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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 26

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Ole Miss 72, UMass 67
    Florida 82, Charlotte 73
    Alabama 67, Louisiana Tech 59
    Mississippi State 56, Savannah State 42
    Vanderbilt 78, Oklahoma 66
    Georgetown 64, Georgia 56

    Ole Miss Women’s Hoops Wins Third Straight, Wins At UMass

    AMHERST, Mass. – Nikki Byrd led four players in double figures as the Ole Miss women’s basketball team won its third straight game, 72-67, at UMass Saturday afternoon. 

    With the win, Ole Miss improved to 4-1 overall, while fell to UMass 1-4.

    The win gave Ole Miss its third 4-1 start over the last three seasons. It also pushed the Rebels’ winning streak to three games, the longest since the 2009-10 season when Ole Miss won five straight from January 6 – January 24. The win gave the Rebels back-to-back wins on the road for the first time since Ole Miss won three straight on the road from November 27 - December 2, 2009.

    Byrd recorded her third consecutive double-double and eighth career double-double with a career-high 26 points and 17 rebounds.  Byrd is the first Ole Miss player since Arminite Price to record three consecutive double-doubles.  Price accomplished the feat in 2007.

    Valencia McFarland added 15 points, six boards and five assists, Amber Singletary scored a career-high 11 while Whitney Hameth scored 10. 

    For the game Ole Miss shot 36.9 percent from the floor (24-65) and came up big from the free throw line, finishing 19-24 for 79.2 percent.

    Ole Miss made its first two field goal attempts of the game before missing its next seven as UMass used a 10-0 run to take an early 10-4 lead with 14:25 left in the half. 

    The Minutewomen pushed their lead to 13 points, 35-21, with 3:57 remaining in the first half.  From that point, Ole Miss went on a 13-1 run over the final 3:57 of the half to pull to within two at the break, 36-34, as Byrd hit a shot at the buzzer. 

    In the first half, Singletary led Ole Miss with eight points while McFarland and Nikki Byrd each recorded seven. The Rebels shot 41.2 percent (14-34) from the floor while the Minutewomen shot 53.8 percent (14-26).  

    The Rebels pulled to within one on a pair of free from Singletary, 46-45, with 11:43 to play and took the lead for the first time since Ole Miss led 4-0 as the Rebels went up 49-48 with 9:48 to play. 

    A put back from Danielle McCray with 4:19 left gave Ole Miss a 59-56 lead. 

    Ole Miss will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday at 7 p.m.



    Lanita Bartley Nets 28 in Gator WBB’s 82-73 Win Against Charlotte

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Senior Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored a career-high 28 points and Florida hit 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute to seal an 82-73 victory against Charlotte Friday afternoon during the final 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 Gators (5-1), who won their fifth consecutive game, also got a double-figure scoring effort from Deana Allen (Houma, La.) and Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.), who both tallied 12 points and helped Florida avenge last year’s season-ending loss in the third round of the WNIT to the 49ers (5-2). Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) just missed her third straight double-double, finishing the game with nine points and nine rebounds, helping the Gators win the rebounding battle, 45-39, and take a 40-36 edge in points in the paint.

    “We had another night of great individual performances and I think that makes it really, really hard for teams to prepare for us. Most importantly, we won the battle in the paint, scoring and rebounding-wise,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We played really good zone defense, which is not something we’ve worked a whole lot on but it was what needed to happen. With a veteran team like we have we were able to make adjustments and we responded.”

    Florida overcame a seven-point deficit with 13:46 remaining and tied the score at 56 with 10:28 on the clock, as Bartley scored nine points, George four and Allen and Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) a pair each during the stretch.

    Bonds snapped the tie with a 15-foot jumper and then pushed the ball up the floor where she feed George who converted for a 60-56 lead and the Gators would never trail again.

    Charlotte closed within three points twice on its next two offensive possessions, but Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) answered the first time with a floater in the lane and Bartley knocked down two free throws the second time.

    Bonds again followed with a tough driving, pull-up eight-footer with 5:59 remaining that gave the Gators a seven-point lead, 66-59, their largest of the game to that point.

    The teams traded buckets and scores for the next three minutes, before Jones stole an inbounds pass and fed Allen, who finished the short shot, and George collected one of 14 Gator steals in the game, passed to Bartley, who dropped in a layup for a 74-65 lead with 1:44 to play.

    After Charlotte’s Jai Forney canned a three-pointer and trimmed UF’s lead to six points with 69 seconds remaining, the 49ers fouled the rest of the way to stop the clock and sent the Gators to the free throw line, where they calmly converted all eight attempts, with Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England), hitting two, Allen two and Bartley the final four.

    “That was a lot of composure and that’s who we are this year as a free throw shooting team,” Butler said of her team’s 24-of-27 performance at the line. “We had a poor performance this year against Hampton and that was not who we were. I’m really proud of them for stepping up tonight. Free throw shooting is one of those things that are contagious within a team during a game.”

    For Florida, it was the second consecutive night a Gator has had a career-high scoring effort. Against La Salle on Friday it was Jones who lit up the scoreboard for 28 points, doing most of her damage from the three-point arc. On Saturday, Bartley rose to the challenge and led the Gators.

    “Lanita has a really unique knack for getting to the basket for her size,” Butler praised. “She’s very slippery and crafty and smart. She also does a great job of sensing the moment when she’s got to make plays for us that only she can make. It’s a credit to her basketball IQ and how smart she is. She’s a senior and trying to lead in any way that she can.”

    Jennifer Hailey recorded a double-double for Charlotte with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Forney and Epiphany Woodson both added 17 points for the 49ers, who shot 43.1 percent from the floor.

    Florida hit 43.1 percent overall (28-65).

    Charlotte, which trailed 34-32 at the break, ripped out of the halftime locker room scoring the first six points as part of a 9-2 run and took a 41-36 lead just 2:12 into the period.

    Deana Allen (Houma, La.) responded with a three-pointer in front of the Gator bench, before the teams exchanged baskets, UF’s coming from Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.), who took a feed from Allen, who stole the ball near the Gator baseline.

    That’s when the 49ers staged a 7-2 run over the next two and half minutes and took a 50-43 lead with 13:46 to play.

    Florida rallied behind its defense which fueled its offense and helped score the next eight points to regain the lead, 51-50, with 12:29 on the clock. Allen sparked the run with an offensive put-back, followed by four straight points from Bartley, who hit a pair from the line and then converted a driving layup. Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) capped the run by finishing a feed from Allen inside.

    “I’m proud of our kids that they didn’t drop their heads when Charlotte took a lead to start the second half,” Butler continued. “We came right back with the right spirit and fight to get right back into the ball game.

    “You have to give Charlotte a lot of credit because they came out with a lot of fire and fight. They had some great individual performances, as well,” Butler said.

    The teams then traded scores and the lead over the next minute and a half and the game was tied a 56 with 10:28 remaining.

    It was an even first half of play, as the Gators took the slight 34-32 lead into the locker room.

    Charlotte led by as many as five points, 16-11, with 13:13 remaining, but Florida scored the next five points, as Allen started the mini run with one free throw, Jennifer George put back an offensive rebound and Brittany Shine (Sacramento, Calif.) connected on a deep jumper.

    The teams then traded scores, with Florida’s coming from Bartley’s driving layup, but the Gators couldn’t seem to take the lead. The squads also exchanged one free throw each, before Katie Meador came off the bench and hit a three-pointer for the 49ers, who took a 22-19 lead with 8:24 remaining.

    The Gators mounted a 6-0 spurt, as Stewart put back on offensive board and then finished inside after receiving a beautiful pass from Allen, before Allen notched a bucket herself to cap the run.

    Charlotte came right back with four consecutive points, but Bartley cut the deficit with an acrobatic finish to a layup and completed the three-point play at the line. The 49ers again tallied the next three points, before the Gators marched off a 6-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Jones, who dribbled the length of the court in transition and stopped at the three-point arc where she nailed the trey and gave Florida a 34-30 lead. The 49ers finished the first-half scoring with a pair of free throws ending what was a very even statistical first 20 minutes of action.

    Florida returns to action on Tuesday, November 29, when the team plays host to Belmont in the O’Connell Center beginning at 7 p.m.



    Alabama Women’s Basketball Wins 2011 Paradise Jam

    ST. THOMAS, USVI – The Alabama women’s basketball team won the 2011 Paradise Jam Island Division with a 67-59 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Senior Ericka Russell was named Tournament MVP, while sophomore Jasmine Robinson earned All-Tournament honors.

    “The team has really worked hard, and today, it paid off,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “I cannot say enough about the effort of this team, especially playing three games in three days with as short a bench as we had. No one ever complained about playing a lot of minutes and everyone really stepped up big.”

    Robinson finished with a game-high 19 points, while Russell added 12 and sophomore Khristin Lee another 11. Junior Erin Hogue had a game-best 18 rebounds in addition to nine points.

    “Jasmine played a great game and really kept us in it during the first half,” added Hudson. “Erin came up with some key rebounds, especially late in the game. She deserves a lot of credit for the way she played defensively today.”

    Louisiana Tech (2-4) struck first with a basket 15 seconds into the game. Alabama (5-2) then scored five of the next six points to take a lead it would hold onto for the duration of the game. The Crimson Tide used a 15-3 run over the next seven minutes to pull in front 20-8 at the 11:34 mark. The Lady Techsters threatened late in the first, pulling within seven, but would not get any closer in the half, as Alabama would head into the break with a 36-28.

    Louisiana Tech opened the second with a three to cut the Alabama lead to five, but Robinson would respond with a three of her own on the ensuing possession to bring the lead out to six. The Lady Techsters would battle to chip the deficit down to two at 47-45, but the Tide would go on to score seven unanswered points for the nine-point advantage with 8:28 to go. Alabama remained in front and hit key free throws down the stretch for the victory.

    For the game, Alabama had 41 rebounds, including 16 on the offensive end, and 14 steals. The Tide forced 23 Lady Techster turnovers, while committing just 12.

    Alabama returns home for a pair of games next weekend when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana and Kansas. The Tide will face off with the Lady Lions on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. and will take on the Jayhawks on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Foster Auditorium.



    Lady Bulldogs Claim 56-42 Road Win At Savannah State

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mississippi State parlayed a brilliant defensive effort into a 56-42 victory over Savannah State in a women's basketball game played Saturday afternoon at Tiger Arena.

    The Lady Bulldogs (5-1) only allowed three second-half field goals. MSU was nursing a 26-25 lead at halftime. Savannah State (3-2) did not convert its first field goal of the final half until 7:26 remained in the contest.

    For MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis, this was career win No. 599. Fanning-Otis is now 599-445 in 35 seasons of coaching Division I basketball. With one more victory, Fanning-Otis will become the 14th active coach in Division I women's basketball with 600 or more victories.

    The teams played a nip-and-tuck first half. Neither team led by more than six points in that half. Each team shot better than 33 percent from the field, while the lead changed hands on three different occasions.

    An 8-0 run over the first four minutes of play lifted the Maroon and White to an 8-2 advantage. The run was capped by a 3-point basket from Kendra Grant. The lead still remained at four before Savannah State reeled off a 7-0 run of its own.

    A 3-point play by Jasmine Kirkland gave Savannah State a 13-12 lead. The Lady Tigers then hit one of two free throws on two different possessions to run the lead to 15-12. The Lady Bulldogs went more than seven minutes between baskets before Ashley Brown hit a layup to break the draught.

    A 3-point basket by Porsha Porter ran MSU back out to a 24-20 advantage. The Lady Bulldogs eased into halftime with a 26-25 lead.

    In the final half, the Lady Bulldogs played lights-out defense to close out their first true road win of the season. Savannah State hit only 3-of-21 second-half shots and also committed six of the game's 10 turnovers.

    A 12-1 run allowed MSU to sprint out to a 38-26 advantage with 16:37 left in the contest. A 3-pointer by Darriel Gaynor capped the run.

    The lead stayed in the double figures range before Gaynor ran it to 14 on an old-fashioned 3-point play. The free throw make meant MSU led 45-31 with 10:19 left.

    MSU would build the lead to 15 on two different occasions before posting the victory.

    For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 19 of 51 shots from the field (37.3 percent), 4 of 18 shots from 3-point range (22.2 percent) and 14 of 18 shots from the foul line (77.8 percent). The Lady Tigers hit 12 of 48 shots from the field (25.0 percent), 2 of 12 shots from 3-point range (16.7 percent) and 16 of 28 shots from the foul line (57.1 percent).

    MSU held a 43-31 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had eight assists and 13 turnovers, while the Lady Tigers had two assists and 10 turnovers.

    Brown just missed a double-double for MSU as she scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Diamber Johnson, Porter, Grant and Gaynor each added eight points. Johnson had a team-high three assists, while Bett blocked four shots.

    Savannah State placed three players in double figures. The Lady Tigers received 14 points from Ezinne Kalu, 12 points from Jasmine Kirkland and 10 points from Blessing Uba. Alisha Nelson had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

    The Lady Bulldogs host South Alabama at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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    Commodores Down 13th Ranked Oklahoma

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team put an undefeated record in its annual Thanksgiving Tournament on the line against No. 13/14 Oklahoma on Saturday, November 26, and came away with a 78-66 victory over the Sooners.

    The Commodores used strong guard play to move to 6-0 on the season, led by a 24-point, six-assist effort from Jasmine Lister, who earned tournament MVP honors. It was a career-high in points for the sophomore. Christina Foggie, who joined Lister on the All-Tournament Team, poured in 21 points. She added five rebounds and three assists.

    The Sooners, who dropped to 3-1, were led by All-Tournament selection Aaryn Ellenberg, who scored 22 points. Morgan Hook, also an All-Tournament team member, scored 16 for OU, while grabbing six rebounds. Joanna McFarland had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    It was a back-and-forth affair over the first few minutes before Foggie connected for a pair of threes to put the Commodores up for good. Oklahoma made several runs during the contest, but the Sooners were not able to pull ahead or tie after Vanderbilt took a 7-6 lead.

    Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb was particularly proud her team was able to survive several Sooner runs.

    "We never led them tie it," said Balcomb. "We've been working on staying level-headed and continuing to execute in situations like that."

    After using post play to dominate Lipscomb in the opening game of the Tournament, the guards stepped-up. It became even more important when redshirt sophomore center Stephanie Holzer found herself in foul trouble, but Balcomb knew the guards would be major contributors.

    "When you play a team with this much size, you have to be able to distribute," explained Balcomb. "We knew we'd have to be able to go inside and outside."

    Defensively, Balcomb was even more pleased. The Commodores drew several momentum shifting charges underneath, keeping the Sooners frustrated.

    "Elan (Brown), Jasmine (Lister) and Jordan (Coleman) have been very good at drawing charges," explained Balcomb. "Christina (Foggie) and Tiffany (Clarke) have been getting better at it lately. It's huge because it's such a momentum change."

    The Commodores defense was also evident in the turnover numbers. Vandy forced 24 Oklahoma turnovers and scored 27 points off those miscues.

    The win marks the highest-ranked opponent Vanderbilt has defeated since January 14, 2010, when the Commodores downed No. 6 Georgia, 66-44, at Memorial Gym. Vanderblit now stands at 26-0 all-time in its Thanksgiving Tournament.

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    Georgia Falls To Georgetown

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points apiece for Georgia, but Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers countered with a season-high 23 to lead the Hoyas to a 64-56 victory in the opening round of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-up on Saturday.

    The setback was the first of the year for No. 10 Georgia, which fell to 4-1, while No. 21 Georgetown improved to 4-2. Jasmine Hassell added a dozen points for the Lady Bulldogs.

    The Hoyas used a strong second-half rebounding effort to build a double-digit lead the Lady Bulldogs couldn't overcome. Georgetown outrebounded Georgia 23-13 after the intermission and for the game had one less offensive rebound than the Lady Bulldogs had defensively.

    "We've been talking about it since the beginning of practice and tonight, above everything we could've done better, was rebounding," head coach Andy Landers said. "It was at the top of the list. And then we just didn't defend one-on-one very well in the last five minutes. Give Georgetown credit, they did what they needed to do when we got close."

    A 10-0 surge early in the second half put the Hoyas up 45-35 with 13:46 left in the contest. Georgia pulled within five with 9:09 remaining but failed to pull any closer.

    After the Hoyas expanded their advantage back to 11, the Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to 59-56 on a pair of James free throws at the 1:55 mark, but Rubylee Wright answered with a layup deep in the shot clock on the other end to end the rally.

    James helped Georgia get off to a quick start. She scored the Lady Bulldogs' first seven points and then dished to Hassell for a lay-up that put Georgia up 9-2 at the 16:29 mark. Georgetown quickly knotted the score at 11-11 and the rest of the first half was a back-and-forth affair.

    Rodgers, who averaged 18.1 points per game in her first two seasons at Georgetown but entered Saturday's game chipping in just 8.3 ppg this season, found her range late in the first half. She canned a trio of three-pointers in a span of 2:19 to help the Hoyas secure a 31-29 lead at the intermission.