|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Kentucky 76, Florida 69
|Georgia 77, Mizzou 46
|Auburn 50, Arkansas 47
|Vanderbilt 92, Mississippi State 41
|LSU 84, Ole Miss 79
|Tennessee 73, South Carolina 53
|Texas A&M 91, Alabama 52
Mathies Helps Kentucky Down Florida in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A’Dia Mathies dropped 20 points for the Kentucky women’s basketball squad against Florida and the Wildcats defeated the Gators on Thursday night, 76-69.
Kentucky (13-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) started the game with six straight points against the Gators, thanks in part to four quick points from Mathies. Florida (11-4, 0-1 SEC) would rebound to finish the first half within three points of UK, but Mathies and company were too strong on Thursday evening.
Mathies connected on 7-of-16 field goals on the game while also grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists, and adding one steal in an all-around effort. DeNesha Stallworth and Jennifer O’Neill also had big nights for the Wildcats, contributing 17 points apiece in the winning effort at home while combining for 15 boards.
Jaterra Bonds played well for the Gators, scoring a game-high 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Bonds hit all 11 of her free throw attempts on the evening, taking advantage of several trips to the line. Jennifer George had a double-double on the evening with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while January Miller added 17 points in 20 minutes of action off the bench.
The Wildcats shot 43.5 percent as a team, including a 39.1 percent mark from beyond the 3-point line, while holding the Gators to 36.8 percent overall and just 20 percent from deep.
Georgia Spoils SEC Debut for Mizzou
ATHENS, Ga. – The Missouri Tigers were in action on Thursday night in their first ever league game in the Southeastern Conference, but the Georgia Bulldogs did not welcome them warmly. Jasmine James scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, and Mizzou fell in its SEC opener by a final score of 77-46.
James connected on 8-of-14 field goal attempts against the Tigers while also mixing it up on the defensive end with six steals. Georgia (13-1, 1-0 SEC) also got big contributions from Khaalidah Miller and Marjorie Butler, who scored 11 points apiece in the winning effort. UGA got off to a fast start, running out to a 22-point advantage at the half before coasting to the finish line.
Bri Kulas led the way offensively for Missouri (11-4, 0-1) with 14 points for the game, while Morgan Eye chipped in 11 points of her own in relief duty off the bench. The Georgia defense proved troublesome for Mizzou all night long, holding the Tigers in check at 32.7 percent from the floor, including an uncharacteristic 22.7 percent from 3-point range.
Entering the contest, Mizzou was averaging 10 3-pointers per game, but the Lady Dawgs only allowed half that amount in Athens.
Auburn Sends Arkansas Home With a Loss
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn welcomed No. 23 Arkansas to town on Thursday night and notched a narrow win over the Razorbacks, 50-47. Tyrese Tanner scored 15 points in the win for Auburn (12-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) while pulling down six rebounds as well.
Hasina Muhammad also turned in a strong performance for Auburn, stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals for the Tigers. Neither team was able to get into much of a rhythm offensively, as Auburn shot only 32 percent from the field and Arkansas (12-2, 0-1 SEC) just 27.6 percent. The Tigers, however, forced the Razorbacks into 20 turnovers on the night while also out-rebounding Arkansas 41-33.
Quistelle Williams led Arkansas in scoring from the forward spot, dropping 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting in the losing effort. Other than Williams, however, no Razorback was able to crack double-digits in the scoring column against the stout Auburn defense.
Arkansas entered the half clinging to a one-point lead, but Auburn owned the second half, leading by as many as 10 points en route to the 3-point triumph.
Vanderbilt Sprints Past Mississippi State at Home
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt picked up its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season in emphatic fashion against Mississippi State on Thursday, downing the Bulldogs 92-41 inside Memorial Gymnasium.
Four starters scored in double-figures for Vanderbilt (11-3, 1-0 SEC) in the win. Christina Foggie led the way with 17 points, Jasmine Lister and Tiffany Clarke added 14 apiece, and Kady Schrann added 13 of her own. Forward Heather Bowe added 10 more points in relief duty, and Vandy cruised to an easy win thanks to a 53-point first half.
Martha Alwal scored 14 for Mississippi State (8-6, 0-1) from the center position while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Carnecia Williams scored 11 points in the loss for MSU, but the Bulldogs only managed to hit 32 percent of their shots on the night, including an astoundingly low seven percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Vanderbilt enjoyed an incredible shooting night, converting on 57.4 percent of its field goal attempts, including a red-hot 53.8-percent rate from downtown. Vanderbilt also won the rebounding battle and committed 14 fewer turnovers than Mississippi State.
The Commodores held a 53-18 lead after the first 20 minutes of action.
LSU Wins Closely Contested Battle With Ole Miss
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU won a tough game over the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday night, downing the Rebs by a final score of 84-79 in a game that saw 12 lead changes and seven ties.
LSU (10-4, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) forced Ole Miss into several turnovers in the early going and made the most of them. The Tigers scored six straight to open the game before the Rebels managed to settle in and close the gap. Ole Miss (7-7, 0-1) held a one-point lead at the break, but a 45-point second half from the LSU proved to be the difference.
LSU got plenty of scoring out of its starting lineup, as Danielle Ballard (24 points), Bianca Lutley (17), Adrienne Webb (14) and Theresa Plaisance carried most of the load on the evening. LSU held a seven-point lead with under 11 minutes to play that Ole Miss closed in just over one minute, but ultimately the Tigers were able to rebound and hang on for the win.
Tia Faleru led the way for Ole Miss with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Gravie Frizzell added 17 points for the Rebels.
Ole Miss tied its season-high with 10 makes from beyond the 3-point arc.
Tennessee Hands South Carolina Second Loss of the Season
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 12 Tennessee hit the road on Thursday night and picked up its first Southeastern Conference win of the season against No. 18 South Carolina, 73-53.
Taber Spani led the way for Tennessee (10-3, 1-0 SEC) with 18 points to go along with six rebounds in the win. Meighan Simmons chipped in with 10 points for the Vols, and as a team Tennessee finished the evening with a stellar 50-percent clip from the floor. Tennessee was ultra-hot from long distance, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts from beyond the 3-point line.
South Carolina (12-2, 0-1) got solid performances out of several players, but it still was not enough to offset the sharp shooting by Tennessee. Tiffany Mitchell scored a team-best 14 points in the loss, while Ashley Bruner scored 12 and Ieasia Walker added 10.
As a squad, USC only hit 29 percent of its field goal attempts, including a pedestrian 22-percent mark from 3-point range.
Texas A&M Routs Alabama
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 24 Texas A&M opened up its Southeastern Conference schedule against Alabama on Thursday night, and the Aggies notched a big win against the Crimson Tide, 91-52.
Kelsey Bone set the tone for TAMU (11-4, 1-0 SEC) with a big-time 20 points and 14 rebounds. Texas A&M shot very well on the evening, converting 35-of-65 field goal attempts (53.8 percent) en route to the victory. Alabama (10-4, 0-1), on the other hand, was unable to it going from the floor, hitting only 21-of-64 shots (32.8 percent) in the loss.
Alabama was led on the offensive end by Daisha Simmons’ 12 points, while Meghan Perkins led the team in rebounds with five.
The Aggies led by as many as 39 points in the second half, thanks in part to a 15-6 run to open up the final 20 minutes of play. A&M took a 22-point lead into the half after a quick start to the game allowed it to build a comfortable lead.