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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: January 8

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Georgia 70, Auburn 45
    South Carolina 49, Florida 44
    Vanderbilt 68, Ole Miss 52
    Tennessee 69, Arkansas 38
    Kentucky 88, Mississippi State 40
    LSU 84, Alabama 40

    No. 16 Georgia women beat Auburn 70-45

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell both scored 14 points and No. 16 Georgia routed Auburn 70-45 on Sunday.

    Georgia (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) made up for a poor shooting game -- 37.3 percent (28 of 75) -- by hounding the Tigers into 30 turnovers and holding a 47-35 rebounding edge, with 23 coming on the offensive glass.

    Khaalidah Miller had 12 points for the Bulldogs, while Meredith Mitchell added 10 points and eight rebounds and James had five steals.

    Hasina Muhammad scored 15 points and Blanche Alverson added 13 for the Tigers (9-7, 1-2), who shot 27.1 percent (13 of 48) from the field and endured a nearly 9-minute scoreless stretch in the second half.

    Georgia led 30-17 at halftime after leading by as many as 17 points in the first half.

    The Bulldogs had a 17-1 run to go up 62-32 with 4:03 to go.

    Auburn never got closer than 12 points in the second half.



    Sutton’s Free Throws Hold Off Florida Rally
           
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – South Carolina fought off a second-half rally from Florida to collect a 49-44 win in SEC women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon at Stephen O’Connell Center. The Gamecocks (14-2, 3-0 SEC) got huge offensive rebounds from Sancheon White and Charenee Stephens late in the game to hold off the Gators’ final surge. Markeshia Grant and La’Keisha Sutton led the offense with 11 points each, with Sutton’s final two coming on a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory.

    The Gamecocks got off to a slow start offensively, but after the first media timeout, the ever-present defense began generating easy buckets that got the shooters back on track. South Carolina took a 13-12 lead with 9:38 to play in the first period and turned it into a 31-15 lead at the break thanks largely to Markeshia Grant and Aleighsa Welch.
           
    Grant netted five unanswered points on a baseline drive and a 3-pointer from the right corner, which was generated by good ball movement around the perimeter. Deana Allen drove for a Florida bucket, but Tina Roy answered with a driving layup and a 3-pointer from the right corner after an offensive rebound. After a Gator turnover, Sutton found Charenee Stephens unguarded on the block for a bucket, and Roy followed that with a great look inside to an unattended Welch on the left block for a 29-14 Gamecock advantage with 2:21 left in the half. Both teams misfired on their next possessions, but Welch cleaned up on the Gamecocks’ next trip down the floor when Ashley Bruner drew the defense and found her unattended in the paint. Florida got a free throw just before halftime to make it a 31-15 South Carolina edge at the break.

    The Gators came out hot in the second half, putting together an 11-2 run to open the period. Jennifer George did a majority of the damage, taking advantage of an aggressive Gamecock defense to find an open lane to the basket. With Florida within seven at 26-33 just five minutes into the half, Sutton scored the game’s next three points on a free throw and a transition layup to stretch it back to a 10-point advantage.

    The teams traded baskets to a 42-27 Gamecock lead with 9:01 left to play. But, Florida was not done. The Gators closed within seven points on a 13-5 run, giving the Gamecocks some of their own medicine with relentless attacks on the basket, capped by a 3-pointer from Lily Svete with 4:55 left to play.

    Both teams were frantic on both sides of the ball, which resulted in a scoring drought of 4:33 for both. George finally broke the stalemate with a driving layup to bring Florida within three at 45-42 with 22 seconds left. The Gators were fouling, forcing the Gamecocks to win the game on the free throw line. While that proved difficult, offensive rebounding saved the day. When Welch missed the front end of a 1-and-1, White soared between Florida defenders for a rebound. Another missed free throw left the door open for Florida, but this time Stephens boxed out for the board and laid it back in for a 47-42 Gamecock edge with 13 seconds on the clock. The Gamecock defense pulled back slightly, allowing Jaterra Bonds to go in for a bucket, cutting the lead back to three points. Another foul sent Sutton to the line, where the senior calmly drained both to make it a two-possession game with five seconds to go.

    Welch joined Grant and Sutton in double figures with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. White pulled in a team-high seven rebounds in the game, and Sutton handed out four assists. South Carolina shot 46.7 percent from the first half and forced Florida into 20 turnovers. The Gamecocks out-rebounded the Gators 39-37 despite two Florida players in double figures.

    The Gamecocks continue their road swing at LSU, taking on the Tigers on Thu., Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. (ET). South Carolina is back at Colonial Life Arena on Sun., Jan. 15, against No. 11/9 Kentucky at 3 p.m.



    No. 24 Vanderbilt women beat Ole Miss 68-52

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tiffany Clarke matched a season-high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 24 Vanderbilt over Ole Miss 68-52 on Sunday.

    Jasmine Lister added 15 points and Christina Foggie had 11 for the Commodores (13-2, 1-1), who bounced back from a Southeastern Conference-opening loss at South Carolina on Thursday.

    Nikki Byrd, the league's leading rebounder, had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi (10-6, 0-3). Valencia McFarland chipped in with 10 points including two 3-pointers for the Rebels, playing their first SEC road game.

    Clarke scored seven of Vanderbilt's first nine points to open the second half, and Foggie had seven straight points in an 11-0 run, including her only 3-pointer, that put Vanderbilt up 45-33. Byrd sat out with her fourth foul for almost 2 minutes during Foggie's 7-0 streak.



    No. 6 Tennessee women beat Arkansas 69-38


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Glory Johnson recorded her fifth straight double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, as No. 6 Tennessee started quickly and didn't let up in a 69-38 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

    The win was the 36th straight in Southeastern Conference play for the Lady Volunteers (12-3, 3-0), who opened the game with a 25-3 run.

    Arkansas native Shekinna Stricklen added 19 points for Tennessee, which hasn't lost an SEC game since a 53-50 loss at Georgia on Jan. 21, 2010.

    Lyndsay Harris scored 14 points to lead the Razorbacks (11-4, 0-3), who hit only 3 of 30 shots in the first half and finished with a season-low point total. The 17.8 percent shooting for the game (10 of 55) was the worst in school history.

    Johnson, who entered the game only four rebounds short of 1,000 for her career, didn't need long to reach that mark against the Razorbacks, who missed their first nine shots. She grabbed her fourth rebound and scored on a putback late in the first half to put Tennessee up 31-8.

    The game was already well out of hand at that point.

    The Lady Volunteers opened with a 14-0 run after Stricklen scored on a fast break. The senior scored six of Tennessee's points during the run in the return to her home state, where she was a standout in high school at Morrilton, Ark.

    Stricklen scored what was a career-high 26 points in a win at Arkansas last season, and the Lady Volunteers' leading scorer was equally impressive this time around. She was 8 of 12 from the field and had eight rebounds in front of a sizeable and vocal cheering section behind the Tennessee bench.

    Cierra Burdick's jumper put the Lady Volunteers up 25-3 midway through the first half, during which Tennessee shot 12 of 23 from the field and outrebounded the Razorbacks 28-12.

    The Razorbacks didn't score until Harris' 3-pointer 6:24 into the game, and they opened the game 1 of 19 from the field. Harrris' hit two first-half 3-pointers, and Arkansas' only other basket was a putback by Quistelle Williams.

    The Razorbacks' previous worst shooting half was a 3-of-26 performance against Wichita State in 1981. Their previous worst game was 8 of 41 against Louisiana Tech in 1978.

    Snowden helps No. 11 Kentucky women down Mississippi State

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Keyla Snowden scored 22 points as No. 11 Kentucky beat Mississippi State 88-40 on Sunday.

    Kentucky (14-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) set a school record for its margin of victory in SEC play, eclipsing a 31-point win over Auburn last Feb. 3.

    The Wildcats, who host No. 6 Tennessee on Thursday night, also set a school record by hitting 14 3-pointers.

    Diamber Johnson had 13 points to lead Mississippi State (10-5, 0-2), which shot 28 percent from the field. The Bulldogs were without second-leading scorer Porsha Porter, who was out with an illness.

    Kentucky dominated from the opening tip, scoring the game's first nine points while forcing Mississippi State into turnovers on six of their first eight possessions.

    The Wildcats led 50-21 at halftime.



    LSU Wins Ninth Straight, Beating Alabama 84-40 

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Senior forward LaSondra Barrett scored a game-high 16 points and collected a career-best seven steals to pace a balanced LSU women’s basketball attack as the Lady Tigers stifled Alabama, 84-40, to win its ninth straight game in front of 4,478 fans on Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

    Sunday’s contest kicked off a stretch of three games in four days for LSU athletic teams against the Crimson Tide. The two teams clash in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday in New Orleans, while the LSU men’s basketball team travels to Tuscaloosa for an SEC game on Wednesday. Head coach Nikki Caldwell talked about how she has used the football team’s success as an example for her team.

    “We talk about the difference between being hungry and starving, and I know Coach Miles’ team is starving to get on that field and win a championship,” said Caldwell. “They all are in sync and they have that togetherness that you need even when adversity hits. You never see LSU football team waver. We pay close attention to some of the things that they have been able to do this whole season.”

    LSU (12-3, 3-0 SEC) continued its torrid defense and found its offensive rhythm again scoring a season-high 84 points on a blistering season-high 60.4 percent from the floor. The 84 points represented the most by the Lady Tigers in a conference game (non-overtime) since defeating Alabama, 89-53, on Feb. 7, 2008 in Tuscaloosa. The 60 percent shooting percentage was LSU’s highest since tallying 69.6 percent against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 1, 2006.

    The Crimson Tide (10-7, 0-3) dropped its 14th consecutive game to LSU with now 13 of those 14 games coming in double-digit fashion. Alabama is winless against the Lady Tigers since Feb. 24, 2002. Sunday’s 44-point margin of defeat was the largest in the series history. The Tide shot just 15.2 percent for the game with only 10 made field goals.

    Barrett finished 5-of-7 from the floor and drained a career-high 4-of-4 from three-point range. She gathered seven rebounds and collected seven steals, representing the most by a Lady Tiger since Scholanda Robinson had seven versus North Texas on Nov. 30, 2004. It was also the fifth-highest single-game steal tally in LSU history.

    “LaSondra is focused in the end on being a great leader for this team,” said Caldwell. “She is rebounding the basketball and getting steals, but most importantly, we know she can score the basketball. She is making her teammates better as well because she is giving up the rock, giving them great looks and easier opportunities to score the basketball. Her unselfish play has really been a positive for our team.”

    All 12 Lady Tigers who dressed scored at least two points and everyone of them played double-digit minutes as Caldwell spread her bench out throughout the game. Adrienne Webb fired in 6-of-7 from the floor for 14 points, while Destini Hughes and Krystal Forthan provided nine points apiece.

    LSU jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a pair of three from Barrett from the top of the key. Alabama was within nine points at the 6:36 mark in the first half before the Lady Tigers went on a 21-4 run to close the period. LSU scored the final 11 points of the half culminating with Barrett’s third three of the game that made it, 44-18.

    With the game well in hand, the Lady Tigers dominated the first seven minutes of the second stanza with a 14-4 run. Barrett and Webb swished back-to-back threes. LSU led 60-22 with 13:21 left in the game and Caldwell was able to work several combinations the rest of the way.

    The Lady Tigers out-rebounded their 10th straight opponent and converted 20 Alabama turnovers into 26 points.

    The SEC’s top two scoring defenses meet in a battle of undefeated teams in conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday when LSU hosts South Carolina.