Gamecocks Defeat Presbyterian, 52-24
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|South Carolina 52, Presbyterian 24
|Kentucky 90, Mississippi Valley State 51
|Baylor 76, Tennessee 67
|Auburn 75, South Carolina-Aiken 34
|Ohio State 77, LSU 68
|Georgia 81, Northeastern 61
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina locked down defensively, especially in the second half, en route to a 52-24 win over Presbyterian in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks (5-1) allowed a school record-tying low points, including a record 13 in the second half, while the bench sparked an offensive surge in the second half. Freshman guard Tina Roy led the Gamecocks with a career-high 15 points, including 12 in the second half, and junior forward Ashley Bruner logged her first double-double of the season with her 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“Tina can shoot the ball,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. “We want her to be able to stretch defenses out a little bit. We have put her at the point guard position because she’s a big guard, and she can handle the ball pretty well. She puts in extra time with her shot, puts in extra conditioning so it is bringing her along a little slowly so she can be valuable to us throughout the season.”
Defense was the name of the game for the first five minutes as both teams struggled to find the hoop. Senior guard Markeshia Grant would open up the offensive game for the Gamecocks with a big 3-point shot from the left corner, and Carolina would take a 9-6 lead at the first media timeout.
The Gamecocks started to pull away mid-way through the half, as freshman forward Aleigsha Welch converted on a traditional three-point play with 9:48 left on the clock to put the Gamecocks up 14-9.
The Garnet and Black defense shut down the Blue Hose attack in the first half, forcing seven turnovers in the first 12 minutes and limiting them to only 10 shots. The Gamecocks also played clean defense, committing their first foul of the half with 7:22 to play.
South Carolina reached its largest lead of the half on a 3-point bucket from Grant on the right wing with 3:55 left to play, and the Gamecocks took a 22-13 lead into the break.
The offensive struggle continued in the second half with the first bucket coming on Presbyterian’s Dria David layup with 16:52 on the clock. The Gamecocks marked the board soon after on Bruner’s layup, followed by a deep 3-pointer from Roy to go up 27-15 with 14:49 left in the game.
Presbyterian climbed back with two straight buckets to pull within seven, 27-20, with 11:38 left in the game. However, junior guard Sancheon White answered for the Gamecocks as she plucked the ball from a Presbyterian guard and took it down the court for a layup as she was fouled from behind. White would convert the three-point play and put the Gamecocks back on top by 10 with 11:15 left. White’s basket sparked a 13-0 run by Carolina, including multiple baskets from Roy and Welch. Roy capped off the streak for the Gamecocks with a 3-pointer that put Carolina up 40-20, the largest lead of the ball game at that point.
The Gamecocks held Presbyterian to just 25.0 percent shooting, and the Blue Hose’s 24 points matched the Carolina school record for fewest points allowed originally set against Georgia Southern on Feb. 3, 1992. Presbyterian’s 11 second-half points eclipsed the previous Gamecock record of 13 by Savannah State on Dec. 19, 2005.
South Carolina shot 50.0 percent in the second half to finish at 39.6 percent for the game, including 40.0 percent from 3-point range (8-20). Junior Ieasia Walker led the way with six assists, while La’Keisha Sutton added four. Each swiped a pair of steals in the game, as did Roy.
Wildcats Too Much For MVSU
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Bernisha Pinkett had 13 points off the bench for No. 14 Kentucky in a 90-51 rout of Mississippi Valley State on Sunday.
A'dia Mathies and Bria Goss also scored 13 points for the Wildcats (7-0), who set a blistering pace early. They scored the game's first 10 points in a three-minute span before even allowing Mississippi Valley State (1-4) a field-goal attempt. Kentucky gradually built its lead before a 14-0 stretch late in the first half put it out of reach.
After Kentucky's poor shooting effort Friday against Sam Houston State, Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said making his offense more efficient was a priority heading into their Dec. 4 game against No. 11 Louisville, and it showed Sunday. The Wildcats shot 46.2 percent, their best since shooting 51.5 percent in their season opener against Morehead State.
Brittney Lakes finished with 18 points for the Devilettes.
#6 Lady Vols Fall To #1 Baylor, 76-67
KNOXVILLE - The No. 6 Lady Vols led for much of the second half, but No. 1 Baylor took the lead late in the second half and went on to a 76-67 win before an electric crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena. The contest was the first "WE BACK PAT" game as the Pat Summitt Foundation was launched at halftime and $150,000 was presented to the Alzheimer's Tennessee and the UT Medical Center with money raised from sales of "WE BACK PAT" shirts.
Baylor All-American Brittney Griner scored 17 of her game-high 26 in the second half to lead the Bears' comeback as they moved to 6-0. UT's All-American Shekinna Stricklen led the Lady Vols with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Vicki Baugh also had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
With the loss, the Lady Vols' 38-game home win streak comes to an end as Tennessee falls to 2-2 overall. The last time UT started a season 2-2 was the 1990-91 season. That year, Tennessee went on to win its third NCAA Championship with a 30-5 record.
Odyssey Sims (23 points) knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:20 left in regulation to give Baylor the lead it would never relinquish, 56-53. Glory Johnson (9 points, 11 rebounds) swooped in for a layup with 6:40 left to bring UT back within one at 56-55, but that was as close as it would be the rest of the way.
Tennessee continued to pressure in the final minutes, but missed several shots as the Lady Vols shot just 29.3 percent in the game.
Johnson made a pair of free throws with 2:02 left to bring UT back within four at 65-61. Griner answered with another lay-in with just two seconds left on the shot clock to give the Bears a 67-61 lead with 1:32 left in the game.
Baugh (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Stricklen both bombed a 3-pointers in the final 44 seconds, but it wasn't enough as the Bears posted the win to drop the Lady Vols to 2-2.
The Lady Vols grabbed 55 rebounds, outboarding the Bears, 55-42, their most since the NCAA First Round win over Stetson last season, when they had 63.
Taber Spani's lay-up with 8:50 left, gave the Lady Vols a 53-50. Spani missed the ensuing free throw as part of an and-one as Baylor quickly answered. Griner converted a 3-point play seconds later to tie the game at 53 all.
Baylor answered with a 7-0 run to come back within one points at 39-38 before Baugh layed one home for a 41-38 UT edge with 16 minutes left in the game. Baylor took a short-lived lead at 42-41 on a Griner lay-up with 15 minutes left in the second half. Spani regained the edge with a layup just 16 seconds later.
The Lady Vols had a 17-2 run bridging the halves to build a lead of 39-31 with 17:39 left in the second half. Stricklen scored on a putback forcing Baylor to call timeout as UT took a seven-point lead (38-31) just 1:27 into the second half. Stricklen had eight of UT's points in the spurt as the Lady Vols bounced back from a 29-22 deficit with four minutes left in the first half.
Tennessee led 33-31 at intermission as Spani canned a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the half. Stricklen had 19 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes while Brittney Griner was limited to nine points and just three rebounds. The Lady Vols dominated the glass in the first half, holding a 34-19 advantage. That included 18 offensive rebounds as UT shot just 25 percent.
Four Score In Double Figures As Auburn Beats USC-Upstate, 75-34
AUBURN – Four Auburn players scored in double figures, led by 14 points from Blanche Alverson, as the Tiger women’s basketball team (4-1) beat South Carolina-Upstate (0-6), 75-34, on Sunday at Auburn Arena.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of sorts, but we’re still trying to figure ourselves out a little bit,” Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner said. “I thought we had some great moments.”
Despite shooting just 42.3 percent from the floor, Auburn utilized its defense to earn create 24 points off of 22 turnovers from USC-Upstate, including eight steals from the Tigers. Auburn also out-rebounded the Spartans 51-31.
“We have to be a pressure-defensive team, and we just have to keep working on that because we are athletic and that’s what we’re fast enough to do and have the bench to do,” Fortner said. “We just have to keep working on that and find our way there.”
Following Alverson was senior Chantel Hilliard and freshman Hasina Muhammad with 12 points each. Morgan Jennings added 10 points while fellow senior Parrisha Simmons led the squad with 10 rebounds.
Auburn utilized its third different starting lineup of the season, bringing junior college transfer Najat Ouardad in at point guard while also adding Simmons to the mix. Ouardad dished out a game-high eight assists along with seven points.
Auburn jumped out to an early lead in the first half and never looked back. Alverson scored all of her 14 points on the day in the first half, including going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. She also added five rebounds and two assists.
The Tiger defense held the Spartans to just a field goal for nearly the first seven minutes of the first half, building a 17-2 lead. Auburn led by 29 before taking a 44-18 halftime lead.
USC-Upstate came out energized in the second half, out-scoring auburn 12-9 out of the gate to cut the lead to 23. Auburn responded with a 10-0 run to put the Spartans away, eventually taking the 75-34 win.
The Tigers’ bench also came out strong and contributed 35 points to Auburn’s total 75, including a combined 26 points and 12 rebounds from Alverson and Muhammad.
Defensively, six different Tigers tallied a steal, led by Ouardad and Jassany Williams with two each. Williams also blocked a game-high three shots.
Tee’Ara Copney led USC-Upstate in scoring with 19 points and went 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Copney added five rebounds for the Spartans in 32 minutes on the floor. USC-Upstate did not score more than 20 points in either half and was held to 25.5 percent shooting from the field.
NO. 18 OHIO STATE PULLS AWAY LATE FROM NO. 20 LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, 77-68
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Big Ten Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year Samantha Prahalis scored a game-high 28 points and buried six threes as No. 18 Ohio State held off a valiant effort from the 20th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team by a score of 77-68 on Sunday evening in Value City Arena.
The Lady Tigers (3-3) dropped their second straight game and fourth consecutive contest versus a Big 10 opponent dating back to last season. Ohio State (5-0) remained unbeaten but faced a tough challenge from LSU after outscoring its first four opponents by a margin of 25.3 points.
Prahalis finished 9-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Tayler Hill added 23 points and buried a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. The two combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 77 points.
“Ohio State did an exceptional job of running their offense through Prahalis and Hill,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “Defensively, we missed some assignments and they made us pay for it. When you are on the road, you have to bring defensive pressure and be ready to meet that challenge. In that last four minutes of the game, we have to be efficient. We can’t give teams wide open looks. You have to make it difficult for people.”
LSU was led by sophomore Adrienne Webb and freshman Krystal Forthan, both who responded with their best offensive games of the year. Webb and Forthan had 15 points apiece. Senior forward Courtney Jones tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and tallied eight points.
LSU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half but rallied to pull within two 32-30 at halftime. Destini Hughes tied the game at 48 with 10:03 to go in the second half, but Prahalis would score eight of Ohio State’s next 10 points. Her back-to-back threes put the Lady Tigers in a six-point hole, 58-52, with 7:53 left in the game.
LSU got within three points under the four-minute mark. Forthan had five straight points and nailed a three from the right wing. Jeanne Kenney then converted a lay-up off a steal from LaSondra Barrett. The Lady Tigers trailed 68-65 with 3:43 left in the game.
Ohio State out-scored LSU 9-3 the rest of the way. Hill’s 28-foot three from the left side of the court with the shot clock winding down was the back breaker. The Buckeyes then iced the game at the line going 6-of-6 in the final 40 seconds.
Ohio State shot 48.1 percent for the game, while LSU finished at 41.2 percent from the floor. The Buckeyes capitalized at the free throw line, finishing 20-of-23 to LSU’s 10-of-17. The Lady Tigers did however outscore Ohio State on second-chance points, 17-5.
Lady Bulldogs Roll Past Northeastern
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Freshman Erika Ford made the most of her first career start on Sunday, posting game- and career-high tallies of 18 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 10 Georgia (5-1) to an 81-61 win over Northeastern (0-6) in the consolation game of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-up.
Classmate Krista Donald also started for the first time at UGA and chipped in seven points (on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor), five rebounds and a team-best four assists.
"I thought they both played well," head coach Andy Landers said. "I thought Ford was great defensively and very good on the offensive end. I thought the same about Donald. We were really shuffling the lineup to try to find someone to embrace the role of being a starter."
The Lady Bulldogs built a double-digit lead early and led comfortably throughout but didn't put the game out of reach until midway through the second half. Georgia led 50-40 from the 14:17 mark through 10:33 before a pair of Jasmine Hassell free throws, a Donald three and a layup from Jasmine James pushed the margin to 17 just 70 seconds later.
Hassell also scored 18 points and Khaalidah Miller chipped in 16, her sixth double-figure outing in as many contests this season.
Georgia improved to 427-7 all-time when scoring 80 or more points during Landers' 33 seasons in Athens.
Five different Lady Bulldogs scored in a 12-0 run covering just 3:42 that put Georgia up 17-5 with 13:17 left in the half. Georgia expanded its lead to 17 points twice before the Huskies chipped away with a 10-0 run of their own to close within 36-29 with 51 second left in the period.
Donald and Ford became the 68th and 69th freshmen to start for Landers at Georgia. Ford responded with her first double-digit scoring performance of the year before the intermission with 10 first-half points.
The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday when they host South Carolina State at Stegeman Coliseum at 7 p.m. ET.
Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will be available at the Butts-Mehre ticket office from 8:30-4:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, tickets will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 90 minutes before tip-off.