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    Tennessee 82, Auburn 61
    Florida 84, Ole Miss 55
    Georgia 81, Alabama 66
    LSU 61, Kentucky 51
    Vanderbilt 65, Mississippi State 59

    #8 Lady Vols Top Auburn 82-61

    KNOXVILLE - No. 8 Tennessee started a new homecourt conference win streak on Sunday afternoon with an 82-61 victory over Auburn. Glory Johnson and Ariel Massengale led all scorers with 14 points each.Johnson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and had four blocks for her ninth double-double of the season, while Massengale added four assists.

    Shekinna Stricklen posted a double-double as well, her third of the season and first since Nov. 27 against Baylor, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    UT moves to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the SEC while Auburn lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 11-13 and 3-8 in the league. Tennessee has won 14 games in a row at home vs. Auburn, dating to 1989.

    After trailing very early in the game, Tennessee made easy work of Auburn, pulling away in the second half. A layup by Vicki Baugh with 4:05 left in the first half gave the Lady Vols their first double-figure lead of the afternoon (38-27) and they continued to hold a margin of at least eight for the remainder of the game.

    Five consecutive points by Massengale gave UT a 56-39 lead with 13:24 left in the game. That was Tennessee's largest lead to that point. Auburn cut the deficit to 11 at 58-47 on a lay-up by Morgan Jennings with 9:57 left, but Massengale answered with her own hoop with 9:30 left in the game.

    Hasina Muhammad's lay-up with 6:53 left cut the Auburn deficit to eight at 61-53 but Meighan Simmons came right back to regain a 10-point and Johnson's putback expanded the lead back to 12 at 65-53. A Lady Vols' 11-0 run late in the game put the contest out of reach. Stricklen's lay-up off a feed from Massengale ballooned UT's lead to 72-53 with 4:27 left.

    A Taber Spani 3-pointer with 5:00 left in the first half gave the Lady Vols a 34-25 lead. Tennessee continued to pull away as the Lady Vols took a 44-31 lead into halftime on an Massengale lay-up with 1:45 left in the half.

    Auburn held an advantage as large as five points early on, but Tennessee took the lead for good at 16-14 on an Alicia Manning lay-up with 13:54 left in the first half. A jumper by Spani with 12:15 left finished a 7-0 run for the Lady Vols and gave them an 18-14 lead.

    The Lady Vols had their 28-game home SEC win streak come to an end on Thursday night as South Carolina rallied late to beat UT, 64-60. In that game, Tennessee did not record a steal. Against Auburn, the Lady Vols came away with 13 thefts.


    UF Women’s Hoops Posts Impressive Win Over Ole Miss on Alumnae Day, 84-55

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior point guard Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a career-high-tying 10 rebounds to record her first-ever double-double en route to an 84-55 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. The win lifts Florida to 15-8 (5-5 SEC) while the Rebels fall to 12-12 (2-9 SEC).

    The Gators surpassed their season-high for points scored at home or against an SEC opponent, with 84. The 29-point scoring margin was Florida’s highest over an SEC opponent since Jan. 28, 2001, when the then-No. 10 Gators defeated South Carolina 91-53.

    Bartley inked a career-high eight offensive rebounds, greatly contributing to the Gators’ 18 second-chance points, while adding four assists. Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) and Brittany Shine (Sacramento, Calif.) each notched a season-high 14 points, and Stewart added seven rebounds and four blocks, marking the 22nd straight game in which she had at least one block.

    Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) came away with eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high-tying four assists. Jordan Jones’ (Suwanee, Ga.) steal in the first half marked the 100th of her career, the highest among active Gators. Jones also contributed seven points, four rebounds and three assists.

    As a team, the Gators shot 48.5% from the field, while holding Ole Miss to just 34.4%, including 29.7% in the first half. UF out-rebounded Ole Miss, 46-38, and put up 22 assists as compared to seven by the Rebels. For the second straight game and the fifth time this season, every Gator that dressed scored.

    “It’s fantastic to be playing back at home and be so convincingly victorious in front of a great crowd and in front of so many people that are proud of being Gators,” UF Head Coach Amanda Butler said of the team’s first home appearance in 17 days, as well as on Alumnae Day. “Just really proud of the way we prepared and came into this game and started the game off, which gives us a little more momentum heading into Thursday (home game vs. Auburn) and towards our other goals.”

    The Rebels came out of the locker room trailing 41-26, ready to play, opening the second half with six straight points to close the gap to 44-34, but a big three-pointer by Bartley at 17:29 gave the momentum back to the Gators.

    Danielle McCray, caught her own rebound and got the tip-in to try to keep the Gators from pulling away, but the Rebels were unable to get within 10 for the remained of the game.

    A pair of made free throws by Monique Jackson brought the Rebels back within 11, down 52-41 with 15:8 to play, but the Gators continued to push forward, steadily growing harder to catch.

    Deana Allen (Houma, La.) hit back-to-back free throws at 4:22, to give Florida its first 20-point lead of the game, and eight straight points by Shine in the final two minutes, including two three-pointers, sealed the deal for the Gators with a final score of 84-55. 

    The game started tight, as the teams traded the lead back and forth as the score ran to a 9-9 tie at 16:04. A pair of layups by Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) gave the Gators a 13-9 lead, but the Rebels came back to tie the score at 13 with two made free throws by Tia Faleru at 11:42.

    With the game tied at 13, with 11:42 remaining, the Gators mounted a 18-2 run that lasted almost five minutes and took a 31-15 lead with 6:43 left in the first half.

    Florida got scoring from Madu, Bartley, Jones and Stewart during the stretch, when the Gators hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and out-rebounded the Rebels, 8-0, while Ole Miss hit 1-of-6 from the field and turned the ball over twice.

    But the Gators then went cold from the floor after Jones’ jumper at the 6:43 mark, as the Rebels chipped away at their deficit and scored the next nine points, closing Florida’s advantage to seven points, 31-24, with 2:18 to go.

    Two free throws from Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) at the 1:34 mark halted Ole Miss’ run and sparked a 10-0 Gator swing, as Allen converted a layup and Bartley nailed back-to-back treys that extended UF’s lead to 17 points, 41-24, with 25 seconds remaining.

    Monique Jackson ended the two-minute Rebel scoring drought with a layup underneath and Florida took a 41-26 lead into the halftime locker room.


    Lady Bulldogs Cruise Past Crimson Tide

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Jasmine James and Krista Donald scored 18 points each as they led the No. 21 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (18-6, 7-4) past the Alabama Crimson Tide (10-14, 0-10), 81-66, Sunday afternoon.

    In addition to her season-high scoring effort, James also recorded eight rebounds and four assists as she led a quintet of Lady Bulldogs in double-digit scoring. Donald's 18 points mark the first time in her career that she has led Georgia in scoring; she is the seventh player to do so this season. Donald also led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards, for the third time this season, with nine rebounds.

    James came off the bench with 17:39 left in the first half when Meredith Mitchell left the game with a knot on her head after a collision following a rebound. James missed the past five games with a right knee sprain. James' first points of the afternoon came off a pair of free throws five minutes into the game.

    "Obviously tonight was bittersweet and it's a little bit frustrating to me as a coach because tonight was a night when we were going to have everybody healthy and get this season moving in the direction that we wanted to move it in," said head coach Andy Landers. "Then, two minutes into the game, Meredith is out and a very important player to us isn't healthy anymore. That's disappointing; of course it was an accident and it's not anybody's fault. As a result of Meredith being out, we were playing people at different positions and J.J. was trying to knock some of the cobwebs off."

    Khaalidah Miller put up 14 points and pulled down four rebounds. Anne Marie Armstrong tallied 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jasmine Hassell scored 10 points and recorded four rebounds.

    Georgia took an early 7-2 lead and never looked back. Erika Ford started the game quickly with a basket just 30 seconds in.

    Alabama took their first lead at 25-24 with 5:41 left in the first period off of a three-pointer by Shafontaye Myers. The Lady Bulldogs regained the lead when Donald connected on a pair of free throws less than a minute later. Back-to-back jumpers by Donald and Armstrong increased Georgia's advantage to 30-25.

    Georgia led by seven a total of five times in the opening period, lastly at 36-29 with 1:11 left. A jumper at the buzzer by Meghan Perkins pulled the Crimson Tide within five and the Lady Bulldogs entered the locker room with a 36-31 advantage.

    In the first half, Georgia shot a blistering 70.6 percent from the charity stripe, connecting on 12-of-17. This number was aided by James' 6-of-8 performance at the free throw line.

    The Lady Bulldogs started the second half just as spirited at the first, scoring four points in the first minute and increasing their lead to 40-31.

    A quick five points by the Crimson Tide made it seem as if they were making a surge, but back-to-back jumpers by Donald stalled them and increased Georgia's lead, 46-36.

    The Lady Bulldogs continued to increase their lead and with 7:53 left on the clock, a Miller trey put Georgia up by 15, 61-46.

    Alabama fought hard the whole game, but it was not enough. Georgia met them basket-for-basket and them some, leading by as much as 20.



    BATON ROUGE -- LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell developed the perfect formula for shutting down the Southeastern Conference’s top offense and most disruptive defense – slowing down the tempo of the game to the Lady Tigers favor.

    LSU, which had only nine available players, held fifth-ranked Kentucky to a season-low in points and Adrienne Webb scored a game-high 19 points as the Lady Tigers shocked the Wildcats and snapped their 13-game SEC winning streak by a score of 61-51 on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

    A raucous crowd of over 5,000 watched LSU defeat the SEC’s first-place team and record its first win over a top-five ranked opponent since beating No. 2 North Carolina to advance to a fifth straight NCAA Final Four on March 31, 2008. It was also the Lady Tigers’ first home win over a top-five team since defeating No. 5 Ohio State on Dec. 10, 2006.

    “This is obviously a great win for the program,” said Caldwell. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this group for playing a very discipline game. We stayed true to the game plan and everyone contributed in some way. We were again hit with adversity but this team has a fight in them, a never give up attitude. I felt like that was the reason we were successful tonight.”

    LSU (15-8, 5-5 SEC) snapped a five-game conference losing streak after opening the season with a 4-0 start. The Lady Tigers remained in a tie for seventh place in the league standings with Florida and stand two games ahead of ninth-place Mississippi State.

    Kentucky (21-3, 10-1) saw a 10-game overall winning streak come to an end and lost for the first time since a 70-58 setback at Middle Tennessee on Dec. 28, 2011. A’dia Mathies, a candidate for SEC Player of the Year, was shutout in the first half before finishing with 12 points. Bria Goss, a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week, was held to four points – seven points below her average.

    Webb reached 19 points for the second straight game – her third consecutive double-figure game – to pace an LSU attack that was deadly in its mid-range jumpers and at the free throw line. LaSondra Barrett scored all 12 of her points in the second half and Jeanne Kenney added nine points and four steals. Both Barrett and Webb were a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line as LSU shot collectively a season-best 25-of-31 to Kentucky’s 5-of-11.

    “We really talked about slowing the basketball down and getting into our offense,” said Caldwell. “We looked to put the ball inside and work our high-low action because we felt like we had a height advantage. Our way of combating that quickness was to use our physical presence. I felt like our team did that.”

    The Lady Tigers, already without the services of senior point guard Destini Hughes to knee surgery, played minus freshman forward Krystal Forthan. Forthan sustained a high left ankle sprain in practice on Saturday and she is day-to-day. Junior guard Bianca Lutley was out due to a violation of team rules.

    LSU established its pace early, crawling out to a 10-2 lead seven minutes into the first half. Shanece McKinney, who finished with three blocks, scored two buckets on Kenney assists. Meanwhile, the Wildcats managed only two made field goals in the first eight minutes. UK, which forced 26 turnovers for the game, tied the game for the first time at 18 with 1:55 left in the stanza.

    LSU led 20-18 at the break, holding UK to its lowest point total in a half since 2009. The Wildcats gained their first lead on Kastine Evans’ three with 17:04 to go, but Webb responded with a big answer – a three of her own. It was Kentucky’s only lead of the game.

    LSU took advantage of Kentucky’s foul trouble midway through the second stanza. Theresa Plaisance drained two free throws and Taylor Turnbow made a jumper that gave the Lady Tigers a six-point cushion. Mathies finally got on the scoreboard on a runner through the lane with the shot clock winding down.

    Webb provided another big basket with a three-point play on the other end and the lead blossomed to eight on four straight points from Barrett. With the score 48-45 in favor of LSU with 3:52 remaining, the Lady Tigers closed it out with an 8-0 run. Barrett had four free throws in the final three minutes while Turnbow added three.

    LSU finished the game at a blistering 56.7 percent from the floor and scoring 41 points in the second half. Kentucky shot 35.0 percent and was held 25 points below its scoring average. The Wildcats, one of the nation’s most high-powered offenses, came in posting 74.1 points per game.

    The Lady Tigers also owned the boards, 33-26, while blocking seven shots.


    Vanderbilt Survives Against MSU

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team saw a different player reach the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games as they defeated Mississippi State, 65-59, on Sunday, February 5, at Humphrey Coliseum. The Commodores improved to 18-5, 6-4 in SEC play, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 13-10, 3-7 in league action.

    Redshirt sophomore center Stephanie Holzer scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Vanderbilt pull out the win. She was 9-11 from the field and connected on all three trips to the foul line.

    Vanderbilt's sophomore guards also made major contributions. Christina Foggie scored 17 points while Jasmine Lister scored eight and matched a career-high by dishing out nine assists.

    Mississippi State was led by the pair of Diamber Johnson and Catina Bett, who scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Martha Alwal grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. No Lady Bulldog managed more than two assists.

    Comparatively, Vanderbilt dished out 21 helpers on 27 field goals and every Commodore who saw action had at least one assists. In addition to Lister's nine helpers, Holzer and Foggie had three each, Clarke and Jordan Coleman had two each and Kady Schrann and Brown had one apiece.

    The first half was the Stephanie Holzer show, as the center scored 11 points and 7 rebounds to help Vanderbilt overcome 14 turnovers in the period and lead 29-26 at the break.

    Vanderbilt led by as many as 13 points during the opening frame, but the Lady Bulldogs showed quite a bit of fight. They forced four ties in the second half, but could never take the lead. The Commodores cut down on turnovers in the closing period, committing just five.

    The contest was tied at 54 with 4:05 remaining, but the Commodores would outscore Mississippi State 11-5 over the final four minutes.

    Holzer connected in the paint to give Vandy a 56-54 lead they would not relinquish. The next basket was a huge three from Lister with 2:45 left and that was followed by a jumper from Elan Brown that pushed the lead to 61-54.

    After the teams traded baskets, Lister connected on a pair of foul shots to seal the deal. Johnson made a three-point play with seven seconds left to provide the final margin of 65-59.