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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: January 5

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Kentucky 84, Arkansas 72
    South Carolina 65, Vanderbilt 55
    Tennessee 80, Georgia 51
    Auburn 65, Alabama 55
    Florida 58, Ole Miss 53
    LSU 53, Mississippi State 48

    Mathies helps No. 11 Kentucky women beat Arkansas

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A'dia Mathies scored 21 points and had six assists as No. 11 Kentucky used a late surge to beat Arkansas 84-72 on Thursday night.

    Mathies started the game strong, scoring 14 points in the first eight minutes for the Wildcats (13-2, 2-0). Arkansas then found a way to shut her down, forcing her to miss her next eight shots over a 20-minute span.

    The Razorbacks (11-3, 0-2) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but used strong shooting to take their first lead, 46-44, with 16:18 left in the game on Dominique Robinson's 3-pointer.

    The Wildcats regained the lead and created space once Mathies got going again. The junior finished 8 for 18 from the field and 5 for 9 on 3-pointers.

    South Carolina women top Vandy for 7th win in row

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Aleighsa Welch had a career high 19 points and South Carolina won its seventh straight game with a 65-55 victory over No. 24 Vanderbilt on Thursday night.

    The Gamecocks (13-2) opened 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in 10 years, disrupting the Commodores (12-2, 0-1) with their pressure defense. Vanderbilt was held to its fewest points of the season and committed 26 turnovers.

    South Carolina broke open a tie game with a 10-0 run to close the first half. Vanderbilt did not get closer than six points as it lost its league opener for the first time in six years.

    Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt with 13 points. Christina Foggie, the team's top scorer at 17 points a game, was held to nine.

    No. 6 Tennessee women beat No. 16 Georgia 80-51

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Glory Johnson had 22 points and 13 rebounds as No. 6 Tennessee pulled away from No. 16 Georgia 80-51 on Thursday night.

    Ariel Massengale scored 15 of her 19 points before halftime, while Johnson did most of her work after the break. Johnson now has 1,331 career points and is four rebounds shy of 1,000.

    Johnson hit the first basket of the second half to give Tennessee a 38-27 lead, but Lady Bulldogs scored the next five points to cut the margin to six points. The Lady Vols (10-3, 2-0 SEC) answered with a 14-4 run to pull away.

    Meredith Mitchell led the Lady Bulldogs (12-3, 1-1) with 14 points.

    The Lady Vols held advantages of 52-32 rebounding and 42-12 in the paint and finished 20 of 28 at the line.

    Tennessee hasn't dropped an SEC game since a 53-50 loss at Georgia on Jan. 21, 2010.

    Tanner Scores Career-High 20 In 65-55 Win At Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Auburn sophomore Tyrese Tanner scored a career-high 20 points, leading the Tigers to a 65-55 win over in-state rival Alabama (10-6, 0-2 SEC) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The win was the first league victory for the Tigers (9-6, 1-1 SEC) this season.

    The career-high came in the same city as her freshman-high of 15 points a year ago. She led the Tigers to 66-55 Southeastern Conference-opening win over the Crimson Tide on Jan. 2, 2011.

    “We battled so hard tonight, it was a hard-fought game,” said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “We just could not find a rhythm for a while offensively, but little Najat came in there and did some really nice things for us. Then Hasina Muhammad and Tyrese Tanner came in and had a really nice second half for us.”

    Ouardad, Auburn’s backup point guard out of France, came off the bench and finished the game with eight points, two assists and four steals. She led Auburn’s defensive effort that accounted for six steals, eight blocks and 18 Alabama turnovers. The Tigers turned the Crimson Tide turnovers into 20 points on the other end.

    Tanner was one of three Tigers that finished the game in double figures. Freshman Hasina Muhammad tallied 12 points with five rebounds while Blanche Alverson scored 11, including a timely 3-pointer early in the second half that gave Auburn its first lead of the game.

    “Tyrese did a good job, got some great minutes out of her tonight. She really came in tough and Hasina also,” said Fortner. “I just thought we had to be more aggressive in the game and they brought that for us.”

    Alabama took off out of the gate in the first half, taking a quick 11-3 lead with seven points from Shafontaye Myers. The Crimson Tide would lead by as many as nine, 20-11, with 7:49 left in the half, but Auburn went on an 11-3 run, thanks to five points from Tanner, to cut it to one, 23-22, with 2:28 to go.

    Tanner scored another bucket to tie the game at 24-24, but Alabama’s Erin Hogue got a rebound and put-back on the Tide’s last possession to give them a 26-24 halftime lead.

    Alverson scored five of the first seven points to open the second half, giving the Tigers their first lead of the game. Alabama did not back down, re-taking the lead and going up by three with 16:51 left in the game. The game would be tied two more times before Auburn went on a 9-2 lead to take a 46-39 lead with 9:53 left.

    The Tigers never trailed from that point on, building their lead to as many as 12 points with 4:23 left to play. Auburn kept it in double digits the rest of the way for the 65-55 win.

    Alverson and Chantel Hilliard led the Tigers in rebounding with seven each. Hilliard also added six points with a blocked shot and a steal. Jassany Williams, Tanner and Morgan Jennings led the team with two blocked shots each.

    Myers led Alabama with 13 points while Ericka Russell downed four 3-pointers for 12 points. Meghan Perkins and Kyra Crosby pulled down seven rebounds each.

    Auburn shot over 40 percent for just the second time in the last seven games, hitting 42.1 percent of their shots. The Tiger defense held Alabama to 31.8 percent from the field.

    The Tigers will return to the court at 1 p.m. CT, Sunday as Auburn hosts No. 16/15 Georgia (12-3, 1-1 SEC) at Auburn Arena. The game will air live on CSS.

    UF Women’s Basketball Earns First SEC Road Win, Defeats Ole Miss 58-53

    OXFORD, Miss. – Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) nailed a three-pointer late, Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) posted her seventh consecutive double-double and Florida defeated Ole Miss, 58-53, at Tad Smith Coliseum on Thursday evening.

    After Ole Miss cut Florida’s lead to four points late, Jones stepped up and nailed her fourth three-pointer of the game and gave the Gators a 58-51 lead with 3:13 remaining, as Florida held on to collect its first Southeastern Conference road win of the season and improved to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in league action.

    “We can look at a lot of different things, but we just won,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We won the possessions that matter most and during the critical moments we came up with big plays. This certainly wasn’t the way we drew up this game, but that’s also what I mean by we just won. We did what we had to do. Especially on the road and definitely in the SEC sometimes the best-laid plans don’t work and sometimes you have to go to plan ‘B’ and even plan C.”

    George finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds while dishing three assists, as her double-double streak of seven is tied for the sixth longest streak in program history.

    “Jennifer was a big part of our win,” Butler shared. “It felt like she took a lot of contact and handled that with a lot of poise and composure and made big plays, sometimes on her second shot after they blocked her first one. She really came around after being challenged.”

    Jones also scored 18 points, converting 6-of-9 overall from the floor, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 2-of-3 from the free throw line.

    “Whenever Jordan shoots the ball well it gives all of our team confidence,” Butler said. “To hold an SEC team to 55 points on its home court is significant.”

    The Gators shot 35.6 percent overall from the floor, while Ole Miss (10-5, 0-2 SEC) hit 38.1 percent overall and just 2-of-17 from the three-point arc.

    UM’s Nikki Byrd led the Rebels with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Valencia McFarland added 13 points and Kenyotta Jenkins at 10 points and 10 rebounds, helping Ole Miss out-rebound Florida, 43-37, and snap the Gator’s 11 game run of winning the battle of the boards.

    After Ole Miss cut Florida’s halftime lead to five points, 37-32, the Gators used a 9-2 run to take a 46-34 advantage with 16:24 remaining, as Jordan Jones scored five during the span and Azania Stewart and Jennifer George both dropped in two.

    The Rebels responded by scoring the next eight points of the game over a 4:20 span and closed within four points, 46-42, with 11:42 on the clock.

    George halted the run with one free throw, but Ole Miss continued its march with an inside bucket from LaTosha Laws, as the Rebels crept within three points with 11:17 to go.

    Florida had a couple chances to build on its lead, but missed chip shots inside and turned the ball over. Ole Miss couldn’t take advantage and George ended both team’s respective dry spells with an offensive rebound put-back with 9:07 remaining. George then converted one of two free throws and had the Gators ahead 50-44, before Florida turned up its defensive pressure and forced a shot clock violation with just under eight minutes remaining.

    Jordan Jones came out hot from the media timeout and nailed her second three-pointer of the game and gave Florida a 53-44 lead with 7:37 remaining.

    Ole Miss answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a three-point play from Nikki Byrd.

    Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) stepped out and hit a 12-foot jumper, before Byrd hit two more free throws and kept the Gator lead at four points, 55-51, with 4:19 to go.

    Neither team could convert offensively for the next two minutes, before Jones canned a three-pointer in front of the Gator bench and lifted Florida to a 58-51 advantage with 3:13 on the clock.

    Maggie McFerrin scored a deep bucket with 1:46 remaining and cut UF’s lead to five with 1:46.

    Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.), who was hampered in the second half with an ankle sprain, hit one free throw with 38.8 seconds remaining and gave the Gators a 59-53 lead, but Ole Miss continued to press and Kenyotta Jenkins put back an offensive rebound and had the Rebels within four points with 17 seconds remaining.

    Jones had a chance to seal the game at the line, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving life to the Rebels, who were unable to close the gap and the Gators walked off with their first SEC road win of the year.

    Florida got off to a slow start, turning the ball over three times in its first four offensive possessions, while Ole Miss jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead. The Gators managed to attempt just three shots over the opening four-plus minutes of the game, while the Rebels connected on 4-of-10 during the early span.

    The Rebels continued their game-opening spurt with another bucket and extended their lead to nine points.

    Deana Allen (Houma, La.) ended the run with a three-pointer from the left side at the 14:32 mark and the teams traded buckets, with Florida’s coming from Azania Stewart, who knocked down a 16-footer from straight away and ignited a 13-0 run over the next 5:06, as Allen, Jones and Andrea Vilaró Aragonés (Barcelona, Spain) also scored during the stretch and gave the Gators an 18-13 lead.

    Jones scored seven points during the run, three of which came from a three-pointer, as she connected on deep for the 11th consecutive game, a streak tied for the 12th longest of its kind in program history.

    Whitney Hameth finally ended the run as she collected a loose defensive rebound and ran the length of the court for a tough layin.

    George came right back with a fastbreak bucket for the Gators, with one of Jaterra Bonds’ (Gainesville, Fla.) three assists of the first half.

    Ole Miss then scored the next four points and closed within one point, 20-19, with 6:59 remaining. The team traded scores before the Gators ripped off a 10-0 run with eight points from George, who gave Florida a 32-21 lead, with 3:08 remaining in the period.

    The hosts came right back with the next seven points and cut UF’s lead to four points, 32-28, before Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) scored the final five points of the half and the Gators headed into the halftime locker room with a 37-28 lead.

    Eight different Gators scored during the first half, paced by 12 from George, who also collected six rebounds. Florida regrouped from a slow start and connected on 46.7 percent from the floor, hitting 14-of-30 overall and 3-of-7 from long range.

    The Gators return to action on Sunday, playing host to South Carolina (13-2, 2-0 SEC) in the O’Connell Center beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

    LSU Rallies Past Mississippi State, 53-48

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior guard Destini Hughes scored a career-high 17 points and the LSU women’s basketball team rallied with an 11-0 run late in the second half to extend its winning streak to eight games with a 53-48 win at Mississippi State on Thursday night in Humphrey Coliseum.

    The Lady Tigers (11-3, 2-0 SEC) extended the Southeastern Conference’s longest win streak and did it with a tremendous come-from-behind effort down the stretch after trailing by as many as nine points midway through the second half.

    The Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1) lost their fourth straight game to LSU and went over six minutes without a field goal late that proved to be the deciding factor. MSU’s Diamber Johnson, the SEC’s leading scorer, was held to six points – 12 points below her scoring average. The game clashed the league’s top two defensive field goal percentage teams.

    Hughes finished 5-of-10 from the floor and knocked down 5-of-6 clutch free throws. LaSondra Barrett and Courtney Jones combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds. Adrienne Webb added eight points and nine boards.

    “This team did not fold and we fought back with our defensive play,” said Caldwell. “We’ve been in this situation before in non-conference play. Once we really committed to keeping the ball on one side and not over-extending our defense, we did a much better job of keeping them off the glass.

    “Destini is really finding herself right now offensively. She’s been very efficient in guiding our team. When she’s scoring the basketball, it helps our guard play tremendously and really opens up our inside game.”

    LSU trailed 46-39 with 6:16 remaining in the game before making its move. Hughes buried a three from the left side of the floor and Jones’ layup with 3:46 to go sliced the deficit to 46-45. Freshman Krystal Forthan then made the play of the game. In her only field goal of the contest, Forthan skied over a defender on a Barrett miss and laid it off the glass for LSU’s first lead of the second half with 1:58 to play.

    “She had a big offensive rebound for us there,” said Caldwell. “We always talk about being a contributor and doing something positive when you get a chance. That was a big-time offensive putback.”

    LSU extended its lead to 50-46 on a free throw by Barrett and two free throws from Hughes. Mississippi State ended its dry spell on Catina Bett’s layup with 22 seconds left that made it a two-point game.

    Hughes then finished off the scoring, draining three free throws in the final 14 seconds to preserve the victory.

    After struggling on the boards early, LSU out-rebounded its ninth consecutive opponent, 43-41. The Lady Tigers accounted for 17 second-chance points with most of those coming in the final six minutes.

    A day prior to the BCS Championship Game, the Lady Tigers get their shot at Alabama in the SEC home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Maravich Center. The first 1,000 fans receive a free Lady Tiger puzzle. The first 200 kids get free nachos. World famous “Bounce” will perform at halftime. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network.