|MONDAY WOMEN's BASKETBALL RESULTS
|No. 4 Tennessee 81, No. 12 North Carolina 65
|No. 17 Nebraska 62, Alabama 48
|Vanderbilt 85, Western Kentucky 60
|No. 16 Texas A&M 67, North Texas 48
Lady Vols Handle No. 12 Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The No. 4 Lady Vols used hot shooting from 3-point range to rout No. 12 North Carolina, 81-65, on Monday night at Carmichael Arena as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. Tennessee defense was stifling in limiting UNC to just 30.4 percent from the floor.
The Lady Vols (2-0) shot a sizzling 8-of-19 on 3-pointers led by Ariel Massengale's career-best five 3-pointers. The junior guard tallied a career-high 20 points, while grabbing a career-high tying six rebounds and handing out seven assists.
Junior post Isabelle Harrison netted 14 points as she was nearly perfect from the floor (4-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line). Redshirt junior guard Andraya Carter tallied 10 points as she did miss a shot making all three field goals and both foul shots.
Cierra Burdick led the Lady Vols' glass game with nine rebounds as Tennessee outrebounded UNC, 49-44.
The Tar Heels (1-1) were led by Allisha Gray, who scored 15 points. Brittany Rountree (13), Xylina McDaniel (12), and Stephanie Mavunga (11) also scored in double-figures.
Tennessee opened the game hot from beyond the 3-point arc. Massengale knocked down four 3-pointers and Carter connected on both of her trifecta attempts as Tennessee led 40-28 at halftime. UT made 7-of-15 3-pointers in the first half while UNC converted just 2-of-10 treys.
Massengale (12) and Carter (10) combined for more than half of Lady Vols' first-point point total.
Tennessee built a first-half lead as large as 14 points with 8:36 left in the half on the first 3-point field goal of Jordan Reynolds's college career.
The second half was more of the same for Tennessee as the Lady Vols continued to bomb away from beyond the arc. Tennessee scored the first seven points of the second half. Massengale's fifth trey of the game put UT up 45-28. Harrison added a jumper for a 19-point lead.
The Tar Heels missed their first eight shots from the field in the second half and were held without a field goal for more than eight minutes bridging the halves (0-of-12).
Simmons' layup with 13:51 left in the game, put UT ahead by 20-plus points for the first time, 53-32.
North Carolina continued to chip away and cut its deficit to 11 points on a 3-pointer by Mavunga with 5:46 left in the second half, 68-57.
But Tennessee answered the Heels and regained a lead of 15 minutes later and held it for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Vols return home to host their regular-season home opener on Thursday night at Chattanooga comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Alabama Falls On The Road
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Alabama women’s basketball team hung with No. 17/12 Nebraska for the majority of the game, but a 16-4 run in the second half helped the Cornhuskers to a 62-48 win on Monday night in Pinnacle Bank Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 0-2, while the win brings the Huskers to 2-0.
Daisha Simmons led Alabama all around in game with 14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and four assists. She was followed by Shafontaye Myers, who added seven points and five rebounds for the Tide. Nebraska’s Emily Cady notched the game’s lone double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Hooper, the Huskers’ two-time All-American and player of the year candidate was limited to eight points but did pull down a game-high 13 boards.
Nebraska knocked down a pair of jumpers in the early goings to take a 4-0 lead, but Alabama would even the score at 8-8 after Myers went coast-to-coast off the steal at the 15:36 mark. The Huskers used a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to pull in front 17-10, however the Tide responded with a 14-6 run of its own to lead, 24-23, with 3:28 to go in the first. Nebraska scored the final five points of the half to head to the break up 29-24.
The Huskers opened the second half with another five unanswered to take their first double-digit advantage of the game, 34-24, with 17:40 remaining. Alabama chipped away to cut its deficit to six, but the Huskers would then make their run over the next five minutes. Alabama pulled within 13 with 4:14 to go but was unable to get any closer down the stretch.
Nebraska took advantage of its trips to the free throw line, hitting 20 of its 24 attempts and out-rebounded the Tide 42-35. For the game, Alabama shot 31.7 percent (20-63), while the Huskers hit 38.8 percent of their attempts (19-49).
The Tide remains on the road for its third game of the season when it takes on No. 2 Duke on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.
Strong Second Half Leads VU Past WKU
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A senior and a freshman provided a perfect balance - and a powerful punch - for the Vanderbilt women's basketball team on Monday night.
Senior Christina Foggie scored 21 of her game-high 26 points in the first half and freshman Rebekah Dahlman added 18 points - including ripping off 14 straight early in the second half -- to help Vanderbilt overcome a sluggish start and roll past Western Kentucky, 85-60, in a non-conference game at Memorial Gym.
The two Jasmines -- Lister and Jenkins -- also reached double figures, with Lister finishing with 11 points and Jenkins adding 10 for Vanderbilt (2-0). Rayte'a Long had a team-high nine rebounds and Heather Bowe and Morgan Batey added seven boards apiece to help Vanderbilt win the battle on the glass, 48-31.
Alexis Govan scored 18 to pace Western Kentucky (1-1).
Foggie scored her 26 points efficiently, taking just 11 shots from the floor, making seven. She finished 5-of-9 from 3-point range and was 7-of-7 of the foul line while producing her highest offensive output since scoring 26 against Duke in the final game of her sophomore season.
"They were just giving me open shots, and I've been trained to shoot it and knock it down," said Foggie. "So, I just had confidence from the start."
Vanderbilt, which opened the season on Friday with a 96-53 win over Appalachian State, started slowly against Western Kentucky.
But Foggie almost single-handedly kept Vanderbilt afloat in the first half, scoring 12 of the Commodores' first 17 points in the first 11-plus minutes. She was 6-of-8 from the floor in the first 20 minutes, including 4-of-6 from long range, and she was the primary reason that Vanderbilt eventually owned a 37-31 lead at the break.
In the second half, it was Dahlman's turn to dominate.
She scored 16 of her 18 points in the final 20 minutes, highlighted by her 14-point flurry that started with a layup at the 16:24 mark and ended when she nailed a jumper at the 12:32 mark. Vanderbilt owned a 46-34 lead before her explosion, and a 58-38 advantage by the time it ended.
"(The) first half I started out really slow," said Dahlman. "I talked to coach after the game and she (said) `you just didn't buy in.' I agreed. But the second half I just came out really confident. I just did my thing and knocked down shots."
The Commodores, who host Delaware State on Thursday night, trailed for much of the first half before putting together a dominating 13-minute stretch in which they outscored Western Kentucky, 37-8. The huge surge -- which spanned the final 5 1/2 minutes of the first half and the first seven of the second -- enabled Vanderbilt to flip a 28-19 deficit into a 56-35 lead.
What led to the big turnaround?
"It was definitely a change in defensive mentality," said Foggie. "Picking up our energy on the defensive end let us get into transition. We didn't get into transition at all during the first half, and that's a big part of our game."
Head coach Melanie Balcomb agreed with Foggie's assessment.
"(Western Kentucky) came out very aggressive and ready to play whereas we came out flat," said Balcomb. "We were a little shell shocked at the beginning. The good thing is we made a positive change."
Foggie was on fire from the start. She hit her first three shots of the night from 3-point range, including converting a four-point play when she was fouled while knocking down her third 3 of the half. She accounted for 10 of Vanderbilt's first 11 points.
Aside from Foggie, no other Commodore scored more than four points in the opening 20 minutes, and Western Kentucky owned the lead for much of the half. The Hilltoppers eventually built a nine-point edge, 28-19, after a basket by Bianca McGee with 5:25 left in the half.
But Vanderbilt reversed the game's momentum by putting together a 18-3 run to close the half. Foggie jumpstarted the surge with four free throws and a layup. Kylee Smith and Heather Bowe capped the run with back-to-back layups, forcing WKU to call a timeout. After a pair of free throws by Govan cut Vanderbilt's lead to 33-31, Foggie answered with her fourth 3 of the half to extend the lead to 36-31.
Vanderbilt's lead quickly swelled in the opening minutes of the second half when the Commodores pushed the advantage to 56-36, and they cruised home from there.
Texas A&M Earns Win At North Texas
DENTON, Texas- Texas A&M grabbed an opening-night victory 67-48 over the North Texas Mean Green. The Aggies’ junior college transfers, Achiri Ade and Tavarsha Scott-Williams, both posted double-digit scoring efforts in their debuts.
Ade scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her senior college debut, both of which led the team. Scott-Williams scored 10 points with five rebounds.
“This opener was a lot better than last year’s when we lost by two,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “I thought it is a work-in-progress. We got off to a great start, our percentage shooting was good. Karla Gilbert and Achiri Ade were great at doing their thing inside.”
“Jordan Jones did a great job at the point guard position all night,” added Blair on the DeSoto native’s nine point, six assist performance, which was one short of her career-high in assists.
After an evenly matched start for the first five minutes, The Aggies (1-0) started to pull away, going on an 16-2 run to pull ahead 24-8 and never looked back, never allowing the Mean Green to close within single digits after that point. The Aggies led 37-23 at halftime led by Karla Gilbert’s 10 points at the break.
Gilbert finished the game with 12 points and posted seven rebounds with two blocks. The last time Texas A&M played at North Texas, her mother, Nelda Roy, scored 17 points for the Mean Green.
North Texas (1-1) closed the deficit to 10 points on three separate occasions in the second half, but a 9-0 run put the Aggies up 52-33 with less than 12 minutes left in the game.
Texas A&M has won four consecutive games in the DFW Metroplex and eight of their last nine season opening games. The women’s basketball program is 27-13 all-time in season openers.
The 12th Man from the Dallas-Fort Worth area showed up in numbers, as the 1,791 fans in attendance were the most for a North Texas women’s basketball home game since 2011.
Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena on Wednesday, November 13 as it hosts Military Appreciation Night as the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers (0-1) visit at 7 p.m.