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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 18

    Women's Basketball RESULTS
    Georgia 70, Belmont 38
    Texas A&M 50, UConn 81
    Vanderbilt 66, Dayton 71
    South Carolina 64, Clemson 43
    Auburn 93, Alabama A&M 44
    Tennessee 79, Miami 67


    Georgia Takes Care of Belmont
     

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Jasmine Hassell put up season-high numbers of 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Georgia to victory over Belmont, 70-38, on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
     
    "We had our season-high assists and our season-low turnovers today, so the kids really did a good job with the basketball with passing and catching and getting it to the right people at the right time," said head coach Andy Landers. "I was encouraged not just by how they got it inside to our post players, but what happened once they got it in there. Hassell went to work and (Kaelyn) Causwell really did a nice job inside."
     
    Hassell's performance marked Georgia's (4-0) first double-double of the season. It was a night of highs for Georgia as Jasmine James tied her season high with 10 points, Erika Ford posted a season-high eight rebounds and Marjorie Butler recorded season- and career-highs of seven points and five steals.
     
    After Belmont (1-3) scored the first points of the game with a jumper by Jordan Coleman less than two minutes into the contest, Georgia cruised to a double-digit lead with a 19-0 run that lasted nine minutes. 
     
    The Bruins sank their second basket of the game with 9:05 on the clock, before Hassell sparked a 12-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs, which brought the score to 31-4.
     
    The final six minutes of the period saw Georgia narrowly outscore Belmont 9-8 and end the half with a 40-12 lead.
     
    In the first half, Georgia shot 37.5 percent from the field and held Belmont to a 20 percent showing. Hassell played a large roll in the Lady Bulldogs' productive first half, accounting for 11 points, six rebounds and two steals.
     
    Belmont entered the second period strong, sinking two treys in the first minute of play, but it was too little too late, as Georgia maintained a lead of at least 24 points throughout the remainder of the game.
     
    The Bruins experienced a surge midway through the second half, with a quick 6-0 run that lasted just two minutes. The Lady Bulldogs refused to let Belmont gain control and executed an 8-2 run of their own that culminated in a score of 63-31.
     
    In the final seven minutes of the game, neither team allowed more than three unanswered points.
     
    The Lady Bulldogs will play the fifth and final game in a span of 10 days on Tuesday, when they host Savannah State at 7 p.m. With a win, Landers will become the eighth basketball coach - men's or women's - to record 800 wins at a single NCAA Division I school. The other coaches who have done so are: Geno Auriemma, Jim Boehim, Pat Summitt, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Phelan, Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.



    Texas A&M Falls Against No. 2 Connecticut 


    COLLEGE STATION--Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 81-50 win at No. 16 Texas A&M on Sunday.
     
    The Huskies (2-0) outscored the Aggies (0-3) in the paint 42-12, as A&M had no answer for the 6-foot-5 Dolson, a preseason All-Big East first team selection, and forwards Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (16 points) and Breanna Stewart (11 points) down low.
     
    Courtney Walker led A&M with 20 points, the only Aggie to score in double figures.
     
    The Huskies continually worked the ball around the perimeter and inside, in tallying 27 assists to the Aggies' 14.
     
    UConn is likely to slide into the top ranking after defending national champion Baylor fell to No. 4 Stanford 71-69 in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawaii on Friday.
     
    A&M had fewer turnovers (15 To UConn's 17), but the Huskies outscored the Aggies 14-5 off turnovers. The Aggies shot a season-low 30 percent (18 of 60), while UConn countered with 56.1 percent (32 of 57) from the field.
     
    The youthful Aggies, the 2011 national champions, have lost to three top-10 teams this season in Louisville,Penn State and now UConn.



    Vandy Takes Tough Loss to Dayton


    DAYTON, Ohio -- The lead changed nine times, but it was Dayton that was able to hold on for a 71-66 victory over No. 13/16 Vanderbilt on Sunday, November 18, at UD Arena. The Commodores fell to 3-1, while the Flyers improved to 4-0.
     
    Vanderbilt got a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds from senior Tiffany Clarke in the effort. Christina Foggie contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.
     
    Four players in double figures led the Flyers. Andrea Hoover was their leading scorer with 14 points, Jodie Cornelie and Amber Dean each contributed 12 points, while Cassie Sant added 10.
     
    While the teams traded baskets early, Dayton used an 8-0 run to open up an 18-11 lead. After the Commodores cut the lead to 18-17, the Flyers answered with a run of their own to take a 25-17 lead.
     
    The Commodores responded again, outscoring the Flyers 13-8 over the remainder of the period to trail 33-30 at the break. Clarke led all scorers at the half with 13 points. Vanderbilt struggled to contain Cornelie, who had eight in the first half.
     
    Clarke again led the charge out of the half, as she scored consecutive baskets to put Vanderbilt up 34-33. After the teams traded scores, Elan Brown connected for a three to put the Commodores up 41-37.
     
    After Hoover cut it to two and Sant tied the game, the Flyers went up for good on a Hoover three and eventually pushed the lead to 48-41.
     
    Vanderbilt would get as close as two points, in the closing minutes, but could never tie or take the lead.
     
    Foggie made it a one-possession game with 20 seconds left by connecting for a three, but two free throws from Kelley Austria put the game away for Dayton, providing the final margin of 71-66. 
     
    Vanderbilt and Dayton shot identical percentages in the contest - 37.7%. The Commodores were 23-61 from the field, while the Flyers were 26-69. Vanderbilt was just 3-15 from three (20.0%).
    Turnovers also hurt the Commodores, as Dayton scored 20 points off 17 Vanderbilt miscues. The Flyer bench also outscored its Vanderbilt counterpart, 26-6.
     
    Next up for the Commodores is the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vanderbilt faces Virginia on Friday, November 23, before taking on Florida State on Saturday, November 24. Both games will tip at 4:00 p.m. CT.



    South Carolina Handles Clemson


    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With a pair of Gamecocks in double figures, South Carolina stormed past Clemson 64-43 in women's basketball action at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. The Gamecocks improve to 4-0 on the season for the first time in the Dawn Staley era behind early scoring runs in each half. The South Carolina defense did not allow a Clemson field goal for the first 11 minutes of the game and never looked back in holding the Lady Tigers to 23.9 percent shooting.
     
    "I think we do a pretty good job at defending," Staley said. "We do a pretty good job of disrupting the other team's offense and taking away what they do best. I thought for the most part we did that today. We were contesting all their shots."
     
    The Gamecocks were strong early on both sides of the ball, pounding inside for buckets while not allowing the Lady Tigers to hit a field goal until the final nine minutes of the first half. A command of the defensive glass helped as well. After both teams shook off the early adrenaline of the rivalry, the Gamecocks settled in with a 17-5 run, during which four of the five starters netted points.
     
    Clemson was on the board first with a pair of free throws, but it was all Gamecocks from there. After Tiffany Mitchell hit a free throw, Aleighsa Welch hit a basket in transition to put South Carolina on top 3-2. Ashley Bruner added a traditional three-point play on a move from the left block, which Mitchell duplicated on the next possession for an 8-2 South Carolina edge. The Lady Tigers got to the free throw line to interrupt the run, hitting one of two attempts. Ieasia Walker sparked a surge with a pair of free throws, and Bruner converted another traditional three-point play for a 13-3 South Carolina lead with 15:13 left in the half. Three straight Clemson turnovers delivered a pair of free throws from Khadijah Sessions and a short jumper in the paint from Elem Ibiam. Bruner's putback stretched the lead to 19-5.
     
    With a 14-point lead, the Gamecocks saw the Lady Tigers put together a burst to cut the lead to nine points as shots finally started to fall. Chelsea Linsdey hit a long jumper from the right wing, but Wilka Montout answered it with a move on the left block. The next five points went to the Lady Tigers, whose height began paying dividends on the glass and in altering shots. A putback from Quinyotta Pettaway kicked off five straight points for Clemson, pulling within 21-12 with 6:39 to go in the half.
     
    Mitchell stopped the surge with a baseline drive, sealed nicely by Welch in the paint. Welch added a pair of free throws, and the lead was back up to 13 points. That was the margin the Gamecocks took into the locker room, leading 31-18.
     
    South Carolina opened the second half on a 10-2 run before the Lady Tigers got settled into the period. Mitchell did a bulk of the scoring in the surge, but great defensive rebounding again allowed the points to come uninterrupted. Bruner opened the half with a basket, and Sancheon White followed with a transition layup. Mitchell went back-to-back after another Lady Tiger turnover, driving and spinning into the lane then hitting a transition layup. Walker closed the spurt with a pair of free throws for a 41-20 Gamecock advantage with 16:13 to play. The Lady Tigers leveled out on the offensive end, but could not get enough stops to make much headway into the commanding lead.
     
    Bruner and Mitchell led all scorers with 16 points each, while Bruner tied Walker for team-high honors on the glass with eight apiece. Walker added four assists and four steals as well. Eight of the nine Gamecocks who checked into the game scored at least three points, with five finishing with six or more in a balanced scoring night. On the boards, South Carolina out-rebounded Clemson 46-28, including 20 offensive boards. Mitchell, White and Welch added six rebounds each to the total team effort.
     
    The Gamecocks are on the road next week, traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam for three games over Thanksgiving weekend. South Carolina will take on Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast and DePaul on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.



    Auburn Blows Out Alabama A&M


    AUBURN – Hasina Muhammad scored a career-high 21 points with seven rebounds and Blanche Alverson added 14 points as Auburn women’s basketball defeated Alabama A&M 93-44 on Sunday afternoon in Auburn Arena.
     
    “What we wanted to do today was not just stand out there and launch threes,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We only took six threes. Our percentage from the 3-point line was absolutely horrible, so we wanted to get in a little closer and attack the basket a little bit more, and I thought we did a better job today of executing our offense and getting the best shot. Not just the first shot, but getting the best shot which increases your percentage.”
     
    The Tigers (3-1) did just that as they shot 59.1 percent (39-of-66) from the floor, a season-best mark.
     
    Three-point plays by both Muhammad and Tyrese Tanner gave Auburn the early advantage. A layup by Muhammad with 12:39 left made it 18-7 in favor of the Tigers.
     
    Auburn opened its lead out to 31-11 on the back of a 16-4 run that was capped by four-straight by Pascale West. The senior from LaGrange, Ga. finished the game with a career-best six points.
     
    Muhammad gave Auburn its largest first half lead of 24 points on a jumper with 3:18 remaining before the break.
     
    The Tigers opened the second half with a 20-3 run over the first seven minutes of play to ice the game. Two at the line by Peyton Davis pushed Auburn’s lead to 50, 85-35, with 5:23 remaining in the contest.
     
    Auburn held its largest lead of 53 points with 2:15 remaining. The Tigers out-scored Alabama A&M 44-18 in the second half and scored 34 points off 23 turnovers in the game.
     
    Alyssa Strickland scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (1-2). Courtney Strain tied her career high with 12 points, while Davis had nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Chadarryl Clay scored seven points and tallied five of Auburn’s season-high 27 assists.
     
    Auburn is in action next on November 23 in Boulder, Colo. against San Diego State as part of the 26th annual Omni Hotels Classic.



    Tennessee Notches Road Win at Miami


    The Tennessee Lady Volunteers got off to a strong start and held off a surge from Miami to earn a 79-67 win over the Hurricanes in Coral Gables. The Lady Vols were led by Bashaara Graves’ 20 points, which spearheaded the UT effort to end a 41-game home winning streak for the Canes.
     
    Tennessee (3-1) owned the first half, building a 15-point lead by the end of the first half thanks in part to 10 points in 20 minutes from Graves. The Hurricanes (2-1) did not lay down, however, rallying in the second half to come within six points of the Lady Vols before being ultimately being held off.
     
    Michelle Woods scored 17 for the Hurricanes while Morgan Stroman added 13 points in eight rebounds in the losing effort. The Hurricanes converted on only 32 percent of their shots for the game due to Tennessee’s stout defense, while the Volunteers shot 42 percent on the afternoon. The Vols were especially hot in the first half when they built their lead, hitting on 15-of-26 shots (57 percent) in the initial 20 minutes. 
     
    Andraya Carter dropped 16 points for Tennessee, while Ariel Massengale contributed 14 more for the Lady Vols.