OXFORD, Miss. – Jasmine Hassell dropped 23 points for No. 13 Georgia on Sunday and the Lady Bulldogs never trailed in a 73-54 win over Ole Miss. UGA (23-4, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 27 points in the rout while limiting the Rebels to just 30 percent shooting.
Georgia entered the half with a 13-point advantage before blowing the game wide open after the break. The Lady Dawgs poured in 40 points in the final 20 minutes of the game to pull away from Ole Miss (9-18, 2-12), and UGA ended the afternoon with a 50 percent shooting mark from the field. Georgia forced 11 turnovers from the Rebs and won the rebounding battle by a final tally of 37 to 32.
Shacobia Barbee added 13 points and six rebounds for the Lady Dawgs in the winning effort, connecting on six of her seven shot attempts in the process. Tiara Griffin also broke into double figures for Georgia, chipping in 12 points to go along with two boards and two assists.
The Lady Bulldogs did not allow a single Ole Miss player to eclipse the 10-point mark offensively on the afternoon. Three Rebels came close with nine points apiece, but Valencia McFarland’s nine-points and seven rebounds highlighted the day for Ole Miss in a home loss.
Both teams will be back in action on Thursday night, Georgia at Mississippi State and Ole Miss at home against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Tennessee Rallies for Win at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Down by as many as 11 early in the second half, No. 11/10 Tennessee rallied for a 60-54 win at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday afternoon. The win keeps the Lady Vols in sole possession of first place in the SEC with a 13-1 league mark to go with a 22-5 overall record.
Meighan Simmons led Tennessee with a game-high 18 points, while grabbing seven rebounds. The Lady Vols have won five games in a row heading into their final two regular-season games against the teams pushing for the perch in the SEC: Kentucky and Texas A&M, as each stands at 11-2 in the league. Both teams are in action on Sunday, but have not completed their games.
It was the fourth time this season Tennessee rallied from a halftime deficit and second-largest overall comeback. UT trailed by as many as 12 vs. MTSU on Nov. 28, 2012, but rallied to win in overtime, 88-81.
Taber Spani netted 14 while Bashaara Graves tallied 11 and grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.
Arkansas (17-10, 5-9 SEC) was led by Quistelle Williams, who had 15 points.
Tennessee used a 10-0 run early in the second half to rally from a 36-33 deficit with 15:35 left to take a 43-36 lead on a Spani 3-pointers with 12:48 remaining. The Lady Vols never trailed after that point.
Arkansas continued to battle and keep the game within striking distance but were unable to pull off the upset.
The Razorbacks cut the margin to one at 51-50 on a Sarah Watkins jumper with 3:32 left in the second half.
A big bucket as the shot clock was winding down by Spani with 43 seconds left on the clock put the Lady Vols ahead, 56-50.
Free throws sealed the game in the final minutes as Ariel Massengale and Spani each made a pair in the final 25 seconds.
The Razorbacks outscored Tennessee 19-5 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to hold a 28-19 lead at halftime. Tennessee had built a 14-7 lead midway through the half, but turnovers (13) and poor shooting (26.9 percent) let to the Lady Vols falling behind.
Tennessee leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 24-2 including a 12-1 mark in Fayetteville. The win for the Lady Vols gained a measure of revenge as Arkansas upset UT last season, 72-71 in Knoxville on Feb. 23, 2012.
Tennessee closes its home regular-season schedule on Thursday as No. 10 Texas A&M comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Aggies are one game behind Tennessee in the SEC standings at 11-2.
Florida Claims a Win at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Florida traveled to Tuscaloosa on Sunday afternoon to face Alabama, and the Gators headed back to Gainesville with a 67-61 win over the Crimson Tide. Jaterra Bonds led the way for UF (15-12, 5-9 Southeastern Conference) with 15 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
The Gators led Alabama (12-14, 2-12) by a point entering the break and held off the Tide in the final 20 minutes with a 35-point effort in the second half. Kayla Lewis did her part alongside Bonds, pouring in 14 points while hauling in 11 rebounds to complete her double-double performance. Lewis’ strong effort on the glass helped Florida haul in 40 total boards.
Lily Svete chipped in 11 points in the winning effort for Florida, while Jennifer George scored six in addition to eight rebounds.
Alabama was led by Shafontaye Myers, who scored a team-high 15 points on six-of-15 shooting. Meghan Perkins added 14 and five rebounds for Bama, while Jasmine Robinson tacked on 11 points as well. As a unit, Alabama shot 34 percent from the floor compared to a 43 percent mark from the Gators.
South Carolina Holds Off Mississippi State
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina's defense led them to a 58-41 victory over Mississippi State at the Colonial Life Arena. Sophomore Aleighsa Welch led the Gamecocks with a career high 20 points along with 11 rebounds. The Gamecock defense forced 20 Mississippi State turnovers while grabbing 14 steals, a season high for the team.
Khadijah Sessions chipped in 11 points of her own in the victory on three-of-six shooting and Elem Ibiam also added 11 points to go along with three rebounds. The Gamecocks (22-5, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) knocked down 38 percent of their shots on the afternoon while holding the Bulldogs (12-15, 4-10) to 36 percent on the other end.
South Carolina led by as many as 20 points throughout the game and never trailed at any point in the win. Stingy defense held MSU to just 13 assists on the offensive end of the floor.
Martha Alwal scored 13 points to pace the Bulldogs and she also led the team in rebounds with six. No other MSU player managed to score in double figures, but Darriel Gaynor and Carnecia Williams came close with nine apiece.
Both teams will now look ahead to Thursday night games, South Carolina at Missouri and Mississippi State at home against Georgia.
Short-Handed LSU Able to Hold On & Beat UK
BATON ROUGE -- Two days after beating Missouri in overtime, eight players dressed for the LSU women's basketball team and the Lady Tigers knocked off No. 7 Kentucky on Sunday, 77-72.
LSU (17-10, 8-6 SEC), which won for the fourth-straight time, built a 13-point lead before Kentucky (23-4, 11-3 SEC) battled back to tie the game at 64-64 with 4:03 to play.
The Wildcats' four-game win streak was snapped.
LSU guard Jeanne Kenney came off the bench to score a career-best 22 points, including a three-pointer with less than four minutes to play that gave the Lady Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinqush.
LSU forward Theresa Plaisance added 19 points.
Auburn Rallies to Take Out Mizzou
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn Tigers overcame a 15-point deficit on Sunday afternoon to down Missouri by a final score of 67-59 at home. Blanche Alverson paced the offensive effort for the Tigers with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Alverson connected on eight of her 14 shots for the game while also dishing out five assists in a stat-stuffing performance. Hasina Muhammad did her part for Auburn as well, dropping in 13 points on six-of-11 shooting to go along with two boards and three dimes. As a squad, Auburn finished with a 43.6 percent clip from the field, which included a six-of-13 showing from 3-point range. Conversely, the Tigers limited Mizzou to just 37 percent overall.
Tyrese Tanner added 11 points for Auburn on the day, while Chadarryl Clay also chipped in 11 points in relief duty off the bench.
Morgan Eye did her best for Mizzou (15-13, 4-10) with 18 points and five boards, but it was not enough in the end. Bri Kulas added 13 points while shooting 50 percent, but no other Mizzou Tigers were able to crack into double digits in the scoring column.
Mizzou turned the ball over 19 times on the afternoon while only recording 12 assists on the other end, and Auburn won the rebounding battle by a final tally of 31 to 25.
Clarke Scores 30 to Help Vandy Down TAMU
NASHVILLE - Senior Tiffany Clarke scored a career-high 30 points as the Vanderbilt women's basketball team handed No. 10 Texas A&M just its third Southeastern Conference loss of the season, 61-51, Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium.
Clarke's impressive afternoon marks the first time since Jan. 26, 2012, that a Commodore has reached the 30-point plateau. Senior Elan Brown added 12 points, while junior Jasmine Lister had 11. Freshman Morgan Batey pulled down a personal-best 11 rebounds for the Commodores, who improved to 18-9 on the season and 8-6 in SEC play.
Full recap to follow.