Alabama: After starting the season with one of the toughest stretch of games in the nation, Alabama stands at 0-3. After starting the year with an 82-70 loss at Chattanooga, the Crimson Tide went on to suffer road losses at No. 15/12 Nebraska (62-48) and No. 2/2 Duke (92-57). Alabama has two players averaging 13.0 points per game in Shafontaye Myers and Daisha Simmons. Simmons also leads the Tide in rebounds (6.3 rpg) assists (2.3 apg) and steals (3.3). Alabama will play its first home game of the season on Thursday when it hosts Wisconsin (3-0) at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
Arkansas: The @RazorbackWBB team moved to 3-0 with a pair of non-conference wins at home this week. Arkansas opened the week with a 58-point win over Oral Roberts, an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, and followed up with a 29-point win over Furman Sunday. The Razorbacks are paced by three freshman led by Jessica Jackson who averages 16.3 ppg and has nine blocks in three games. Kelsey Brooks is 8-for-12 from three-point range averaging 16.0 ppg and McKenzie Adams averages 10.0 ppg with five threes and seven rebounds in the young season. The Razorbacks have a busy week at home hosting Middle Tennessee State Tuesday, Missouri State Friday and Western Michigan Sunday as the six-game home opening stand continues.
Auburn: The Auburn women’s basketball team (2-1) went 1-1 this week with a 66-49 win over Jacksonville State and a 78-74 loss at Temple, the Tigers’ first road game of the season. Auburn used its post presence to get the win over the Gamecocks with Peyton Davis (14 points, 8 rebounds) and Tra’Cee Tanner (19 points, 9 rebounds) leading the squad. True freshmen Katie Frerking and Brandy Montgomery started together in the game, marking the first time for Auburn to start two true freshmen since Nov. 27, 2010 when Tyrese Tanner and Courtney Strain started together. Montgomery went on to score 15 points in the game, her Auburn debut. That was the most points scored by a Tiger in their Auburn debut since DeWanna Bonner (19 points) and KeKe Carrier (21 points) on Nov. 18, 2005. The Tigers capped off the week with a trip to Philadelphia and a loss at Temple. Tyrese Tanner led Auburn with 19 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Meagan Tucker totaled a season-high eight assists with nine points. Auburn will return to the court this week with a Tuesday game at Alabama A&M and a Sunday game at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Florida: In its only game of the week, Florida plays host to Florida State on Thursday in the 70th meeting between the two programs. It is the longest series history for the Gators, who lead the Seminoles 41-28 all-time, however, the Seminoles have won seven of the last 10 outings. UF’s upperclassmen have been guiding the Gators high-potent offense that is averaging, 80.8 points per game. Seniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete and junior Kayla Lewis are UF’s top-three offensive leaders through the first four games. Bonds is doing it all with 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals, while hitting 23-of-28 free throws. Lewis, who is coming off a 21-point performance at Kennesaw State, is averaging 13.0 point and 7.3 rebounds, while sinking 70.4 percent (19-27) from the floor. Svete has carried the long-range load, knocking down 12-of-28 from beyond the arc en route to 10.0 points per game. She canned four treys in each of the first four games. Not to be outdone, freshman Ronni Williams is averaging 10.0 points on 58.1 percent shooting, along with a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game
Georgia: Georgia improved to 3-0 on the season with wins over Mercer and Ohio State last week. The Lady Bulldogs dispatched Mercer, a 20-win team a year ago with four returning starters, 72-41. Shacobia Barbee led four Lady Bulldogs in double figures against the Bears with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Erika Ford’s 13 points paced three Georgia players in double figures in a 53-49 win over Ohio State. Krista Donald recorded a double-double of 10 points and a career-best 16 boards versus the Buckeyes. Donald, who is 5-11, hauled in 12 second-half rebounds against Ohio State, a team with four forwards 6-2 or taller in its rotation. This week, the Lady Bulldogs will host Furman on Tuesday and Georgia Tech on Sunday. Georgia is 9-0 all-time against Furman, including a 5-0 record in Athens. Georgia’s Kaelyn Causwell and Furman’s Holli Wilkins were classmates at the Wesleyan School, where they won four Georgia Class A state titles together. Wilkins is the younger sister of former Bulldog Damien Wilkins and the niece of Naismith Hall of Fame member Dominque Wilkins, who was dubbed the “Human Highlight Film” during her playing days at UGA. The Lady Bulldogs lead their series with Georgia Tech by a 31-4 margin, including a 13-0 record in Athens.
Kentucky: No. 7/8 Kentucky improved to 4-0 with wins over Georgia Southern and Central Michigan at home last week. The Wildcats defeated Georgia Southern, 103-38, and the 65-point win ranks as the seventh largest margin of victory in school history. Six players scored in double figures led by senior Bernisha Pinkett who came off the bench and scored a game- and season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Senior Kastine Evans netted a season-high tying 15 points, while seniors DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Azia Bishop came off the bench for her second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action and freshman Linnae Harper scored a career-high 13 points. In the Central Michigan game, six players once again hit the double-digit mark, this time paced by Stallworth with a season-high 21 points. Sophomore Janee Thompson registered career highs in minutes played (28), points (17), field goals attempted (12) and steals (6), while tying her career high in rebounds (4). Evans finished with 13 points and a season-high tying three assists and Walker notched her first double-double of the season and 12th of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Jennifer O’Neill scored 11 points off the bench and Bishop finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks. UK wraps up its three-game homestand at Memorial Coliseum vs. Lipscomb on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be carried on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.
LSU: The LSU women’s basketball team dropped to 2-1 last week after losing at No. 4/5 Louisville, 88-67, on Nov. 15 in the KFC Yum Center. The Lady Tigers trailed 40-36 at half, but the Cardinals pulled away with a 20-0 run. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance finished with a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Through three games, Plaisance is leading the Lady Tigers in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). Plaisance is nine rebounds shy of 400 for her career. LSU hosts Hampton at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday before traveling to face Louisiana Tech in Ruston at 1 p.m. CT Saturday.
Ole Miss: Ole Miss went 0-3 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic hosted by Hawai’i in Honolulu. The Rebels dropped contests to West Virginia, Hawai’i and Washington State. Valencia McFarland earned a spot on the All-Tournament team and has been named to the All-Tournament team of every in-season tournament she has ever played at Ole Miss. Tia Faleru posted a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds against Washington State. Faleru’s 29 points is the most for Ole Miss since Valencia McFarland scored 24 against Florida last season and her 16 rebounds is the most since former Rebel Courtney Mabra had 15 against Cleveland State last year. McFarland extended her scoring streak to 92 consecutive games and she has also started each of the last 83 games. Amber Singletary has started each of the last three contests for the Rebels. Her start against West Virginia was her first start since the 2010-11 season. Tia Faleru has posted double figure rebounds in four of Ole Miss’ five contests, including the first three games of the season.
Mississippi State: Mississippi State improved to 3-0 on the season as it opened a four-game homestand with an 81-42 win against Jackson State on Wednesday before capping the week with a stellar 111-38 victory against New Orleans. The win against JSU was the 28th-straight home-opening win for the Bulldogs, and makes MSU 38-2 all-time in home openers. Against New Orleans, the Bulldogs reached the century mark for the first time since 2009. The 111 points are tied for third-most in school history and are the most points in a game since the 1993 squad scored 115 points in a win against Belhaven. State won the contest by 73 points, the second-largest margin of victory in program annals. The Bulldogs’ dominant win was sparked by a defense that created a school-record 45 turnovers. Offensively, Kendra Grant sparked seven double-figure scorers for the Bulldogs against the Privateers, tying her career high with 23 points. The Richland, Miss., native tallied 14 points, including 10 of the team’s first 14 points, in the opening half on 6-of-6 shooting and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Grant’s outstanding Sunday outing came after she tallied 11 second-half points to finish with 14 against Jackson State. Junior Savannah Carter recorded her first double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds against UNO. She came three steals shy of registering a triple-double. Senior Katia May also notched her first double-double, scoring 10 points while tying her career high, set in the season-opening win at Houston, with 11 assists.State has placed five or more players in double figures in all three games this season. Junior center Martha Alwal swatted six shots in the two games, putting her 13 shy of tying Chanel Mokango’s career record of 180.
Missouri: Mizzou Women’s Basketball had a light load last week, with only one home contest. The Tigers hosted Evansville on Nov. 14, taking a 78-43 victory over the Purple Aces. Tiger sophomore Morgan Stock led Missouri in the contest, knocking down five three-pointers on her way to a career-high 15 points on the night. Senior Bri Kulas got the momentum going for Mizzou, recording nine of Mizzou’s first 11 points in the game. Freshman Jordan Frericks also had a career night, earning her first-career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Tigers are now 3-0 on the season, and will host SEMO this Thursday before heading to Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
South Carolina: South Carolina won its fourth-straight game to open the season, all of which have been won by at least 21 points to match last season’s first four-game stretch of 20-point wins. The The Gamecock offense has been solid through much of the season, shooting over 57.0 percent in two of the four games. In Sunday’s win over Seton Hall, South Carolina posted an impressive .739 field goal percentage in the second half, missing just six of its 23 shots in the period. With the renewed focus in getting the ball inside, the Gamecocks’ assist numbers have risen along with the field goal percentage. On Sunday, 19 of 26 made baskets were assisted, and on the season, 66.1 percent of made field goals have been assisted. Five Gamecocks averaged double figures through the two games last week, led by junior center Elem Ibiam’s 15.0 ppg. Junior forward Aleighsa Welch and freshman center Alaina Coates averaged a double-double in the stretch. Asia Dozier posted 11.0 points per game in the last two victories, highlighted by her career night with 16 points against College of Charleston. South Carolina faces its first road tests this week, beginning Wednesday at archrival Clemson before heading to the West Coast to take on San Diego State and Southern Cal Saturday and Monday, respectively.
Tennessee: The No. 4/3 Lady Vols played three games in seven days last week and emerged with a 3-0 record vs. No. 12/11 UNC (81-65) and a pair of schools who were receiving votes in both polls, Chattanooga (80-56) and Georgia Tech (87-76). Tennessee outscored its opponents by an average of 82.7 to 65.7 en route to the program’s first 4-0 start since 2010-11. Junior point guard Ariel Massengale continues to lead the Lady Vols in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per contest and dishing out 5.5 assists per contest while shooting 47.4% (9-19) from three-point range and 81.8% (18-22) from the charity stripe. After struggling with foul trouble in the opener and with a tough shooting night vs. North Carolina, Bashaara Graves returned to form against Georgia Tech, matching career highs for scoring (23) and assists (5) and hauling down a career-best 18 rebounds. Isabelle Harrison gave Tennessee a titanic combination on the boards vs. the Yellow Jackets, also grabbing a career high in caroms with 18. Graves and Harrison finished with their 12th and seventh double-doubles, respectively, and marked their second time of posting double-doubles in the same game. Freshman Mercedes Russell has scored in double figures in three of her four games, including 15 and 14 points in her last two outings.
Texas A&M: The Aggies have started 3-0 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. Texas A&M has won 26 of its last 28 games against opponents that are unranked. At 42.0 points per game, the Aggies are allowing the fourth-fewest points per game in the nation to their opponents, and third in the SEC. Achiri Ade has reached double figures in the first three games of her A&M career and has posted a double-double. The Aggies signed Khaalia (Kai-la) Hillsman, a 6-5 post player from Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young HS) and a five-star recruit by ESPNU HoopGurlz, to a national letter of intent. The Aggies have not trailed in the second half of any game this season. In fact, the Aggies haven’t trailed after the 13:18 mark of the first half in any game this year.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores (3-1) wrapped up a busy week with a loss to Marquette, 82-77, on Sunday at Memorial Gym after posting a 73-67 win over Delaware State on Thursday and a 85-60 win over Western Kentucky on Monday. Vanderbilt now faces its first road trip of the season, traveling to Duke on Thursday night. Vanderbilt senior Christina Foggie had her fist career double-double on Thursday, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Delaware State, and followed that up with a 30-point effort, four shy of her career high, in Sunday’s loss to Marquette.