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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 12

    WOmen's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    South Carolina 82, La. Tech 58
    Missouri 88, Chicago State 55
    Hampton 56, Mississippi State 48
    Vanderbilt 62, Lipscomb 45


    Gamecocks Pound Past LA Tech

    RUSTON, La. - South Carolina used aggressive inside play and timely outside shooting to earn an 82-58 win at Louisiana Tech in women’s basketball action at Thomas Assembly Center Monday night. Five Gamecocks finished the night in double figures, led by Ashley Bruner’s 17, as South Carolina shot 48.3 percent from the field, including six 3-pointers, and won the rebound battle 43-26. Senior Ieasia Walker stuffed the stat sheet, including a career-best eight assists.

    “Overall it was a great game. Our players really executed what we planned to execute. But, the entire game I never felt like we could get away. LA Tech was around and into the game. In the end, we pulled out the win.”

    The Gamecocks worked from the inside out early in the game, going to Aleighsa Welch and Bruner early and often en route to a 17-8 advantage seven minutes into the game. From there, the outside shooting took over with Ieasia Walker, who opened with five assists on the first seven baskets, and Asia Dozier combining for the next nine points all from 3-point range as the lead stretched to 26-12 midway through the period.

    The lead grew to 19 as the defense forced the Lady Techsters into tough shots and cleaned up the rebounds. Freshman Tiffany Mitchell pressed the action on the other end, converting a pair of traditional three-point plays, and Welch capped the 7-0 run with a free throw for a 33-14 Gamecock lead with seven minutes left in the half. LA Tech closed the gap to 13 at halftime as substitutions had the Gamecock defense on its heels late in the period.

    A quick five points from LA Tech’s Lulu Perry opened the second half and cut the Gamecock lead to nine points, but interior play got South Carolina settled again. The Gamecocks pounded the ball inside, looking for high percentage shots or fouls, and they ended up with both. The Lady Techsters continued to battle, but Wilka Montout put the game all but out of reach as she scored eight points of an 11-5 run that stretched the Gamecocks’ lead to 71-53. South Carolina did not allow LA Tech to get any closer.

    Joining Bruner in double-figure points were Welch with 14, Mitchell with 13, Montout with 12 and Walker with 10. It was a full team effort on the boards as well with Sancheon White, Welch and Mitcchell all tying for team-high honors with eight.

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    Eye Finds Shooting Touch in 88-55 Tiger Win

    Columbia, Mo. - Morgan Eye came off the bench for the Tigers to score 16 points and help Mizzou (2-0) knock off Chicago State (0-2) 88-55. The Tigers quickly built a large lead against the Cougars, and a stout defensive performance by Missouri in the first half of 10 forced turnovers and nine CSU field goals all but sealed the deal by the intermission.

    Chicago State opened the scoring with a runner in the lane, and Bri Kulas answered by splitting a pair of free throws. On the Tigers' next trip down the floor, Kulas took an inbound pass and made the layup while getting fouled, then converted the three-point play to give Mizzou a 4-2 lead. Sydney Crafton then made back-to-back layups for the Tigers, giving Mizzou an 8-2 lead before the Cougars answered on their next possession to cut the lead to 8-4. The teams then traded buckets, with Liene Priede and Kulas hitting buckets for Mizzou as the Tigers took a 12-6 lead into the under-8 timeout.

    Crafton scored first after the break, then Priede, Bree Fowler and Liana Doty tacked on for a quick 8-0 run for the Tigers as they stretched the lead to 20-6, but Chicago State then scored five straight points of its own to cut the deficit to 20-11. Kyley Simmons ended the Cougar run with a three, putting Mizzou back up 12. Doty then converted a layup to put Mizzou up 25-11, but Chicago State answered with four straight points to keep the deficit at 10. Crafton ended the run with a layup, and Maddie Stock nailed a three in tight coverage to build the Tiger lead to 15.

    After the under-8 timeout, Chicago State hit two free throws before Morgan Eye buried a three to put Mizzou up 16. Crafton then added on with a layup, but Chicago State cut the lead back to 15 on their next possession. Darian Saunders split a pair of free throws for Mizzou, and then Eye drained back-to-back threes and a layup to put Mizzou up 44-20 at the under-4 timeout. Saunders hit a layup off an inbounds pass after the timeout, putting Mizzou up 46-20, and CSU responded with four straight points before Liz Smith connected on a layup and the ensuing free throw to build the Mizzou lead to 25, but the Cougars quickly answered with a layup of their own. Kulas then hit layup to give Mizzou a 51-26 lead at the half.

    It was CSU opening the scoring in the second half as well, hitting a three to reduce the Mizzou lead to 22. Simmons then converted an and-one play on the other end to put the Tigers back up 25, and Eye added on with a moving jumper make the score 56-29. After two Cougar free throws, Eye found Saunders in transition for an easy layup to give Mizzou a 58-31 lead at the under-16 timeout.

    Two Cougar free throws opened play after the break, and Doty's stellar defensive play stealing an inbound pass gave Mizzou a quick answer. Next it was Saunders hitting a layup after two Chicago State free throws, but the Cougars came back with six unanswered points to make the score 62-41 favoring the Tigers at the under-12 media timeout. The Cougars hit a free throw after the break, but Kulas hit both of her shots from the line to put Mizzou up 64-42. The teams then traded buckets, with Kulas connecting twice for the Tigers as they built the lead to 68-44. A bank shot for Chicago State then cut into the Mizzou lead again, but Eye responded with her fourth three of the night to put Mizzou ahead 71-46 before the Cougars scored, but Crafton answered quickly on the other end with a layup.

    Crafton hit a free throw after the break, and Michelle Hudyn added two more points for Mizzou, but the Cougars answered on their next possession. Simmons split a pair of free throws, and Stock connected on a pair to put the Tigers up 79-52. The Cougars split a pair of free throws and then a jumper made the score 79-55 favoring Mizzou, and Morgan Stock answered with her first three of the contest to make it 82-55. Doty then connected on a pair of free throws with a minute remaining, and Morgan Stock added a transition layup to make it 86-55. Doty's two free throws with 12 seconds left then produced the final score of 88-55.

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    State Drops 56-48 Decision To Hampton

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - A second-half comeback fell short Monday night as the Mississippi State women's basketball team dropped a 56-48 decision to Hampton in the Humphrey Coliseum.

    "I thought Hampton was very well prepared," MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. "I thought they took the fight to us, especially at the guard position. They really dictated what we were able to do offensively with their pressure."

    The Bulldogs trailed 44-32 with 9:14 left in regulation. MSU scored the game's next 10 points, with eight-straight points of the run coming from senior Darriel Gaynor. After cutting the deficit to two points, the Bulldogs missed on a potential game-tying possession before turning the ball over on the game's next possession.

    "They're a great team," Gaynor said. "We take nothing from them, but we didn't execute our own plays. That's something we're going to practice on. It is our fault that we couldn't get a rhythm of offense."

    Gaynor finished the night with 10 points, one shy of matching her career high.

    Three days after tallying a game- and career-high 23 points, sophomore Martha Alwal finished one rebound shy of a second-straight double-double as she scored a team-high 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.

    Fellow sophomore Kendra Grant added 11 points, including 2 of 3 from three-point range.

    Hampton scored the game's first six points and set the tone early with its physical, rugged style of defensive play. In the first half alone, the Bulldogs had 16 turnovers.

    MSU answered with a tenacious defensive effort of its own. Two free throws by Martha Alwal tied the contest at six apiece. She then followed with a jumper that gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night.

    A basket by Gaynor placed the Bulldogs on top 15-12, but Hampton's defense stiffened, allowing only one field goal over the final 7:49 of the half.

    The Lady Pirates ended the half on a 14-3 run to take a 26-18 halftime advantage.

    "We had 16 (turnovers) in the first half," Gaynor said. "That's points we could've had, chances we didn't get to shoot. That's execution. We need to make sure we execute on offense. That's our fault. We beat ourselves."

    In the second half, the Bulldogs improved their ball movement and cut the turnover total down to seven. Still, Hampton enjoyed a 10-point lead at 34-24 with 13:38 left in regulation time.

    The Bulldogs closed within five on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Kendra Grant. The Lady Pirates ran the lead out to 12 points on two different occasions midway through the second half.

    Down 44-32, the Bulldogs began their rally with two free throws from Carnecia Williams. After Gaynor's spree brought the Maroon and White within 44-42, Hampton answered with the game's next five points.

    "Credit our kids for fighting back into the game," Schaefer said. "When we made that run, we were doing a better job of getting the ball in the lane. We were getting the ball to the basket and either scoring or getting fouled."

    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 13 of 44 shots from the field (29.5 percent), 4 of 7 shots from 3-point range (57.1 percent) and 18 of 23 shots from the foul line (78.3 percent). The Lady Pirates hit 19 of 55 shots from the field (34.5 percent), 1 of 6 shots from 3-point range (16.7 percent) and 17 of 29 shots from the foul line (58.6 percent).

    Hampton held a 44-29 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had six assists and 23 turnovers, while the Lady Pirates had 12 assists and 21 turnovers.

    Hampton received 19 points from Keiara Avant, 14 points from Alyssa Bennett and 14 points from Nicole Hamilton.

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    Dores Win At Lipscomb

    NASHVILLE -- The entire preseason, Vanderbilt women's basketball Head Coach Melanie Balcomb has been of the belief her team needed to learn to rely on defense to win games, not just offense.

    On Monday night in Nashville, the No. 13/17 Commodores got some first hand experience as they overcame a poor shooting night to defeat Lipscomb, 62-45, and improve to 2-0. The Lady Bisons fell to 0-2.

    The game started out eerily similar to last year's contest with Libscomb, with a large Vanderblit run. Last season, it was a 17-0 run over the first eight minutes, this season it was a 13-0 run over the first 10 minutes.

    Vanderbilt's largest lead was 20 with 5:58 remaining in the opening frame and it was a 14-point Commodore lead at the half. The second half saw Vanderbilt shoot just 8-20 from the field (30.8%) as the Lady Bisons hung around, before Vanderbilt was able to pull away in the closing minutes and win, 62-45.

    If any player was an exception to the shooting woes, it was Jasmine Lister. The junior guard shot 8-14, including 6-10 from three, to score a game high 24 points. She added five assists and four rebounds in the contest.

    Christina Foggie contributed 13 points, while Tiffany Clarke added eight and seven rebounds.

    Hannah Phillips led the Lady Bisons with 21 points. Lipscomb struggled to find offense beyond the guard, as no other player for the home team scored more than six points.

    Lipscomb closed within six points on three occasions in the second half, but could not draw any closer.

    The first came with 9:58 remaining before a Lister jumper pushed it back to 34-42. Phillps answered to cut the lead back to six with 8:05 left, before Heather Bowe connected on a pair of free throws to push the lead back to eight. Phillps made a pair from the line to make it 44-38, but Foggie responded with a 3-pointer to push the lead to nine.

    Lister added a pair of threes in the final 1:09 to help push the final margin to 62-45.