Razorbacks survive scare, win eighth in a row
|WOmen's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Arkansas 51, Auburn 48
|Georgia 76, Vanderbilt 63
|LSU 51, Alabama 46
|Mississippi State 53, Ole Miss 50
|South Carolina 62, Florida 58
AUBURN, Ala. – Junior Sarah Waktins hit a big two and senior Ashley Daniels was clutch from the free throw line leading the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 51-48 road win at Auburn Sunday.
Arkansas moved to 19-5 overall and 8-4 in the SEC while Auburn fell to 11-15, 3-10. The victory is the eighth consecutive SEC game, a program record.
“I’m very proud of this team,” head coach Tom Collen said. “We came in here and won ugly but we won.”
Watkins finished with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Daniels added 10 points and six boards while Lyndsay Harris and Calli Berna had nine each for Arkansas.
Arkansas was flat to start the game and the Tigers took advantage of that keeping the score close early. Arkansas trailed by two, 18-16, at the seven minute mark of the first half but was shooting 43 percent on 6-for-14 from the floor. The Razorbacks, however, had 11 turnovers at that point.
The game wore on and the Razorbacks were cold going without a field goal for 5:33 in the first half. They kept the game close and were tied at 25 with four seconds left on the clock. The Tigers in bounded the ball and hit a three at the buzzer to take a 28-25 lead into the break. Turnovers were a problem for both teams as Arkansas had 14 and Auburn 13 in the first 20 minutes.
Ricketts got one of two steals at the 3:45 mark to give her the Arkansas career record for steals with 294. She finished the game with four steals.
The back-and-fourth battle continued in the second half with neither team able to control the action. The game was tied 11 times and there were 12 lead changes until the 1:20 mark in the game when it would be tied for the final time.
Watkins would hit a tough jumper in the paint with 32 seconds on the clock that would give Arkansas the two point lead. The teams traded timeouts and Auburn drove the ball in a Arkansas committed the foul but the Tigers only got one of two bonus shots.
Arkansas got the ball back with five seconds on the clock and tried to hold it but Daniels was fouled. She made both giving Arkansas the 51-48 lead with three seconds left in the game.
Auburn flew up the court but didn’t get a shot off as the Razorbacks held on to win.
Arkansas shot 34 percent from the floor on 18-for-53. The Razorbacks edge Auburn, 35-34, in rebounding and grabbed 10 steals in the win.
Lady Bulldogs Roll Past Vanderbilt
ATHENS, Ga. --- Anne Marie Armstrong's career-high 23 points led a quartet of double-digit Lady Bulldogs as No. 21 Georgia (19-6, 8-4) defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores (19-6, 7-5), 76-63, Sunday afternoon.
Armstrong also contributed six rebounds in a career-high 40 minutes on the floor. Jasmine Hassell secured her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine James recorded 17 points, four assist and three steals, while Khaalidah Miller notched 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.
This marked the fourth time in SEC play in which four Lady Bulldogs have scored in the double digits; Georgia has won all of those contests.
“Everybody did a nice job," said head coach Andy Landers. "I thought with a couple of exceptions we did very well defensively. We drove down the court for too long and that hurt us. We gave up a couple of the three’s and that hurt us. But overall, defensively, we were pretty good. We turned over a good basketball team 19 times. When you play hard, things tend to fall your way. Offensively today, I thought we executed well. A lot of times we were good at making the plays. Some of the time, we were trying to execute a set and didn’t follow through.”
Georgia shot 45.2 percent from the field, including Armstrong's 11-of-16 effort. For the seventh consecutive game, the Lady Bulldogs won the turnover battle. They also managed to score 26 points off of Vanderbilt turnovers.
The Lady Bulldogs took an early advantage, leading by at least eight on four different occasions in the first 8:00 of the game. Georgia controlled most of the first half, never allowing Vanderbilt to sink more than two baskets in a row.
With 3:45 left in the period, the Commodores closed the gap to 28-25, the closest they came to the Lady Bulldogs since 16:42, when Georgia led 5-2. A pair of treys by James gave the Lady Bulldogs some breathing room and a 34-27 lead with 2:23 on the clock. Georgia took its largest lead of the half, 40-28, when Miller scored on back-to-back possessions.
Armstrong and James both put up double digits in the first half, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Aided by James' 3-of-4 effort, Georgia shot a blistering 55.6 percent from behind the three-point line.
Georgia continued to increase its lead early in the second period. In the first 2:30, Armstrong scored seven of the Lady Bulldogs' nine points, to put them up 49-33.
Georgia took an 18-point lead and then stalled a bit at 15:18, when Vanderbilt started a 14-1 run and decreased the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 52-47.
LASONDRA BARRETT CARRIES LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST ALABAMA AS LADY TIGERS BEAT TIDE FOR 15TH STRAIGHT TIME, 51-46
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second straight game, All-America candidate LaSondra Barrett carried the LSU Lady Tiger basketball team down the stretch. Barrett tallied a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds as LSU survived a valiant effort from Alabama to win its 15th consecutive game over the Crimson Tide by a score of 51-46 on Sunday afternoon in Foster Auditorium.
The Lady Tigers (17-8, 7-5 SEC) won their third consecutive contest and had to come-from-behind for the third time in SEC play for the victory. LSU, which shot 33.3 percent, trailed by five points with six minutes to play before rallying with a 9-0 run. Barrett was the catalyst, scoring seven of the Lady Tigers’ final nine points.
Barrett recorded her 16th career double-double and fourth of the season. She tied a career high with 13 free throws on 20 attempts, which finished just one attempt shy of Pokey Chatman’s single-game record of 21 set on Feb. 10, 1991. Barrett’s 13 made free throws tied for third in LSU single-game history. She also jumped from 16th to 13th in LSU career scoring annals.
“LaSondra Barrett really set the tone down the stretch again for this team,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “She got her attempts at the free throw line and played really aggressive off the bounce. We want to establish paint touches and we were able to move her from high to low and set some screens for her. She also had a height advantage and she set the tone for us to pull away at the end like we did.”
Alabama (11-15, 1-11) remained winless against LSU since 2002. The Tide, who lost by over 40 points to the Lady Tigers on Jan. 8, played Sunday’s game with only eight players, including seven players in the final 16 minutes after Kyra Crosby was ejected from the game in the second half.
Adrienne Webb added eight points, while Courtney Jones finished with a career-high-tying 12 rebounds for LSU, who was playing without freshman forward Krystal Forthan for the third straight game due to an ankle injury.
LSU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half but managed to cut the deficit to 27-22 at halftime. The Lady Tigers knotted the game at 29 apiece with 16:27 left in the contest, and LSU later trailed 39-38 after Barrett converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 7:48 to go.
Jasmine Robinson’s free throws pushed the Alabama lead back to 45-40 and the Lady Tigers then made their 9-0 run to take control of the game. Taylor Turnbow nailed a turnaround jumper and Webb made a key hustle play grabbing a rebound while on the floor that led to a Barrett putback. Barrett’s free throw with 3:36 on the clock tied the game at 45 all.
A brilliant baseline move by Barrett gave the Lady Tigers a 47-45 lead and Webb followed with a key jumper in the lane. With LSU leading 49-46 and 25 seconds on the clock, Jeanne Kenney missed two free throws that left Alabama with one last shot. However, Kenney atoned for the misses when she deflected a pass that landed in Barrett’s arms with 10 seconds left in the game.
Barrett finished off an impressive performance with two free throws that accounted for the final score.
Alabama shot 26.7 percent for the game and was out-rebounded by LSU, 46-37. The Lady Tigers got 37 points from their bench.
STATE WOMEN RALLY TO DEFEAT OLE MISS IN OVERTIME
STARKVILLE, Miss. – On “Think Pink” afternoon in the Humphrey Coliseum, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team thought defense.
Rallying from down 10 points late, the Lady Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak with a 53-50 overtime win over Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference contest played before a season-best crowd of 1,638.
“Sometimes, it is all about finding a way to win,” MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “This was a game where both teams played hard and played aggressive. Sometimes, when you aren’t playing your best, it is all about hanging in there and finding a way. That is what we did.”
With the victory, MSU improved to 14-11 overall and 4-8 in league play. Ole Miss fell to 12-14 and 2-11. The Lady Bulldogs have won five straight in the series and seven of the last eight. MSU has swept the season series in three of the past four seasons.
For the Maroon and White, the victory completed a strong weekend of competition against the arch-rival. Winning its first overtime game of the season Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs’ triumph came on the heels of victories over Ole Miss in men’s basketball and men’s tennis Thursday night.
Neither team displayed an offensive shooting clinic Sunday afternoon. Both teams shot
below 30 percent from the floor and hit a combined 5-of-26 shots from 3-point range. A total of 17 free throws were missed, while the teams combined for a remarkable 110 rebounds.
“You have to believe you can win then you have to expect to win,” Fanning-Otis said. “After that, you have to put yourself in a position to win. Even though we were out-rebounded, we did manage our fair share of key rebounds in the second half. We also forced turnovers.
“Essentially, we hung in there until some good things could happen for us.”
The Lady Bulldogs hit one 3-point basket in the contest. Diamber Johnson rammed that trey home with five seconds left in regulation. Teammate Porsha Porter stole the inbounds but could not get an off-balanced 10-footer to fall as the horn for regulation time expired.
In the overtime, the Lady Bulldogs took the lead for good at 47-45 on a layup by Martha Alwal with 2:38 left. After a steal by Jerica James, Porter hit a jumper in the lane, giving the Maroon and White a four-point advantage – their largest in the contest.
The lead changed hands five times during a competitive first half. The Lady Bulldogs enjoyed leads of 2-0, 15-13, 17-15 and 23-22.
A late jumper by Danielle McCray placed the Lady Rebels on top 24-23 at the intermission.
Ole Miss scored the first six points of the game’s final half to stretch the lead to 30-23. Valencia McFarland completed an old-fashioned 3-point play to create that advantage. The Lady Bulldogs went close to four minutes before Porter finally scored her team’s first basket of the second half.
A 3-pointer by Amber Singletary allowed Ole Miss to stretch the lead to 35-25 with 13:36 remaining. The lead was still 10 at 37-27 with 12:45 left.
The Lady Bulldogs then found a different intensity on defense. Ole Miss was charged with 10 second-half turnovers, including two in overtime.
A jumper by James and layup by Porter started a 9-0 run by the hosts. Two free throws by Porter brought the Lady Bulldogs within one at 37-36 with 5:50 left.
Ole Miss went close to eight minutes before McCray broke the draught with a layup. Two free throws by Monique Jackson ran the UM lead to 41-36.
The Lady Bulldogs answered with back-to-baskets by Porter. After two free throws by UM’s Valencia McFarland with 16 seconds left, Johnson had the game-tying answer on the other end.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 22 of 74 shots from the field (29.7 percent), 1 of 11 shots from 3-point range (9.1 percent) and 8 of 15 shots from the foul line (53.3 percent). The Lady Rebels hit 17 of 67 shots from the field (25.4 percent), 4 of 15 shots from 3-point range (26.7 percent) and 12 of 22 shots from the foul line (54.5 percent).
Ole Miss held a 62-48 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had six assists and nine turnovers, while the Lady Rebels had nine assists and 18 turnovers.
Porter paced the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, while Alwal had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Ole Miss received 16 points from McFarland. McCray and Tia Faleru each had a team-high 12 rebounds.
South Carolina Narrowly Escapes Florida 62-58
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 24 South Carolina posted its eighth SEC win of the season after a narrowly escaping Florida 62-58 at home. The Gators rallied late, but the Gamecocks (19-6, 8-4 SEC) cranked up the defensive pressure and hit clutch shots at the end to seal the victory. Senior guard Markeshia Grant finished with 20 points behind another hot-shooting night from beyond the 3-point arc. Fellow senior La’Keisha Sutton delivered the final three points of the game to seal the win, and Charenee Stephens’ defensive effort included a season-high three steals.
“At this point, I think [the seniors] have all been there before,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said about the big games by three of her seniors. “This is our fourth year doing it. For them, I think they have a sense of urgency about them. Whether we execute positively or not, I know they want it. I think the effort is there. We got lucky on some of the plays. At the same time, you’ve got to get lucky in this league to be able to win sometimes.”
South Carolina led Florida 43-33 at the half behind Grant’s 16 point, including 4-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line. After the Gamecocks took a lead 7-5 early in the period, they kept the Gators at bay. The teams swapped points through out the first half with the Gamecocks holding the lead throughout. The Gamecocks held Florida to just three offensive rebounds in the half and did not allow them to capitalize on any of them.
South Carolina took its lead from two points to double digits after the first media timeout. Sancheon White, Tina Roy, Ashley Bruner and Grant all pitched in with baskets, putting the team up 26-16 at the 9:21 mark. In the last four minutes of the half, when the Gators had narrowed the gap to six, Roy took charge with a pair of 3s, one on an assist from Stephens and the other off a Stephens offensive rebound to give the Gamecocks their largest lead of the game at 12 points.
Coming out of the locker room, Florida began to wrest control of the game, burning 10-point deficit into a tie game at 54-54 with just under seven minutes left to play. Early in the half South Carolina had a hard time getting its shots to fall, going 7-of-25 from the floor. Meanwhile, the Gators were doing a better job of keeping the shorter Gamecocks off the glass.
Grant and Sutton steadied the Gamecocks after Dean Allen’s mid-range jumper knotted the game. A battle for an offensive rebound set up Grant’s 3 on the baseline out-of-bounds play. After Ieasia Walker swiped a steal on the other end, Sutton sank the free throws resulting from being fouled on her transition layup attempt. A missed 3 from Jordan Jones fell into Jennifer George’s hands, and the junior hit a pair of free throws to bring the Gators back within three at 59-56 with 4:20 on the clock.
South Carolina forced three straight turnovers, but could not capitalize on them, and Lanita Bartley’s layup off a steal made it a one-point game with 2:04 to play. Both teams misfired on their next possessions, leaving the ball to the Gamecocks with just over a minute left. The Gamecocks cleared out for Sutton, who drove to the basket and laid the ball in with 32 seconds left on the clock, staking the Gamecocks to a three-point lead.
Walker forced a travel in the Gators’ backcourt, and Florida waited for more than half of the shot clock before fouling Sutton with 18 seconds to go. The senior missed the front end of her one-and-one opportunity, but Walker fought for the rebound, which went out of bounds off Florida. A turnover allowed Florida a final chance at the victory, but they misfired on a pair of shots, the second of which was corralled by Aleighsa Welch with six seconds to play. Florida was forced to send Sutton to the line, and this time the senior delivered, just as she did in the win at Florida, making it a two-possession game with just one second left.
Roy and Walker joined Grant in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Walker also handed out five assists on the night. Behind 5-of-6 shooting from long range, Grant’s 20-point effort was her fifth of the season, during which the Gamecocks are undefeated. Stevens and Welch, who drew the first start of her career led the way on the glass with seven boards each.