|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 87, Troy 62
|Georgia 80, Mercer 38
|Vanderbilt 77, Western Kentucky 67
|Texas A&M 77, Louisiana Tech 26
Five Gators Score in Double Figures as Florida Women’s Basketball drops Troy, 87-62
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida used big scoring nights from a pair of freshmen along with the combination of crisp outside shooting and a strong post presence to defeat Troy, 87-62, at the O’Connell Center on Tuesday night.
Rookies Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) and Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) each scored 18 points in a myriad of ways to combine for 36 points with the pair reaching double-figures in the first half alone as they scored a combined 21 points in the game’s first 20 minutes and helped UF to a 44-36 lead at the break.
Preseason Naismith Player of the Year Candidate Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) posted her first double-double of the season and the 20th of her career, as she contributed 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, while junior transfer Vicky McIntyre (Omaha, Neb.) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double as a Gator and the third one of her career.
Redshirt-junior Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) scored a career-high 14 points and led the Gators with four of the team’s seven three-point baskets, as Florida drilled 7-of-11 from long range, as well as 52.5 percent (31-59) overall from the floor en route to its highest scoring output of the season.
“I thought it was great balance,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We’ve got a lot of people that can be threatening. I thought offensively we did a really good job of working well together, but everyone individually took their shots at the right time. I thought we had great teamwork and great shot selection. For the most part we knocked most of them down, but that was because they were good shots.”
After Troy opened the second half with a three-point bucket and cut UF’s lead to five, 44-39, the Gators responded with a quick 9-0 run that became an 18-4 spurt, as Florida got stronger during the opening minutes of the second half and held a 64-43 lead with 10:41 remaining.
Florida, which outscored its visitors 43-26 in the second half, also took advantage of its size against Troy (1-6) and outscored the Trojans, 40-20, in the paint.
With a fast-paced offense from the start, the Gators jumped out to a 14-6 lead with a pair of three-point baskets, a couple of easy buckets from McIntyre and six points from Moss, who finished with a game-high five assists.
After trading a couple of baskets from beyond the arc, the Gators (6-3) used their size to their advantage as McIntyre and Moss combined for 11 of Florida’s first 17 points with nine of those points coming from inside the paint.
With the Gators leading 18-14 and 9:44 remaining in the first half, Svete made back-to-back three-pointers and McIntyre put in another shot down low and give Florida a nine-point advantage.
Florida made their three-point attempts count in the first half by making 5-of-7 from behind the arc and nearly 52 percent from the field.
George was quiet early on, but after making a layup with 6:23 until the half, the Gators’ lone senior reeled off a total of seven points and pulled down five rebounds to put Florida out front 44-36 heading into the break.
Florida’s four-player bench made its presence felt early on by accounting for 23 of 44 first-half points and finished with 45 points.
The Gators kept fighting on every play against a Troy team that continuously made five-person substitutions in an effort to keep up with Florida’s up-tempo offensive attack.
Florida withstood a three-point barrage from the Trojans, who attempted 18 three-point field goals in the first half and 34 overall with the Gator defense allowing Troy to connect on nine for the game.
The Gators, who extended their home winning streak to 10, return to action on Friday when they play host to Pacific (7-0) in the O’Connell Center beginning at 7 p.m.
The radio call of the game can be heard live in Gainesville on The Star 99.5 FM, with the audio available free online thru www.Gatorzone.com<http://www.gatorzone.com/>, the official website of the Florida Gators. GatorVision.tv will provide live streaming video of the game for a small subscription fee.
Lady Bulldogs Jet Past Bears
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 6 Georgia was led by a quartet of double-digit scorers as it cruised past Mercer, 80-38, on Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Erika Ford, Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James each scored 12 points and Khaalidah Miller put up 10 to lead the Lady Bulldogs (10-0) to victory. This marked the fourth game of the season in which four or more Lady Bulldogs notched double-digits.
Marjorie Butler also contributed a season-high nine points. Ford and Shacobia Barbee led Georgia on the boards with six rebounds each. Barbee also recorded season- and career-highs of six steals and six assists. Anne Marie Armstrong dished out seven assists, the most by a Lady Bulldog in a single game this season.
Mercer, which dressed out only eight players due to injuries, kept the game close for the first several minutes before Georgia seized control.
“You have to give Mercer a lot of credit," said head coach Andy Landers. "They came in here beat up a little bit, and they really did a very good job in the first half. They knocked down some shots and defended us well, and while all that was going on, we left some points on the table with some missed high percentage shots. But the second half was very different. I thought we came out and executed beautifully in the half court. We put the ball in the right person’s hands at the right time, and that person finished almost every single time. It was just beautiful execution to take what was a 12- or 13-point lead and to turn it in to more like a 25- or 26-point lead.”
Mercer (4-3) was led by Kendra Grant, who scored 16 points, and Kate Alemann, who brought down nine rebounds.
The game started slow, with neither team taking a definitive lead. Mercer developed a 10-6 edge four minutes into the game, but a 15-2 surge put the Lady Bulldogs up 21-12. The resulting advantage was one that Georgia never relinquished.
The Lady Bulldogs didn't see another run in the first period, but did increase their lead to 34-21 before halftime.
Georgia took control of the turnover battle early, committing five turnovers and 10 steals compared to Mercer's 13 turnovers and three steals. The Lady Bulldogs scored 16 points off of turnovers in the first period, while the Bears scored none.
Georgia started the second half strong and never looked back, with a six-minute, 17-2 run that brought the score to 51-23.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the second half and refused to allow Mercer to sink two baskets in a row. Georgia even held the Bears scoreless for seven minutes, while increasing its lead to 75-30.
In the final two minutes of the game, Mercer scored eight of its 17 second-half points. Six of those were scored on back-to-back possessions with treys by Precious Bridges.
Georgia had its most productive night of the season from behind the thee-point line, shooting 60 percent. Seven Lady Bulldogs scored on 9-of-15 three-point attempts.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to control the turnover margin in the second half. For the game, Georgia recorded eight turnovers and 18 steals, while Mercer notched 28 turnovers and five steals.
Next up, Georgia will host Lipscomb on Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on CSS.
Strong second half carries 'Dores at WKU
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Christina Foggie returned to action for the first time since November 24 and helped the Vanderbilt women's basketball team to a 77-67 victory at Western Kentucky.
Foggie exploded for 16 second half points to help the Commodores (6-3) pull away. The junior finished with 18 for the game. Sophomore guard Kady Schrann contributed 14 points, while Jasmine Lister and Tiffany Clarke added 13 each. Senior Elan Brown pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds, while scoring nine points. Lister also dished out 11 assists, recording the first Vanderbilt double-double of the season.
Western Kentucky (5-2) was led by 15 points apiece from Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan. Govan pulled down seven rebounds, while Gooch grabbed six. As a team, Western Kentucky committed just nine turnovers in the game.
The Lady Toppers led, 35-34, at the half. Gooch and Govan were leading the charge with 10 and eight points respectively. Schrann was leading the Commodore effort at the intermission with nine points. The game featured eight ties and 11 lead changes, mostly in the first period.
Vanderbilt had an outstanding shooting performance, going 31-49 from the field for 63.3%. They also shot 75.0% from three (9-12). The hot shooting helped Vanderbilt overcome 22 turnovers in the contest.
The Commodores opened the second half making their first 11 field goals, including four three-pointers, to help build a lead. The Hilltoppers fought back but could not close the gap to closer than six.
The Commodores next game is Thursday, December 6, when they host Hartford at Memorial Gym. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. The game is a part of December Five Dollar Days and all tickets are just five dollars. For tickets, call 615-322-GOLD (4653) or click here.
Texas A&M defeats Louisiana Tech, 77-26
College Station, TX - Texas A&M started the game with a surge and put the game out of reach early on with strong team play and stiff defense leading to a 77-26 final score. The Aggies swarmed on defense forcing 22 Lady Techster turnovers and holding Louisiana Tech to 9-of-54 shooting on the night. The 26 point effort by Louisiana Tech was the lowest against Texas A&M since McNeese State scored 26 points against the Aggies in Nov. 2006.
The Aggies took control of the game early scoring the first 13 points of the contest, keeping Louisiana Tech from scoring until 12:28 remaining in the first half after missing their first 10 shot attempts. The defensive pressure got to the Lady Techsters early with three Aggie steals and four Lady Techsters turnovers in the opening four minutes leading to multiple fast break layups for Texas A&M.
Freshman Peyton Little started the game on fire from the floor making her first four 3-point attempts and 5-of-6 from the floor for a new season high in points before the first half ended. The Aggies were led by Little with 15 points at the break, Senior Kristi Bellock had four rebounds to lead the team at half.
"With all the great things Peyton did tonight, I was more impressed with her assist to Williams for her three than any of the shots she made," Head Coach Gary Blair said. "When we ran a play for Williams and Little made the assist instead of forcing the shot, I thought that was very unselfish play."
The defensive pressure continued throughout the first-half with the Aggies holding the Lady Techsters to only 5.3 % from the floor on 1-of-19 shooting. The Aggie defense collected 13 steals and had 19 points off turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play. The Lady Techsters six points in the first half was the fewest by an opponent since Delaware State scored 11 in 2006.
The Lady Techsters opened the second half with five points in the first two minutes cutting the Aggie lead to 32, but the Aggies responded with a 12 point run to increase the Aggie lead to 44 points with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game. During the run Junior Karla Gilbert scored eight points with three layups and two free-throws, Gilbert ended the game with eight points in 20 minutes of play.
Back-to-back three pointers by Freshman Courtney Williams with 4:40 remaining increased the Aggie lead to game-high 54 points. The final two three pointers of the game tied a Reed Arena team record of 11, achieved two times previously against Iowa State in 2002 and Mercer in 2006. The Aggies 11-for-15 three point shooting effort is the second best by any team in the SEC thus far this season. Aggie freshman started 9-for-9 from three point land, Williams and Little made their first four attempts and Jordan Jones was successful on her first try.
"Being able to rotate three new guards allowed us to flat out run and play hard because that six that were out there were doing a great job out there together," Blair added. "I was pleased with the game tonight and I told the team that this was our first final exam and I gave us and A minus"
The Aggies were led in scoring by Little with 18 points, also scoring in double figures were Williams with 14 and Adrienne Pratcher with 10. Bellock ended the game with eight rebounds and Karla Gilbert added six. Jones was once again a spark of the bench with seven assists and three steals. For the game the Aggies outscored the Lady Techsters 23-1 in points off turnovers and 18-0 in fast break points.
Texas A&M will return to Reed Arena against TCU at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon allowing fans time to return home for the highly anticipated Heisman Ceremony. . The TCU game will continue the Holiday Hoops promotion and will be Student Appreciation Night, with the first 200 students will received a finals survival package.