               
    “We were a bit more sluggish in the second half,” Collen said.  “We were experimenting with the lineups and were able to get a lot of players in.  We turned the ball over way too many times but you have to credit Grambling State for some of that.  They forced a lot of turnovers.”
       
    Arkansas travels to Middle Tennessee State Dec. 3, before returning home for five consecutive non-conference games in December.