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    SEC Women's Basketball Scoreboard: November 28

    Women's Basketball RESULTS
    Kentucky 92, Miami (OH) 53
    Tennessee 88, Middle Tennessee 81 (OT)
    South Carolina 58, Drexel 55 (OT)
    Georgia 83, Furman 47
    Auburn 70, Tulane 65
    Vanderbilt 67, Austin Peay 36
    Mississippi State 70, Savannah State 55

    Pinkett's Career Day Propels Kentucky Past Miami (OH)

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Bernisha Pinkett had a career day for Kentucky, setting personal bests in three categories to help the Wildcats to a 92-53 win over Miami of Ohio on Wednesday.
    Pinkett dropped a career-high 21 points on the Red Hawks while also notching her first career double-double by grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. She matched her career best in assists with five on the game, and the Wildcats (5-1) were the beneficiaries of her stellar effort at Rupp Arena. 
    A’dia Mathies tacked on 14 points for UK, while DeNesha Stallworth put up 12 and eight boards. In total, five Wildcats scored in double figures against Miami, as Janee Thompson scored 14 and Bria Goss added 12. Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field as a team, including a 59 percent clip in the final 20 minutes to put the game away.
    Although Pinkett had a big day on offense, the game’s leading scorer belonged to the Red Hawks (3-3). Courtney Osborn scored nearly half of Miami’s points on the day, dropping 25 in the losing effort. Ultimately, however, Kentucky was too strong for the Red Hawks and used 16 steals to just seven turnovers to run away with the win.
    For Kentucky, the win represented its 25th consecutive victory at home, while for Miami it was a second straight defeat.

    Tennessee Battles Past MTSU in Overtime 

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It took overtime to get the job done, but the Tennessee Lady Vols took care of business against Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday night, 88-81. Meighan Simmons led the way for Tennessee (5-1) with 19 points against the Blue Raiders.
    Kamiko Williams came up large for the Lady Vols, finishing with nine points, five boards and three assists to go along with big-time plays on both ends of the floor when UT needed them most. Bashaara Graves continued her streak of excellent play with 15 points, and she has now posted six double-figure scoring games in as many tries to open her career in Knoxville.
    Middle Tennessee (4-2) was carried by four double-digit scoring efforts. Icelyn Elie scored a game-high 21, Ebony Rowe dropped 19, Laken Leonard added 17 and Shanice Cason posted 13, and the Blue Raiders did not surrender the lead to Tennessee until there were fewer than five minutes remaining in the second half of play. 
    Williams recorded a steal and turned it into two points to put the Lady Vols ahead by one before the game eventually went to overtime. Once the extra time was underway, Tennessee used a 10-0 run to distance itself from the Blue Raiders and lock down its fifth consecutive win.
    Tennessee returns to the court on Sunday afternoon when it hosts No. 22 North Carolina for a 1 p.m. tip.

    South Carolina Rallies for Overtime Win Over Drexel

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina women's basketball fought back from 14 points down at halftime to defeat Drexel 58-55 Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena. After trailing for most of the game, Gamecock senior Sancheon White hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie the score with just over a minute left and force overtime. In the extra period, a bucket by Ashley Bruner gave South Carolina the go-ahead points, and Aleighsa Welch sealed her fourth double-double of the season with a free throw to give the Gamecocks a three-point victory. The Gamecocks are now 8-0 on the season, which is the program's best start since 2002-03.
    "That was a pretty good second half; I thought our players grew up," South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. "I thought our players really mentally and physically were in tune in the second half. They were chipping away at that lead and fortunately for us we came up with some big plays. I thought Tiffany Mitchell hit some big shots along with Ashley Bruner."
    Mitchell led the Gamecocks with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half, while Bruner and Welch followed with 12 apiece. Welch's career-high 15 rebounds included eight on the offensive end to deliver her team-high fourth double-double of the season.
    Drexel's defense kept South Carolina at bay the entire first half, forcing the Gamecocks to go into the break trailing for the first time all season. The Dragons shut down the Gamecocks' interior game, allowing them to score only 22 points, including just four in the paint.
    During the second half South Carolina chipped away at Drexel's lead out behind aggressive, determined play from the trio of double-digit scorers. A pair of turnovers opened the half for Drexel, and the Gamecocks converted both in rapid succession. Mitchell hit a layup, and Bruner had a put-back to bring the deficit down to 10 just over a minute into the period.
    After collecting just 10 rebounds in the first half, South Carolina crashed the boards hard and looked to push the ball up the court quickly against the flagging Dragons. Drexel's top scorer Hollie Mershon hit a jumper at the right elbow to temporarily stop a South Carolina run, but with the crowd behind them, the Gamecocks turned up the pressure another notch.
    Back-to-back baskets from Bruner made it a three-point game at 44-47 with 6:57 to play. Mershon was single-handedly holding the Gamecocks at bay, hitting from the left block and sinking a free throw for a 53-48 advantage with jut 3:50 play. With all 2,675 fans at Colonial Life Arena urging them on, South Carolina stayed after a pair of missed shots until Mitchell found the bottom of the net from the left corner to draw the Gamecocks within two with 3:25 on the clock.
    Bruner blocked a shot on the next Drexel possession and hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line to narrow the gap to 53-52 with 2:34 to play. The Gamecocks forced the Dragons to the end of the shot clock the next time down the floor, but a turnover in transition led to a jumper from the left elbow from Renee Johnson-Allen with just over 90 seconds to go. After chasing Mershon all night, White delivered the tying basket on a 3 from the right wing, tying the game for the first time with a minute left. From there, the Gamecock defense harassed the Dragons into a turnover and a tough shot from Mershon at the end of regulation.
    In overtime, the two teams both teams struggled to find the basket as the minutes piled up for the starters on both sides. Bruner hit the lone basket of the extra period, scooping it up from the lane for a 57-55 lead with 3:29 to play. Welch hit a free throw, and the defense did its job in the final three minutes. Senior guard Ieasia Walker locked Mershon down, not allowing her to get a good look at the basket for the remainder of the game. Inside of 10 seconds to play, Drexel's Rachel Pearson took a 3 that was blocked by White with the rebound going to Bruner to end the threat.
    The Gamecocks allowed a team to shoot over 40 percent for the first time this season, but still limited Drexel to 55 points in 45 minutes of action. Bruner posted all 12 of her points and all eight of her rebounds in the second half to help the Gamecocks overcome the slow start. She also picked up four steals, blocked a pair of shots and handed out two assists. White was solid defensively, swatting away four shots to go with her two steals in just under 40 minutes on the court.
    South Carolina travels to Seton Hall for a 2 p.m. matchup on Sun., Dec. 2, before taking a week off for exams. The Gamecocks will be back at Colonial Life Arena on Sun., Dec. 9, to take on Furman. 

    Georgia Powers Past Paladins

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Four Lady Bulldogs recorded double-digit scoring efforts at No. 8 Georgia rolled over Furman, 83-47, on Wednesday night.
    Khaalidah Miller led the quartet of double-digit scorers with 17 points, Jasmine James put up 15 points, Erika Ford notched a season-high 14 points and Anne Marie Armstrong tallied 12 points. Armstrong led Georgia (8-0) on the boards with a season-high seven rebounds.
    "We're getting better, and that's what we want to do," said head coach Andy Landers. "It doesn't always happen, but we're actually getting better at transition basketball. Our wings at times got out very well tonight and we were able to advance the ball quickly. We even snuck a layup or two in that any team shouldn't get. I was pleased overall with our transition game and then in the half court the way we moved the basketball around."
    Furman (3-2) also had players in double-digit points, as Brittany Hodges scored 15 points and Teshia Griswold posted 14 points.
    Furman started the game strong, racing to a 11-7 lead in the first three minutes. Seconds later, a James jumper sparked a 16-2 Georgia run that put the Lady Bulldogs up 23-13 with 11 minutes on the clock. 
    For the next six minutes, the Paladins refused to let Georgia control the game. However, with just under five minutes remaining in the first half, Merritt Hempe sank a jump shot to start Georgia's 14-4 run that ended the period and put the Lady Bulldogs in the locker room with a 45-28 lead.
    In the first half, the Lady Bulldogs scored 16 points off of 15 Furman turnovers while only committing seven turnover of their own.
    The Paladins started the second period quickly with a 7-2 run that decreased Georgia's lead to 47-35. The Lady Bulldogs then used an 11-2 surge of their own to increase the lead to 21 and the score to 58-37.
    Georgia outscored Furman 17-4 in the last 10 minutes of the game and did not allow a single Paladin point in the final 3:50 of the contest.
    For the game, the Lady Bulldogs shot a 46.8 percent from the field and held the Paladins to a 36.5 percent effort.
    Georgia plays its next game on the road against in-state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs return to Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. when they host Mercer.

    Auburn Gets Come From Behind Win at Tulane

    NEW ORLEANS - Blanche Alverson and Hasina Muhammad scored 21 points each, leading the Auburn women's basketball team (5-2) in a comeback 70-65 win at Tulane (5-1) Wednesday night. The Tigers were down by 16 at halftime, but rallied back to hand the Green Wave their first loss of the season.
    Auburn took a quick 7-2 lead to start the game, but Tulane rallied to score 13 straight points to take a lead it would not give up for most of the game. The Green Wave kept on rolling through the period to take a 16-point, 39-23 lead at halftime.
    "I told them at halftime that we were awful: we were not getting stops, we were not making layups, we did not represent Auburn well in that first half," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I was very disappointed in the first half."
    For everything that Auburn did wrong in the first half, the Tigers did right in the second. After shooting 30 percent in the opening period, Auburn came back to shoot 50 percent in the second to finish the game at 40.9 percent.
    Auburn also limited Tulane to 23.1 percent shooting in the second half after surrendering 55.6 percent in the first. The Tigers also forced just three Green Wave turnovers in the first half, but came back to force 10 in the second, scoring 17 points off turnovers.
    "We decided that we were just going to sit down, pick them up full court and play some defense," said Williams-Flournoy. "Forget the press because we were not moving quick enough to get the traps and get defensive stops that we needed. I thought we did a good job in the second half, we got in some passing lanes, made some steals and then we just hit some shots."
    Alverson, Muhammad and Tra'Cee Tanner led the charge in the second half, hitting timely shots and clutch free throws. Alverson scored 11 of her 21 in the second half while Muhammad scored 16 of hers. Tra'Cee Tanner came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points with six rebounds. 
    Tulane managed to hold off Auburn's comeback for most of the second half, holding a four-point lead with less than three minutes to play. But, back-to-back three-point plays put the Tigers ahead for good.
    Alverson came in and popped one of her three 3-pointers on the night to cut the Green Wave lead to one. On the ensuing Tulane possession, Muhammad picked up a steal and went the length of the floor for a layup and a foul. She hit the free throw to give the Tigers a 64-62 lead.
    After a defensive stop, Tra'Cee Tanner got a big underneath layup to give Auburn a 66-62 lead, but Tulane wasn't out yet. Danielle Blagg knocked home a fade-away 3-pointer on the next possession to cut the Auburn lead to one with 31 seconds to play.
    Forced to foul, Tra'Cee Tanner and Najat Ouardad combined to go 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final seconds to secure the Auburn win.
    "We did not hit free throws in the first half and I told them at halftime that we have to hit those, they win basketball games. You have to step up to the free throw line with confidence and I thought Tra'Cee Tanner did a heck of a job coming in there with some clutch free throws."
    Janique Kautsky led Tulane with 16 points while Whitney Bibbins came off the bench for 14.
    Peyton Davis pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for the Tigers while Muhammad added eight. Ouardad dished out a game-high seven assists. Alverson was also a big defensive presence with game highs of three blocks and three steals. Muhammad also added a trio of steals.
    Auburn will now take a 10-day break for semester finals. The Tigers will return to the court at 2 p.m. CT, Sunday, Dec. 9 for a home game against Hofstra at Auburn Arena.

    Vandy Takes Care of Austin Peay

    NASHVILLE --The Vanderbilt women's basketball team snapped its three game losing skid behind 19 points from senior Tiffany Clarke, defeating Austin Peay on Wednesday, 67-36.
    Vanderbilt dominated the second half, as the Commodores (4-3 overall) outscored Austin Peay (1-5 overall), 38-9. The Commodores also owned the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Lady Govs, 56-24.
    Clarke led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while also pulling down a game-high seven rebounds. Jasmine Lister (12) and Morgan Batey (11) were the only other Commodores to finish in double figures. The 11 points for Batey were a new career-high.
    Lister and Jasmine Jenkins tied for the team-lead with four assists apiece. 
    As a team, Vanderbilt shot 39 percent from the field, while holding Austin Peay to just 23 percent overall and 21 percent from behind the three-point line. The Commodores also shot an efficient 85 percent (23-of-27) from the free throw line.
    Austin Peay's Tiasha Gray led the way with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point line. Gray was the lone Lady Gov to score in double-figures.
    Both teams went back-and-forth for much of the first half, as neither team could really find a rhythm. The two teams combined to commit 11 fouls within the first five minutes of the game, while also turning the ball over a combined 24 times in the half.
    The Commodores held a 29-27 lead at the half, behind 10 first half points from Clarke. She was the only player in double figures.
    Vanderbilt shot 42 percent from the field, but committed 15 turnovers, while Austin Peay shot 35 percent and committed nine turnovers.
    Gray scored nine of her 12 points in the first half for Austin Peay.
    Vanderbilt is back in action on Saturday, December 1, when it hosts Tennessee Tech. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Gym.

    Career High From Williams Helps Mississippi State Get Past Savannah State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Carnecia Williams scored a career-best 26 points, and sophomore Kendra Grant notched her first double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as Mississippi State defeated Savannah State 70-55 Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
    Williams and Grant paced an MSU squad that shot a season-best 48.1-percent from the floor to win at home for the third time this season.
    "I am so proud of Carnecia and Kendra," head coach Vic Schaefer said. "They played with the heart and the desire that you want every time you step on the court. We won the game because of those two. When you only have 30 chances to play, you should take advantage of every opportunity when the lights come on. I thought they really did that tonight."
    Grant's 15-rebound effort was six better than her previous high of nine set in the season-opening win against Houston.
    "Coach Schaefer is big on defense and rebounding, so he got onto us hard at halftime about rebounding and defensive effort," Grant said. "I just took it to heart to be that defensive spark that we needed."
    The Bulldogs (3-4) shot 56 percent from the field in the opening half but were plagued by 13 turnovers. Savannah State (2-4) held a handful of leads, none larger than three points. The Lady Tigers led 22-21 before MSU answered with seven-straight points.
    After SSU came right back with seven points of its own, MSU scored the final seven points of the opening half to take a 35-29 lead to the intermission.
    "I thought our transition offense was really good," Schaefer said. "It is something that we had seen on film, so it was in the scouting report. We were able to get some really good baskets off our break. I thought our point guard play was really good in the second half."
    The Bulldogs extended the run to 14-0, thanks to the first seven points of the second half. Carnecia Williams had six points during that opening burst. The Maroon and White continued the defensive pressure to keep a comfortable lead.
    "It's very exciting," Carnecia Williams said of her career-best outing. "It's what I've been waiting on, to be a part offensively and help the team out. That has been what I have been working on. I've put in a lot of work after practice just working on my offense."
    MSU led 54-42 with 9:27 remaining after four-straight points from Grant. The duo of Carnecia Williams and Sherise Williams took over the contest, scoring 10 of the squad's next 14 points as the lead ballooned to 68-51 with 1:11 remaining.
    Sherise Williams finished one rebound shy of the double-double, adding 10 points to go along with her nine rebounds. Junior Katia May tallied a career-best six assists.
    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 26 of 54 shots from the field (48.1 percent), 0 of 6 shots from 3-point range (0 percent) and 18 of 26 shots from the foul line (69.2 percent). The Lady Tigers hit 18 of 49 shots from the field (36.7 percent), 0 of 4 shots from 3-point range (0 percent) and 19 of 28 shots from the free throw line (67.9 percent).
    MSU held a 43-23 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs matched a season high with 16 assists.  The Lady Tigers had five assists and 17 turnovers.
    MSU faces its first true road test Saturday, traveling to Southern Mississippi for a 4 p.m. tip.