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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 19

    Women's Basketball RESULTS
    Florida 74, North Florida 44
    Alabama 88, North Texas 83
    Arkansas 80, Oral Roberts 57
    Ole Miss 85, Lamar 71
    Georgetown 71, LSU 69


    Florida Takes Down UNF on Record Setting Night
     

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Redshirt-freshman Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) scored a career-high 27 points all coming off a program-record nine three-pointers and Florida earned an impressive 74-44 win against North Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Monday night.
     
    With 1:24 to play in the contest, Needles hit her ninth and final shot from long distance and finished 9-of-17 on the night, making her just the fifth player in Southeastern Conference women’s basketball history to make nine three-point baskets in a single game and tying her for the second-most threes in a game by an SEC women’s basketball player.
     
    Needles broke a 20-year Florida Gator record held by Bridget Pettis, who drained eight three-pointers versus Georgia on Jan. 20, 1993.
     
    “It’s pretty cool. It’s not about the individual record; it’s about what we do as a team” said Needles about breaking the program record. “My teammates really looked for me and so without them, I wouldn’t have shot the ball well. I noticed they had a couple good screens, and they really found me well. It wasn’t just me.”
     
    “Carlie had a pretty good night, but I thought the thing that was fantastic about that was not that she shot the ball - we all know she’s capable of that – but that her teammates screened for her, found her and she did a great job of finding her shots,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “Every shot she took was a good shot. There was nothing that was lucky or freakish about it.”
     
    Needles outscored North Florida (0-4) by herself through the first 20 minutes and had seven three-point field goals in the first half, which were as many field goals as the entire North Florida team combined through that stage of the game.
     
    Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) and Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) joined in on the three-point shooting spree for the Gators as well as they each added a long range jumper of their own and help Florida sink 11 from long range, the most three-pointers since hitting 11 at Ole Miss on Jan. 31, 2010.
     
    The game started with a slow pace on both sides with the Gators and Ospreys committing a combined seven turnovers in the first 4:08. The teams reached the first media timeout at the 15:52 mark with North Florida leading 5-2 and the Gators’ first points of the game coming on a Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) layup from Bonds.
     
    The Gators the came out of a media timeout and exploded on a 19-0 run that turned the three-point deficit into a 21-5 lead with 8:30 remaining in the first half. Octavia Langston stopped the spree with a jumper, but Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) hit one free throw and started a 9-0 march that featured scoring by freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) and two more threes from Needles that ended with the Gators holding a 30-7 advantage with 6:47 to play in the first half and Florida never looked back.
     
    Butler and the rest of the Gator coaching staff couldn’t help but smile from the bench at what Needles was doing from downtown in the first-half after she drained her seventh three-pointer of the night with 3:04 still remaining in the first half to put the Gators ahead, 45-18.
     
    The half came to a close with the Gators leading 50-18 and Florida finishing 9-of-18 from three-point land and Needles shooting 7-of-9. Florida shot 59.4 percent (19-32) in the opening 20 minutes, with assists coming on 15 of the 19 field goals. North Florida hit just 29.2 percent (7-24) and committed 12 turnovers that Florida converted into 18 points.
     
    Moss, Bonds, Lewis and freshman Christin Mercer (Douglasville, Ga.) each finished with eight points, while George and Lewis shared top rebounding honors with seven apiece, as the Gators held a 48-30 rebounding edge, with 17 boards coming on the offensive end.
     
    Moss flirted with a triple-double again, also charting a game-high seven assists, while Mercer recorded collected six rebounds, three steals while hitting all three of her shot attempts.
     
    The 50 first-half points for Florida were the most since scoring 53 in the first half of the Dec. 20, 2010 Gator Holiday Classic matchup versus Alabama State.
     
    Needles also made contributions on the defensive end of the floor as she stepped up to take a charge with 15:19 remaining in the game and the Gators on top, 56-25.
     
    With 13:00 left in the second-half January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) was the last Gator to make the score sheet as sank a free-throw making tonight the third time this season that every Gator who dress scored.
     
    With the game well in hand after a fast break jumper from Bonds with 8:24 to play in the game and Florida leading 64-33, the Gators cooled off in the second-half.
     
    Bonds kept the offense moving for the Gators to prevent any double-digit runs by the Ospreys as she hit a layup and a free throw for the old-fashioned three-point play with 5:48 left in the game.
     
    Needles proved that her shooting hand remained hot through halftime and the majority of the second-half as she sank her eighth three-point basket of the game to give herself 24 points on the night with just 4:41 remaining in the game to put the Gators up 70-38.
     
    With 1:24 to play in the contest, Needles hit her ninth and final shot from long distance to finish 9-of-11 on the night, making her just the fifth person in SEC women’s basketball history to make nine three-point baskets in a single game and ties her for the second-most threes in a game by an SEC women’s basketball player.
     
    The largest lead of the night for the Gators was 34, which had Florida up 54-20 with 19:07 remaining in the game and came the same way that the first bucket of the game did for the Gators, a Lewis layup from Bonds.
     
    Florida heads westward for the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas where the Gators will play three games in three days beginning with N.C. State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The radio broadcast can be heard live in Gainesville on WBXY The Star 99.5 FM and through the internet at www.gatorzone.com, the official website of the Florida Gators. 



    Alabama Gets Past North Texas in Triple Overtime


    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior Jasmine Robinson scored 14 of her 26 points in overtime to lead the Crimson Tide women's basketball team to an 88-83 victory over North Texas on Monday in Foster Auditorium. With the triple-overtime victory, Alabama improves to 4-0, while the loss drops the Mean Green to 0-3 on the season.
     
    Robinson also had a team-high 13 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. She was joined by sophomore Kaneisha Horn, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Daisha Simmons, who added 14 points and 11 boards. Junior Shafontaye Myers also recorded her fourth-straight game in double figures with 22 points.



    Arkansas Handles Oral Roberts 80-57


    TULSA, Okla. - The University of Arkansas had three players in double figures in an 80-57 win over Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., Monday.
     
    Arkansas (3-0) got 17 points from Quistelle Williams and a double-double from Jhasmin Bowen with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win.  Keira Peak added 12 points while Melissa Wolff had nine for Arkansas.
     
    "It was a great win tonight," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  "It was a total team effort and it was really fun to watch this group play tonight."
     
    Arkansas played a solid first half taking a 43-26 lead into the locker room at the break.  The Razorbacks shot 55.2 percent in the first 20 minutes on 16-29 shooting from the floor.  Williams had nine and Bowen seven at the break.  Collen substituted freely in the first 20 minutes and the Razorbacks racked up 17 bench points holding ORU's bench scoreless in the first half.
     
     
    Some of the substituting was due, no doubt, to the foul trouble.  Arkansas had nine and ORU 11 in the first half.  Williams, Kelsey Hatcher and Calli Berna all started the second period with two each while ORU had two players with three fouls to play the last 20 minutes.
     
    The solid scoring continued with Arkansas finishing the game shooting 47.6 percent on 30-63 from the floor.  Arkansas also won the rebounding battle 40-33 over ORU.
     
    In addition to the good shooting that included an 11-22 night from three-point ranks and 9-13 from the line, Arkansas played great defense.  The Razorbacks held ORU to just 33.3 percent for the game and limited Kevi Luper, a Naismith Watch List player, to just 10 points for the night.
     
    The Razorbacks also forced 17 ORU turnovers and scored 19 points off the Golden Eagle miscues.
     
    Arkansas is in the midst of a five game road swing.  The Razorbacks depart Tulsa on early morning flights for Honolulu, Hawai'i, where they face the host Hawai'i, Oregon and Oklahoma Friday-Sunday.



    Ole Miss Falls to Lamar Despite 21 Points From Frizzell


    OXFORD, Miss. – Gracie Frizzell led three Ole Miss women’s basketball players in double figures with a career-high 21 points, but Lamar came away with the win Monday night, beating Ole Miss 85-71.
     
    With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 2-1 this season while Lamar improved to 3-1. Kenyotta Jenkins added 11 points and Diara Moore, who has scored in double figures in all three games this year, scored 10.
     
    For the game, Ole Miss shot 35.4 percent from the floor (23-65) while Lamar shot 57.9 percent (33-57). The Rebels recorded eight threes in the game, including five from Frizzell.
     
    “That was a tough night for us and this is not the result we wanted going in,” head coach Brett Frank said.  “But, again, we are a new team with a new system so we will have growing pains along the way but it’s just something we have to get better at along the way.”
     
    Lamar took a 14-7 lead with 12:06 left in the first half before a three from Frizzell cut the lead to four, 24-20, with 5:42 remaining in the first half.
     
    In the second half, the Cardinals went up 17, 47-30, with 17:09 left in the game. The Rebels cut the lead to nine, 55-46, on a jumper from Valencia McFarland with 10:39 to play but Lamar pushed its lead back to double digits and posted the 85-71 win.
     
    Ole Miss will play three games the week of Nov. 26, starting with a pair of home games on Nov. 27 vs. Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. and Lipscomb Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The Rebels will play their first road game of the year on Dec. 1, traveling to LA Tech for a 7 p.m. game.



    LSU Rally Falls Short at Georgetown


    WASHINGTON - Senior guard Adrienne Webb scored a game-high 21 points, but LSU's comeback attempt from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:22 fell short as Georgetown held on to beat the Lady Tigers 71-69 on Monday night in McDonough Arena.
     
    LSU (1-2) dropped its second straight game on its current four-game road trip, while falling to Georgetown (2-1) for the first time in the series history. The Lady Tigers had a chance to tie it in the final 20 seconds, trailing 69-66, but Jeanne Kenney's three misfired off the iron.
     
    The Hoyas connected for nine threes on the night, including four from Brittany Horne. All-Big East guard Sugar Rodgers finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Both teams struggled mightily from the free throw line. LSU shot 14-of-26, while Georgetown was just 18-of-32 and that kept the game alive for the Lady Tigers down the stretch. 
     
    "We can't miss free throws like that down the stretch," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "We had some open looks and didn't knock them down. We had plenty of opportunities to stretch this game out in the second half. We did what we had to do to comeback but then had to do it all over again. There is a lot of fight in this team. We need to put it together for 40 minutes."
     
    Webb scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half. Theresa Plaisance poured in a career-high 20 points, including 17 in the second half, to go along with seven rebounds, three blocks and five steals. Jeanne Kenney dished out a career-high eight assists and scored 11 points.
     
    LSU led 32-26 with 18:09 in the second half following Bianca Lutley's three-point play, but the Lady Tigers went scoreless for the next six minutes. Rodgers' three made it 36-32 Hoyas with 11:57 remaining. They outscored LSU 17-2 from 18:09 until the 9:50 mark and built a 43-34 advantage.
     
    Plaisance and Webb refused to let the Lady Tigers go quietly. Danielle Ballard drained a three from the top of the key. Webb then knocked down three free throws and nailed another trey to make it 65-59 with 1:15 left. Plaisance stormed the offensive glass, made a free throw and converted a lay-up on the next trip down that sliced the deficit to one possession with 0:26 remaining.
     
    Kenney's three from the left wing missed and Rodgers put the game away at the line with two free throws.
     
    The Hoyas out-rebounded LSU 40-36, converting 16 second-chance points and 25 points off turnovers. They also outshot the Lady Tigers 44.9 percent to 37.9 percent. 
     
    LSU hits the road again Wednesday in preparation for the Florida International Thanksgiving Classic. The Lady Tigers play No. 14 West Virginia at 7 p.m. CT Friday in Miami, Fla. Iowa and FIU also make up the field. The two winners and two losers play each other on Sunday.