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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: December 2

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Alabama 69, Southeastern Louisiana 56
    Vanderbilt 77, Denver 56
    Rutgers 63, Florida 49

    Alabama Defeats Southeastern Louisiana, 69-56

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 69-56 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Foster Auditorium on Friday night.

    Five Alabama players registered double figures in a balanced Crimson Tide attack, including junior guard/forward Erin Hogue who notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    “Erin is just outworking people,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “You look at her stat line, and we’ll take 11 rebounds and 10 points every night. Erin is playing with a lot of energy, and she is getting better and better.”

    Sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson led Alabama with 13 points, while junior guard Jessica Merritt totaled a career-high 12 points. Senior guard Ericka Russell and freshman forward Aneesah Daniels scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Tide.

    Alabama led by as many as 20 points and never trailed throughout the contest. After holding a 33-26 halftime lead, the Tide used an 11-0 run early in the second half to grab a 54-34 lead and take control of the game. The Lions never got any closer than 15 until the final margin.

    Alabama scored 21 points off 17 Southeastern Louisiana turnovers, while allowing just four points off 10 turnovers. Furthermore, the Lions were able to connect on just 2-of-20 from beyond the arc.

    “We’ll definitely take the win, but we didn’t play as hard as we needed to play and didn’t do some things that we needed to do on the court, and that is a bit of a concern,” added Hudson. “When you’re trying to build a program, it goes beyond just winning the game, and the way you play. I thought we kind of played hard, but I really didn’t feel like we played very smart.”

    After building a 14-10 advantage midway through the first half, the Tide went on an 11-4 run spanning 4:37 to take a 25-14 lead at the 7:11 juncture. Six different Alabama players contributed to the scoring run. From there, Southeastern Louisiana cut the lead to four at 28-24 before the Tide upped the lead to 33-26 at the half.

    A pair of back-to-back three-pointers by Robinson gave Alabama a quick 39-26 lead less than two minutes into the second half before the Lions were able to cut into the margin, and pull within nine points, 43-34, at the 15:04 mark of the half.

    From there, though, the Tide took over, embarking on the game-deciding 11-0 run to take an insurmountable 20-point lead midway through the half before closing it out.

    Brandi Simmons led Southeastern Louisiana (3-4) with 15 points while Aja Gibson added 12.

    Alabama will host the Kansas Jayhawks at Foster Auditorium on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT.



    Foggie scores 23 as No. 25 Vanderbilt tops Denver

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Christina Foggie scored 18 of her 23 points in the first half to lead No. 25 Vanderbilt to a 77-56 victory over Denver on Friday night.

    Foggie eclipsed 20 points for the third straight game, knocking down a career-high six 3-pointers for the Commodores (8-0). She drilled three 3-pointers during a 15-0 run that allowed Vandy to pull away from the Pioneers (5-2) midway through the first half. Tiffany Clarke's layup with 8:11 left capped the spurt for a 30-10 lead.

    Denver's sloppiness accounted for a 28-point halftime deficit. The Pioneers committed a season-high 23 turnovers, with Vanderbilt scoring 33 points off the miscues.

    Katelyn Murdoch led Denver with 12 points on 2-of-11 shooting and Morgan Shell added 10.

    Elan Brown had 13 points for Vanderbilt and Kady Schrann and Jasmine Lister each chipped in 10. Stephanie Holzer grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Commodores continue their best start in five years.



    Florida Women’s Hoops Falls to No. 11 Rutgers, 63-49, at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seniors Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) and Deana Allen (Houma, La.) combined for 31 points for the Orange and Blue, but a season-high 22 turnovers proved to be costly for the Gators, who had their six-game win streak snapped to No. 11/9 Rutgers, which defeated Florida, 63-49, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Friday.

    Rutgers improved to an undefeated 8-0 on the season behind double-doubles from Scarlet Knights Monique Oliver and Betnijah Laney, who collaborated for 23 points and 20 rebounds in the victory.

    “Obviously, we’re very disappointed,” Florida head coach Amanda Butler said. “You have to give Rutgers a lot of credit. We just didn’t play Florida basketball tonight – on either end of the floor. We didn’t have our edge, or our fight. You have to give Rutgers a lot of credit for their hustle, their fight and on the turn around.”

    Jones and Allen led Florida (6-2) in scoring with 20 and 11 points, respectively, Jones’ fourth double-digit outing of the season. Junior Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) led the Gators in rebounding with eight boards, including seven defensive. Senior Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) eclipsed 150 career blocks with two against Rutgers, now owning 151 wearing a Gator uniform. Allen was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, while Jones was a perfect 5-for-5. Rutgers shot 40.7 percent from the floor, while Florida was 31.9 percent from the floor. The Gators were 75 percent from the charity stripe behind a 15-for-20 effort from the charity stripe.

    “Florida is a good team. They did a great job on the tackling – it was a good matchup,” Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “I continue to appreciate my team’s effort this year, and the effort of everyone that we’ve face. Florida played extremely hard tonight, Coach Butler did a great job; they played hard with their attacks. It was a great test for us, because we needed to see how we could play on the road. We continue to do what we do, and with tonight, I thought that we played them way too tight in the half courts set.”

    Florida took an 18-16 lead with 8:18 remaining in the first half but went cold from the floor, as Rutgers closed the period on a 8-2 run and took a 24-20 lead at the break. The Scarlet Knights continued that run into the second half, as they mounted a 20-5 run that spanned 13:06 from the last two minutes of the first half until the 14:42 mark in the second half, resulting in a 36-23, margin. The Gators were held scoreless after a Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) jumper with 2:50 left in the first half until Allen hit a free throw at the 16:46 mark in the second period.

    “It was a little bit of both (fast and slow tempo). We had a turnover problem today,” Butler continued. “Obviously, Rutgers is a very defensive team, but I didn’t feel like their defense was hurting us as much as we were poor decision makers at any particular moment. We didn’t do a good job of establishing ourselves in the paint. Jennifer George has had a great seven games coming into this, and we couldn’t get her going. Even though we out-rebounded them by one, we didn’t establish that today.”

    Despite a 15-point Rutgers advantage with 11:17 remaining in the match-up following two Florida turnovers in less than a minute that allowed the Scarlet Knights to score four on layups, the Gators showed fight amid a 40-27 point differential, slowly closing the gap over the next five minutes.

    Jones took the game into her control, scoring Florida’s next eight points off two jumpers, including an and-one free throw shot, and a three-pointer. Allen nailed two free throws before Jones swooshed her third and final three-pointer with 5:37 on the clock to bring the Gators within nine, 40-49.

    The Gators continued the surge with a layup from sophomore Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) that narrowed the margin, 42-49, but Rutgers scored the next six points to go up, 55-42 with 1:35 on the clock and never looked back as the teams kept it fairly even to the end, with UF tallying seven points in the final minute thanks to a George layup and five free throws, while Rutgers tallied eight more points for its eighth victory of the 2011-12 season.

    After the Gators won the opening tip-off, Rutgers’ April Sykes drained a three to put the Scarlet Knights on the board first, but Jones quickly countered with a floater, an indication of the physical back and forth battle that would ensue in the first half. Despite 12 first-half Florida turnovers, the Gators were within four at halftime, 24-20, in favor of Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights relied on four three-pointers for 12 – or half – of their first-half points, as the squad shot 44.4 percent from behind the arc.

    Both teams shot just 32 percent from the field in the first period, led by Jones seven points, while Allen and Madu each chipped in four. Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney led the Scarlet Knights with seven points, while Monique Oliver grabbed seven boards. RU capitalized on four fast-break points to UF’s zero, 10 second-chance points compared to Florida’s four, scored 10 points in the paint and nine points off UF’s 12 turnovers.

    After Sykes opening three, Florida scored the next seven points with Jones’ jumper, a trey from Bonds and two free throws from Jones. Rutgers’ Shakena Richardson drained one from behind the arc to bring RU back within one, 7-6. The Gators and Scarlet Knights traded baskets as Allen layed one in and Laney hit the third three of the contest for Rutgers to knot the game at nine-all with 14:06 remaining.

    Both teams exchanges baskets for the next  seven minutes, with senior Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) hitting a layup, while Madu and Allen both connected for jumpers before Jones drained one of UF’s two first-half three-pointers as the game was knotted for the third and final time of the half at 18-18 with 7:48 on the clock.

    Rutgers took a 6-2 run into the locker room at halftime, thanks two three layups, while Madu hit a jumper with 2:50 on the clock for Florida’s final points of the first period. The Scarlet Knights came out swinging in the second, continuing on what would be a 20-5 run over a span of 13 minutes, six seconds that went until the 14:42 mark of the second half, resulting in a 36-23 margin following the blast.

    Florida showed fight though, narrowing the contest to just a seven-point Rutgers lead with 4:44 remaining in the game after trailing by 15 mid-way through the second.

    The Gators will look to rebound when they visit San Francisco for a mid-week tilt Dec. 7, with tip-off slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. (ET), before playing at Pacific on Dec. 9.