No. 8 Tennessee cruises to 82-43 win over MTSU
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Tennessee 82, Middle Tennessee 43
|Florida 72, Belmont 45
|Ole Miss 83, UAPB 52
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cierra Burdick had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 8 Tennessee routed Middle Tennessee 82-43 on Tuesday night.
Kortni Jones led MTSU with 16 points.
Shekinna Stricklen took an inbounds pass, spun around and sank a jumper with 17:14 left in the first half that launched a 17-0 run. During the stretch, Tennessee stole the ball from Middle Tennessee on four consecutive possessions and got a basket in transition after each one.
MTSU cut the margin to a single digit just once more on a layup by Ebony Rowe that made it 27-18 with 7:13 in the first half.
Tennessee (3-2) hit 59.3 percent in the first half, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
The Blue Raiders (4-3) struggled to get clean looks at the basket against the Lady Vols' defense and hit just 28.6 percent in the first half, and Tennessee pushed the lead to 48-24 just before halftime.
UF Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Attack and Tough Defense to Down Belmont, 72-45
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack, which saw nine different players score, and a lockdown defensive performance to cruise to a 72-45 victory against Belmont Tuesday evening at the O’Connell Center.
“It was a great win for us, a great opportunity to try and spread our minutes around a little bit. It gave us an opportunity to work on things we don’t always get to do during games,” Gator head coach Amanda Butler said. “To have the type of balance and give everyone the opportunity at such quality minutes in a game situation is really valuable for our team going forward.”
Florida (6-1) took advantage of 29 Belmont (1-6) turnovers by turning them into 44 points. The Gators also used their size to their advantage as they outscored the Bruins 34-16 in the paint to help them to the 27 point victory.
For the contest, the Gators (6-1) were led offensively by a trio of players who topped the 10-point mark led by Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.), who scored 15 points and shared team-high honors with six rebounds. Brittany Shine (Sacramento, Calif.) put up a season-high 13 points, while Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) tallied 12 points, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes of play.
Using a balanced attack and stifling defense, the Gators jumped out to an early 22-12 lead 10 minutes into the contest. UF then went on a surge, closing the half on a 24-7 run to take a 46-19 lead into the locker room and never looked back en route to its sixth consecutive win.
“We have such an advantage by having two people that can pressure the ball so effectively in Lanita Bartley and Jaterra Bonds,” Butler said. “We ask them to set the tone with their defense and ball pressure, and you saw that tonight. I thought they did a great job.”
For the first half, the Gators shot an impressive 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the floor and saw eight players record a point, led by 12 from Bartley and 11 from George. The Florida defense was also impressive in the first as the Orange and Blue held Belmont to 33.3 percent (seven-of-21) shooting and forced 21 Bruin turnovers.
The Gators didn’t let up in the second half extending their lead to as many as 37 points en route to the 72-45 victory. UF’s second half was keyed by Shine, who scored all of her season-high 13 points after the intermission. The Orange and Blue also got a solid second half contribution from Andrea Vilaró Aragonés (Barcelona, Spain), who scored the first six points of her Gator career on a pair of threes.
Florida returns to action on Friday, Dec. 2, when they face No. 11/12 Rutgers (6-0) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The game, which tips at 8 p.m., will be televised live statewide on Fox Sports Florida.
Rebels Win Fourth In Row, Beat UAPB, 83-52
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team used a balanced effort Tuesday night to win its fourth game in a row, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 83-52.
Ole Miss improved to 5-1 with the win, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to 0-5.
With the win, Ole Miss won its fourth-straight game. Ole Miss off to a 5-1 start to the year which is the third-best start under Ladner. The 2008-09 team started 7-0 while the 2009-10 team started 6-1.
Nikki Byrd recorded her fourth consecutive double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, marking the first time since Armintie Price in 2007 that an Ole Miss player recorded four consecutive double-doubles. Byrd entered the game fourth in the nation in rebounding averaging, 12.1 boards per game.
Valencia McFarland scored a team-best 18 points and seven assists while Whitney Hameth recorded 14 points and six boards.
“What I am ecstatic about is that Nikki is demanding the basketball,” head coach Renee Ladner said. “The best thing that happened to me tonight was Nikki went across the paint, they wouldn’t give her the ball and she had a look on her face like ‘give me the ball.’ And that is big for me and it’s big for Nikki.”
Ole Miss jumped out to an eight-point lead, 12-4, on a jumper from Whitney Hameth with 16:16 left in the first half.
The Rebels held the Golden Lions scoreless for spans of 6:51 and 4:14 during the first half. Hameth gave Ole Miss a 28-point lead on a three-point play with 2:50 left in the half.
Ole Miss led, 45-23, at the half. Valencia McFarland and Hameth led the Rebels with 10 points each in the half. As a team, the Rebels recorded 13 steals and 11 assists.
In the second half, a three from McFarland extended Ole Miss’ lead to 24, 57-33, with just over 12 minutes to play.
With Jasmine Trotter’s layup in the second half, every Ole Miss player who saw time scored for the Rebels. Amber Singletary recorded a career-high six steals. As a team, Ole Miss shot 39.5 percent (30-76) from the floor and recorded 59 rebounds.
Ole Miss will host Grambling State Saturday at 2 p.m.