|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Georgia 72, Furman 48
|Arkansas 66, Middle Tennessee 51
|Auburn 77, Alabama A&M 49
Lady Bulldogs Cruise Past Furman 72-48
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 23 Georgia used a 26-2 run spanning the first and second halves en route to claiming a 72-48 victory over Furman on Tuesday evening at Stegeman Coliseum. Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, led by a career-high 21 points and a career-high six steals from sophomore guard Tiaria Griffin.
With the win, Georgia improves to a perfect 4-0 on the season, while Furman drops to 1-3 overall.
"First of all, I have to give credit to Furman in the first half," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "They obviously had scouted us and thought that zone was the route for them to take tonight. They had schemed it out - it was well-conceived, it was well-executed, and it hampered us a good bit...We defended and rebounded (well). When our guards rebound the ball, we can blow it out pretty quick, and we did."
Griffin surpassed her previous career best of 20 points, set last season against Alabama. Her former career high of three steals came twice last season against Missouri (Jan. 3, 2013) and Lipscomb (Dec. 16, 2012).
Starters Krista Donald and Khaalidah Miller also scored in double figures for Georgia, chipping in with 13 and 12 points, respectively. It marked the third straight game with double-figure scoring for Miller, as the senior from Atlanta became the 35th 1,000-point scorer in Georgia history.
Donald turned in her second consecutive double-double, snagging 10 rebounds on the evening to go along with her 13 points. Ford also dished out a career-high five assists, surpassing her previous top mark of four, recorded almost exactly one year ago, on Nov. 20, against Savannah State.
Sophomore Kaelyn Causwell scored a career-high eight points in just four minutes of play, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the field while knocking down a pair of free throws. Her previous career high of seven points also came last season against Savannah State.
The game proved to be a tale of two halves, as Furman shot 44 percent in the first half before shooting just 25 percent in the second half. Conversely, Georgia was held to 31 percent from the floor in the opening period before knocking down 18 of 36 field goal attempts in the second half for a 50 percent clip.
The Paladins opened the game on a 7-0 run in the first two and a half minutes of play before Georgia got on the board with five straight points from Griffin. The Lady Bulldogs would close to within one at 9-8 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the half, but Furman responded with a 22-6 run over the next 10 minutes to open up a 31-14 advantage.
Georgia then reeled off eight straight points to close the half, including a key steal by Ford in the closing seconds that led to a layup for Griffin. The score trimmed the Furman lead to nine at 31-22 entering the break.
Georgia's offensive firepower continued in the second half, as the Lady Bulldogs opened the period with 18 straight points, sparked by seven points from Donald during the span. Georgia held Furman without a basket in the second half until the 12:30 mark off a layup from Brittany Hodges.
The Lady Bulldogs would continue to pull away, eventually opening up their largest lead of 26 points with just over three minutes remaining.
Georgia outscored Furman 44-14 in the paint and 18-0 in transition points, while also scoring 31 points off of 22 Paladin turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Paladins 45-30 and shot a season-best 74 percent from the free-throw line.
Georgia will play its penultimate game of a six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum against in-state rival Georgia Tech.
Peak Sparks Razorback Rally In 66-51 Win Over MTSU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A two possession game midway through the second half, Keira Peak hit a three-pointer from the corner that sparked a 16-4 Razorback run down the stretch, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (4-0) claimed a 66-51 win over Middle Tennessee State (1-2) inside Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday.
Scoring 11 of her 20 points in the second half alone, Peak led the charge for the Razorbacks, but was accompanied by freshman Jessica Jackson who also recorded 11 points over the final frame and tied for the game’s leading scorer with a career-high 22 points.
“I thought we didn’t panic,” head coach Tom Collen said. “We had a 10-point lead and we let it slip, but then we ran it back up. It’s the first time we’ve been in that type of a game and I think for our veterans to step up and some of our freshmen to show poise the way they did in a tight game against a good team, I think we’ve got some positives to take away.”
With Peak and Jackson filling up the scoring column, Calli Berna spread her game out across the stat sheet, as the junior point guard finished the night with eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.
“This team’s got to build an identity,” Collen said. “Every team that you have is a new team every year. This team still needs to figure out who they are and blend these veteran players in with the freshmen. I think they’re striving hard to be able to do that.”
A contested game from the opening tip, Kelsey Brooks checked in at the 16:25 mark of the first half and made an impact from off the bench with the Razorbacks trailing 10-6. The freshman immediately helped force MTSU into back-to-back turnovers, as UA went on a 7-2 run and took a 13-12 lead. Jhasmin Bowen led all scorers with five points over the stretch.
MTSU came back with a 7-3 run to regain a 24-23 lead with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Ebony Rowe led the charge, as the senior racked up 15 points and seven rebounds over the first half of play.
The leadership of Arkansas responded, as Peak and Berna spotted big first halves of their own. Peak finished with nine points and two rebounds, while Berna’s presence was felt all over the court with her five points, three assists, four rebounds and two steals. UA closed the first half on a 15-8 run to take a 36-31 lead into the half.
Emerging from the locker room with just 25 percent shooting from the floor, the Razorbacks allowed the Blue Raiders to trim the lead back to a one-possession game at 41-39 with 12:49 to play.
The tandem of Berna and Peak would come up with the turning point of the game, as Berna found Peak in the corner for a 3-pointer that pushed UA’s lead to 48-43 with less than nine minutes to play. Momentum altered, the shot led to a 16-4 UA run and gave the Razorbacks a 61-47 lead with just over two minutes to play.
The Razorback defense went to work to preserve the win, locking down the Raiders and holding the group without a basket for over six minutes before a MTSU converted a layup with 1:16 remaining.
Arkansas remains home and will play its second of three non-conference games this week by hosting Missouri State inside Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 22. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Auburn Women's Basketball Dominates Alabama A&M, 77-49
NORMAL, Ala. -- Auburn dominated both ends of the court en route to a 77-49 win at Alabama A&M on Tuesday. Auburn improves to 3-1 on the season with the win while Alabama A&M falls to 0-3.
"It was good to get the win, but we had our mistakes that we can't make," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We had way too many turnovers and were not as productive in the post as we should have been. We were erratic at times, out of control and forcing things, and we can't do that."
Auburn was led by seniors Tyrese Tanner and Peyton Davis with each notching a double-double. Tanner had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win while Davis tallied a career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. It marked the first time for a pair of Tigers to have a double-double in the same game since DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie against Ole Miss in the 2009 SEC Tournament.
Also finishing in double figures was freshman Brandy Montgomery with 11 points along with her six rebounds. She has scored in double figures in each game she has played in.
The night was especially big for Tanner as she eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau in the game, becoming the 28th Tiger all-time to score 1,000 career points. With her 19 points, she finished the game with 1,009 career points.
The Tiger defense forced 27 Bulldog turnovers, converting them into 28 points on the other end. Auburn tallied 14 steals in the game with Allina Starr and Tanner posting three each.
Auburn used its size and dominated in the post, finishing the game with a 53-16 rebounding advantage. The Tigers pulled down 23 offensive rebounds for 27 second-chance points.
Auburn struggled to find its shot early, but a 14-0 run midway through the half gave the Tigers the separation they would need. Auburn led by as many as 23 in the opening half, taking a 43-22 lead into the break.
The game was never in question after that point as the Tigers would go on to lead by as many as 37 points in the second half before finishing with the 28-point margin. It was the Tigers' largest margin of victory this season while the 77 points are the most scored by Auburn. The 49 points scored by Alabama A&M marked the first time for the Tigers to hold an opponent to fewer than 50 points since Auburn held Arkansas to 47 on Jan. 3, 2013.
While Auburn controlled the inside, it was the outside where Alabama A&M was able to do its damage. Nine of the Bulldogs' 18 field goals came from beyond the arc. Alganese Gatson led Alabama A&M with 11 points while Alyssa Strickland scored 10.
Auburn will return to the court at 1 p.m. CT, Sunday as the Tigers travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., for a meeting with Tennessee-Chattanooga.