Lady Bulldogs Top Montana State
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 13 points apiece to lead No. 13 Georgia (9-2) to a 63-49 win over Montana State (7-4) in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs opened up a double-digit lead early in the contest and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way but failed to put more significant distance on the scoreboard several times.
"I asked our players in the locker room how many points they thought we left out there and by their own admission they said 24 to 28," head coach Andy Lander said. "We missed a lot of easy shots. We have execute what we want to do offensively better."
Georgia led by as many as 16 points early in the second half but allowed Montana State to pull within 48-42 with 6:21 remaining. Consecutive buckets from Tamika Willis pushed the margin back to double figures less than a minute later, and the Bobcats never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Georgia opened up a double-digit lead 6:13 into the game, building a 16-6 advantage on a transition layup by Jasmine James at the 12:47 mark. Montana State chipped the lead down to five at 19-14 before a 9-0 surge gave the Lady Bulldogs a 28-14 lead with 6:38 on the clock.
The Bobcats again rallied and closed the gap to six on a three from Ausha Cole with 1:07 remaining in the period before a short jumper from Hassell and a three by Miller restored an 11-point gap at the intermission.
"At the end of the first half, those last few possessions, I thought we did a nice job or moving the ball and finding the open person and knocking down shots to push the lead back out there," Landers said.
Anne Marie Armstrong collected a career-high seven steals, and Jasmine James paced the Lady Bulldogs with eight rebounds and three assists.
UF Women’s Hoops Advances to Gator Holiday Classic Final with 83-59 Victory over Charleston Southern
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack, which saw three players score in double figures, and stifling defense to down Charleston Southern, 83-59, Tuesday evening on the opening day of the 2011 Gator Holiday Classic.
Florida will play Duquesne in the championship game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. The Dukes (10-1) defeated Maine, 76-38, in their opening round bout. The Bears and Buccaneers will play the consolation game beginning at 4:30 p.m.
“I’m really pleased with this win, in particular, the second half, as well as the first part of the second half,” Gator head coach Amanda Butler said. “We had some defensive lapses and some moments when we didn’t lock up and play the type of defense we’ve been practicing. I also thought that we did a good job of coming back and making adjustments and applying those adjustments and regaining control of the tempo. I thought that was a factor for us.”
Florida (8-3) led wire-to-wire, but it wasn’t as easy early in the contest as the final 24-point margin might indicate. The Gators held a 42-34 halftime lead against the Buccaneers (6-4), who came out strong in the second period, cutting UF’s lead in half just over four minutes into the frame.
After CSU closed within four points, 50-46, with 15:42 remaining, the Gators kept their composure and ripped off 16 straight points over the next 8:47of the game and built their lead to 66-46 with 7:09 left on the clock.
The game-changing run was keyed by lockdown defense and ignited by a pair of layups from senior guard Deana Allen (Houma, La.) and a trio of jumpers from redshirt-senior forward Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.).
The Gator defense starred in the second half, when UF limited the Buccaneers to 36.5 percent shooting for the final 20 minutes, including a stretch of 9:46 where CSU was held without a field goal and the visitors committed 10 turnovers.
For the contest, UF was led by a trio of players who scored in double figures, as senior guard Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added three assists along with three steals. Junior forward Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) scored all 19 of her points in the first half on 9-of-9 shooting, before collecting six more rebounds in the second to post her third consecutive double-double with 10 boards to headline Florida’s 43-33 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore guard Brittany Shine (Sacramento, Calif.) scored a season-high 14 points to lead Florida’s bench brigade.
“Obviously (Jennifer) George got us out of the gates quickly,” Butler said. “One of the most impressive stats looking at the stat sheet was our bench out-scoring their bench, 30-4. We expect to go deep into our bench and get production. It was a good win against a good team.”
The Gators jumped out to an early 17-6 advantage less than seven minutes into the game behind a quick 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting from George. Florida was able to push its lead to 12 as Jones poured in a trio of threes. The Buccaneers fought back and were able to cut the UF lead to eight entering the halftime break. In the first half, George was a perfect nine-for-nine from the field and one-of-one from the line for 19 points. Jones added 14 of her own in the first to give the Gators a 42-34 advantage heading into the locker room.
Florida dished a season-high 22 assists on its 31 field goals, paced by sophomore Jaterra Bond (Gainesville, Fla.), who provided a career-best nine.
Lady Vols Fall At Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a career-high 42 points and dazzled in what might have been the most meaningful home game of her senior season, and No. 4 Stanford beat sixth-ranked Tennessee 97-80 on Tuesday night in one of women's basketballs best rivalries.
The Cardinal extended their school-record home winning streak to 68 games at Maples Pavilion, where a sellout crowd of 7,329 waved red "We Back Pat" rally towels in support of Hall of Fame Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who revealed in August she has early onset Alzheimer's.
Toni Kokenis scored a career-high 26 points with five 3-pointers and Ogwumike dominated for Stanford (8-1) in another physical, back-and-forth game like those that have defined the storied series with Tennessee (7-3).
Shekinna Stricklen scored 27 points to lead the Lady Vols.