No 18 Georgia women edge No 25 South Carolina
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|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Georgia 61, South Carolina 59
|Alabama 77, Kentucky 75
|LSU 50, Arkansas 42
|Tennessee 57, Mississippi State 41
|Vanderbilt 75, Florida 69
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Anne Marie Armstrong sank two foul shots with 5 seconds left, lifting No. 18 Georgia to a 61-59 win over No. 25 South Carolina Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs (20-6, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) led 59-55 with 1:07 left, but the Gamecocks weren't done yet. Both La'Keisha Sutton and Iesia Walker went 2 of 2 at the foul line, pulling South Carolina (19-7, 8-5) even at 59-all with 12 seconds left. Georgia got the ball back and South Carolina's Sancheon White committed the foul, sending Armstrong to the charity stripe for what would be the game-winning foul shots.
Walker got off a last-second effort from long range for the Gamecocks, but it wouldn't fall.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 18 points, while Sutton paced South Carolina with 20 points.
The win vaults the Lady Bulldogs, who have won four straight games, just one game out of first place in the SEC.
Alabama upsets No. 7 Kentucky 77-75
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Jasmine Robinson scored 17 points and Alabama held off a big rally for a 77-75 victory over No. 7 Kentucky on Thursday night, the Crimson Tide's first win against a ranked team in more than nine years.
The Tide (12-15, 2-11 Southeastern Conference) had most of a 23-point lead wiped out in the second half before handing the league-leading Wildcats (21-5, 10-3) their third straight defeat.
Alabama hadn't beaten a ranked team since a 70-59 win over No. 24 BYU on Dec. 21, 2002.
A'dia Mathies kept this one in question with 26 points for Kentucky, including a 3-pointer with 1 second left.
Mathies drained a quick 3 and Bria Goss scored on a drive to make it 74-70 with 35 seconds to go. Shafontaye Myers dribbled around for some 20 seconds against Kentucky's full-court pressure before heaving a long pass to a streaking Meghan Perkins for the game-sealing layup.
Robinson had six rebounds and three steals for the Tide. Perkins shot 6 of 7 for 14 points and Kyra Crosby scored 10.
Alabama won despite committing 30 turnovers, partly because the Wildcats had 22 of their own.
Mathies scored 18 in the second half on 8-of-10 shooting, and added six steals and five assists. Samarie Walker added 13 points and Goss 12.
The second half was almost a mirror image of the first. Kentucky shot 60 percent while Alabama was at 33 percent and turned it over 15 times.
The Wildcats trailed 50-28 at halftime after the Tide hit 21 of 30 shots (70 percent) and Kentucky committed 15 turnovers.
Alabama added a free throw 5 seconds into the second half before Kentucky started its comeback attempt.
The Wildcats scored 13 straight points en route to a 19-4 run, closing to within 63-57 on a putback by Mathies with 7:32 left. Alabama missed 10 straight shots during that span, going scoreless for nearly six minutes.
Kentucky cut the deficit to five twice in the next few minutes, but Perkins pushed it to 72-65 on two free throws with 2:35 left.
Neither team scored again until Crosby made another pair from the line with a minute left.
Kentucky came into the game averaging 76.2 points, tied with Tennessee for the SEC lead. But the Wildcats had totaled just 105 in losses to LSU and the Lady Vols, who routed them 91-54 Monday night.
LSU Shuts Down Arkansas, Snaps Razorbacks' Win Streak, 50-42
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Another stellar defensive effort and a 9-0 run late in the second half lifted the LSU women’s basketball team to its fourth straight Southeastern Conference win and snapped Arkansas’ eight-game win streak by a score of 50-42 on Thursday night in Bud Walton Arena.
LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Barrett made her 106th career start, moving her into the LSU top 10 for career starts. Adrienne Webb finished with 10 points, while Courtney Jones and Theresa Plaisance came off the bench for seven points apiece.
The Lady Tigers (18-8, 8-5 SEC) held their third consecutive opponent under 50 points and moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings with South Carolina and Arkansas. LSU avenged an earlier 20-point loss to the Razorbacks in Baton Rouge on Jan. 22.
Arkansas (19-6, 8-5) fell to 15-2 at home this season and saw a five-game winning streak in Bud Walton Arena come to an end.
“We told this team that we have to play with a heart of a champion and it starts with our defense and our board play,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “They believed in the game plan and most importantly, they believed in each other. This is a different Lady Tiger team than the first time and they showed it tonight. We got great minutes from everybody who came off the bench and everyone contributed.”
A low scoring first half saw LSU take an 18-16 lead into halftime, but Lyndsay Harris scored four straight points early in the second half to give the Razorbacks their largest lead, 25-22 with 16:31 remaining in the game. Jeanne Kenney then went down to a right knee injury at the 13:40 mark and did not return. She is listed day-to-day.
Bianca Lutley responded in Kenney’s absence as the Lady Tigers went on a 9-0 run to jump ahead 31-25. Barrett buried a three from the top of the key and Webb converted a backdoor layup. After C’eira Ricketts three broke the spurt, Lutley nailed a 30-foot three with the shot clock winding down. Lutley then found Jones in stride on a perfect pass for layup that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good, 38-34.
Plaisance got into the scoring action with a three from the left wing and Webb buried a three of her own from the right corner that made it 47-38 with 1:12 remaining. Like she has in the past three games, Barrett put the finishing touches on the win at the line and accounted for LSU’s final two points.
The Lady Tigers connected for four threes in the final 12 minutes and shot an outstanding 64.7 percent in the second half. LSU held Arkansas to 30.4 percent from the floor for the game and out-rebounded the Razorbacks, 36-21.
Ricketts led Arkansas with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Sarah Watkins, who came into the contest averaging 11.0 points, shot just 1-of-10 from the floor and scored four points.
The Lady Tigers host Auburn in the Pink Game at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Maravich Center. General admission tickets are only $1 and available at LSUtix.net. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and help LSU recognize breast cancer awareness.
Stricklen leads Lady Vols over Mississippi State
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Shekinna Stricklen had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 13 Tennessee to a 57-41 victory over Mississippi State on Thursday night.
Cierra Burdick added 10 points and Glory Johnson grabbed 15 rebounds for the Lady Vols (19-7, 10-3 Southeastern Conference), who overcame 19 turnovers and 38.7 percent shooting (24 of 62).
Tennessee improved to 33-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs.
Kendra Grant scored 17 points and Porsha Porter added 15 for Mississippi State (14-12, 4-9). The Lady Bulldogs struggled through 24.2 percent (16 of 66) shooting and trailed by double digits the entire second half.
Both teams combined to go 1 of 21 from the floor at the start before Tennessee took control for a 22-13 lead at the half.
Memorial Magic strikes as Vanderbilt wins in OT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt women's basketball team fought from behind and earned a 75-69 overtime victory over Florida on Thursday, February 16, at Memorial Gym. The Commodores improved to 20-6, 8-5 in SEC play, while the Gators fell to 16-10, 6-7 in league action.
Vanderbilt has now won 20 games in each of the past 13 seasons, 20 of the last 21 seasons and all 10 seasons under Melanie Balcomb.
But it certainly didn't come easy.
In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, the most important tie came at the end of regulation, when sophomore guard Christina Foggie banked in an off-balance three between two defenders to tie the game at 65. Foggie went on to hit the free throw that put the Commodores up for good, 68-67, with 2:35 left in the extra period.
While Foggie's shot got the Commodores to overtime, it was post play that kept Vanderbilt in a position to have a shot at the end. Junior forward Tiffany Clarke scored 18 points and matched her career high with 17 rebounds, while redshirt sophomore center Stephanie Holzer also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Clarke's 17 rebounds are the most by a player during an SEC league game this year.
Vanderbilt was fighting back the whole game, as Florida led by as many as seven during the first half. However, it was the Commodores who would take a 33-32 lead into the break. That was in spite of the Gator defense holding Foggie, the leading scorer in the SEC to just three points on 1-7 shooting in the opening period.
The second half was more of the same, with Lister doing a majority of the Commodore scoring (10 points in the second half) before Foggie got the three biggest points of the ballgame as time expired to force the extra frame.
Overtime saw Florida strike first, with Azania Stewart connecting for a pair of free throws just over a minute into the period. Kady Schrann then hit a layup for her only score of the game to tie it, then Foggie hit one-of-two on a trip to the line and Vandy would lead for good.
Foggie got another score on the fast break off a big rebound by Holzer before Lister hit one-of-two from the line to make it a two-possession game, 71-67, with 20 seconds remaining. Florida's Deana Allen hit a layup for Florida before Foggie and Clarke each hit two free throws to provide the final margin of 75-69.
Florida was led by 17 points and nine rebounds from Jennifer George, while Allen added 10 points.
Vanderbilt now sits in a four-way tie for fourth place in the SEC. With the coveted first-round bye in the SEC Tournament in the balance for the top-four teams, only two games separate first from seventh place. Kentucky and Tennessee are tied atop the league at 10-3, followed by 9-4 Georgia. Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU join Vanderbilt at 8-5.
Vanderbilt's next contest is at No. 8 Kentucky on Monday, February 20. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN2.