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    Monday SEC Hoops Scoreboard

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Alabama 65,  Presbyterian 47
    Ole Miss 64,  Murray State 59
    Gonzaga 71,  Georgia 68
    Arkansas 81,  Morgan State 50
    Mississippi State 72,  Louisiana-Lafayette 38


    Bama Defeats Presbyterian, 65-47
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team improved to 9-4 on the season with a 65-47 victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Monday at Foster Auditorium.
     
    Junior guard/forward Erin Hogue scored a career-high 16 points to lead a balanced Crimson Tide scoring attack that saw Alabama put four players in double-digits. Senior guard Ericka Russell and sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson each scored 11 points while junior guard Meghan Perkins added 10.

    The matchup versus the Blue Hose served as the Tide's fifth annual Fifth Grade Fastbreak contest that welcomes Tuscaloosa County fifth graders to Foster Auditorium.

    “You could tell early in the first half we didn’t trust everybody to do their job,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “Part of it was because some of us had already taken off on that break. I have no problem with players being excited about going home, but you still have to take care of the business at hand. We didn’t do that the first half. It’s a compliment to this team that we stepped up the second half and did take care of it. It could have been a much tougher struggle if we didn’t focus at halftime.”

    The Tide outscored Presbyterian 44-19 in a dominant second half performance that followed up a somewhat sluggish first half. Alabama shot 17-of-27 (63 percent) from the field in the second half after connecting on just 6-of-24 (25 percent) in the first half. For the game, Alabama held a 28-16 advantage on points in the paint, a 25-11 advantage in points off turnovers and a 24-6 difference in bench points. The 44 points are the most the Tide have scored in a second half this season.

    “The second half we came out and scored 44 points compared to our 21 in the first 20 minutes,” added Hudson. “I won’t take anything away from the way we played in the second half and the effort we put out there.”
     
    Trailing 28-21 at halftime, the Tide opened the second half strong, utilizing a 10-2 run over a nearly five-minute stretch to grab a 31-30 advantage. Two quick buckets by Presbyterian gave the Blue Hose the lead right back at 34-31 for a brief measure before Alabama embarked on a game-changing 18-2 run over the next 5:16 of the half.
     
    A three-pointer by Russell got things going as the Tide reeled off nine consecutive points to take a 40-34 lead, from which it would further expound into a 49-36 advantage at the 7:40 mark of the half. From there, Alabama added to the lead even more, pushing the margin to as much as 17 on two occasions before settling on the 18-point final margin.
     
    Dria David led Presbyterian (6-5) with 17 points on the day, while Karlee Taylor added 12 points.
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    Ole Miss Beats Murray State

    OXFORD, Miss. – Led by three players in double figures, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team beat Murray State, 64-59, in the opening game of the Murray Classic Monday night.

    With the win, Ole Miss improved to 8-3 while Murray State fell to 3-7.

    Nikki Byrd recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Freshman Amber Singletary recorded a career high 15 points and Maggie McFerrin added 10. Valencia McFarland added eight assists.  

    The first half featured 11 lead changes and three ties as neither team led by more than five during the half. Murray State led by five early, 8-3, with 17:22 in the half.  After a pair of free throws from McFarland with 5.6 seconds left in the half, the Rebels led, 26-23 at the break.

    In the first half, Singletary, who made her first career start, and Byrd each had six points for Ole Miss.  Byrd also had a team-best five boards while Kenyotta Jenkins added four.  Ole Miss shot 37.7 percent (10-28) from the floor while Murray State shot 24.4 percent (10-41).

    The Rebels opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 34-25 lead on a three from Singletary with 17:07 left. 

    The Racers closed the gap to two, 40-38, with 10:01 remaining after a 10-3 run. Maggie McFerrin hit two threes for Ole Miss to push the Rebels lead to eight, 57-49, with 1:42 to play.

    For the game, Ole Miss shot 41.1 percent (23-56) while Murray State shot 29.3 percent (22-75).
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    Lady Bulldogs Fall To Gonzaga In Final Second

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Haiden Palmer hit a long three-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining to give Gonzaga its only lead of the game in a 71-68 victory over No. 13 Georgia in the opening day of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Monday.

    Palmer's three completed a 22-4 run over the final 6:45 as the Zags (9-2) erased a 15-point deficit to rally past the Lady Bulldogs (8-2).

    "We played very well for much of the game, but in the final minutes we came unravelled," head coach Andy Landers said. "We turned it over and let them get offensive rebounds and missed some shots. You put that all together and it turned this game into a very disappointing performance."

    Jasmine Hassell paced Georgia for the third consecutive game with 21 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James chipped in 15 and 13, respectively. Katelan Redman posted game highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, and Palmer added 22 points.

    James' three-pointer with 7:12 remaining put the Lady Bulldogs up 64-49, the fourth time in the game Georgia led by 15 points. Palmer answered on the other end to ignite a 10-0 over the next 2:19 that closed the gap to 64-59.

    The Zags eventually tied the game at 68-68 on a Palmer layup with 20 seconds left. Palmer then fouled James with 9.8 seconds remaining. James missed the front end of a one-and-one, setting the stage for Palmer's game-winner.

    Georgia started quickly and led by double figures for most of the game.

    Armstrong hit consecutive buckets to start the game and Hassell added a layup at the 18:33 mark to quickly put Georgia up 6-0. The Lady Bulldogs maintained an two-possession lead for the remainder of the period, with the lead topping out at 15 points twice.

    After Georgia led 31-16 with 4:27 left in the period, Gonzaga closed the half with on a 11-4 run to trim the margin to eight at the intermission.

    "In the first half, we forced the game to played at the pace we wanted it to be played," Landers said. "The first 20 minutes were a very, very good half of basketball for us."
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    MSU ROLLS PAST ULL

    STARKVILLE, Miss. –Mississippi State completed a perfect non-conference run at home with a 72-38 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in a women’s basketball game played Monday night at Humphrey Coliseum.

    The Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-2 overall, including an 8-0 mark at home. The non-conference schedule will be closed out next week with a pair of games in the Reno-Tahoe Classic.

    MSU scored the game’s first 16 points Monday night and were never threatened. The Lady Bulldogs have now won all seven series meetings from the Ragin’ Cajuns.

    “We had good balance and we got a lot of players into the scoring column tonight,” MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “Even though some shots did not fall, I thought our overall shot selection was good tonight. We shared the ball well and had good movement on offense.”

    The Lady Bulldogs dished out a season-best 21 assists, while enjoying an amazing 48-6 advantage with points in the paint.

    A pair of Ashley Brown free throws capped the game-opening 16-0 run less than six minutes into the contest. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Brown ran the advantage to 23-3 with 10:48 left in the first half.

    The Lady Bulldogs would build the lead to 30-6 on a layup by Brown. The Maroon and White forced 15 first-half turnovers and eased into the break with a 39-16 advantage.

    “We talked at halftime about coming out with the same focus to start the second half,” Fanning-Otis said. “I thought our intensity there slipped for a moment before we picked it back up. Overall, it was a very good win to go into the Christmas break. We need to come back, keep working hard and learn how to be tougher as a team.”

    The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half on an 8-2 run to push the lead out to 47-18 with 16:11 left. The lead was never less than 23 and grew to as many as 36 the rest of the way.

    For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 31 of 69 shots from the field (44.9 percent), 3 of 17 shots from 3-point range (17.6 percent) and 7 of 11 shots from the foul line (63.6 percent). The Ragin’ Cajuns hit 13 of 60 shots from the field (21.7 percent), 6 of 20 shots from 3-point range (30.0 percent) and 6 of 10 shots from the foul line (60.0 percent).

    MSU held a 48-42 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 21 assists and 17 turnovers, while the Ragin’ Cajuns had seven assists and 27 turnovers.

    Brown paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, while Diamber Johnson added 14 points and Porsha Porter added 13 points. Johnson posted her second career double-double as she matched a career high with 10 assists. Porter had six steals, while Martha Alwal had a game-high eight rebounds.

    Louisiana-Lafayette, which is coached by former MSU assistant Errol Rogers, received 11 points from Laurie Beaty.
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    Arkansas Beats Morgan State, 81-50

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas scored a season-high 81 points and grabbed a season-best 64 rebounds with four players in double figures in a 81-50 win over Morgan State Monday.
               
    The win in the ninth in a row as the Razorbacks move to 9-1 on the year.  Morgan State falls to 2-6 overall.  Arkansas hosts Texas Southern Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tip from Bud Walton Arena.
               
    “It was an ugly first half,” senior Lyndsay Harris said.  “But our guards and posts trapped better in the second half and we were able to control the tempo.”
               
    Harris, a senior from Hoover, Ala., scored a game-back 14 and grabbed six boards to lead Arkansas.  Senior Ashley Daniels had 12 points and juniors Sarah Wakins and Erin Gatling had 11 points each for Arkansas.  Quistelle Williams had a career-best 12 rebounds leading Arkansas to 64 boards in the win.
               
    Both teams struggled in the opening minutes with sluggish offenses but the Razorbacks were able to put a lot of pressure on Morgan State and or on an 11-0 run to open a 17-6 lead with under 10 to play in the first half.  The offensive spurt was enough to doom MSU for the half as the Razorbacks took a 30-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
               
    Arkansas opened the second half with a 6-0 run before Morgan State was able to get on the board but the Bears responded launching some threes that let them stay in the game in the early minutes of the second frame.
               
    It didn’t take long, however, for the Razorbacks to find their offense in the second frame.  Every player (six) on the floor scored in the first five minutes of the half as the Razorbacks stretched the lead to 17, 42-25, forcing a Bear timeout.
               
    Arkansas finished the game shooting 43.1 percent holding MSU to 23.4 percent for the game.
               
    “We were more energized in the second half,” said Arkansas head coach Tom Collen.  “We were a little inconsistent in the post in the first half.  It was what we expected but not what we wanted.  I though Erin and Jhasmin (Bowen) really did a good job of energizing us.  They took their time and stepped up and finished shots.”