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    SEC Women's Basketball Scoreboard: December 18

    Women's Basketball RESULTS
    Mizzou 75, Morgan State 50
    Kentucky 80, Pepperdine 62
    Baylor 76, Tennessee 53
    Cleveland State 67, Ole Miss 55


    Missouri Wins Sixth Straight 
     

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Bri Kulas (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) and sophomore Morgan Eye (Montrose, Mo.) combined to score 34 points as the Mizzou women's basketball team used a dominating second half performance to pull away from Morgan State, 75-50, on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers led by just five at halftime, but used an 11-0 run to open the second half to pull away. Mizzou improves to 10-2 on the season with the win.
     
    Aside from Kulas, who had 16 points in the win, the Tigers did what they do best on Tuesday: shoot the three-pointer. In fact, Mizzou buried a season-best 14 three-pointers as it marks the sixth straight game that the Tigers have made at least 10 3-pointers. In that span, Mizzou has been averaging 39 points per game from distance. It was Eye that led the way for the Tigers from distance as she went 6-of-14, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Defending SEC Freshman of the Week Maddie Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) nearly hit double-figures for the third straight game as she had nine points, all on 3-pointers as she finished 3-of-6 from deep in the win. 11 different Tigers scored while Kyley Simmons (Council Bluffs, Iowa), who made her second straight start, tallied eight points and six assists in the win.
     
    Kulas finished with game with 10 boards to go along with her 16 points, earning her second double-double of the season. She led a torrid rebounding pace in the second half as Mizzou out-rebounded the Lady Bears, 29-15, in the second half. Liz Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) finished with nine boards in the game. The Tigers held MSU to 26.7-percent shooting in the game, its second-best defensive effort of the season.
     
    The Tigers used a barrage of 3-point attempts in the first half to build a 35-30 lead. Mizzou buried seven of its first 12 3-pointers in the first half, but missed its final seven, including on the final possession of the half. In fact, Mizzou missed its last nine shots from the floor in the first half as Morgan State hung around and trailed by just five points at intermission. Eight Tigers scored in the first half, led by Kulas who had seven points on 3-of-6 shooting. She also had a team-high five boards at the break.
     
    After the intermission, Kulas continued her fine play as she scored seven points in the first four minutes of the half as the Tigers opened the second half on a 11-0 run, extending the advantage to 46-30. In fact, Morgan State did not score until the 15:33 mark and did not make a field goal until five minutes into the second half.
     
    From there, Eye took over as she scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers, going 4-of-7 from distance in the second half. The Tigers opened a 60-42 lead after Eye's fifth three-pointer of the night and took that lead into the under-eight timeout. The Tigers kept that 18-point lead at the under-four timeout and closed out the game from there. Mizzou is 6-0 on its current homestand and is now 9-0 on the season inside the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena. The Tigers average margin of victory over the six-game homestand is 30 points and Mizzou has averaged 89.1 ppg in that span.
     
    Mizzou will be back in action on Dec. 29 as Conference USA foe Memphis will pay a visit to Mizzou Arena. It will be the Tigers' final game of the calendar year and one of just two games remaining before the start of SEC play. For all the latest on Mizzou women's basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MissouriWBB. 



    Kentucky Uses Strong Second Half to Blow Past Pepperdine


    MALIBU, Calif. – Thanks to big performances from DeNesha Stallworth and Bria Goss, No. 7 Kentucky picked up an 80-62 win over Pepperdine on Tuesday night in California.
     
    The duo combined for 33 points on the evening for the Wildcats (9-1), with Stallworth dropping 17 points and Goss chipping in 16 of her own in the winning effort. The win represented the eighth consecutive for UK, which used a stellar second half to pull away from the Waves (3-6) and put the game out of reach. 
     
    The Wildcats ignited a 16-4 run to open up the second half of play, including 11 from Stallworth in that stretch. By the time the dust settled, Pepperdine found itself in a 22-point hole that turned out to be too deep to climb out of.
     
    Pepperdine was paced by Shay Cooney-Williams, who scored a team-high 14 points in the loss. Kelsey Patrick had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Waves, and Bria Richardson scored 10 points in reserve action. 
     
    Pepperdine committed 22 turnovers in the contest.



    Tennessee Falls on the Road Against No. 3 Baylor


    WACO, Texas -- Third-ranked Baylor raced out to a 17-0 lead as the Bears ended Tennessee's seven-game win streak, handing the No. 10 Lady Vols a 76-53 defeat on Tuesday night.
     
    Baylor moved to 9-1 overall as Brittney Griner tallied 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kimetria Hayden netted 16 points. Brooklyn Pope corralled a game-best 16 rebounds to go along with 11 points.
     
    Tennessee (7-2) was led by Meighan Simmons, who scored 16 points. Kamiko Williams had a season-high 15 points, two off her career-high of 17. Williams posted her first-career double-double with a career-high 10 rebounds.
     
    Tennessee played without 6-3 center Isabelle Harrison, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.
     
    The loss of 23 points equalled the eight-largest in school history.
     
    Baylor outrebounded the Lady Vols, 54-47.
     
    The Lady Vols missed their first 11 shots of the game before scoring for the first time, with 13:05 left in the first half, on a Cierra Burdick jumper to make it 17-2.
     
    Tennessee tried to climb out of the early hole, but it proved to be too tall of a mountain.
     
    UT cut the deficit to 12 at 21-9 and 23-11, but Baylor continued its sharp shooting in the first half and regained a 20-plus point lead at 32-11 on a 3-pointer by Hayden with 6:49 left in the first half. The run expanded to 13-0 to gave Baylor a 36-11 lead with five minutes left in the half. Taber Spani ended the drought with a 3-pointer at the four-minute mark.
     
    Tennessee trailed 41-16 at halftime. The 25-point deficit was the largest at halftime in school history. The previous largest margin was 20 against Rutgers in 2009 as the Lady Vols rallied from down 33-13 to win 55-51 on the road.
     
    Both Griner and Hayden had 11 points at halftime.
     
    The Lady Vols began the second half scoring eight of the first 12 points as Simmons canned a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 45-24.
     
    Tennessee continued to battle and chip away, but the margin never got below 19 points in the second half. A Williams' jumper made the score 70-50 with three minutes left. Nia Moore's layup with 93 seconds left, cut the score to 72-53.
     
    The Lady Vols return home to host No. 1 Stanford on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will air on Fox Sports Net and the Lady Vol Network.



    Ole Miss Falls on the Road
     

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened its six-game road trip Tuesday night with a 67-55 loss at Cleveland State.
     
    With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 6-3 on the year while Cleveland State improved to 6-4.
     
    Tia Faleru led Ole Miss with 14 points followed by Gracie Frizzell with 11 and Valencia McFarland added nine. Faleru has scored in double figures in the last three games. 
     
    Courtney Marbra pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, the most by an Ole Miss player since Nov. 26, 2011.
     
    For the game, Ole Miss shot 27.3 percent from the floor (21-77) while Cleveland State shot 43.8 percent (21-48).
     
    Cleveland State got off to a quick start with a 15-0 lead nearly six minutes into the game. Ole Miss responded with a 12-2 run capped by a three from Gracie Frizzell to cut the lead to17-12 with 9:10 left in the half.
     
    The Vikings pushed their lead back to double digits right before the half and they went into halftime leading, 30-19.
     
    McFarland led the Rebels at the break with seven points while Faleru added six. Marbra had a team-best five rebounds. As a team, Ole Miss shot 23.3 percent (7-30) from the floor while Cleveland State shot 47.8 percent (11-23).
     
    The Vikings pushed their lead back to 15 early in the second half before the Rebels cut the lead to nine on a three from Maggie McFerrin, 39-30, with 14:20 to play.
     
    The Rebels cut the lead to 10, 57-47, after a 10-2 run with 6:49 to play but the Vikings went up 65-49 with 3:36 remaining.
     
    Ole Miss will travel to New York to play two games in Hofstra's New York Life Holiday Invitational, Dec. 21-22. The Rebels will play host Hofstra Friday at 6 p.m. CT followed by a game against Northwestern State on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.