|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 102, North Carolina 57
|South Carolina 55, Seton Hall 42
|Arkansas 64, Pepperdine 39
|Ketucky 48, Louisville 47
|LSU 81, NC State 73
|Georgia 60, Georgia Tech 50
Tennessee Dominates North Carolina
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Lady Vols hosted No. 22 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena and handed the Tar Heels their first loss of the year in blowout fashion, 102-57. For Tennessee (6-1), the win over UNC is the sixth consecutive for the program since suffering a season-opening loss, while Carolina falls to 7-1 on the season.
Meighan Simmons had a career day for the Lady Vols with 33 points, the highest total of her three-year career at UT. Simmons’ 33 was the highest single-game point total by a Lady Vol since Candace Parker dropped 34 against Notre Dame back in 2008. Simmons wasn’t the only player to record a career high on Sunday, as Isabelle Harrison dropped 18 points in the win to set her own personal record.
Tennessee’s dominating 45-point win over the Heels marked its biggest win against a ranked opponent since the year 2000 when the Lady Vols handed No. 22 Illinois a 49-point loss. Cierra Burdick had a big hand in this one as well, scoring 15 points while securing 10 rebounds for to complete the double-double effort.
This game was all Tennessee from the opening tip. The Volunteers took an early eight point lead, and eventually built a 17-7 advantage. After that point, the Lady Vols never let the Tar Heels get the game into single-digits and ran away with the big win.
Welch and Mitchell Lead South Carolina Past Seton Hall
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - No. 24 South Carolina got double-doubles from Aleighsa Welch and Tiffany Mitchell to go with a scrappy second-half from Ashley Bruner to fight out a 55-42 victory over Seton Hall Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium. The Gamecocks (9-0) used a late surge to take a two-point lead at the half, and 13-2 run late in the second half collect their ninth win of the season.
The Gamecocks were a little sluggish out of the gate, but found their footing to take a 7-6 lead behind an Ieasia Walker 3-pointer from to the top of the arc and a floater from Welch less than four minutes into the game. The teams traded the lead three times before Seton Hall's Ka'Deidre Simmons drove the line for a 14-12 edge, which the Pirates stretched to a 22-16 advantage with five minutes to play while the Gamecocks suffered a four-minute scoring drought.
After forcing a pair of Seton Hall turnovers but coming up scoreless, the Gamecocks got back on track behind tenacious offensive rebounding. Mitchell kicked off an 8-0 run with a putback that followed two other offensive boards in the possession to draw within four with 3:15 left in the period. The defense forced two more turnovers to keep the Pirates off the board, and Ashley Bruner followed up her own miss to keep the surge alive. A Khadijah Sessions steal yielded a Welch basket from the right block. On the Pirates' next trip up the floor, Walker tipped a pass then quickly bounced back up to block a shot to give the Gamecocks the final possession of the half. Mitchell put up a long jumper in the waning seconds, and Welch quickly corralled the miss and put it off the glass to send South Carolina into the locker room with a 24-22 lead.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair until the Gamecocks took control midway through the period, using aggressive defense and rebounding. Bruner especially took it to the Pirates during a 13-2 run that put South Carolina up 52-37 with 4:05 left in the game.
The surge had an auspicious beginning with a pair of missed free throws after a technical foul called on Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan. The crowd got behind the Pirates, who looked to mount a rally of their own with a steal and a driving layup from Brittany Morris. After a pair of free throws from Sancheon White, the Gamecock defense locked things down. At the start of a two-minute scoring drought for Seton Hall, Bruner turned a defensive rebound into a basket on the other end. The Pirates scored to cut the Gamecock lead to seven at 44-37, but the South Carolina defense forced three turnovers on the Pirates' next four possessions and converted them into points every time down the floor.
Mitchell hit a 3 from the left side, and Bruner took her steal all the way to the goal for a layup. Mitchell and White finished off the spurt with free throws to give the Gamecocks a 53-37 lead they would not relinquish.
Welch's 14 points led all scorers, and her 10 rebounds were second only to Mitchell's 11. The freshman guard added 13 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Bruner finished with nine points and seven rebounds. The Gamecocks out-rebounded the Pirates 38-26 and got 20 of their 55 points off turnovers.
South Carolina is back in action on Sun., Dec. 9, against Furman. Tipoff at Colonial Life Arena is set for 3 p.m.
Arkansas Takes Care of Pepperdine
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas earned another victory at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday, defeating Pepperdine 64-39 to move to 7-1 on the season. The win was head coach Tom Collen’s 100th victory at Arkansas, improving his career record to 100-67.
The Razorbacks were led by senior Sarah Watkins, who finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds. Senior Erin Gatling tied a career high with 11 points, including making a career high seven free throws.
Making her first career start, freshman Dominique Wilson recorded eight points. Keira Peak led the team with eight rebounds.
Arkansas was spurred by strong defense, holding Pepperdine (2-5) to 26.9% shooting. UA forced 23 turnovers and had a 38-28 edge in rebounding.
“I’m pleased with our defense,” Collen said. “I thought it was very solid. That was a good win today. I think Pepperdine is a solid team and will do well in their conference play.”
Arkansas opened strong, beginning the game on a 15-8 run. Quistelle Williams hit a three point shot to open the game, and Peak scored six straight Razorback points to extend their lead.
UA continued their solid play throughout the first half, taking a 29-19 lead into halftime. Peak and Watkins each led the Razorbacks with eight points in the half. The Razorbacks shot 37% in the first half, recording eight of their points at the free throw line.
The Waves scored first in the second half, but Arkansas responded with an 8-0 run over the next 2:30 to extend the lead to 37-21. The Razorbacks had a strong defensive start to the second half, holding Pepperdine to just seven points in the first 10 minutes of action. The Razorbacks put the Waves away down the stretch, finishing with a 64-39 victory.
“I’m proud of the hundred wins,” said Collen. “It comes at a time early in my fifth year, meaning we are averaging about eighteen wins a season. I would obviously like more but it shows great improvement.”
The Razorbacks are back in action on Thursday when they host Kansas at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
Kentucky Rallies to Comeback Win Over Rival Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Wildcats faced a 14-point second half deficit against No. 6 Louisville on Sunday, but the Wildcats stormed back for a 48-47 win thanks in large part to a stellar performance by Janee Thompson off the bench.
The freshman guard scored all 13 of her points for No. 9 UK (6-1) in the decisive second half, including a monumental 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner. Louisville’s Bria Smith had a chance to answer following Thompson’s clutch 3-pointer, but Azia Bishop rejected her lay-up attempt to seal the deal for the Wildcats.
Kentucky used stifling defense to erase the Louisville (8-1) lead, holding the Cardinals without a field goal for the final 4:54 of the game. Shoni Schimmel led the scoring for the Cards with 13 points, but 25 turnovers ultimately doomed U of L as it watched a 35-21 lead evaporate over the course of the final 15 minutes.
DeNesha Stallworth actually led the way offensively for the Cats with 14 on the game. The win in Louisville marked the fifth consecutive triumph for Kentucky, and the Wildcats are no 1-1 this season when facing ranked opponents. Their first game against a ranked foe was a loss to No. 1 Baylor.
LSU Picks Up Win Against ACC For NC State
BATON ROUGE - Junior forward Theresa Plaisance poured in a career-high 28 points - the most by an LSU player in nearly three years - and the Lady Tigers used an impressive offensive display to run past NC State, 81-73, on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU (4-2) won its third straight game and shot 49.2 percent from the floor in doing so. The Lady Tigers converted 25 turnovers into 30 points in what was an up-tempo game from start to finish.
NC State (5-4) dropped its third consecutive game in the first meeting between the two teams. The Wolfpack was led in scoring by Marissa Kastanek, who finished with 15 points.
Plaisance put on a clinic, accounting for 11-of-17 makes from the floor, while grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. She had 21 points in the first half, representing the first 20-point half by an LSU player in two years.
"Theresa has accepted the responsibility of being a go-to player for us," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "Offensively, she's about as skilled as they come. I like Theresa being aggressive for us right out the gate because it does allow our guards to have a little bit more leeway because now she brings double teams. Anytime she is on the floor, you've got to guard her."
Plaisance's 28-point output was the highest by an LSU player since Allison Hightower scored 29 at Auburn on Feb. 14, 2010. It was the third 20-point game of the season for Plaisance, who has combined for 48 points in the last two contests.
Freshman Danielle Ballard, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, contributed 16 points and drained two threes. Senior guard Adrienne Webb notched double-figures for the fourth consecutive game with 15 points.
The Lady Tigers took a 47-38 lead into halftime in a dramatic final 11 seconds. Bianca Lutley converted a layup. Ballard then collected a steal at the NCSU free throw, drove the length of the floor and fired in a three from the top of the key as the horn sounded.
"I'm thankful that she made that shot, but more so I felt like it gave us some momentum going into the second half," said Caldwell. "She did a great job of getting herself in position to score the basketball."
LSU continued the pace out of the locker room, going on a 9-0 run highlighted by seven points from Webb, including a three at the 17:09 mark. The Lady Tigers held their largest advantage following a Ballard layup that made it 61-42 with 15:22 to go.
NC State stayed alive with the three-point shot, burying nine for the game and outshooting the Lady Tigers with a 52 percent effort. Krystal Barrett's three with five seconds left accounted for the final margin, 81-73.
Prior to the game, Caldwell recognized all LSU fans and former players, coaches and support staff for playing part in a significant milestone in the program's history. Last week, the Lady Tigers became just the fourth SEC team in history to win 800 all-time games.
LSU players will take final exams this week before hosting Tulane at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in the Maravich Center.
No. 8 Georgia Downs Georgia Tech in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga. – A day after the Georgia Bulldogs’ football team squared off with Alabama in the Georgia Dome, the No. 8 Lady Bulldogs were in Atlanta to face in-state rival Georgia Tech. UGA used a 22-point effort from Jasmine Hassell to slide past the Yellow Jackets for a 60-50 win.
Hassell’s big game was the product of a hot shooting night, as the senior connected on 10-of-13 field goals while grabbing seven rebounds. Hassell picked up right where she left off from last season’s showdown with Georgia Tech (3-4), when she dropped a career best 24 in a Dawgs win in Athens.
The Bulldogs (9-0) had to hang on in the final minutes to remain perfect on the year, as the Yellow Jackets cut an 18-point UGA advantage to just six as the game was winding down. Khaalidah Miller scored 11 points in the win for Georgia, while Shacobia Barbee hauled in eight rebounds.
Georgia Tech’s Aaliyah Whiteside scored 14 for the Jackets, all in the second half, but it was not enough to keep pace with the Dawgs in the end.GT connected on only 20 percent of its shots in the first half, which opened up the door for UGA to sprint out to a 13-point lead at half and never relinquish the advantage.