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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: December 6

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Georgia 80, Mercer 43
    Arkansas 61, Stephen F. Austin 46

    Lady Bulldogs Top Mercer, 80-43

    MACON, Ga. - Jasmine Hassell scored a game-high 16 points to lead No. 14 Georgia (8-1) in an 80-43 victory over Mercer (2-7) on Tuesday night.

    Khaalidah Miller added 15 points, 11 in the first half, and Anne Marie Armstrong chipped in 12. Jasmine James notched team-high tallies with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

    Mercer grabbed an early lead and maintained an advantage for much of the half until a Meredith Mitchell lay-up put Georgia up 15-14 with 9:11 left in the period. That bucket helped ignite a 17-2 Lady Bulldog surge covering 5:13 that put Georgia up 29-16 at the 4:21 mark.

    "Early on, we were switching our man-to-man defense, which is something we traditionally don't go," head coach Andy Landers said. "After six or seven minutes, we went back to the way we usually play and that seemed to get us on track on defense. Offensively, I thought we really did a nice job of running the floor but we'd get eight feet from the basket and they would road block us or we wouldn't convert."

    The Lady Bulldogs' first-half lead topped out at 16 points with 24 seconds left, and Georgia continued to build on that after intermission. A 13-7 surge over the first 4:09 of the second half expanded the lead to 20.

    Georgia committed a season-low nine turnovers and outscored the Bears 52-6 in the paint.

    Ebony Jones saw her first action of the season, checking in with 2:16 left in the first half. Jones missed Georgia's first eight games while recovering from a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury in her lefft knee.

    The Lady Bulldogs will now enjoy a 13-day break from competition while Final exams are administered on the UGA campus. Georgia will return to action on Dec. 19 when the Lady Bulldogs face Gonzaga, an "Elite Eight" team last season, in the opening round of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Georgia also will take on Montana State in Vegas on Dec. 20 before closing out the pre-holiday portion of its slate against Appalachian State in Athens on Dec. 22.



    Pressure D leads to Razorback win over SFA

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A pressing defense and 14 points from senior C’eira Ricketts led the University of Arkansas to a 61-46, 15-point win over Stephen F. Austin in Bud Walton Arena Tuesday.
               
    Arkansas improved to 7-1 on the year handing the Ladyjacks their first loss, 7-1.
               
    “We have played solid defense all year,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “We have had maybe one bad half of defense.  We still are still struggling a bit on offense and on those nights, the defense has to keep us in the game.  Eventually those shots will fall.”
               
    Both teams struggled to get the offense going in the opening minutes of the game and it was nearly four minutes into the contest before either team got on the board.
               
    Despite the offensive woes for the Razorbacks in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Arkansas defense was solid and kept SFA from making a big run.
               
    The Razorbacks found the momentum and the bottom of the basket at the mid-point of the half going on a 15-3 run to reclaim the lead, 19-16.  It was all Arkansas after that point as the Razorbacks closed the half with a 26-9 finish taking a 30-20 advantage into the locker room.
               
    Arkansas’ defense remained stingy allowing only 26 second half points for the Ladyjacks as they cruised to a bench-clearing 15-point win in which 13 players saw time in the contest.
               
    In addition to Ricketts’ 14 points and four rebounds, senior Ashley Daniels had 11 points and four boards, and junior Quistelle Williams added eight points and five rebounds.  She was one of three players with five boards joining Sarah Watkins and Calli Berna.
               
    “We worked on the press all week,” Ricketts said.  “Dominique (Robinson) and Keira (Peak) put pressure on the point guard.  They changed point guards and we were really able to focus the defense.
               
    “I sensed the team was struggling a bit (in the first half) and I tried to pick the team up by scoring some points.”
               
    “We are a team that focuses on ourselves,” Daniels added.  “We want to do what we do and do it well and not focus on what they (our opponent) do.  We are a team that likes to run in transition and our guard can take that pressure and get down the court.  That’s one of our strengths.”
               
    The Razorbacks return to the court Saturday hosting Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.