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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: November 20

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Texas A&M 70, Liberty 55
    Georgia 94, Savannah State 57
    Winthrop 61, Mississippi State 59

    Aggies Down Liberty, 70-55

    The Texas A&M women's basketball team picked up its first win of the young season, beating the Liberty Flames 70-55 Tuesday night at Reed Arena in front of 4,019 fans.

    Freshman Courtney Walker led the Aggies in scoring with 20 points, three assists and two rebounds. Walker had 20 points for the second consecutive game, the first freshman to do so since Gary Blair arrived at Texas A&M. Walker is one of only six players in the SEC to have multiple 20-point outings. Coming into the game Walker was leading the SEC in minutes per game at over 37, she played 34 against Liberty. Two other Aggies scored in double figures, Kelsey Bone and Adrienne Pratcher had 12 points apiece.

    "She always plays the game hard," head coach Gary Blair said. "Now what she shot in the last two games has been great because she's got a midrange game. Most kids don't have a midrange game. They can either shoot the three or drive the lane. But she's got the midrange game and that's why I think we can get her a lot of shots in our offense."

    The Aggies opened the game on a six point run, making their first three shots.  The Flames answered with a 10 point run of their own forcing three Aggie misses and a turnover during the run. The maroon and white outscored Liberty 13-8 over the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 30-26 lead to the break.

    The Aggies used a starting lineup of Courtney Williams, Bone, Kristi Bellock, Pratcher and Walker for the first time this season. Two freshmen were in the starting lineup for the first time on the young season. Yet another freshman, Chelsea Jennings, entered the game early and provided a spark with two points and four rebounds in only nine minutes of play. In the opening 20 minutes the Aggies were 14-of-35 from the floor for 40%, assisting on nine of their 14 made field goals.

    Liberty Flame Devon Brown had her per game average in points at half with 15 points.  Brown made six of her first seven shots in the game including one three-pointer and two free throws. Sophomore Tori Scott entered the game in the second half and helped slow Brown to only eight points in 17 minutes of play. For the game Brown led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. "She came in and hit her first shot and was involved both offensively and defensively. She can create havoc out there" Blair said about Scott.

    Scott did not start the game for the first time this season, but was very effective starting the second half making her first two field goal attempts, including one three pointer. Despite not starting Scott scored a season high seven points and three assists. Scott's play led Texas A&M to a 15-to-5 bench points over the final 20 minutes.

    The second half started fast for the Aggies beginning with a 13-4 run over the first five minutes of play. Texas A&M's defensive intensity picked up forcing 12 Flames turnovers adding 16 points off turnovers. The Aggies held the Flames to 9-of-23 shooting in the second half and 2-of-7 from the three point line.

    The Aggies return to Reed Arena Friday to play in the A&M Classic at 7 p.m. against Southern. There will be a twitter contest for a signed jersey at the game.
     


     

    Georgia Blows Past Lady Tigers

    ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 8 Georgia Lady Bulldogs recorded their highest score in five years in beating Savannah State, 94-57, and celebrating head coach Andy Landers' 800th win at UGA on Tuesday night.

    “We had a lot of people play well, and some had more opportunity than others to play better and they cashed in on it," said Landers. "That’s kind of what it boils down to. I say it all the time, but basketball is such a game of opportunity. You get a chance to make a good pass or get an assist, you do it. You get a chance to shoot it, you shoot it. If you don’t get those chances but you get a chance to take a charge, you take the charge. The first thing you do is go to the scoring column. That’s what everyone does to see how someone played and how many points they scored, but we had a lot of people play well in a lot of ways tonight.”

    The last time the Lady Bulldogs scored over 94 points was Dec. 17, 2007, when they defeated Mercer 102-45.

    Georgia (5-0) was highlighted by three double-digit scorers, with Jasmine James putting up a season-high 18 points, Jasmine Hassell recording 14 and Tiaria Griffin also having a season-high performance of 15 points. Hassell led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards, for the third time this season, with seven rebounds.

    With 11:36 left in the game, Hassell sank a pair of free throws to become Lady Bulldog Basketball's 33rd 1,000-point scorer.

    Additional season highs notched by Georgia included Tamika Willis' nine points, Shacobia Barbee's six points and Anne Marie Armstrong's four steals.

    Savannah State (1-2) was led by Andrietta Thomas, who scored 22 points.

    Georgia jumped to an early lead with a 19-4 run to open the game and never looked back. With a little under 14 minutes on the clock, Savannah State closed the gap to 23-13 with a 9-4 run of its own that lasted three minutes.

    The Lady Bulldogs refused to give the Lady Tigers a chance to come any closer and went on another run, this time outscoring Savannah State 17-2 and increasing the margin to 40-15.

    In the final four minutes of the period, the teams looked fairly even as Savannah State matched Georgia basket-for-basket. The Lady Bulldogs left the court with a 49-26 lead at halftime.

    In the first half, Georgia shot a blistering 87.5 percent from the charity stripe as well as recorded a 50 percent effort from the field.

    Savannah State played more aggressively in the second half and did not allow Georgia to surge ahead as it did in the first period.

    The Lady Bulldogs maintained a steady lead of about 27 points for the first eight minutes of the game, until Hassell's 999th and 1,000th points sparked a quick two-minute, 8-0 run that put Georgia up 71-37.

    Georgia's largest lead of the game of 38 points occurred three times, the first of which was with 5:15 left in the game and wrapped up a 6-0 push by the Lady Bulldogs and brought the score to 81-43. The Lady Tigers executed a 13-6 surge of their own that ran down the clock to 1:39 and decreased Georgia's lead to 87-56.

    The Lady Bulldogs struck quickly with a 7-0 push that once again brought their lead to 38. Savannah State fought until the final buzzer and hit a free throw with 16 ticks left on the clock to bring the final score to 94-57.

    Georgia continued its tremendous shooting from the floor and ended the game with a 50.7 percent showing. Savannah State's 26 rebounds mark the fewest allowed by the Lady Bulldog's the season.

    The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday and will play in the University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Georgia will face Saint Bonaventure at 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, with New Mexico taking on North Texas in the other first-round matchup.






    Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker to Winthrop in Mexico
          
    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Mississippi State dropped a 61-59 heart-breaker to Winthrop in a women’s basketball game played at the Harwood Tournament of Hope Tuesday afternoon.
                
    Dequesha McClanhan assured victory for the Lady Eagles when she hit a baseline jumper as time expired. Winthrop moved the ball the length of the court in 3.9 seconds after MSU’s Martha Alwal had tied the game with a basket on the Bulldogs’ offensive end.
                
    “It’s disappointing for our kids,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “This type of game is a hard lesson to learn from. I’m sure looking back you could find one possession that could have been the difference. I just feel sick for our kids after this tough game, but we have to get ready to bounce back tomorrow.”
                
    After a nip-and-tuck first half, the Bulldogs actually built a nine-point advantage midway through the second half. A big rally to end the half had pushed the Maroon and White into a 26-23 advantage at halftime.
                
    In the early stages of the second half, MSU (2-2) stretch the lead to four on a Darriel Gaynor 3-point basket. The Lady Eagles (2-1) battled back for two ties before the Bulldogs surged ahead again.
                
    Alwal scored four of her team’s six points during a 6-0 run as MSU climbed to a 37-31 lead. After Winthrop whittled the lead back down to two, the Bulldogs took the game’s longest lead at 51-42 with 6:47 remaining.
                
    A layup by Carnecia Williams created the nine-point push. A basket by Katia May kept the Bulldogs in that lead at 53-44.
                
    Winthrop then took control of the contest with the game’s next 13 points. The Lady Eagles moved the ball inside and made their way to free throw line. After hitting 1-of-7 free throws in the first half, Winthrop hit six straight to start the 13-0 run.
                
    A 3-pointer by Diana Choibekova placed Winthrop on top at 55-53 with 3:31 left in regulation.
                
    The Bulldogs would fall down four at 59-55 before mounting one final push. A layup by Sherise Williams brought MSU within two with 1:08 left. The Bulldogs followed with back-to-back defensive stops, setting up Alwal’s game-tying shot.
                
    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 22 of 66 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range (44.4 percent) and 11 of 13 shots from the foul line (84.6 percent). The Lady Eagles hit 22 of 56 shots from the field (39.3 percent), 5 of 13 shots from 3-point range (38.5 percent) and 12 of 21 shots from the foul line (57.1 percent).
                
    Winthrop held a 41-38 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 16 assists and 16 turnovers, while the Lady Eagles had nine assists and 20 turnovers.
                
    Alwal posted a double-double for MSU with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kendra Grant followed with nine points.
                
    Winthrop placed four players in double figures. Choibekova had 17 points, followed by McClanahan and Samiya Wright with 13 points apiece. Schaquilla Nunn posted a triple-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
                
    The Bulldogs will face California Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday.