|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 79, Georgia 66
|Florida 77, LSU 72
|Kentucky 87, Alabama 70
|Missouri 82, Auburn 76
|Texas A&M 63, Arkansas 51
|South Carolina 60, Mississippi State 46
|Vanderbilt 76, Ole Miss 57
2nd Half Surge Lifts #12 Lady Vols Past #10 UGA, 79-66
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee scored the first nine points of the second half and led the remainder of the way as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols knocked off No. 10/11 Georgia, 79-66 before 12,319 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
A pair of freshman keyed the Tennessee (11-3, 2-0 SEC) win as Bashaara Graves scored a career-high 23, making 8-of-11 from the floor. Jasmine Jones also had a career-high with 12 points as she saw significant minutes with Isabelle Harrison in foul trouble.
Graves' point total was the most by a Lady Vols' freshman since Meighan Simmons had 23 vs. Stanford on Dec. 19, 2010. Graves has scored in double-figures in 12 of her 14 games as a freshman.
As a junior on Sunday, Simmons scored 11 of her 16 in the second half and finished 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Taber Spani had 11 and grabbed seven rebounds.
Georgia suffered just its second loss of the season as the Lady Bulldogs fell to 13-2 and 1-1 in the league. Jasmine James led UGA with 18. Khaalidah Miller added 14.
Tennessee moved to 6-2 against ranked teams this season. It was also the Lady Vols first win over a Top 10 team this season and first since thrashing No. 7 Kentucky last February.
Tennessee opened the second half with nine consecutive points to take control of the game with a lead 49-42 after a fastbreak layup by Spani four minutes into the half. The Lady Vols led the remainder of the way.
Georgia missed its first eight shots of the second half as Tennessee buckled up on defense and crashed the glass. The Lady Vols hauled down 10 of the first 12 rebounds in the second half.
Overall, UT outrebounded UGA, 46-29 with a 28-9 second-half margin.
The Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to two, 52-50, on a jumper by Jasmine Jones with 12:24 left in the half. But, Tennessee responded with the next five points punctuated by a Simmons 3-pinter with 11:26 left. The run expanded to 14-3 on back-to-back layups by Graves with nine minutes left. That gave the Lady Vols a lead of 13 points, 66-53 with 8:53 left.
The lead ballooned to 19 with three minutes left on Simmons' fourth 3-pointer of the game, making it 79-60.
Tennessee had three 9-0 runs in the second half.
The Lady Vols outscored Georgia, 39-24 in the second half and held the Lady Bulldogs to just 29 percent from the floor including 25 percent from 3-point range.
A highly-entertaining first half saw both teams shoot well and play up tempo as Georgia led 42-40 at intermission.
After trailing for most of the first half, Tennessee regained a lead for the first time since 2:11 into the game with 1:01 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Spani, at 40-39. But, Georgia's Miller answered with a 3-pointer seconds later for the two-point Lady Bulldogs lead at halftime.
Graves led all scorers with 12 in the first half.
After being down by as many as six on three occasions, the Lady Vols tied the game at 27 on a pair of free throws from Jones with 8:21 left in the first half. Georgia answered with a 6-0 run to regain a 33-27 edge with six minutes left.
Both teams came out blazing hot as they combined to make eight of the first nine shots from the floor with Tennessee making its first four attempts to take a 9-7 lead.
The Lady Vols now lead the all-time series, 45-15 with a 19-4 mark in Knoxville. Tennessee has won the last five meetings and 13 of the last 14 overall.
Bonds and George Lead Florida to First SEC Win, Defeat LSU, 77-72
Junior Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a game-high 19 points, senior Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) collected her 26th career double-double and Florida defeated LSU, 77-72, to earn its first Southeastern Conference victory in a thriller manner on Sunday afternoon in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
With LSU (10-5, 1-1 SEC) leading by nine points, 58-49, with 11:46 remaining, the Gators (12-4, 1-1 SEC) scored 11 consecutive points in a two-minute span and took a two-point lead with 9:08 left in the game.
Freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) put back an offensive rebound to start the march, before redshirt-sophomore Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) nailed just her fifth three-pointer of the season. Freshman January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) came up with a steal and dished to Bonds, who made the layup and tied the game at 58-all. Moss then secured a defensive rebound and found a Lewis down court and she made the layin to give Florida its first lead since the 10:16 mark of the first half.
The Lady Tigers, who committed two of their 15 turnovers during Florida’s run, halted the spree with a layup by Shanece McKinney that produced the fourth tied score of the game.
Theresa Plaisance tacked on two more for LSU inside and swung the lead back in the visitor’s favor, as there were three lead changes and four tied scores in the final 9:31 of the contest.
George then converted both ends of a one-and-one from the free throw line with 6:09 remaining, bringing the Gators within one, 62-61.
George blocked Adrienne Webb’s shot and collected a defense rebound with 5:06 remaining, but injured her shoulder on the play and would not return to the court after having a strong performance of 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals, including her seventh double-double of the season .
Junior Vicky McIntyre (Omaha, Neb.) stepped in for George at the line and made both ends of her one-and-one trip that gave Florida a 64-62 lead.
LSU came right back with an inside bucket from Danielle Ballard, but Moss calmly nailed two free throws with 3:53 on the clock and Florida would not trail again, as Lewis scored the next four points of the game and gave the Gators a 70-64 advantage with 2:51 remaining.
LSU closed within three points three times in the last 51 seconds, but Bonds answered with a driving, athletic bucket the first time with 29 seconds remaining. McKinney came back with a score and the Tigers forced a turnover with 20 seconds remaining and had the ball with a chance to tie, but 5-foot-6 redshirt-freshman Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) came up with the first blocked shot of her career, swatting Adrienne Webb’s three-point attempt, then collected the miss and was fouled. She then converted two free throws that gave Florida a 75-70 lead with 12 seconds left.
Webb did hit a shot from inside the arc with four ticks and LSU fouled Bonds, who drilled two more from the line and ended the game’s scoring, helping Florida capture its 15th consecutive home victory, as well as present head coach Amanda Butler with the 150th win of her eight-year overall tenure.
“I think we beat a very good team tonight, that’s the first thing I’d like to make really clear,” Butler said. “I think LSU has a great squad and is a postseason team and it was important for us to get them here and take care of our business on our home court. “
Bonds also dished a game-high five assists with three steals for the Gators, while Lewis added 10 points and six rebounds.
“A lot of things that I’m proud of, I was just telling these guys (Carlie, JT, and Kayla) is that they were our core tonight, they did a great job of sustaining this through a lot of different ups and downs and that’s important,” Butler said. “And what I think it’s great about our team is that core can change. A lot of people can step in and do different things at different times. You had Mac (Vicky McIntyre) and (Christin) Mercer rotating offensively and defensively--they did a great job of handling that. Again, a great team win against a very good team in front of a fantastic crowd as well.”
Plaisance scored 17points to lead four LSU players in double-figure scoring.
George set the tempo in the first half as she scored the first seven points of the ball game on a pair of hook shots and a reverse layup that resulted in a three-point play.
Redshirt junior Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) fed off of George’s momentum and drained her first three of day and put the Gators up 10-4 over the Tigers heading into the first media timeout.
Mercer scored off an inbounds play which led to a made free throw and a 13-6 favor for the Gators. LSU’s Ballard answered with a layup, but with a missed shot by Moss and a strong put-back by George the Gators were rolling on offense and looked as though they couldn’t be stopped.
The Tigers trickled along, capitalizing off Gator turnovers to allow jumpers from Ballard, Webb and a three-pointer from Kenney to pull LSU within two at the 12:41 mark.
Moss hit a jumper to make a 19-15 advantage for the Gators, but LSU’s Lutley answered with a basket from beyond the arc to diminish the Gator lead to one, 19-18 at the 11:40 mark. Lutley was then able to tie the game for the first time all day at 20 a pieced by hitting two free throws.
The Tigers seemed to have taken the Gators spark nearing the nine minute mark of the first half when they took the lead off a Theresa Plaisance three at the top of the key to make it a 25-22 contest. The Gators were 0-for-3 before LSU’s Plaisance knocked down another trey to force a Florida timeout.
Bonds connected from the charity stripe on back-to-back occasions to pull the Gators within three of the Tigers, 29-26, before Moss sank a three that put some life back into the Florida offense.
Things started to really heat up around the five-minute mark with fast-paced transition and intense play. LSU’s Webb hit a jumper in the lane which led to nicely executed Svete three-pointer from the corner. Webb answered right back with a three of her own before LSU went on 5-0 run to extend their advantage to 41-34 at the 2:30 mark.
Both teams missed opportunities for points on several trips down the court which was the result of scrappy play and defensive rebounding. Needles mustered a charge against the purple and yellow which led to a George layup and brought the Gators back within five of the Tigers, 36-41.
LSU’s Plaisance hit a short-corner shot with three-seconds remaining in the half to allow the Tigers to take a 44-36 lead into halftime.
Mizzou Uses Record 3-Point Effort to Top Auburn, 82-76
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou women's basketball team improved to 12-4 on the season and won its 11th straight home game to open the season as it defeated Auburn in its SEC home opener, 82-76, on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 6) at Mizzou Arena. A pair of school and SEC records fell on Sunday as Mizzou hit a school-record 18 three-pointers, led by a school-record 11 from sophomore Morgan Eye (Montrose, Mo.). The 18 three-pointers made by the Tigers on Sunday are the most ever by an SEC school, shattering the previous best mark of 17 by Ole Miss. Additionally, Eye's 11 three-point buckets are also the most ever in an SEC league game and just one shy of the best-ever NCAA mark.
Sunday's win was all about Eye as she scored a career-high 33 points with her school-record 11 three-pointers. She also added four assists and two boards in the win. She led a Tiger offense that connected on 18-of-36 shots from deep. Freshman Maddie Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) added 11 points with three three-pointers while freshman point guard Lianna Doty (St. Louis, Mo.) hit two from deep to cap a well-rounded day for the frosh. In fact, Doty finished with 10 points, eight assist and two boards while connecting on 4-of-5 field goals. Liz Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) tallied 10 points as well and Bri Kulas (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) scored all nine of her points in the second half.
The Tigers played great team basketball on Sunday with 24 assists on 29 field goals, led by the eight from Doty. Mizzou also out-rebounded Auburn, 37-28, in the win. Mizzou also had eight steals in the game, led by three from Doty who now has 37 on the season, which is two more than the Tigers' steal leader had all of last season (Christine Flores, 35).
Mizzou started slow as Auburn's defense forced two turnovers and limited Mizzou to 0-of-3 shooting as Auburn raced out to a 6-0 lead, forcing a timeout from Robin Pingeton at the 17:31 mark. Following the stoppage, Liene Priede nailed a three-pointer to get the Tigers on the board. That sparked a three-point barrage for the Tigers, who after missing their first two, made three of their next five to get back into the game. In fact, Mizzou pulled within one at 17-16 after a 3-pointer from Eye.
Auburn then reopened a three-point lead at the under-12 timeout. But Mizzou continued its three-point barrage as 15 of their first 19 field goal attempts were from distance, but Auburn took a 24-21 lead into the under-eight timeout. Mizzou turned up the pressure on defense after the break and eventually took the lead on a three-pointer from Eye at the 3:40 mark as the shot clock expired. It was Mizzou's first lead of the day at 28-26. From that point, Mizzou went on an 11-6 run to close the half, taking a 39-32 lead into the break. Doty nailed a three-pointer, the Tigers' 10th of the half, as time expired in the half.
Mizzou attempted 22 3-pointers in the first half, connecting on 10 of them. In fact, Mizzou made 14 field goals in the first half and 10 were from distance. Eye and Stock led Mizzou with 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the opening half as they were a key reason why Mizzou's bench outscored Auburn's, 27-7, in the first. Mizzou had 12 assists on 14 baskets in the first as well.
After their three-point barrage in the first, Mizzou began to get the ball down low to open the second half as Smith, Kulas and Syndey Crafton (Jefferson City, Mo.) began to score as the offense remained very balanced as they extended their lead to 48-40 at the under-16 timeout. Kyley Simmons (Council Bluffs, Iowa) buried a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 10, but Auburn went on a 7-0 run after the Tigers got sloppy with the basketball against the Auburn press.
After the run, with the score at 50-47, Kulas got a huge offensive putback to reopen a five-point lead and then buried a three-pointer after an Auburn layup as she began to assert herself on the offensive end. An Auburn timeout followed as Mizzou led 55-51 and it was all Mizzou as an 8-0 run, which included two 3-pointers from Eye, put the game out of reach as Mizzou opened a 63-51 lead. Auburn closed the gap to just four late, but a layup on a great pass from Doty by Kulas iced the game.
A&M Gets Road Win at No. 23 Arkansas, 63-51
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-No. 22 Texas A&M raced out to an early 22-6 lead and cruised to a 63-51 road victory over No. 23 Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
The Aggies (12-4, 2-0 SEC) were led by freshman Courtney Williams' career high 16 points and junior Kelsey Bone's double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.
"It was good to be back and good to see a nice crowd out here to watch a top-25 matchup," said A&M coach Gary Blair, who coached 11 seasons in Fayetteville. "We were running what we wanted to early, and got the ball inside. But Arkansas did a very good job of taking away where we wanted to run the offense. Our point guards were getting pushed 25 to 30 feet from the basket, so it was hard to run sets. We got a lot of transition baskets in the second half, and that was the difference in the game because we struggled doing just about everything else. We're going to take this win."
The visiting Aggies started fast, forcing five turnovers before the first media timeout leading to five points and a 10-3 lead. Texas A&M continued the strong play into the next media timeout outscoring the Razorbacks 8-3 in that stretch. The Aggie defense continued to stifle the Razorbacks (12-3, 0-2) as they only made two of the first 13 shots they attempted, while the Aggies were 9-of-13 in the same stretch. Arkansas cut into the lead scoring four straight points, but freshman Courtney Williams responded with a jumper.
At the half the Aggies led 30-17 despite 13 turnovers. Texas A&M was able to outmuscle the Razorbacks out-rebounding the home team 17-12 in the first 20 minutes and leading Arkansas 14-8 in points in the paint.
The Aggies wasted little time out of the locker room to increase the lead to a game-high 18 points with two Bone free-throws and an Adrienne Pratcher old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 35-17 only a minute and half into the second half.
Arkansas used a 9-1 run over a three and a half minute stretch to cut the Aggie lead to eight, as the Aggies went five minutes between field goals during the run. The maroon and white responded with an 7-0 run of their own to take the lead back out to 15 with four points from Williams leading the charge.
The Razorbacks answered with a 9-0 run to cut the Aggie lead to six for the first time since the 16:26 mark in the first half. Williams once again stopped the Arkansas run with a jumper to put the Aggies up 45-37 with 8:11 remaining in the game. The Williams jumper ignited a 9-0 run for A&M, led by four points from freshman Courtney Walker. stretching the Aggie lead back out to 15 at 52-37 with 5:37 remaining in the game.
The Razorbacks had one more run in them to cut the Aggie lead to 10 one final time with less than two minutes left, but once again Williams answered with a basket to give her a career high 16 points on the day.
Pratcher finished the afternoon with 13 points and five boards, while Walker finished with 11.
Arkansas was led by Sarah Watkins' 19 points and eight rebounds.
No. 18/15 Gamecocks Outlast Bulldogs 60-46
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 18/15 South Carolina shot more free throws than field goals in a 60-46 win over Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks (13-2, 1-1 SEC) were aggressive offensively from the opening tip, making a Dawn Staley era record 32 free throws on 50 attempts, compared to just 38 field goal attempts. Aleighsa Welch led the offense with 16 points, and Sancheon White tied her career high with 11, including nine in the second half as the Gamecocks pulled away for their first SEC win of the season.
Offense came in spurts for the Gamecocks in the first half, and largely at the free throw line as the Bulldogs committed 15 fouls in the first 20 minutes of action. South Carolina was aggressive going to the basket early as four free throws and a White baseline jumper opened the game before the Bulldogs got on the board.
As Mississippi State closed within 12-9, Welch and Ashley Bruner took over inside, mostly drawing fouls. As the defense forced three turnovers on MSU’s next four possessions, Welch hit a free throw and drove the right side for a basket while Bruner added three free throws to extend the Gamecocks’ advantage to 18-9 with just under nine minutes left in the half.
Mississippi State found room to work as Gamecock seniors Ieasia Walker and White were forced to the bench with a pair of fouls each. Back-to-back baskets for the Bulldogs brought them within striking distance again a 22-18 with 3:52 to go in the half. Khadijah Sessions and Welch combined for the next six points of the game as the Gamecocks’ rebounding limited the Bulldogs to one shot on five straight possessions before the managed a pair of free throws just before halftime.
With a 28-20 lead coming out of the locker room, South Carolina continued to force the action at the rim. Walker put together five straight points for the Gamecocks, the last of which opened a 5-0 run that would give her team its largest lead of the game at 39-28 with 12:20 to go. Elem Ibiam followed Walker’s free throw with one of her own, and a quick outlet pass from Welch on a defensive rebound led to an easy layup for White, which forced Mississippi State to take a time out. Welch capped the surge with a free throw.
The teams traded baskets, but the Gamecocks again cranked up the pressure on both sides of the ball, putting together a 7-0 run on another White layup off her own steal, a Welch transition layup that resulted in a three-point play, and a Bruner bucket off a baseline out-of-bounds play. The result was a 49-35 advantage that the Gamecocks would not relinquish.
Welch’s 16 points included 6-of-8 from the free throw line, and she led the way with seven rebounds and three assists. White’s afternoon included six rebounds and three steals. Every Gamecock took and made at least one free throw in the game as the team shot 64.0 percent. South Carolina out-rebounded MSU 40-30 and scored 17 points off 13 Mississippi State turnovers.
Vanderbilt outpaces Ole Miss, 76-57
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Vanderbilt women's basketball team ran its winning streak to nine games on Sunday, January 6, defeating Ole Miss, 76-57. The Commodores improved to 12-3, 2-0 in SEC play, while the Rebels fell to 7-8, 0-2 in conference action.
Tiffany Clarke led the Vanderbilt effort with 25 points and 13 rebounds. It was her fourth double-double of the season. Jasmine Lister contributed 13 points and 10 assists for her third double-double of the year. It marks the second time this season Commodores posted double-doubles in the same game.
Kady Schrann and Christina Foggie joined the duo in double figures, posting 15 and 13 points, respectively. Elan Brown scored four point while grabbing seven rebounds.
Ole Miss was led by 15 points from Diara Moore. Tia Faleru contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels. Vanderbilt held the home team to 35.4% shooting and forced 13 turnovers.
"I like what we're bringing as a team; we're tougher mentally and physically," Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb said. "They're enjoying themselves, enjoying working hard and we're having good results."
Clarke echoed that sentiment.
"We definitely have more fun because we trust each other," the senior said. "The feeling of `We're one,' makes us have more fun. We know we have each other's back so we're able to play more free and it shows on the court."
Similar to Thursday's contest against Mississippi State, the Commodores steadily built a first half lead. Vanderbilt used a 55.6% (15-27) shooting percentage to open up a 40-19 lead at the intermission.
Lister was the big reason for the 21-point margin, as she connected for three field goals and hit a pair from the line for 11 points, while dishing out six assists. She had a hand in nine of Vanderbilt's 15 first-half field goals.
The second half was the Tiffany Clarke show. After missing her first four field goals and having eight points at the break, the senior scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half. One of the top shooters in the SEC, she finished 11-20 from the field in the contest.
The victory marked the fourth consecutive road win for Vanderbilt (preceded by wins at Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Western Kentucky). It's the first time that has happened since early in the 2009-10 campaign when the Commodores won at Southern Illinois, St. Joseph's (Pa.), Wright State and Quinnipiac to open the season.