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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: December 8

    women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    Chattanooga 72, Alabama 58
    Ole Miss 71, UMASS 59
    Texas A&M 68, TCU 47
    Missouri, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59


    Alabama Women's Basketball Falls to Chattanooga, 72-58
            
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team dropped a 72-58 decision to the Chattanooga Lady Mocs on Saturday afternoon at Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 5-2 on the season while the win propels the Lady Mocs to 7-2 overall.

    "UTC is a very good team," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "They beat Tennessee up at their place by 10, so we knew it was going to be a very tough basketball game. You know, there's no substitute for shooting the basketball. We caused 22 turnovers, and we're doing a lot of things well but you have to score points in basketball."

    Crimson Tide sophomore Daisha Simmons led the game in scoring with 20 points while senior Alicia Mitcham recorded a team high 10 rebounds and 11 points for her first double-double of the season. Chattanooga was led by junior Ashlen Dewart, who recorded 19 points, and senior Kayla Christopher, who contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    In the opening minutes of the game, the two teams went basket-for-basket heading into the first media stoppage tied at 7-7. The Lady Mocs came out of the timeout outscoring the Tide 19-3 over the next five minutes of action. Alabama used an 8-0 run later in the half to set the score at 31-23, but Chattanooga responded with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to extend its lead back out to double digits. The Lady Mocs would head into halftime with a 41-27 advantage.

    Chattanooga took its largest lead of the game at the 18:47 mark of the second half, pulling ahead by 17. From there, Alabama went on a 16-6 run over the next eight minutes of play, setting the score at 52-45. The Lady Mocs would score 12 of the next 15 points to push the game out of reach for the Tide.

    For the game, Chattanooga shot 43.1 percent (28-65) from the floor, including 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range. Alabama was 28.9 percent (22-76) for the game and 22.7 percent (5-22) from beyond the arc. The Lady Mocs also out-rebounded the Tide 57-40.

    "The last two games we haven't shot the ball very well," added Hudson. "We shot 22-76 today and that was the difference in the game. Look at our percentage and their percentage. Look at our 3-point percentage compared to theirs. Neither team made it to the free throw line very much. They had to out-rebound us because we missed so many shots."

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    Second-Half Surge Lifts Ole Miss Over UMass

    OXFORD, Miss. – After trailing by as many as 15 in the first half, the Ole Miss women's basketball team used a huge second half to post a 71-59 come-from-behind win over UMass Saturday afternoon.

    With the win, Ole Miss improved to 5-2 while UMass fell to 2-8.

    Diara Moore scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half while Tia Faleru scored a career-high 17 points and Danielle McCray added a career-high 16. McFarland and Faleru also added five assists each.

    “We came out really flat and really lethargic,” acting head coach Brett Frank said.  “We got off to a really slow start but fortunately we had some key people step up for us.”

    For the game, Ole Miss shot 39.1 percent (27-69) including shooting 50.0 percent (19-38) in the second half. Faleru and Monique Jackson each recorded a team-high six rebounds.

    UMass took an early lead on Ole Miss, leading by 15, 20-5, with 12:55 left in the half. The Rebels cut the Minutewomen’s lead to five, 22-17, on a fast-break layup from Valencia McFarland with just over five minutes to play.

    At the half, UMass led 30-21. The Rebels shot 25.8 percent (8-31) from the floor in the first half while the Minutewomen shot 40.0 percent (12-30). Faleru led the team at the half with seven points while McFarland added six.

    Ole Miss came out in the second half and scored six unanswered points and took its first lead of the game, 34-33, on a three pointer from Moore with 17:04 left in the game.

    Another basket from Moore pushed Ole Miss’ lead to eight, 48-40, with 7:56 remaining in the game.

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    Texas A&M Defeats TCU, Bone Sets Career High

    College Station, TX - Texas A&M jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back as they defeated TCU 68-47 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies were led by Junior Kelsey Bone's career high 27 points.

    Bone jumpstarted the Aggie offense scoring the first six points of the game leading the Aggies on a 21-0 run before TCU was able to get in the scoring column. The Aggie offense made eight of the first 14 shots attempted to put the game out of reach after going ahead 21 points with just over 10 minutes played.

    "Bone made up for her last game and played extremely well and under control," Head Coach Gary Blair said. "She did the little things right. She answered the bell. I put her back in to get that career high."

    For the second consecutive outing the Aggie defense proved too tough to crack in the early going. On Tuesday, the maroon and white held Louisiana Tech from scoring until 12:30 remaining in the first half, today the Aggies held the Horned Frogs scoreless until 9:51 remaining in the first half when Zahna Medley made a free-throw. TCU's first field-goal was not scored until 8:25 remaining in the first half and was 0-for-16 to start the game.

    Bone continued her strong play throughout the first half shooting 6-of-8 on the way to a new first half high this season of 13 points. The Aggies out-rebounded the Horned Frogs 21-18 in the first half including five offensive rebounds leading to four second chance points.

    The Aggies held TCU to a season first half low 13 points on 5-of-27 shooting. Texas A&M shot 14-for-31 from the floor and were perfect from the charity stripe for the first time this season in the opening 20 minutes. Senior Kristi Bellock was a key cog in the A&M defense with an unofficial nine tipped passes while playing on the ball defense for much of the first half.

    "Bellock is the unsung hero because she had nine deflections in the first half," Blair said. "Our goal as a team is 25 and she had nine. She was into the passing lanes. She's getting better."

    The first TCU points of the second half trimmed the Aggie lead to 18, but Sophomore Tori Scott made a key three pointer to jump start a 7-2 run to push the Aggie lead out to a game-high 26 points with less than 12 minutes to play.

    The Aggie defense caused consistent problems for the Horned Frogs all game long, TCU had a season high 21 turnovers. Texas A&M's defensive pressure translated to 21 points off turnovers and held TCU to shooting 16-for-60 on the day for a season low 26.7 percent.

    Bellock filled up the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist in only 18 minutes of action. Senior Adrienne Pratcher and Scott each contributed seven points. The Aggies outscored the Horned Frogs 38-14 in the paint.

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    Tigers Run by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 97-59

    Columbia, Mo. - Another balanced and impressive offensive performance guided Mizzou (8-2) to an easy win as the Tigers beat down the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions by a 97-59 final on Saturday (Dec. 8) at Mizzou Arena. The effort on the offensive end was the most impressive in a single game since putting up 100 points against Murray State on December 3, 2005. The Tigers won the bench scoring battle 60-8, led by the impressive efforts of Morgan Eye and Maddie Stock, who had 19 and 17 points off the bench, respectively.

    Several Tigers hit career highs in points in the contest, with both Maddie Stock and Morgan Stock (6) notching bests as well as Michelle Hudyn (6) and Darian Saunders (8). Bri Kulas was also impressive in the game with 18 points, just two shy of a career high. Mizzou was strong on the glass in the contest as well, beating UAPB in the second-chance points battle, 15-4.

    The Golden Lions kept the game tight with the Tigers through the first media timeout, forcing a 10-10 tie with Lianna Doty, Sydney Crafton, and Kulas scoring for the Tigers. UAPB came out of the break hot, scoring the first four points, but Kulas quickly answered with a layup to cut into the lead, and after a Liz Smith free throw, Morgan Eye hit her first shot of the game for a 15-14 lead.

    After the second media timeout, Eye scored the next five points for Mizzou, including a deep three, leading the Tigers to a 20-17 lead. Morgan Stock hit a free throw and Crafton made another layup to build the lead to six, and another three from Eye put the Tigers up 26-17. The Lions held the deficit after another media timeout, draining a three to keep the deficit to eight after a Kulas three extended it to 11 at one point.

    Kulas put the Tigers up double-digits at the 5-minute mark with a layup in transition, and five straight free throws from Eye and Crafton boosted the Tigers to a 15-point lead. Kulas maintained the large advantage with a layup after UAPB scored, and a Doty layup as time expired in the half put Missouri up 41-24.

    The teams traded buckets as play resumed, and Kulas hit a three to give Mizzou a 20-point lead. After a UAPB bucket, Crafton maintained the 20-point lead on a beautiful baseline drive to force a timeout. After four straight points by the Golden Lions, Mizzou went on a 7-0 run powered by Hudyn with four points and Eye with another three, putting Mizzou up 56-33.

    Eye rose for another three after two buckets by UAPB, and Kulas added another layup minutes later to maintain the 22-point lead, and Morgan Stock drained a three to get on the board and stretch the lead to 23 after a Golden Lion bucket. The Tigers then went on a 13-1 run, with Maddie Stock scoring eight points and Saunders and Kyley Simmons each getting on the board for the first time in the contest to take a 77-42 lead.

    Saunders, Hudyn, and Maddie Stock answered a 4-0 run by the Golden Lions with back-to-back layups and a three for an 84-47 lead before a three by the Golden Lions at the final media timeout. Morgan Stock and Maddie Stock both hit from deep after the break, and Saunders hit another layup to push the Tigers over the 90-point mark for the second time in as many games.