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    SEC Women's Hoops Central - 2/14

    WoMen's Basketball RESULTS
    Kentucky 78,  South Carolina 74
    Vanderbilt 62,  Missouri 46
    Ole Miss 65,  Mississippi State 51
    Texas A&M 78,  Florida 71

     

    Kentucky Wins Thriller Over South Carolina, 78-74

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - No. 16/14 South Carolina saw a late run and clutch shooting in the final minute deliver a 78-74 loss at No. 9/7 Kentucky Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. The Gamecocks (20-5, 8-4 SEC) shot a season-high 56.0 percent and scored more points than they had all season in SEC play, but the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2) broke a 72-72 tie in the final 1:14 to secure the win. Senior forward Ashley Bruner finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. Aleighsa Welch and Elem Ibiam scored 15 points each to lead five Gamecocks in double figures.

    After withstanding the Wildcats’ initial surge, South Carolina matched Kentucky basket-for-basket but found itself down 16-13 with 12:09 left in the half. Undaunted, the Gamecocks put on a 13-2 run that gave them control of the half. Tiffany Mitchell got the surge started with a drive to get the Gamecocks within a point at 16-15.

    The Wildcats twice got within six points, but South Carolina closed the half on a 12-4 run sparked by 10 points from Dozier. She opened with a 3-pointer form the left corner, and, after a UK turnover, she adding a driving layup for a 37-26 lead, the Gamecocks’ largest of the half. Bria Goss hit a pair of free throws for the Wildcats, but it was just a blip as Dozier went back to work with a transition layup, and Bruner put back a miss to make it a 13-point margin. When Dozier capped the half with a 3 from the right wing just before the buzzer, the Gamecocks took a 14-point lead into the locker room.

    Kentucky amped up the pressure early in the second half, being aggressive on both sides of the ball to cut the South Carolina lead in half with a 12- 5 run that left the Gamecocks up 49-42 just four minutes in to the period. The game see-sawed back and fourth with the Wildcats hovering around a six-point deficit thanks to repeated trips to the free throw line. Kentucky scored 12 points in a nearly six-minute span all from the charity stripe, and when Goss curled in the lane for a runner, the Wildcats were within two at 68-66 with 5:46 to play.

    Both teams came up empty on three possessions as play got even more physical. After a defensive rebound, Kentucky looked to score in transition. The Gamecocks stopped the initial push, but A’dia Mathies trailed the play and a 3 from the right wing to put Kentucky up 69-68 with 3:46 to play. Bruner’s free throw tied it up, but Kastine Evans hit a 3-pointer from the left side for a 72-69 Wildcat advantage. The Gamecocks answered with a basket from Bruner underneath and a free throw from Khadijah Sessions to knot the game 72-72 with 1:14 to play.

    After an offensive foul called on Kentucky, the Gamecocks misfired on the other end. Evans hit from the right block to put the Wildcats back in front as the home crowd reached a fever pitch with just 25 seconds on the clock.  O’Neill hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 76-72 with 16 seconds to play. Bruner scored a quick layup, but Evans sealed it at the free throw line.

    The Wildcats capitalized on 22 South Carolina turnovers, converting them into 24 points.
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    Ole Miss Comes From Behind To Beat State

    OXFORD, Miss. – Valencia McFarland’s 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and an impressive second half led Ole Miss to a 65-51 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State Thursday night.

    With the win Ole Miss improved to 9-15 overall (2-9 SEC) while Mississippi State fell to 11-13 overall (3-8 SEC). Ole Miss snapped a six-game losing streak to State.

    Ole Miss trailed by as many as 12 in the first half before taking its first lead of the game with 13:36 and never looking back. The Rebels outscored the Lady Bulldogs 38-16 in the second half and used a 20-3 run to start the second half and break the game open.

    “I thought tonight’s game was a tale of two halves. Mississippi State came in and absolutely dominated us in the first half and were physical and dictated the way the game was being played. At halftime our kids took some ownership and took a step in the right direction in determining we wanted to play the game in our style and I felt that was the big difference in the game.”

    In addition to McFarland’s performance, Tia Faleru recorded her fourth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Kenyotta Jenkins added 10 points and eight rebounds.

    For the game, Ole Miss shot 37.7 percent from the floor (23-61) including 43.8 percent (14-32) in the second half.

    The Lady Bulldogs started the game on a 10-2 run and pushed its lead to 10 with 8:56 left in the half.  Jenkins scored six straight points for Ole Miss within the last three minutes of the game to cut the lead to six, 31-25, with 2:22 left in the half.

    Mississippi State led at the half, 35-27. Jenkins led Ole Miss with eight points in the first half while Diara Moore added six. The Rebels shot 31.0 percent (9-29) from the floor while the Lady Bulldogs shot 48.3 percent (14-29).

    The Rebels started the second half on a 20-3 run to take the lead 47-40 with 11:49 to play. The Rebels stretched their lead to 12, 54-42, on a layup from Tia Faleru with 6:04 left to play.

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    Vandy Wins First Ever Meeting With Mizzou

    NASHVILLE - Playing in its first game without second-leading scorer, Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt used a solid defensive effort to shut down the Missouri Tigers, 62-46, Thursday night at Memorial Gym.

    Vanderbilt (16-8, 6-5) won the first ever meeting between the two women's basketball programs, while sending Missouri (15-10, 4-7) to its second-straight loss.

    Four Commodores recorded double-digit scoring efforts to pick up some of the scoring that was missing from Foggie. Jasmine Lister led Vanderbilt with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Elan Brown scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half. Brown also pulled down seven rebounds and tied for the team lead with four assists.

    Heather Bowe scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help the Commodores pull away late, as Missouri tried to claw back into the game.

    Vanderbilt received great play off the bench from freshmen Jasmine Jenkins and Morgan Batey.

    Jenkins scored a career-high 10 points, while tying a career-high with six boards. Batey didn't need to score much to make an impact on the game, as she grabbed a game and career-high 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals.

    For the game, the Commodores shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 50 percent (5-of-10) from behind the three-point line. Vanderbilt also outrebounded Missouri, 38-29.

    Sydney Crafton led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while also recording a team-high seven rebounds for the Tigers. As a team, Missouri shot just 31 percent (18-of-58) from the floor and a miserable 14 percent (4-of-27) from beyond the arc.

    Vanderbilt used a 12-0 run late in the first half to create some distance just before halftime. Brown sparked the run with a trio of three-pointers, while the Commodores also received a boost from Batey and Jenkins off the bench.

    The Commodores led 29-20 at the half behind 11 first half points from Brown. Lister scored six points and had two assists.

    As a team, Vanderbilt shot 42 percent (11-of-26) from the field and 50 percent (3-of-6) from three-point range. The bench was able to provide some energy throughout the first half, as Vanderbilt outscored Missouri 10-3 in that category.

    Crafton led the Tigers with 11 points off 5-of-9 shooting, while also pulling down four rebounds. Missouri shot just 29 percent (8-of-27) from the field and only 15 percent (2-of-13) from behind the three-point line.

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    Aggies Win Eighth Straight

    Kelsey Bone scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Texas A&M to its eighth-straight win and 20th overall, 78-71 over Florida Thursday night at Reed Arena.