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    women's hoops RESULTS
    Kentucky 65,  Texas A&M 62
    Auburn 76,  Ole Miss 52
    S. Carolina 64,  Vanderbilt 48
    Tennessee 84,  Missouri 39
    Florida 61, Mississippi State 55
    Arkansas 63,  LSU 54
    Georgia 95,  Alabama 83

    Kentucky Defeats Texas A&M 65-62

    A'dia Mathies scored 23 points and No. 6 Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to rally past No. 20 Texas A&M 65-62 Thursday night.

    Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points as the Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 SEC) extended school-record winning streaks of 14 games overall and 31 in a row at home.

    That allowed Kentucky to survive missed free throws down the stretch that gave Texas A&M a chance at the end, but Peyton Little's 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the horn.

    Bone's 27 points led Texas A&M (12-5, 2-1), which lost for just the second time in 14 games.

    Bone stood out as the SEC's top rebounder (10.0) and shooter (61 percent) and its second-best scorer (17.8), comprising a solid post tandem with Bellock.

    Kentucky countered with one of the nation's best defenses, boasting the best turnover margin (plus-10.5) while holding opponents to 36 percent shooting. Stallworth and Walker meanwhile had formed a formidable post presence as well, combining for averages of 23 points and seven rebounds.


    Auburn Picks Up Home Win

    It was a special night at Auburn Arena as Auburn women’s basketball senior forward Blanche Alverson became the 27th women’s player at Auburn to reach 1,000 points in her career as she helped the Tigers to a 76-52 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. Auburn improved to 13-3 (2-1 SEC), while Ole Miss fell to 7-9 (0-3 SEC).

    “I thought our kids came out immediately and set the tone against Ole Miss,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “Right away Tyrese Tanner was very aggressive at the top of our press. She got some breakaway layups and then Blanche Alverson hit the three to start the game and gave us the energy we really needed to get going right away.”

    Alverson led Auburn with a season-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. She also added nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

    “I think it just represents the career I have had here and how I have enjoyed it,” Alverson said. “I have had a great career here the past four years. It just says a lot about the experiences we have had here. I owe it all to my teammates, because without Najat (Ouardad) or other people giving me the ball, I wouldn’t have scored a point. I am blessed to say I was able to score over 1,000 points, but I owe it all to them.”

    Hasina Muhammad extended her shooting streak to remain the only player in the SEC to have scored in double figures in each game this season. Muhammad has now posted double digits in scoring in 18-consecutive games dating back to the final two games of the 2011-12 season, beginning with Ole Miss on Feb. 26, 2012. With her 22 points against the Rebels, Muhammad notched back-to-back 20-point games after a career-high 24-point performance at Missouri.

    Tyrese Tanner picked up 14 points in her fifth-consecutive game in double figures in scoring, while Tra’cee Tanner added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

    Najat Ouardad picked up a career-high 14 assists in the effort and is only the fourth player in Auburn women’s basketball history to ever record 14 or more assists in a single game. Ouardad ranks fifth all-time in single game assists. No Tiger had recorded 14 or more since Ruthie Bolton posted 14 in an 85-65 win over Southern California on Dec. 11, 1988. The 14 assists are also the most in a single game by any SEC player this season.

    Auburn took the lead in the opening minutes of the game and never looked back. Alverson hit two treys in the opening four minutes to reach the 1,000-point plateau, while Tyrese Tanner and Muhammad each added jumpers to give Auburn a 10-3 lead at the first media timeout.

    The Tigers extended their lead to as many as 24 points with less than three minutes to play in the half, but Ole Miss countered with an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 18 at 45-27 at the half.

    It was more of the same in the final 20 minutes, as Auburn kept a 20-point or greater lead the majority of the half. The Tigers held the Rebels to less than 30 percent shooting during the second half, while Ole Miss finished the game shooting just 19-of-59 (.322) from the floor.

    Auburn continued working on its press defense and forced 20 Rebel turnovers that led to 17 points. It was the 14th time in the 16 games this season that the Tigers forced 20 or more turnovers in a game.

    Ole Miss was led by Tia Faleru with 14 points and six rebounds, while Valencia McFarland added 11 points and five rebounds. Diara Moore picked up 10 points.

    South Carolina Wins Big

    Tough defense and an efficient offense propelled No. 18/16 South Carolina (14-2, 2-1 SEC) to a 64-48 win over Vanderbilt Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena. Aleighsa Welch and Ieasia Walker combined for 25 points, but every available Gamecock scored at least two points as the bench accounted for 18 points. Senior Sancheon White’s highlighted the defensive effort with three blocks, three steals and a team-high eight rebounds to tie her career high.

    “I said in the locker that if we had a game ball to give out, [Sancheon White] would have gotten it,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “She has taken the challenge of defending and pretty much shutting down our opponent’s best offensive player. We also tried to open Sancheon up to scoring a little bit more. She is the quickest thing out there. She just played with a certain tenacity, a refuse to lose attitude, and I think it was contagious throughout our entire team.”

    Both teams got off to a slow start, putting up only nine total points in the five minutes of the game. After trailing 7-4 at the first media timeout, the Gamecocks picked up the pace and went on an 8-0 run to take a 12-7 lead that was immediately followed by a 17-3 surge that gave South Carolina a double-digit lead that the Commodores could not crack for the remainder of the game.

    Welch opened the initial run with a putback, and Tiffany Mitchell scored a quick bucket from the right block on the next possession. Walker swiped a steal on the Commodores’ next possession and fought off a challenge from the chasing defender to muscle the ball up for a layup. Three straight Vanderbilt turnovers kept the run alive as Welch converted from the right block. A Tiffany Clarke basket was only a brief interruption in South Carolina’s offensive flurry.

    Elem Ibiam played dominant minutes midway through the first half, taking a lob pass from Ashley Bruner for a bucket while getting fouled. After Vanderbilt had a pair of empty possessions, Bruner hit a free throw, and Walker found Ibiam in transition for her second basket in a two-minute span. South Carolina’s harassing defense yielded two more steals to keep Vandy at bay, while Asia Dozier drove from the 3-point arc for a layup, and Welch hit a layup in transition after a White block on the other end, putting the Gamecocks up 21-9 with 7:26 to play.

    Heather Bowe drove the lane for a Vanderbilt basket, but Bruner immediate answered on the other end. Bowe’s free throw on the next possession brought the Commodores within 23-12, but another defense stand was sandwiched between Gamecock 3-pointers – first a deep one at the end of the shot clock from Walker and then from Wilka Montout left alone on the left wing. The last of the daggers made it a 29-12 Gamecock lead with 4:12 left in the half.

    After the Gamecocks went into the halftime break leading 36-20, the teams played evenly in the second half, each scoring 28-points as the Commodores took advantage of 90.9 percent free throw shooting in the game. South Carolina’s shooting percentage fell in the second half, but the Gamecocks provided enough offense to hold on for the 16-point victory.

    Lady Vols Win Big Over Missouri

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The #9 Tennessee Lady Vols routed Missouri, 84-39, in the first meeting between the teams as SEC foes before 10,967 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night. The win was UT's fifth wire-to-wire win this season as the Lady Vols moved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. Missouri dropped to 12-5, 1-2 in the SEC.

    The win by 45 points was the largest for the Lady Vols in a conference game since UT thumped Alabama by 65 points, 110-45 on Jan. 6, 2011.
    Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols in scoring with 18 points.

    Isabelle Harrison posted her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

    Bashaara Graves tallied 16 points for her 12th game this season in double-figures. Taber Spani chipped in 11.

    Tennessee limited Missouri to just 19.7 percent from the floor. That is the best defensive effort for the Lady Vols since holding Arkansas to 18.2 percent last season.  The Lady Vols forced 22 turnovers while committing just six.

    Missouri made just four 2-point shots in the game on 30 attempts. The Tigers' 36 3-point attempts set a Thompson-Boling Arena record for a women's game.

    Some huge advantages for Tennessee came in the following categories: points in the paint (40-6), points off turnovers (24-5), second-chance points (22-0) and fast break points (21-2).

    After building a 27-point halftime lead, the second half was more of the same for Tennessee. The lead continued to grow throughout the final 20 minutes as the double-figure scorers piled up.

    Graves' 3-point play with 13:25 left put UT ahead 59-26. A 14-2 run by the Lady Vols put UT ahead 65-28 on a layup by Harrison with nine minutes left.

    A gorgeous fastbreak from Ariel Massengale to Simmons with 7:35 left put UT up 69-31.  The lead hit 40 with just under seven minutes left.

    Missouri was led by Morgan Eye, who tallied 18 points. She set a Thompson-Boling Arena with 17 3-point field goal attempts as she made six. She broke the record of Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund, who attempted 16 in 2008.

    Tennessee led 48-21 at intermission as Harrison nearly had a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. The point total of 48 and margin of +27 were the largest for the Lady Vols in an SEC game since leading Alabama 58-22 (+36) on Jan. 6, 2011.
    Tennessee limited Missouri to just 19.4 percent from the floor in the first half including 1-of-17 on 2-point field goals.

    The Lady Vols took control early building a 12-3 lead less than seven minutes into the game. The lead ballooned to 18 points at 26-8 on a lay-up by Taber Spani with less than 12 minutes in the first half.

    The lead moved to 20 at 33-13 on a Kamiko Williams bucket with 9:18 left in the first half.

    The margin continued to grow as Tennessee took a 40-13 lead on a Simmons free throw with 7:17 left in the half. Simmons layup with less than five minutes left made it 44-16.


    Bonds Leads Four Gators in Double-Figure Scoring in Win at Mississippi State, 61-55

    Junior Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 17 points and the Gator’s post players stepped up and helped Florida earn a 61-55 victory against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday evening.

    Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) scored 12 points with nine rebounds, freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky) scored 10 points with nine boards and junior center Vicky McIntyre (Omaha, Neb.) contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Gators who earned their first Southeastern Conference road victory of the year.

    It was a tight ballgame throughout with Florida’s largest lead of the contest was nine points twice, as the Bulldogs quickly answered both times.

    With the Gators (13-4, 2-1 SEC) holding a 51-42 lead with 8:30 remaining, MSU ripped off a 10-0 run behind a pair of three-pointers from Kendra Grant, who finished with a game-high 23 points, and took a 52-51 lead with 4:30 remaining.

    Bonds answered 25 seconds later with a driving layup through traffic and started a game-ending 10-3 run that included six points from the free throw line.


    Arkansas Picks Up Home Win Over LSU

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team earned their first SEC win on Thursday, defeating the LSU Tigers 63-54 at Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks were propelled by a career high 14 points by senior Erin Gatling, and Quistelle Williams’ third double-double of the season.

    Making her first start at Arkansas, Gatling displayed a strong shooting touch all night. She made her first four shots, including a career high in three pointers made with three. Gatling finished the game with 14 points, and added two steals and two assists.           

    “Erin made my decision to start her at the two spot look good,” Arkansas head coach Collen said. “She hit those two threes to start. My hunch all along was that she was prepared. I knew she’d come out and compete.”
    Arkansas had a hot start out of the gate. Gatling opened the scoring with a three pointer on the first possession. That keyed an opening 14-0 run, with Gatling adding another three and LSU missing their first eight shots.

    The Tigers responded with an 11-3 run to cut into the deficit. The Tigers had cut the lead to two points at 20-18 when the Razorbacks got hot from long range. On consecutive possessions, Melissa Wolff, Calli Berna, and Keira Peak all swished three pointers to extend the lead.
    The Razorbacks finished off a strong opening stanza by taking a 31-25 lead into halftime. Arkansas had a 24-19 advantage in rebounds in the first half, forced nine turnovers, and blocked three shots.

    Gatling picked up where she left off in the second frame, knocking down a career high third three pointer of the game to open up a double digit lead at 38-28. The Tigers roared back, posting an 11-1 run to tie the game at 44 with twelve minutes remaining, and take their final lead of the game at 48-46.  
    Williams spurred the Razorbacks back into the lead for good by scoring on two consecutive possessions, and added a three pointer to send Arkansas on a 9-0 run over a 2:30 stretch to retake and extend their lead to 55-48.

    Arkansas never relinquished that lead, finishing the game on a 15-6 run to earn their first conference victory. Williams also set a career high with 12 rebounds. She also had 13 points for her third double-double of the season.

    Gators Hold Off Bulldogs

    Junior Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 17 points and the Gator’s post players stepped up and helped Florida earn a 61-55 victory against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday evening.

    Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) scored 12 points with nine rebounds, freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky) scored 10 points with nine boards and junior center Vicky McIntyre (Omaha, Neb.) contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Gators who earned their first Southeastern Conference road victory of the year.

    It was a tight ballgame throughout with Florida’s largest lead of the contest was nine points twice, as the Bulldogs quickly answered both times.

    With the Gators (13-4, 2-1 SEC) holding a 51-42 lead with 8:30 remaining, MSU ripped off a 10-0 run behind a pair of three-pointers from Kendra Grant, who finished with a game-high 23 points, and took a 52-51 lead with 4:30 remaining.

    Bonds answered 25 seconds later with a driving layup through traffic and started a game-ending 10-3 run that included six points from the free throw line.

    Throughout the game Florida would score on more consecutive possessions, however, the Gators had several of those from the free throw line and came away with one point.

    MSU entered the game with a tendency of sending its opponent to the free throw line, with their previous two foes making a combined 75 trips.

    Thursday’s game continued that trend, as Florida attempted 39 shots from the charity stripe and made 25, with eight different Gators finding their way to the line paced by Bonds, who converted 8-of-10.

    “We had to play some great minutes down the stretch,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We didn’t play a lot of great minutes early in the ballgame but down the stretch I thought we played our best basketball, very much the way we finished against LSU (on Sunday). I’m really proud of our composure and being able to close it out, especially on someone else’s floor with a couple of players on their team that were having fantastic nights.”

    With Florida leading 57-55, Bonds was fouled with 57.8 seconds remaining, but came up with blood on her arm and needed to be subbed out. Freshman January Miller came in a made the first and missed the second, but Moss grabbed her eighth rebound of the game and the Gators maintained possession.

    Moss dished to Carlie Needles, who was immediately fouled. Needles converted one of two and Florida held a 60-55 lead with 51.8 seconds remaining.

    MSU missed its shot on its next offensive possession and Moss came away with the board, where she again found Needles, who hit one of two and the Gators held the 61-55 edge with 27 seconds left.

    The Bulldogs (8-8, 0-3 SEC) were able to get off just one shot in the final seconds that went awry.

    Florida committed 19 turnovers that MSU converted into 22 points, but held a commanding 47-30 rebounding advantage in the game.

    McIntyre scored the first points of the second half and gave Florida a 32-25 lead and similar to the start of the game, the teams traded scores, with MSU within four points before the Gators scored four straight and took a 38-30 advantage.

    It was the third double-figure scoring game of McIntyre’s Gator career, while Bonds tallied her 11th of the season and 39th of her career. Moss recorded her ninth double-figure scoring game and Lewis notched her eighth this year.

    The Gators used their sixth different starting lineup of the year, having to replace All-American Jennifer George, who suffered a shoulder injury against LSU on Sunday. George, UF’s leading scorer and rebounder, played a limited role on Thursday.

    Florida’s other post players rallied for George, who did play in spurts, as Kayla Lewis stepped up with seven points and four rebounds in the first half, Vicky McIntyre added four points and Christin Mercer chipped in three points and two rebounds.

    Neither team shot the ball well to begin the game, as Florida made just one of its first four, but better than MSU’s 1-of-6 effort.

    McIntyre, who got her second start of the year, scored the first field goal of the game before Bonds added two free throws. The teams traded scores for the next few minutes when both teams continued to struggle with their respective shots.

    McIntyre’s second bucket of the game sparked a 7-0 run, as Lewis scored five straight points and Florida held an early 14-5 lead.

    “I was really proud of the way Vicky played,” Butler praised. “She was a difference-maker tonight. She knew she had to be and really stepped up and made the plays we expected her to make. Those blocks were huge. Her rebounds were huge. It was a really, really good all-around game for Mac and a great confidence builder for her going forward.”

    Mississippi State came right back with a 13-3 march and tied the score at 18-all with 6:31 remaining.

    Mercer completed her fourth three-point play of the season during the run, as the Lady Bulldogs began to find their stroke.

    During a four-minute span after Florida took an 18-13 lead, MSU hit 4-of-8 field goals and forced three of the Gator’s 11 first-half turnovers.

    Bonds converted a pair of free throws, followed by one from Sydney Moss and another bucket from Lewis and Florida took a 23-18 lead with 5:13 remaining in the period.

    MSU came right back with the next five points, getting the tying bucket off an inbounds play.

    Florida then turned up its defensive pressure, as Moss collected a steal and dribble the length of the court for a layin. Bonds followed with nearly an identical sequence, before Needles drilled a three-pointer from the top of the arc and gave the Gators a 30-23 lead with 1:41 remaining.

    MSU’s Carnecia Williams ended the scoring in the first half and Florida took the 30-25 lead entering the locker room.


    Georgia Picks Up Road Win In Tuscaloosa

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Jasmine Hassell scored 21 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as No. 13 Georgia defeated Alabama, 95-83, at Foster Auditorium on Thursday night.

    Tiaria Griffin posted 20 points, Jasmine James added 15, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 14 and Khaalidah Miller scored 13 to lead Georgia (14-2, 2-1 SEC) in a season-high offensive output. The tallies of freshmen Barbee and Griffin represented career-best outputs.

    The Lady Bulldogs connecting on a season-high 56.3 percent of their field goals. Five Lady Bulldogs shot better than 50 percent from the field and six collected five or more rebounds.

    "You look at the those lines, the lines are just outstanding," head coach Andy Landers said. "Everybody did a nice job with shooting the basketball. Defensively, I'm not sure anyone played well. Offensively, everyone played well, other than the turnovers. We also rebounded the ball well and we didn't blink. We just kind of played."

    Daisha Simmons scored 19 points to lead Alabama (10-6, 0-3 SEC).

    After a Jasmine Robinson three to open the second-half scoring pulled the Crimson Tide within 42-40, Georgia responded with a 16-4 run that bulged the margin to 58-44 with 14:59 remaining.

    The Tide pulled within single digits just once thereafter, at 66-57 on a Shafontaye Myers three. Georgia responded with an 8-0 run to quickly gain distance.

    The first half featured three ties and 10 lead changes.

    Georgia gained the game's most significant lead with a quick 8-0 surge over just 2:08 that culminated with consecutive jumpers by James and put the Lady Bulldogs up 16-10 at the 14:34 mark.

    Alabama reclaimed the lead on a Kaneisha Horn jumper that made it 18-17 and remained on top for roughly three minutes before a Miller jumper ignited a 19-11 run over the final 7:08 of the period.

    Tamika Willis was fouled with 1.3 seconds left in the period and converted both free throws to put Georgia up 42-37 at the intermission.

    Hassell ascended three spots among UGA's career scoring leaders during the win, moving past Pam Irwin-Osbolt, Carla Green and Cynthia Collins to slide from No. 30 to No. 27.