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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: December 6

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Arkansas 64, Kansas 56
    Vanderbilt 67, Hartford 45
    Missouri 91, Missouri State 77

    Razorbacks knock off No. 17 Kansas 64-56
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (8-1) earned a huge home victory at Bud Walton Arena Thursday, knocking off the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks 64-56. The win was the first Arkansas victory over a ranked opponent since a 72-71 overtime win at No. 6/7 Tennessee last season and the first non-conference home win over a ranked opponent since a victory over Oklahoma in 2010.

    Multiple players stepped up in a big way for the Razorbacks, with four players reaching double figures. Quistelle Williams led the way with 15 points, and Sarah Watkins contributed 14 points in a strong performance. Keira Peak had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double, and Calli Berna added 11 points, including a number of key free throws to put the Jayhawks away down the stretch. “It’s a big win for a lot of reasons,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Most importantly for their confidence. I want them to be able to step on any floor thinking they will win the game.”
                    
    The game started slowly, until Watkins returned to her role of sparking the team off the bench. Entering with UA down 7-3, Watkins hit two straight jumpers, and scored 10 of the next 14 Razorback points. Freshman Melissa Wolff also came off the bench to add five first half points, and the two sparked a 10-0 Razorback run to take a 21-16 lead.

    The Razorbacks ended the half strong after that run. Williams finished a fast break with a score, and Berna nailed a three pointer, as Arkansas took a 33-24 lead into halftime. Watkins’ 10 points led UA in the first half, while Peak added seven points and six rebounds.

    Each team shot 37.5% from the field in the first half, but the Razorbacks controlled a 24-14 edge in total rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds. Arkansas was strong in all phases in the opening stanza, forcing 11 turnovers and adding seven points from the free throw line.

    To open the second half, Kansas cut into the Arkansas lead with a 10-4 run over the first five minutes. Arkansas responded quickly though, as Jhasmin Bowen and Williams gave the Razorbacks strong play inside. Bowen led the team in second half scoring with 11 points, and Bowen added six crucial points.

    The game went back-and-forth, with Kansas briefly retaking the lead for the first time since early in the second half. Arkansas responded with a 12-2 run over the span of 3:18, opening up a 56-47 lead with 3:57 to go.

    The Jayhawks refused to fade down the stretch, battling the Razorbacks until the end. The Razorbacks countered every Kansas attack, and finished off the 64-56 victory.

    The Razorbacks dominated the glass in the game, with their 47-31 advantage in rebounds being a huge key to the victory. Arkansas also forced a season high 19 turnovers on 11 steals.  

    “We really rebounded the ball well,” Collen said. “We boxed out and got all the loose balls. I thought our defensive effort was good. I have a great deal of faith in the team. I believe in what they can do and they have great potential.”

    The Razorbacks became the first team to score at least 60 points against Kansas this season, dealing the Jayhawks (7-1) their first loss. The win extended Coach Tom Collen’s record to 32-1 in nonconference games at Bud Walton Arena.

    “I’m really excited about the win,” Williams said. “Getting a win against a ranked team at home is great.”

    The Razorbacks are back in action on Dec. 16, as they travel to South Carolina to take on Furman at 1 p.m.
     




    'Dores storm past Hartford, 67-45

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tiffany Clarke recorded her first double-double of the season to lead Vanderbilt past Hartford, 67-45 on Thursday night at Memorial Gym.

    Clarke scored 12 of her 22 points in the second half to help Vanderbilt (7-3) put away Hartford (6-2) for good. Clarke led all players with 22 points and 12 rebounds, which was her first double-double of the season and 13th of her career. Late in the first half, Clarke also became the 34th player to reach 1,000 career points for the Commodores. She is now tied for 31st (Rhonda Blades) all-time with 1,017 career points.

    The Duluth, Ga., native shot an efficient 7-of-10 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She also tied a career-high with four blocked shots.

    Kady Schrann was the only other Commodore in double-figures as she finished with 10 points. Jasmine Lister added nine points and a game-high five assists. Elan Brown and Gabby Smith each scored eight points. Christina Foggie tied a career-high with four steals.

    As a team, the Commodores shot 48 percent from the field, while holding the Hawks to just 32 percent from the field and only 23 percent from behind the three-point line. Vandy outrebounded Hartford, 43-32 for the game.

    Vanderbilt led by as many as 24 points in the second half to run away from the Hawks.

    Hartford's Alex Hall scored 10 points to lead the Hawks, while Amber Bepko added eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

    Vanderbilt used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take a 17-8 lead. The Commodores held Hartford scoreless for nearly six minutes during the run and would extend their lead to as many as 13 in the first half. Behind 10 points and eight rebounds from Clarke, the Commodores led 30-19 at the half.

    Clarke was the lone player in double-figures after one half of play. Brown had six points, while Lister chipped in five points and two assists.

    Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the first half, as Vanderbilt shot 40 percent (13-of-32) from the field, 16 percent (1-of-6) from behind the three-point line and only 37 percent (3-of-8) from the free throw line. Hartford shot 26 percent (6-of-23) from the field and 30 percent (3-of-10) from three-point range.

    Vanderbilt outrebounded the Hawks 24-16, while also forcing eight Hartford first half turnovers.

    Vanderbilt will take a 10-day layoff for final exams before its next game, a December 16 contest at No. 13/12 Oklahoma. That game is set for 2:00 p.m. CT in Norman, Okla.






    Tigers Scorch Missouri State Bears, 91-77

    Columbia, Mo. - Morgan Eye made five threes for the third straight game, leading to a 91-77 win over in-state rival Missouri State on Thursday (Dec. 6) night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fell behind by double digits early on, but through a strong team effort that included five players in double-digits on the scoreboard, Mizzou was able to cruise late to their third win in the "Battle for Missouri." Senior Sydney Crafton hit a milestone in the home win, registering her 500th career point and finishing the game with 506 in her time with the Tigers.

    Missouri put the clamps down defensively in the second half, holding their counterparts to just 28 points after surrendering 49 in the first 20 minutes. The team-oriented offense also showed up on the stat sheet with eight players registering points and five players tallying multiple assists. Bri Kulas added 17 points to her impressive early-season play, and Liz Smith scored a career-high 14 points in the game as well, as the Tigers went over 90 points as a team for the first time since a win over Wright State last November.

    Missouri State got off to a quick start, taking a 10-3 lead in the first two minutes, with Lianna Doty's three the only Mizzou points. Two Liene Priede free throws cut into the Bears lead, but MSU answered with five straight points, forcing Mizzou to take a timeout. Doty responded after the stoppage in play with an easy put-back layup to cut the deficit back to eight at the first media timeout.
     
    Mizzou went on a run after the break, tying the game at 17 after three Morgan Eye threes and a free throw by Doty. The Bears responded with a quick 6-1 run with a three-pointer after a three-point play. Mizzou then went on a 11-2 run, with Eye and Kulas adding five and six points, respectively, to give the Tigers a 29-25 lead. After the Bears tied the game at 29, Bree Fowler squared up for a three at the top of the arc, putting the Tigers back in front, and the teams traded layups with Smith cashing in for the Tigers.

    With the Tigers ahead 36-33, Mizzou scored five straight behind Eye and Crafton, but Missouri State went on a 7-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 41-40. Doty drained a three to put the Tigers up four, and a Crafton three proved to be the difference as the teams went into the locker room with Missouri clinging to a 51-49 lead.

    Smith scored first in the second half, putting Mizzou up four with a layup, and Kyley Simmons' three added to the lead. Missouri State finally scored on the Tigers with a free throw at 15:16 for their first second-half point, starting a 7-3 run that trimmed the Tigers' lead to three at 59-56 before seven unanswered points for Mizzou, all from Smith and Kulas.

    Kulas and Smith both added layups after MSU cut the lead to eight, and a Kulas jumper and another Smith layup answered a MSU three to keep Missouri up by 15. Crafton and Doty both got easy layups after a Bears three-point play, and another Crafton free throw put the Tigers ahead by 18. Doty and Eye both got layups to put the Tigers ahead 85-63 before a MSU free throw.

    With the score 88-71, Priede converted a three-point play to put the Tigers over the 90-point mark. Missouri State scored six points in the final minute, finishing the game at 91-77.

    Missouri will take on Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 5:30, immediately following a men's hoops contest. For all the latest on Missouri women's basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@MissouriWBB) or check in to MUTigers.com.