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    Saturday SEC Women's Basketball Recap

    Saturday Women's Hoops RESULTS
    LSU 81, Louisiana Tech 69
    South Carolina 88, San Diego State 54
    Missouri 77, UT Martin 74


    LSU Claims Ninth Straight Win over Louisiana Tech

    RUSTON, La. – Freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief scored 17 points and the 15th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team continued its dominance over in-state rival Louisiana Tech with an 81-69 win on Saturday in Thomas Assembly Center. 
     
    The Lady Tigers (4-1) claimed their ninth consecutive victory over Louisiana Tech dating back to 2000. It was also LSU’s fifth straight win in Ruston. The Lady Techsters, who dropped to 0-3, have not beaten the Lady Tigers since the 1999 NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles. 
     
    “I was proud of our team for staying together,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “Our bench gave us a tremendous spark. We stayed poise when adversity hit. Our team will grow from this type of game. Louisiana Tech fought hard.”  
     
    Moncrief scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half. Senior guard Jeanne Kenney continued her hot shooting of late, scoring 12 points in the first half with two threes and 13 points for the game. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance added eight points, while Kenney and senior center Shanece McKinney grabbed a game-high seven rebounds apiece. 
     
    A combined 65 fouls were called and the teams combined for 48 free throws. LSU was just 23-of-40 from the line, but the Lady Tigers dominated points in the paint with their size and athleticism, 44-20.
     
    Kenney made two treys in the first half and helped LSU take a 42-30 advantage into the locker room. Sophomore guard Danielle Ballard had two layups that put the Lady Tigers ahead 54-40 with 13:27 remaining in the game before things got physical between the two teams. 
     
    Junior guard DaShawn Harden gathered an offensive rebound on a missed shot and was fouled hard by Tyjae Chenevert with 13:00 remaining in the game. The two then scuffled and it was broken up by teammates. Play was stopped for over 10 minutes as officials reviewed video of the play. Both players were ejected from the game as was Ballard, who officials said was involved. 
     
    After things calmed down, Moncrief reeled off the next five points and put LSU up 59-43. The Lady Tigers then worked their way to the free throw line the remainder of the game. Plaisance followed with four straight free throws. Tech was never able to get the deficit below double-digits. 
     
    Louisiana Tech’s Whitney Frazier finished with a game-high 24 points, but LSU held the Lady Techsters to 30.8 percent shooting. 
     
    The Lady Tigers will spend their Thanksgiving holiday in Brooklyn, N.Y. LSU takes on Rutgers at noon CT Friday in the first game of the Barclays Invitational in the state-of-the-art Barclays Arena. 



    South Carolina Takes Care of Business Against Aztecs

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 19/14 South Carolina withstood early challenges to run away in the second half of an 88-54 win at San Diego State Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks (6-0) turned an 11-point halftime lead into a decisive victory behind a 13-1 surge and 65.0 percent shooting in the second period. Alaina Coates led four Gamecocks in double figures with 21 points, and Tiffany Mitchell dished out a career-high nine assists The defense shut down the Aztecs in the final stanza, allowing just nine field goals and yielding just five points to their top scorer, who entered the game averaging 24.5 points.
     
    The game got off to an unusual start with the Aztecs up 3-0 after the officials had the teams shooting at the wrong baskets for the first two possessions, giving Dozier’s 3-pointer to the Aztecs once the mistake was realized. The Gamecocks evened the score in a Tiffany Mitchell 3, but the Aztecs moved back in front with back-to-back inside baskets. The Gamecocks regrouped and took advantage of San Diego State’s rash of turnovers. After a Dozier 3 – her first official one of the game – a pair of Aztec turnovers led to free throws from Dozier and a transition layup from Aleighsa Welch to give South Carolina a 10-7 lead with 15:33 left in the first half.
     
    Neither team put together long stretches of offense in the half, but South Carolina capitalized on the additional possessions generated by 14 SDSU turnovers to continue to push its advantage. After SDSU pulled within one at 14-13, Mitchell drove the lane for a bucket and her steal led to Khadijah Sessions’ first basket of the game. Another turnover delivered a transition layup for Welch, and the Gamecocks led 20-13 midway through the half. Back-to-back Aztec baskets cut the lead to four, but they would get no closer as Sessions and Dozier kept hitting from 3, extending the Gamecock advantage to 43-28. SDSU closed the half with four straight points, making it a 43-32 game at the break.
     
    The Aztecs opened the second half on fire, scoring six of the first seven points in the half to pull within 44-38. The Gamecock lead lingered in the six-to-eight range until just under 14 minutes left in the game. With the score 51-43, South Carolina exploded for a 13-1 run as it turned up the defense and forced five straight Aztec turnovers, turning them into seven of the spurt’s 13 points. Mitchell was the catalyst as her jumper from the left elbow started the run, followed by a transition layup from Welch. Mitchell added a free throw, and Elem Ibiam scored from the left block. Mitchell picked up a steal on the next possession and hit the transition layup. After a three-second violation by the Aztecs, Alaina Coates hit from the left block to make it a 62-43 game with 9:15 to play. The Aztecs hit a free throw to interrupt the surge and crack the scoreboard for the first time in over four minutes. Mitchell drove the lane and dropped a circus pass to Coates on the left block for a bucket to close the run and put the Gamecocks up 64-44 with 8:42 to play.
     
    With the home team reeling, the Gamecocks kept the pressure on, going to Coates relentlessly. The freshman delivered a personal 7-0 run that put South Carolina up 77-50 with 4:09 to play, securely closing the door on the Aztecs.
     
    Coates’ second career 20-point game led four Gamecocks in double figures as Mitchell added 17, Dozier 16 and Sessions 12 to the offensive effort. South Carolina shot 52.7 percent for the game after the stellar second-half efficiency, and handed out 24 assists on 29 made field goals. Coates led the way on the glass as well, pulling in eight
     
    The Gamecocks stay on the West Coast for a Monday evening matchup at Southern Cal. Tipoff at Galen Center is set for 8 p.m. (ET), and the game will air on the Pac-12 Network and on radio in Columbia on 107.5 The Game.


     

    Eye Sparks Comeback Win for Tigers at UTM

    Martin, Tenn. - Morgan Eye hit eight three-pointers in the second half to spark a 77-74 comeback win for the Tigers at Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night (Nov. 23). Freshman Jordan Frericks clinched the win for the Tigers with just 1.5 seconds on the clock as the Tigers and the Skyhawks traded baskets within the last few seconds of play. Bri Kulas hit two last-second free throws to secure the victory and Missouri improves to 5-0 on the season.

    Eye hit nine threes in the game and tallied 27 points overall to give the Tigers their fifth win of the season. Frericks recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds as well. Kulas also finished in double-figures for her fourth straight game with a total of 16 points on the night.

    Eye sparked a second half run for the Tigers as she hit three three-pointers in a row to help build momentum. Lianna Doty added another three for the Tigers to bring Mizzou within seven points. Tennessee-Martin was tough to stop, however. The Tigers took their first lead of the game with five minutes on the clock.

    Missouri went into the locker room trailing UT Martin 37-26, after a fast-paced first half of play. The Skyhawk's Heather Butler recorded 21 points in the first half to give UT Martin the boost it needed to maintain the lead. Freshman Jordan Frericks grabbed 10 rebounds for the Tigers in the first half, and senior Bri Kulas lead the scoring with seven points. The Tigers played strong team basketball, assisting on seven of their 10 first-half field goals.
     
    Mizzou returns to Columbia to host UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The game is set for 7 p.m. and the Tigers will welcome Special Olympics athletes who will scrimmage at halftime. The Tigers will also Take on Hunger, offering free admission with the donation of two canned food items to benefit Tiger Pantry.

    For more news and updates on Mizzou Women's Basketball, check in to MUTigers.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB), Instagram (@MizzouWBB) and Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouWBB).