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    Women's Basketball RESULTS
    LSU 62, Georgia 54
    Tennessee 97, Ole Miss 68
    Mississippi State 61, Mizzou 58
    Arkansas 91, Alabama 80 (3 OT)
    Florida 65, Auburn 57
    Texas A&M 50, South Carolina 48
    Kentucky 75, Vanderbilt 53


    LSU Knocks Off No. 9 Georgia

    BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 9 Georgia hit the road on Sunday afternoon to take on LSU, and the Bulldogs were sent home from Baton Rouge with a 62-54 defeat at the hands of the Tigers. Theresa Plaisance led the scoring effort for LSU (14-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) with 13 points to go along with nine boards.
     
    The game was closely contested throughout, with LSU leading by no more than eight points and Georgia (20-4, 8-3) leading by no more than four at any point. With the game knotted at 40 with 11 minutes to play in the second half, the Tigers made their move and finished the game on a 22-14 run to separate themselves from the Dawgs and secure the home win.
     
    Adrienne Webb and Jeanne Kenney had big afternoons for the Tigers, with Webb dropping in 12 points and five boards while Kenney added 11 points, four rebounds and five assists. As a team, LSU connected on 34 percent of its field goal attempts on the day, including just 23 percent of its 3-point attempts. While the Tigers didn’t shoot the lights out, they managed to subdue the Georgia offense and hold the Bulldogs to just 30 percent overall and 17 percent from 3-point land. 
     
    Jasmine Hassell led the offensive effort for UGA, scoring a game-high 18 points to go along with a 12-rebound performance in the double-double. Tiaria Griffin added 10 points and three rebounds for the Dawgs off the bench, but no other Georgia player managed to score in double figures for the game.
     
    Georgia will not take a week off before trying to get back on track against Florida, while the Tigers will also rest up for a week before taking on Mississippi State.



    Tennessee Routs Ole Miss 

    KNOXVILLE - Led by junior Meighan Simmons who finished with 24 points, the Tennessee women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back finishing with a 97-68 victory over Ole Miss (8-15, 1-9 SEC) in front of a crowd of 11,727 at Thompson-Boling Arena Sunday.
    It was the ninth wire-to-wire win of the season for the Lady Vols (19-5, 10-1) and their fourth in conference play.
     
    Five Tennessee players tallied double-digit scoring for the sixth time this season en route to a 59.4 shooting percentage, the highest of the season. The Lady Vols shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half putting up 57 points in the frame on the scoreboard, the most in any half this season and the most since a 58-point first half against Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011, a game UT won 110-45.
     
    With her team-leading 24 points, Simmons moved into 26th place on the all-time scoring list finishing the day with 1,319 points passing Tonya Edwards (1,309). It was the eighth time this season that Simmons registered over 20 points and the 18th time in her career.
     
    Bashaara Graves notched her ninth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards, tying Tamika Catchings for fourth-most double-doubles by a Lady Vol freshman. While fellow freshman Nia Moore notched 12 points, a career-high, in just 10 minutes of play.
     
    Aiding Simmons was sophomore Ariel Massengale who dished out eight assists one off of her season-high (9) while Kamiko Williams added five helpers, one off of her career-high (6).
     
    The Lady Vols began the game off on a 16-2 run and cruised the rest of the way holding Ole Miss to just one field goal in the first seven and a half minutes of play.
     
    The Rebels briefly got back into the game closing the gap to 28-23 with six minutes left in the first half. However, the Lady Vols finished the half on a 12-4 run to earn a 13-point, 40-27 halftime lead, marking the 12th time that Tennessee tallied at least 40 points at the half this season.
     
    In the second half, the Lady Vols grabbed a 20-point lead on a 3-pointer by Taber Spani, extending a 14-4 run with just under 13 minutes remaining in the game.
     
    The Lady Vols extended their lead to 22-points as Simmons took a no-look pass from Cierra Burdick and drained her second three of the game with 8:21 left to play en route to the 29-point victory.
     
    Tennessee will return to action next Sunday, February 17 when they take on Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena at 5 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2. 



    Mississippi State Edges Mizzou

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Katia May poured in 16 points for Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon and the Bulldogs took down Missouri, 61-56. May’s big afternoon was a product of a 5-for-9 shooting performance that included three rebounds and three assists.
     
    As a team, Mississippi State (11-12, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) connected on 38 percent of its field goal attempts, and the Bulldogs were especially hot from 3-point range where they hit six of their 11 shots. Contrarily, MSU limited Mizzou (15-9, 4-6) to just 38 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
     
    Darriel Gaynor and Martha Alwal had good outings for Mississippi State on the day, dropping in 14 points apiece in the win and combining for 16 rebounds. Alwal dominated on the boards, hauling in 15 rebounds on her own to help Mississippi State stay close in the rebounding battle. Kendra Grant chipped in in the winning effort as well, adding nine points for MSU.
     
    Liene Priede led the scoring effort for Mizzou with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and she also pulled down five boards and dished out three assists. Bri Kulas and Liz Smith dropped 10 points apiece for the Tigers, while Sydney Crafton added seven in the losing effort.
     
    Missouri was forced into 20 turnovers on the day while MSU limited itself to just 10 giveaways. 
     
    MSU will get back on the court Thursday night against Ole Miss, while Mizzou will also play Thursday against Vanderbilt.



    Arkansas Wins in Triple Overtime

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It took three overtimes, career nights from Dominque Wilson and Jhasmin Bowen and five players fouled out but the University of Arkansas women's basketball team hung on for a 91-80 triple overtime win at Alabama in Southeastern Conference play in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday.
     
    The win moves the Razorbacks to 16-8 overall and 4-7 while Bama fell to 12-12 and 2-9 in the SEC.
     
    Wilson, a freshman from Power Springs, Ga., stepped up with 19 points including an 8-for-8 night from the free throw line for Arkansas.  Wilson hit a pair of bonus shots to send the game into the first overtime and added a big three in the overtime period to keep the game alive.
     
    Bowen also had a career night with 19 points and eight rebounds.  The Wichita, Kan., native played 38 minutes after senior Sarah Watkins fouled out in regulation.
     
    Senior Quistelle Williams had her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  The Grand Rapids, Mich., native hit two big three-pointers in the big win.
     
    "I'm worn out," a happy Tom Collen said.  "It was about who had the will and could find a way to win.  I don't think I've ever been more proud of a team.  We have been so close so many times and I think we deserved this.  Alabama did a great job but I'm just so happy for our team."
     
    Alabama had the momentum from the opening tip and controlled the first half of the game.  Arkansas maintained its composure and scratched back into the game in the second half and took the lead as the game wore on.  Up three, 58-55, at the end of regulation, Bama drove the floor and Shafontaye Myers hit a fall away three-pointer with three seconds on the clock to tie the game and send it to the first overtime period.
     
    The game moved into the second overtime frame and Arkansas again had the three-point lead, 68-65 with 18 ticks on the clock.  Arkansas let the Crimson Tide run the floor and burn some time and Myers again stepped up with a deep three tying the game and sending it to the second overtime.
     
    Alabama came out on fire in the second bonus frame and the Razorbacks were down seven points fast.  With just under two minutes to play, Williams hit a three-pointer to spark Arkansas.  The defense answered for the Razorbacks getting a stop and the Tide committed a foul on a missed shot.
     
    Bowen stepped to the line and drained two free throws with 39 seconds on the clock but Arkansas still trailed by two, 73-75.
     
    Collen elected to foul at this point and Alabama hit one of two bonus shots but left 14 seconds on the clock for the Razorbacks.  Arkansas drove the floor and the ball found its way to Wilson's hands.  The freshman calmly stepped back and drained a three pointer with the clock winding down tying the contest at 76 and forcing the third overtime period.
     
    The Razorbacks carried that momentum over into the final frame going on a 10-2 run to start the overtime as they hung on for the 91-80 triple period win at Alabama.
     
    Five players scored in double figures for Arkansas paced by 19 points from Wilson and Bowen.  Senior Erin Gatling added 13 points and Calli Berna and Williams had 12 points each.  Williams posted a traditional double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Berna also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists in the win.
     
    Arkansas has a bye Thursday before returning to SEC action hosting Missouri Sunday Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.



    Gators Beat Auburn on the Road

    Four Gators scored in double-figures and another collected 11 rebounds and Florida defeated Auburn, 65-57, on the road for the first time since Feb. 29, 2004.
     
    The Gators (15-9, 4-6 SEC) trailed by nine points early in the game, but regrouped to tie it by halftime and then took control of the second half, outscoring the Tigers (13-11, 2-9 SEC), 39-31 in the final 20 minutes for its second Southeastern Conference road victory of the season.
     
    “It was a tremendous second-half,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We played about 30 minutes of really good basketball. We had a slow start again, but I’m really proud of our team for not letting that set the tone for the whole game. When we finally shook that off and decided how good Auburn was and experienced how we needed to play to beat them, I thought we made great changes in intensity.”
     
    Freshman Christin Mercer (Douglasville, Ga.) led the Gators with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds and just missing her second consecutive double-double.
     
    Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) added 11 points and seven rebounds with two blocks and a pair of steals, while Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) scored all of her 11 points in the second half and all from the free throw line where she connected on 11 of 14 attempts.
     
    Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) nailed three three-pointers en route to 11 points, with all three of her treys coming in the final 7:16 of the game and each seeming to come after Auburn tied to gain some momentum.
     
    Freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) collected a career and game-high 11 rebounds, while scoring nine points with a team-best six assists, and helped Florida to the 48-35 rebounding win.
     
    “We had amazing play from different people at different times in the ballgame,” Butler praised. “In the first half, January Miller gave us a great spark and really brought us alive with her two threes. I can’t say enough about the way that Lily (Svete) played today. Her threes in the second half were huge. What’s not as obvious is how Lily played on defense. She played a great defensive game. We had a very, very specific defensive game plan and Lily followed it to a ‘T.’ I’m really, really proud of the way she played.”
     
    Similar to the first half, Mercer scored the first points of the period and Auburn countered with the next four, but this time the Gators didn’t allow the Tigers to march off 11 straight points.
     
    George used her upperbody strength to convert a layup as she was falling down after being fouled and then converted the ensuing free throw that gave UF a 31-30 lead.
     
    Bonds followed with two more points from the charity stripe for the Gators, who then held their largest lead of three points with 17:07 remaining.
     
    The teams traded buckets for the next minute and a half before Blanche Alverson, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, knocked down three free throws and tied the game at 35-all.
     
    Bonds connected on two from the line for Florida before Tyrese Tanner, who ended with a game-high 17 points, hit a bucket and the game was tied for the sixth and final time, as Moss hit a bucket and sparked a 10-1 run and the Gator’s lead grew to nine points, 47-38, with 8:07 remaining.
     
    Moss scored two more buckets, both off offensive rebounds, and Kayla Lewis added four more points, including the final two on a fastbreak layup.
     
    Alverson halted UF’s run of eight straight points with a deep three-pointer, but Moss hit one free throw. She missed the second and Lewis corralled the rebound and found Svete open on the wing where she nailed her first three-pointer.
     
    Auburn hit two more free throws, before Svete struck again from deep and Florida led 54-43 with 6:26 remaining.
     
    The teams traded scores over the next two minutes, before Svete canned her third three-pointer that gave Florida a 59-47 lead with 3:37 on the clock. That would be the Gator’s final field goal of the contest, as the team was able to convert 6-of-10 the rest of the way to earn the big road victory.
     
    Florida converted just one of its first nine shot attempts and committed seven turnovers that helped Auburn sprint out to an 11-2 lead during the first eight minutes and 12 seconds of the game.
     
    Christin Mercer scored the game’s first points, before the Tigers ripped off the next 11, with six points coming from Tyrese Tanner. Moss dished the assists on that first field goal, her 75th assist of the season.
     
    January Miller finally halted UF’s cold streak and Auburn’s run with a three-pointer from the right side. Tanner quickly answered with a long jumper for the Tigers, but Mercer stuck again inside and Miller drained another trey that brought the Gators within three points, 13-10, with 9:33 to go in the first half.
     
    The teams traded field goals for the next two minutes, as Florida remained within one point of the Tigers as the Gators hit 6-of-8 following their game-opening tough shooting stretch.
     
    After Svete knocked down two free throws, her first attempts since Dec. 21 against Central Michigan, that brought Florida with one with 5:49 remaining, George hit a tough turnaround in the paint and gave the Gators a 20-19 lead.
     
    Hasina Muhammad struck back 14 seconds later and swung the lead back in Auburn’s favor, as she tacked on two more free throws for a three-point lead with 3:13 to go.
     
    Mercer again dropped another short shot, but Blanche Alverson connected on three free throws after being fouled on a long-range attempt and Auburn’s lead was back at four, 26-22, with 1:46 remaining.
     
    Mercer scored her 10th point of the half on another field goal, before Moss connected on a bucket inside with 46 seconds on the clock that tied the game at 26.
     
    Those were the final points of the period, as Florida found a way to erase an early nine-point deficit and ended the frame with a 36.7 percent (11-30) shooting mark and had just 10 turnovers after committed seven in the first eight-plus minutes of the game.
     
    The Gators return to action on Thursday, Feb. 14, when the team travels to College Station, Texas, and plays No. 14/16 Texas A&M. The start time for the Valentine’s Day contest is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET and will be televised live by CSS (COX Sports/Charter Sports Southeast), which can be seen in Gainesville on Cox channel 259.



    Texas A&M Narrowly Beats South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kelsey Bone scored 13 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.7 seconds left, in her return to South Carolina as No. 14 Texas A&M outlasted the 15th-ranked Gamecocks 50-48 on Sunday.
     
    Bone was the Southeastern Conference's newcomer of the year in 2010 when she was a Gamecocks freshman before transferring. She was bottled up most of the second half by South Carolina's defense, but grabbed Adrienne Pratcher's missed 3-pointer and went up strong for the decisive basket.
     
    Ieasia Walker's 3-point try was off the mark as South Carolina's six-game win streak came to an end.
     
    Bone also collected 15 boards for her 11th double-double of the season and her fourth of the SEC season.
     
    Pratcher and Courtney Walker each had 10 points for the Aggies (19-5, 9-1), who were held to their second fewest points this season.
     
    Ieasia Walker led South Carolina (20-4, 8-3) with 16 points.



    Kentucky Runs Past Vanderbilt

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A’dia Mathies has been tremendous all year for Kentucky, but she was even better on Sunday afternoon in the Wildcats’ 75-53 win over Vanderbilt. Mathies dropped a season-best 28 points for UK (21-3, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) in the win, the second straight road victory for the team overall.
     
    Bria Goss added 15 points for Kentucky, while Samarie Walker and Jennifer O’Neill chipped in with 10 apiece. Kentucky shot 43 percent as a team overall, including a hot 45.5-percent mark from 3-point range.
     
    Vandy (15-8, 5-5) was led by Tiffany Clarke’s 20-point effort, while Christina Foggie added 12 for the Commodores before leaving with an injured knee. Vanderbilt has now lost five of its last eight games.
     
    Kentucky will finish the stretch run of the season with five of their seven remaining SEC contests on the road.