Georgia will return to the court on Thursday night when it hosts Alabama. The Gators will see action again on the same night when they travel to face Missouri in Columbia.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Vanderbilt hit the road on Sunday to face off with Alabama, and thanks to a heroic 27-point effort from Tiffany Clarke the Commodores headed back to Nashville with a 67-58 win over the Crimson Tide. Clarke knocked down nine of her 15 shot attempts on the day while also hauling in a game-high 15 rebounds to record the double-double.
Vandy (14-6, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) took control of the game with eight minutes remaining in the second half, pulling ahead for good after 32 minutes of closely contested basketball. With the game tied at 48, the Commodores finished the half on a 19-10 run to put the Tide (12-8, 2-5) away and pick up their fourth conference victory of the year.
Christina Foggie and Heather Bowe turned in big performances for Vandy in addition to Clarke’s huge day, scoring 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Bowe complemented her 13 points with 13 rebounds, and the ’Dores owned the battle on the boards in a big way, finishing with a 45-27 advantage in rebounds. That large advantage on the class enabled Vanderbilt to overcome 26 turnovers and a lowly 20-percent conversion rate from 3-point range.
Alabama was led offensively by Daisha Simmons, who scored a team-best 15 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Shafontaye Myers did her part for the Tide as well, chipping in 13 points and three rebounds on the afternoon. Alabama shot 32.8 percent from the floor compared to 43.6 percent by Vandy.
Both squads will be back in action on Thursday evening, Vanderbilt on the road against Texas A&M and Alabama on the road against Georgia.
South Carolina Edges Arkansas in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It took a full 40 minutes to settle the battle between South Carolina and Arkansas on Sunday afternoon, but the Gamecocks came away with a 43-40 victory on the road. Arkansas’ Cali Berna knocked down a 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining to bring the Razorbacks within three points, but the Hogs were unable to close the gap in the final minute of the eventual loss.
Ashley Bruner paced the Gamecocks (18-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) with 11 points on the afternoon to go along with seven rebounds. Although Arkansas kept things close throughout the day, South Carolina led for the majority of the game, only trailing in 3-2 in the early going before taking control for good.
Tiffany Mitchell added eight points for the Gamecocks in the win, while Ieasia Walker and Aleighsa Welch chipped in seven apiece. The win for USC was mostly a product of solid defense, as the Gamecocks turned the ball over 15 times and lost the battle on the boards despite coming out on top. Arkansas (14-6, 2-5) was limited to 32 percent from the floor and just 25 percent from 3-point range as a team.
Jhasmin Bowen dropped in a game-high 13 points for the Razorbacks in the loss, connecting on six of her 10 shots while grabbing four rebounds. Quistelle Williams added eight points and 10 boards for the Hogs, but it was not enough to overcome the Gamecocks and avoid a fifth conference loss on the season.
Arkansas’ next outing will come on Thursday night at Ole Miss, while the Gamecocks will take a week off before hosting Auburn next Sunday.
Mississippi State Takes Care of Business Against Ole Miss
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State hosted in-state rival Ole Miss on Sunday and sent the Rebels packing with a 15-point loss, notching a 72-57 win at The Hump. Martha Alwal poured in a game-high 23 points for MSU (9-11, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) to help the Bulldogs pick up their first conference victory of the season.
Alwal was not only impressive in the scoring column, but she also pulled down 11 rebounds to secure the double-double. She connected on 10-of-13 shots on the afternoon as well to put the icing on her well-rounded performance. Alwal received plenty of help from her running mates, as three other Bulldogs scored in double figures on the afternoon.
Kendra Grant dropped 18 points and six rebounds, Katia May scored 15 points and Carnecia Williams added 11 and five rebounds. As a team, MSU enjoyed great success from the field, converting on 29-of-52 shots throughout the game for a 55.8 percent shooting mark. Conversely, the Rebels only managed to hit 18-of-66 field goals (27 percent), and just 4-of-14 from 3-point range.
Diara Moore paced the Rebels offensively with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting, while Danielle McCray chipped in 10 points and six boards. Tia Faleru put in a team-high 16 points and five rebounds off the bench to help the effort, but 15 turnovers and a poor shooting day were too much to overcome.
Both teams will be back on the court on Thursday night, Mississippi State at Tennessee and Ole Miss hosting Arkansas in Oxford.
Mathies Paces Kentucky in Win Over LSU
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A’dia Methies was at it again for Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, dropping 15 points for the Wildcats in a 73-60 win over visiting LSU. Mathies set the tone for the Wildcats (19-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference), hitting on 50 percent of her field goals in the win.
Kentucky finished the game on a 34-22 run to pull away from the Tigers (12-8, 3-4) after leading by one point with 14 minutes left to play. A Bishop dropped in 17 points for Kentucky off the bench to go along with 5 rebounds, connecting on seven of her 10 shots in the process. S Walker chipped in 10 points for the Cats, who now have seven conference wins on the year.
Kentucky has now won 18 of its last 19 contests.
T Plaisance kept the Tigers in the game with a 19-point, eight-rebounds effort, and A Webb added 18 points and five rebounds of her own in the loss. B Lutley scored eight to go along with five rebounds, but the Tigers were unable to overcome 16 giveaways on the day.
Kentucky will be back in action next Sunday against Georgia, while LSU will take the court on Thursday night at Auburn.
Texas A&M Runs Past Mizzou in College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M received a balanced effort from its starters on Sunday afternoon against Missouri to help take down the Tigers by a final score of 77-58. Adrienne Pratcher led the way for the Aggies (16-5, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists on sixty percent shooting.
In addition to Pratcher’s effort, the Aggies also received a collective boost from Kelsey Bone and Kristi Bullock, who combined for 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in the winning effort. Bone snagged 10 boards and dished out five assists to go along with 16 points on the day, adding another well-rounded effort to her resume. Bullock dropped 10 points in addition to five rebounds and three assists.
Peyton Little played big in 20 minutes of action off the bench, chipping in 17 points for the Aggies on six-of-nine shooting. TAMU connected on 45 percent of its shots as a team on the afternoon, including a red-hot 63 percent clip from downtown.
Bri Kulas led the way on the offensive end for Mizzou (13-8, 2-5) with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Morgan Eye added nine points in the loss in 25 minutes of playing time off the bench, but it was not enough to overcome 17 turnovers and a 35-25 rebounding deficit.
Texas A&M will hit the court again on Thursday night when it hosts Vanderbilt, while Mizzou will host Florida on the same night.