|SUNDAY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|South Carolina 68, Louisiana Tech 45
|Kentucky 96, Wagner 57
|Georgia 45, Presbyterian 30
|Florida 88, North Florida 77
|Missouri 59, SIUE 48
|LSU 80, St. Joseph's 64
|Central Arkansas 66, Ole Miss 63
No. 22/21 Gamecocks Outshine Louisiana Tech 68-45
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Double-Doubles from both junior forward Aleighsa Welch and freshman center Alaina Coates propelled No. 22/21 South Carolina (2-0) to a victory over Louisiana Tech (0-1) 68-45 in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena.
“I like to see our post players be involved in the game,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said of the effort. “It is not that we are just getting them the ball and they are scoring. They are scoring off of offensive rebounds. They are pretty active.”
The Gamecocks came out strong, taking advantage of the Lady Techsters’ zone defense. Sophomore guards Khadijah Sessions and Asia Dozier capitalized by making 3’s early. Despite struggling to find the post, South Carolina displayed athleticism on fast breaks, beginning the contest on a 16-4 run.
When Louisiana Tech freshman guard JaQuan Jackson scored on back-to-back fast break opportunities, the Lady Techsters looked to have found their groove. The baskets cut into the South Carolina lead, making the score 16-10 at the midway point of the first half.
However, the Gamecocks took advantage of the Lady Techsters’ turnovers, pushing them on an 8-0 run. The surge, which featured increased inside scoring, boosted their advantage to 25-10 just before the final media timeout of the half.
The teams traded baskets for the four remaining minutes before the break, but Louisiana Tech could get no closer than 10. South Carolina took a 31-17 lead into the locker room.
The Gamecocks came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, with four different players scoring to jump out to a 44-20 upper hand within the first five minutes.
After South Carolina stretched out a 27-point lead, Louisiana Tech attempted to make a run with twelve minutes remaining in the contest, scoring seven-straight points.
Despite a valiant effort by the Lady Techsters, the Gamecocks had an answer for everything and captured the 68-45 victory.
Welch led all scorers with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 11th double-double of her career. In just her second collegiate game, Coates posted her first double-double, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sessions posted a career-high five assists and added seven points. Junior center Elem Ibiam and sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell also contributed double digits, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, to round out a complete team effort.
The Gamecocks scored 38 of their 68 points in the paint and recorded 19 points on second-chance opportunities.
Jackson led Louisiana Tech with 13 points and junior guard Kanedria Andrews led the team on the glass, reeling in five rebounds.
The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena for an 8 p.m., game against College of Charleston on Thurs., Nov. 14. Stay connected to GamecocksOnline.com for more details.
UK Hoops Defeats Wagner 96-57 to Close Out NY Swing
NEW YORK -- DeNesha Stallworth had 18 points and Bria Goss added 17 to lead No. 7 Kentucky past Wagner on Sunday, 96-57.
Stallworth also pulled down 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-0), who led the Seahawks (0-1) 50-27 at halftime.
Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson led the team with a career-high seven assists, while tying her career-high in steals with three.
The Wildcats have now won 12 straight regular season non-conference games, including five straight on the road.
UK begins a three-game homestand at Memorial Coliseum, hosting Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. ET.
Lady Bulldogs Post 45-30 Win Over Presbyterian in Season Opener
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia sophomore Merritt Hempe led all scorers with 10 points as the No. 24 Lady Bulldogs claimed a 45-30 season-opening victory over Presbyterian on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Junior Krista Donald chipped in with eight points for Georgia, while senior Khaalidah Miller added seven points, while tying career high marks with 11 rebounds and six assists. Hempe was the only double-figure scorer in the game.
“Defensively, I didn’t think we were very effective on the ball,” said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. “Everybody on our team got taken to the rim. We’re hugging people away from the ball. So consequently when they use the screen, we’re chasing our man. That pretty much sums it up defensively all day long.”
Both teams struggled to score early on in the game, but Georgia eventually used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to help create a 15-6 lead with just over five minutes remaining until the half. Miller collected eight rebounds to go along with four points in the first half, as the Lady Bulldogs held a 19-10 advantage entering the break.
Miller led the charge for the Bulldogs at the start of the second half, quickly converting on a three-point play in the first 30 seconds. A three-pointer by freshman point guard Sydnei McCaskill helped extend the Georgia lead to 30-16 in the half's opening minutes, and the Bulldogs would continue to cruise offensively en route to claiming the 45-30 win.
McCaskill played all 40 minutes in her first career game for the Lady Bulldogs, knocking down a pair of three pointers and contributing four rebounds, two blocks and a pair of steals.
Georgia outrebounded the Blue Hose 51-37, including an 18-13 edge on the offensive glass, and limited Presbyterian to just 20 percent shooting from the field for the game, including 16 percent from three-point range. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored the Blue Hose 22-14 in the paint.
Georgia will return to action Thursday evening against Mercer at Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Jaterra Bonds' 25 Points Leads Well-Rounded Gator Offense to Win Over North Florida, 88-77
University of Florida senior Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded a career-high 25 points and a career-high-tying nine assists along with seven rebounds while leading a well-balanced Gator offense to an 88-77 victory over North Florida on Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Five Gators tallied double-digit scoring efforts, including junior Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.), who scored a season-high 16 points to give her 400 career points. Lewis also pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds and stole a career-high five balls. Senior Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) added 12 points off of a season-high-tying four treys, all of which came in the first quarter and aided in boosting the Gators’ offense early on. Sophomores Cassie Peoples (San Antonio, Texas) and January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) notched 11 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the double-figure scoring for Florida.
North Florida was led by Destinee Smith with 18 points.
Turning Point: The Gators led by double-digits for most of the first half, but North Florida pulled within three, 57-54, with 13:39 on the clock in the second stanza. However, Jaterra Bonds hit a pair of free throws and sparked a 13-1 run and the Gators took a 70-55 lead and held UNF at bay by at least nine points for the remainder of the game.
Stat Line of the Game: Jaterra Bonds scored a career-high 25 points, bolstered by a 7-of-9 performance from the charity stripe, and dished out a career-high-tying nine assists and added seven rebounds
Tigers Take Home Opener against SIUE
Columbia, Mo. -- Mizzou Women's Basketball opened the 2013-14 home slate Sunday, earning a 59-48 victory over SIUE at Mizzou Arena to improve to 2-0 on the season. Forwards Bri Kulas and Jordan Frericks scored the first 10 points for Mizzou to start the second half, helping the Tigers pull away and establish a double-digit lead and coast to a home-opening win.
Sophomore Morgan Stock came off the bench in the second game of the season, knocking down two three-pointers and a jump shot to give the Tigers a quick 13-11 advantage in the first half. She finished the game with a career-high 15 points behind a 5-for-10 effort from the field.
The Tigers and the Cougars traded baskets for most of the first half until Mizzou put together a 7-0 run with seven minutes left. Sophomore point guard Lianna Doty assisted on two transition buckets and Kulas followed with a long ball to give the Tigers a 22-15 lead. Doty tallied eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals in 35 productive minutes of play.
After shooting 16 three-pointers in the first twenty minutes, Missouri chose to attack the paint in the second half. The Tiger bigs combined for 21 of the team's 32 second-half points. SIUE switched to a zone defense and challenged Missouri's guards to step up; Morgan Stock capitalized. Her third three-pointer of the afternoon handed her team a 50-37 lead with just under eight minutes to play and the Tigers never looked back.
Kulas posted a game-high 16 points, providing the Tigers with a lethal inside-outside attack down the stretch. She sealed the deal with a bucket 2:30 mark for a final score of 59-48. The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the young season. They return to action when they face off with Evansville at 7 p.m. Thursday. Keep checking in to MUTigers.com for more updated on Mizzou Women's Basketball. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB), Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouWBB) and Instagram (@MizzouWBB).
NO. 15 LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEARS DOWN SAINT JOSEPH’S, ADVANCES TO WNIT SEMIFINAL, 80-64
BATON ROUGE -- The 15th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team rode a dominant first half and wore down Saint Joseph’s with its depth to advance to the semifinals of the preseason WNIT by a score of 80-64 on Sunday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers (2-0) will now face either No. 5 Louisville or Quinnipiac on Thursday at a time and location to be announced. Should Louisville win at home Monday night, LSU will travel to Louisville for a 6 p.m. CT Thursday tipoff. Should Quinnipiac pull the upset, the Lady Tigers would host the WNIT semifinal at 7 p.m. CT Thursday.
For the second straight game, junior guard DaShawn Harden led LSU with 19 points, connecting for three from three-point land and recording five steals in 36 minutes.
“Her ability to score the basketball is unbelievable because she’s so versatile,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “Tonight she fell in love with the three-ball, but she made some key baskets especially when they were making runs at us.”
Sophomore guard Danielle Ballard made hustle plays all over the floor, racking up 12 points and game-high nine rebounds and seven assists. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance added 15 points and seven boards.
Despite a distinct height and depth disadvantage, Saint Joseph’s (1-1) was able to keep the game interesting by burying 9-of-25 threes. Erin Shields led all scorers with 23 points and 7-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Lady Tigers closed the first half with an 8-0 run and took a 40-25 advantage into the locker room. Freshman Jasmine Rhodes sparked the final minute, converting a three-point play after an offensive rebound.
Shields got hot from the outside with back-to-back threes as a once 51-32 LSU lead dissipated to 10 with 11:15 to play in the game. Harden pushed the lead during a 9-2 run with a three from the left corner and two free throws.
As a team, LSU drained 16-of-22 from the line and got several quality paint looks. The Lady Tigers shot 46.2 percent from the floor and tallied 16 assists.
Senior forward Shanece McKinney provided several key rebounds in the final five minutes. She accounted for LSU’s last two field goals as the Lady Tigers dominated the boards, 50-30.
“We talked about the fact that we needed to control the boards,” said Caldwell. “They did a great job of getting back – St. Joseph’s didn’t get many easy looks.”
Rebels Drop Heartbreaker to Central Arkansas
OXFORD, Miss. -- Despite cutting a Central Arkansas lead with three-pointers from rookies Claudia Ledesma Ortiz and Shequila Joseph late in the contest, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 66-63 contest at the Tad Smith Coliseum on Sunday (Nov. 10).
“It should have never come to the final shot of the game. It’s about us; we made some mistakes,” said head coach Matt Insell. “We haven’t worked against much zone in practice because we haven’t seen teams play it, but we’ll get better against it. The season isn’t decided in this game. We’re going to win some we probably shouldn’t and lose some we probably should win, and this is one we should have won. We lost the game, but it is just a small battle in the whole season.”
Shequila Joseph led the Rebels (1-1) with 14 points, while Valencia McFarland added 13 points and five assists. Tia Faleru picked up her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ole Miss held a 42-36 rebounding edge in the contest.
Trailing by seven with 1:08 remaining, Ole Miss used a triple and a layup from Joseph to cut the two points with just under 30 seconds to go. Two free throws from the Sugar Bears pushed their lead back to four, but another trey from Joseph cut the lead to just one possession with 23 ticks on the clock.
Central Arkansas missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the ball back to the Rebels, but missed triples and two free throws from Central Arkansas’ Courtney Duever sealed the win for the visitors.
For the second consecutive game, the Rebels played a game that was marked by two different halves. In the first half Ole Miss was connecting from the floor, shooting 36.7 percent (11-of-30). The Rebels that took an early lead courtesy of buckets from Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru, while Arkansas native Gracie Frizzell gave the Rebels an 11-6 lead with a three-pointer from the right side at the 15:45 mark.
Ole Miss continued to get to the basket, but was able to make its biggest mark at the free throw line, going 13-of-14 from the stipe, with Joseph and Diara Moore both going a perfect 4-of-4. The Rebel lead swelled to 10-points in the first half, as they took a 37-27 lead into the locker room.
The second half was marked by the Rebels inability to get anything to fall, as they shot just 23.8 percent (10-of-42). The visitors opened the half on a 17-7 run to tie the game at 44 and from that point the game was nip and tuck until the final minutes of action.
The Rebels will head to Hawai’i for the Rainbow Wahine Classic hosted by the University of Hawai’i. The tournament begins Nov. 15 and goes through the 17th. Ole Miss will open tournament action against West Virginia on the 15th and will take on host, Hawai’i (Nov. 16) and Washington State (Nov. 17). The Rebels return home on Nov. 22 when they take on Southeastern Louisiana.
Season tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 season and can be purchased for just $50. For additional ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).