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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: December 3

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Temple 73, Auburn 57
    Ole Miss 78, Grambling State 53
    Arkansas 59, Middle Tennessee 53

    Auburn Comeback Effort Falls Short At Temple, 73-57

    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Auburn women’s basketball team suffered its second loss of the season Saturday, falling at Temple, 73-57. Camille Glymph led the Tigers off the bench with 12 points while Parrisha Simmons tied her career high with nine.

    The Tigers fall to 5-2 on the season, heading into next week’s break for final exams. The Owls broke a five-game losing streak to improve to 3-5.

    Auburn was down 25-31 with 3:27 to go in the first half, but was out-scored 14-2 in the final stretch, thanks partly to two Temple 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds, giving the Owls a 47-25 halftime lead.

    The Tigers out-scored Temple, 30-28, in the second half, but could not overcome the first-half difference.

    “That just killed us, we either los our focus or didn’t have enough right there. It was very surprising and disappointing,” said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “We came back and played hard in the second half, but that put us too far down.”

    Temple was led by Shey Peddy with 27 points and five steals. Nineteen of Peddy’s points came in the second half when the Owls extended their lead to as many as 23 points. Auburn came back, however, and cut the margin to 16 by the final horn.

    “Temple shot 55 percent in the first half, those guards just shot the ball so well,” said Fortner. “But, we will go back and evaluate some things. Pre-conference time is to get better and hopefully we will go back and get better.”

    Auburn struggled from the field, shooting 35.0 percent (21-of-60) from the field, but was 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from beyond the arc. Temple was able to capitalize on Auburn turnovers and score in transition. The Owls forced 16 Auburn turnovers and scored 21 points off them, including 16 fast-break points.

    Along with Simmons, sophomore Tyrese Tanner scored nine points with six rebounds and a team-high three steals. Senior Morgan Jennings led the Tigers on the boards with seven rebounds along with her seven points and two assists. Freshman Hasina Muhammad also scored seven points.

    “We needed to fight, there were 20 minutes left, and I thought they came out and played hard,” said Fortner of the comeback effort. “We have to get tougher. You are going to get knocked down, but you have to get back up and recover from it.”
     
    The Tigers will take an 11-day break for final exams following today’s game. The Tigers will return to action at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. CT against South Florida. The game is the first of a doubleheader for the Tigers at Auburn Arena with the men following at 8:30 p.m. CT.



    Rebels Roll, Win Fifth In A Row

    OXFORD, Miss. – Led by Valencia McFarland and Nikki Byrd, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team beat Grambling State, 78-53, Saturday afternoon.

    With today’s win, Ole Miss improved to 6-1 which is tied for the second-best start under head coach Renee Ladner. The 2008-09 team started 7-0 while the 2009-10 team started 6-1.  The win also pushed the Rebels’ winning streak to five games, the longest since the 2009-10 season when Ole Miss won five straight from January 6 – January 24 and kept Ole Miss undefeated at home this season with a 4-0 mark.

    McFarland led Ole Miss with 20 points, four assists and five steals.  Byrd recorded her fifth consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. 

    Ole Miss jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead with 15:24 left in the first half before pushing its lead to 23 points, 43-20, on a put back from Pa’Sonna Hope with 3:51 left in the half.

    At the half, the Rebels led 47-28.  Ole Miss shot 43.2 percent (16-37) from the floor in the first half while Grambling State shot 34.3 percent (12-35).  Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 14 points at the half while Nikki Byrd had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks. 

    In the second half, Ole Miss went up, 57-35, on a shot from McFarland with 15:06 to play.  Jasmine Trotter’s layup with 3:40 remaining gave Ole Miss a 74-45 lead.

    For the game, Ole Miss shot 42.9 percent (30-70) while Grambling State shot 30.4 percent (21-69).  The Rebels finished the game with 17 assists and six blocks.

    Ole Miss will play at No. 8 Miami on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.



    Watkins’ 15 good for the Arkansas win

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The game was as good as billed as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team escaped with a 59-53 road win at Middle Tennessee State Saturday.

    Sarah Watkins paced the team with 15 points despite being in foul trouble early.  Dominique Robinson had 13 pints and C’eira Ricketts added 12 for the Razorbacks.  Robinson led the team with six rebounds.

    Arkansas enjoyed a 12-point first half lead but MTSU rallied in the second taking a one-point lead on three-point basket at the 3:38 mark changing the game.

    The crowd got back into the game and the atmosphere gave MTSU the confidence to hit some big three pointers keeping the pressure on the Razorbacks.

    Arkansas outscored MTSU 10-6 in the final 3:29 of the game securing the win but it was not without some scares by the home team late.

    “We knew it would be this kind of game,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “They were a good pressure team and they stepped up in the second half.  Our success came from the bench after we got some players in foul trouble.  I thought we did a good job maintaining our composure and hitting free throws down the stretch.  I’m really proud of the this team and of this win.”

    As the clock wore down, MTSU had to foul Arkansas repeatedly as they were not over the limit.  Watkins went 5-for-5 in the final three minutes of the game helping  lift the Razorbacks.

    Arkansas anticipated a fast-paced, up-tempo game and got it from the Blue Raiders in the opening minutes.  The Razorbacks took care of the ball early and hit a couple of quick shots building the confidence they needed.  Arkansas opened with a 5-0 run, holding MTSU scoreless until the 14:55 mark of the first period.

    Arkansas led by as many as 12 in the first half but MTSU recovered and found its offense as the period wore on.  Ricketts hit the first basket of the game for the Razorbacks and Watkins, Robinson and Lyndsay Harris, along with Ricketts, all had threes in the first half allowing Arkansas to get out to a 29-19 halftime lead.

    The Razorbacks return to action Tuesday hosting Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by Cox Sports Television.  Chuck Barrett and Cindy Stein have the call.