|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 68, MTSU 46
|South Carolina 69, Furman 35
|Tulane 66, LSU 64 (OT)
|Auburn 68, Hofstra 58
Stallworth Powers Hoops in Win Over MTSU
LEXINGTON, Ky. - DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points as Kentucky got off to a big first half advantage to capture a win over Middle Tennessee State 68-46 on Sunday.
The Wildcats (8-1) struggled in the first half and were being out-rebounded 19-6 at one point late in the first half. But Middle Tennessee State's persistence on the boards meant little because of how poorly it was shooting; the Blue Raiders were 6 of 24 from the floor in the first half and 0 for 8 from 3-point range.
The Blue Raiders (6-4) endured an 11-minute stretch in the first half over which it had no field goals and scored only two points. Over that time, Kentucky stretched its lead from two points to 16.
Gamecock Defense Drives Home 10th Win of Season
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. -/21 South Carolina tied the school record for wins to open a season with a 69-35 victory over Furman Sunday afternoon in at the Colonial Life Area, improving to 10-0. The Gamecock defense set the tone in the game, recording season highs in blocked shots with nine, steals with 15 and turnovers forced with 24. Freshman guard Tiffany Mitchell led the team in scoring, tallying 16 points, and tied senior guard Ieasia Walker for most steals, grabbing five.
The Gamecocks came out in the first half with defensive intensity, forcing four Paladin turnovers in the opening five minutes. The strong defense allowed South Carolina to overcome a sluggish offensive start, but once the offense got on track, it kept on going. The inside combination of Aleighsa Welch and Ashley Bruner handed the first 6-0 run, and others joined in after Teshia Griswald netted the Paladins’ first points of the game at the 14:36 mark.
With an 8-4 lead with 13:22 left in the first half, South Carolina hit its stride, beginning with a 7-0 run that featured a pair of steals on the defensive end and points from four different Gamecocks. Mitchell kicked off the surge with a drive up the lane for a 10-4 South Carolina edge. After a Walker steal, Welch hit a layup. Sancheon White swiped a steal on the next Furman possession, and Walker hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line after getting fouled in transition. Sophomore center Elem Ibiam snagged a defensive rebound on the Paladins’ next trip up the floor and was rewarded on the offensive end, hitting form the left block to put the Gamecocks up 15-4 with 11:53 to play in the period.
Furman drew within single digits four times over the next four minutes, but the Gamecocks closed the half on a 16-8 run to take a 37-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Wilka Montout was a big part of the spurt, accounting for half of South Carolina’s points in the spurt as she stretched the defense out with mid-range and long jump shots. Turnovers continued to pile up for Furman as well, and the Gamecocks closed the half turning 13 Paladin turnovers into 19 points before the break.
The Gamecocks returned in the second half with the same energy and scored 11 of the half’s first 13 points. The Gamecocks forced three turnovers and turned them into six points during the surge. After Furman netted the first points of the half, South Carolina kept the Paladins off the board for nearly five minutes, establishing a commanding 48-22 edge with 14:24 left to play in the game.
South Carolina’s 34-point margin of victory is the third largest in the Dawn Staley era and the highest this season. The Gamecocks turned Furman’s 24 turnovers into 31 points and collected 42 of their 69 points in the paint.
Mitchell was joined in double figures offensively by Welch, who netted 11, and Montout, who finished with 10, including her eight in the first half. Walker’s five steals were one shy of her career high, and she added nine points to the offensive effort as well. Ibiam turned in a solid game with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
TULANE STUNS LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IN OVERTIME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, 66-64
BATON ROUGE – Whitney Bibbins scored 13 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 10 seconds left, as Tulane rallied from a seven-point deficit in regulation and stunned LSU in overtime by a score of 66-64 on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers (4-3) dropped their third consecutive game to Tulane, who improved to 7-1 on the year with its only loss coming to Auburn. In what has become a highly contested rivalry, the two teams have played overtime in three out of the last four meetings. Like last season, Tulane recovered from a deficit – twice on Sunday – and stopped LSU’s December win streak at 14 games.
“We talked about it being a battle on the boards and having the effort and mentality to finish off plays, and I felt like Tulane did a much, much better job trying to finish off their plays on the offensive end by getting second and third opportunities,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell.
Theresa Plaisance led LSU with 24 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best eight blocks. The eight blocks registered as the second most in school history – one shy of the school record – and the most by an LSU player since Dee Dee Franklin swatted eight shots against Purdue on March 19, 1989.
Plaisance finished with her second double-double of the season, and she reached the 20-point mark for the third straight game becoming the first to do that since Allison Hightower. She missed the final 1:38 of the overtime period after fouling out and it proved to be costly.
“Theresa has been a solid player for us down the stretch,” said Caldwell. “Not having her in the game could obviously have a different outcome. But I like that Theresa is playing more aggressive and trying to challenge shots and getting eight blocks in one game.”
Plaisance gave the Lady Tigers a 60-55 advantage after burying two free throws with 3:14 remaining in overtime. The teams traded baskets, but Janique Kautsky answered with an uncontested lay-up. Plaisance then picked up her fifth foul and Jamie Kaplan knotted the game at 62 apiece with a three from the top of the key.
Jeanne Kenney missed a jumper on the other end, while Tiffany Dale capitalized and gave the Green Wave the lead on a lay-up on an offensive rebound – one of 23 by Tulane on the day – with 0:47 left to go. Bibbins, a Baton Rouge native, culminated a 9-0 Green Wave run in the final 2:36 with the two made free throws.
With Tulane leading 66-62, Adrienne Webb’s three bounced off the rim and Bianca Lutley’s desperation layup was too late. It was the second comeback of the day for Tulane, who trailed 49-42 with 6:19 remaining in regulation. The Green Wave, however, crashed the offensive boards and made some clutch shots.
Kautsky’s three at the 2:15 mark sliced the deficit to 50-47, and Dale cut it to 52-51 on a lay-in with 1:06 to go. Brittany McDonald tied the game at 53 apiece with one of two free throws with 0:18 left.
LSU got two chances to win it in the final seconds in regulation. Lutley’s jumper was blocked out of bounds, and then she missed a shot from the free throw line on an inbounds play as time expired.
LSU was dominated on the boards by Tulane, 53-46, while committing 27 turnovers that led to 14 points. Both teams shot below 40 percent.
Peyton Davis Tallies Double-Double In 68-58 Win Over Hofstra
AUBURN – The Auburn women’s basketball team picked up a win after an 11-day layoff, as it defeated Hofstra, 68-58, Sunday at Auburn Arena. The Tigers improved to 6-2 while the Pride dropped their seventh-straight and fell to 1-7.
“It was a little rusty,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “It was hard to get them to really stay focused right now with having finals and trying to get them focused with the scouting report and everything to play. Hopefully we got all of this out of the way, and we can do nothing but play basketball now.”
Auburn had four players score in double figures, led by Peyton Davis and Tyrese Tanner, each with 13. Hasina Muhammad added 12, and Blanche Alverson tallied 11. It was the fourth time this season that the Tigers had four or more players in double figures. Najat Ouardad tied her career high with eight assists while also scoring eight points.
“I’m very proud of what we got out of our starters,” Williams-Flournoy said. “But, we need to get a little bit more out of our bench play because our starters are playing a lot of minutes. They are having to stay in for too many minutes, so if we can get just a little more productivity from our bench, they wouldn’t have to play as long.”
In addition to leading Auburn in scoring, Davis also earned her first career double-double as she grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the effort. It was the first double-double for the Tigers since Blanche Alverson’s in last year’s season-opener against Mercer.
“It’s funny, I’m going to get on Peyton because she had 13 points and 12 rebounds, but she really could’ve had more,” Williams-Flournoy said. “But for us and for Peyton, the more she can build her confidence is only going to help us.”
The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in the opening minutes of the first half, but picked up the intensity to start a 13-0 run with 9:01 remaining. Alverson and Tyrese Tanner combined for 11 of the 13 points during the run.
Auburn allowed just five points in the final nine minutes of the half and held Hofstra to just one field goal from Andreana Thomas with 1:42 to play. The Tigers held a 16-point lead at halftime with the score 39-23.
Auburn went into the locker room having forced 14 of its eventual season-high 28 turnovers in the game. It marked the fourth time in Auburn’s eight games this season that it forced 25 or more turnovers, despite just 14 resulting points.
“That’s the one that we have to get a little bit better,” Williams-Flournoy said. “Although we’re forcing teams into 20-plus turnovers some games, we’re not getting the productivity in points off of turnovers that we need to get, especially with live ball turnovers. We have to turn those into points. That’s just something that we have to work on.”
The Tigers picked up a season-high 18 steals, led by Alverson with six. Her six steals tie her career high and also tied for 10th all-time at Auburn in single-game steals.
Despite the halftime lead, Hofstra challenged the Auburn in the second half, cutting the lead to as few as four with just under two minutes remaining.
The Tigers forced three turnovers and Muhammad scored four of the last six Auburn points to pull away from Hofstra in the final minutes of play for the 68-58 win.
Anma Onyeuku led Hofstra in scoring with 21, while All-American Shante Evans tallied nine points and 16 rebounds.