Daisha Simmons led Alabama with 17 points, while Jasmine Robinson chipped in 11 points and five boards. Alabama turned the ball over 10 times in the loss, and the large rebounding disparity to did not help matters for the Crimson Tide.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sarah Watkins poured in 22 points for Arkansas on Saturday to lead the Razorbacks to a 93-52 triumph over Ole Miss. Watkins’ seven-for-eight performance from the field helped Arkansas (18-11, 6-10 Southeastern Conference) shoot 60 percent as a team on the afternoon en route to the runaway victory.
Part of the Razorbacks’ big shooting day was a 12-for-23 mark from 3-point distance. The Hogs shot the lights out in Fayetteville while also turning in a solid defensive showing that limited Ole Miss (9-20, 2-14) to just 30 percent shooting. Arkansas led by as many as 44 points during the game, cruising to the finish after a 46-point first half provided some cushion.
Watkins’ big day led the way for Arkansas, but she had some help. Quistelle Williams scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds on the day, and Erin Gatling added 13 points, three assists and two boards of her own. Dominique Wilson chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists as well, and the Hogs made it look easy against Ole Miss.
Valencia McFarland scored a team-high 16 points for the Rebels, but she was the only player from Ole Miss to score in double figures. Ole Miss turned the ball over 14 times in the losing effort, and Arkansas was able to overcome 15 giveaways of its own thanks in part to 29 assists on the other end.
Auburn Takes Down Mississippi State
AUBURN, Ala. – Blanche Alverson dropped 32 points for Auburn on Sunday afternoon and the Tigers never trailed in a 74-65 victory over visiting Mississippi State. Auburn (16-13, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) never trailed at any point in the game, leading by as many as 16 throughout.
Alverson’s big scoring effort was the product of a 12-for-16 shooting performance, which helped the Tigers shoot 48 percent from the floor as a team. The Tigers knocked down six 3-pointers on the day and forced Mississippi State (13-16, 5-11) into 31 turnovers on the defensive end.
Tyrese Tanner did her part in the win, scoring 19 points on six-of-15 shooting for AU.
Mississippi State lost despite a balanced scoring effort from the starting lineup. Four MSU starters scored in double figures on the day, led by Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant, who scored 15 apiece. Jerica James and Carnecia Williams scored 12 each for the Bulldogs, but it was not enough to keep pace with Auburn.
MSU had a great shooting day in the defeat, connecting on over 50 percent of its field goal attempts.
Mathies Leads Kentucky Past No. 8 Tennessee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 10 Kentucky used a 19-6 run in the second half to knock off No. 8 Tennessee by a final score of 78-65. A’dia Mathies led the effort for the Wildcats with 16 points in the victory, 13 of which came in the decisive second half.
Jennifer O’Neill came up big for Kentucky (25-4, 13-3 Southeastern Conference) with four 3-pointers on the afternoon. After taking a four-point advantage into the half, UK dropped 42 points on the Lady Vols (23-6, 14-2) in the final 20 minutes to pull away and notch its 13th SEC win of the season.
Samarie Walker rounded out the day with 10 points for the Wildcats, and head coach Matthew Mitchell recorded his 139th career win. The victory means that Kentucky has claimed the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament, behind the regular season champion Lady Vols.
Tennessee was playing without the services of center Isabelle Harrison, who sustained a knee injury on Thursday.