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    SEC Women's Basketball Recap: Sunday, November 24

    SUNDAY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
    Tennessee 84, Oakland 50
    Arkansas 61, Western Michigan 46
    Georgia 63, Georgia Tech 56
    Ole Miss 77, Tennessee State 61
    Vanderbilt 82, Dayton 52
    Kentucky 84, Middle Tennessee 72
    Chattanooga 80, Auburn 52

     

    Tennessee Overpowers Oakland, 84-50

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee used a 21-0 run bridging the halves to run away with an 84-50 victory over Oakland on Sunday afternoon before 10,333 at Thompson Boling Arena. The #3/4 Lady Vols (5-0) were led by sophomore Bashaara Graves (15 points and 11 rebounds) and senior Meighan Simmons (14 points).

    Tennessee had five players score in double-figures as junior Ariel Massengale had 13 points along with six assists. Junior Isabelle Harrison tallied 11 points and freshman Mercedes Russell had 10 points

    The winless Oakland Golden Grizzlies (0-5) trailed the Lady Vols by one point with 2:29 left in the first half at 28-27, but Tennessee opened the flood gates on offense and turned up the pressure on defense.

    Tennessee outscored Oakland, 50-23 in the second half.

    The Lady Vols scored the first 14 points of the second half including eight in the first 44 seconds to grab a 49-27 lead. The game was never closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

    Tennessee led by as many as 34 points after Cierra Burdick knocked down a jumper with 9:30 left in regulation. That was also the margin of the final score after another jumper by Burdick.

    Tennessee shot a sizzling 8-of-17 from 3-point range in the game, making 48.5 from the floor overall. The Lady Vols' defense limited Oakland to just 30.8 percent from the floor.

    For Graves, it was her 12th-career double-double.

    The Golden Grizzlies were led by Victoria Lipscomb, who had 13 points, OU's only player in double-figures.

    Oakland was pesky throughout first half and was within one point in the final minutes before Tennessee canned back-to-back 3-pointers to end the half and take a 34-27 lead at halftime. Reynolds and Simmons connected to consecutive treys for the seven-point lead at intermission.

    Tennessee's largest lead of the first half was 14 points as a Simmons' layup finished a 13-2 spurt midway through the half to put UT ahead 25-11 with 7:25 left on the clock.

    Simmons led all scorers with 10 points in the first half.

    The Lady Vols heads to The Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam on Thanksgiving Day. Tennessee will take on Virginia at 2 p.m., on Nov. 28. That game can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.





    Razorbacks Earn 61-46 Win Over Western Michigan

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Keira Peak scored 16 points to lead all scorers and Jhasmin Bowen added a season-high 14, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (6-0) earned a 61-46 win over Western Michigan (2-4) inside Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.

    It was an all-around day for Peak, who shot 41 percent from the field and added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Bowen spread herself out as well, contributing six rebounds, two blocks and a pair of assists.

    “We’ve been waiting for Jhas to get going this year,” Collen said. “She and Keira both played well today. It’s a good sign and we know that if we can get them the ball, they can both score.”

    The Razorbacks opened with an early 10-7 lead six minutes in, as both teams suffered from cold shooting starts. Western Michigan shot just 29 percent from the field, while Arkansas was 31 percent. Peak hustled for six early points, as the Razorbacks worked down low for a 10-to-4 rebounding advantage, including five offensive boards and six second-chance points.

    Just 1-for-7 from three-point range, Arkansas went inside and began to find its scoring stride in the first half. Fifty-five percent of the Razorbacks’ first-half points came in the paint. The result was a 13-3 UA run, as Bowen scored six points over the stretch and helped UA push its lead to double digits.

    Having already totaled a season-high 12 points over the first half, Bowen shot 4-for-6 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds and two blocks by halftime. The resurgence of the Razorback offense and Bowen helped UA improve to 44 percent shooting and take a 36-24 lead into the locker room.

    The Razorbacks showed no signs of an offensive struggle coming out of the half, making 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the floor and opening up a 47-31 lead at the 14:40 mark of the second half.

    Arkansas took care of the basketball, turning it over only a season-low eight times while also forcing WMU into 21 mistakes on the day. Peak (3), Calli Berna (2) and Melissa Wolff (2) each recorded steals.

    Wolff came in off the bench and helped preserved the win, providing a late source of offense with six points on 3-of-5 shooting in 13 minutes of second-half action.

    “We have to give Western Michigan a lot of credit today,” Collen said. “They controlled the game early and didn’t let Keira or Kelsey (Brooks) harass their point guard and that took a little intensity out of us defensively. We were a bit fatigued as well and they made us work and wore us out. We are happy to be 6-0 at this point of the season.”

    Having wrapped up its longest homestand of the season, Arkansas hits the road for the first time this season and travels next to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Tournament. The Razorbacks open tournament play against Southeast Missouri on Nov. 29 with tip scheduled for 6 p.m.

    For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.





    Georgia Holds on For 63-56 Win over Georgia Tech

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Senior Khaalidah Miller scored a season-high and game-high 20 points, including a trio of three pointers, to lead No. 23 Georgia to a 63-56 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

    The Lady Bulldogs stay perfect on the season at 5-0, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 2-2 overall. Georgia now holds a 32-4 lead in their all-time series with Georgia Tech, including a 14-0 mark in Athens.

    Sophomore Shacobia Barbee also scored in double figures for Georgia, turning in 14 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and four assists.

    "You have to give (Georgia) Tech a lot of credit," said Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers. "They played hard, they played well and they have a good basketball team. I thought that defensively, we were a little bit better in what we tried to do than maybe what they tried to do today. We did an excellent job defensively, (forcing) 27 turnovers, which is incredible."

    Georgia opened the game on a 9-0 run thanks to three straight three-pointers from Miller. Georgia Tech's first points did not come until nearly six minutes into the game, and the Lady Bulldog defense would hold the Yellow Jackets to just eight points through the first 10 minutes of play.

    Georgia's first two-point field goal of the game came midway through the first half, as starter Merritt Hempe scored off a dish from Barbee to give the Lady Bulldogs a 16-10 advantage. The two teams continued to trade baskets throughout much of the remainder of the half, as Georgia maintained a 33-26 lead entering the break.

    Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half. Georgia's defense forced the Yellow Jackets into 13 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, but Georgia Tech maintained the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Bulldogs 22-17.

    Georgia opened up its largest lead of the game just five minutes into the second half, as freshman Halle Washington scored on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 42-31. The Yellow Jackets continued to battle, eventually cutting Georgia's lead to just three with under seven minutes remaining.

    After trading baskets over the next few possession, the Lady Bulldogs eventually managed to pull away as Miller knocked down a pair of free throws and a layup off an assist from Barbee to open up an eight-point lead with slightly over two minutes remaining in the game. Georgia Tech would come no closer than four points the rest of the way, as Washington knocked down a pair of free throws and Miller added one from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of play to seal the 63-56 win.

    Georgia outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-14 in the paint and 8-0 on fastbreak points on the afternoon. Georgia Tech won the rebounding battle with a 44-35 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to force 27 turnovers and score 15 points off the miscues.

    The Lady Bulldogs will play their final contest of a six-game homestand on Tuesday evening when they host South Carolina State at Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.





    Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Defeats Tennessee State, 77-61

    OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss women’s basketball team, led by senior Valencia McFarland’s game-high 22 points picked up its second consecutive win with a 77-61 win over visiting Tennessee State on Sunday (Nov. 24) at the Tad Smith Coliseum.

    Ole Miss (3-4) put together a strong second half, shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29), and scoring 46 points while holding Tennessee State (1-5) to just 32 second-half points. The Rebels dominated inside, scoring 36 of their 77 points in the paint, most of those points coming in the form of layups.

    McFarland picked up her second consecutive 20-point game with a season-high 22 points, while adding a season-best eight assists, nearing her first double-double of the season. Tia Faleru was also in double figures for the third consecutive game with 18 points and eight rebounds just two boards shy of her third consecutive double-double. Danielle McCray, starting her second consecutive contest, led the Rebels on the glass with nine boards.

    “We seem to respond in the second half and play a lot better,” said head coach Matt Insell. “The biggest difference was we didn’t bring 100% effort in the first half, but I’m proud of their effort in the second half. We’re a work in progress, but we’re getting better each day. Eventually we are going to put this thing together and it’s going to be explosive in here one afternoon.”

    Diara Moore and McCray also reached double digits for Ole Miss with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

    Taking just a two-point advantage into halftime, Ole Miss used a 12-1 burst to open the second half, taking a 42-32 lead, the first double-digit lead for either team, and from that point started to pull away.

    The Rebels utilized a triple from McFarland at the 15:30 mark and Gracie Frizzell got in the long range action with one of her two treys on the afternoon as Ole Miss took a 47-36 lead at the 13:33 mark.

    The Ole Miss defense was especially good in the second half, holding Tennessee State to just nine points through the first 10 minutes of the half and just 32 points in the second frame, the second fewest points for an Ole Miss opponent this season.

    The Tigers got as close as 16 points in the final 6:46 of action, but that was as close as the visitors would get the remainder of the contest.

    After a slow start to the game for the Rebels, in which Moore scored the first four Ole Miss points, Ole Miss tied the game at 6-6 at the 15:45 mark on a pair from Faleru at the line.

    Faleru’s free throw shooting kept Ole Miss in the game in the early goings. The junior went 7-of-8 in the first half missing her lone free throw with just 47 seconds left in the half and closed the game with a 9-of-10 mark from the charity stripe.

    The first half could be characterized as a back-and-forth affair in the first half with seven ties and seven lead changes. Ole Miss took its largest lead -- five points -- at the 4:31 mark of the half. With the Rebels trailing 19-18, back-to-back baskets from McFarland and a layup from Moore put the home team ahead.

    The visitors answered and with a triple from Chelsea Hudson took a 29-28 lead with 1:10 left, but a Faleru free throw and a jumper from Moore to take a 31-29 lead into the halftime break.

    Ole Miss shot 40.7 percent on 11-of-27 shooting and held Tennessee State to just 27.3 percent shooting (9-of-33), but the home squad threw the ball away 12 times in the first half, leading to five points for the Tigers.

    Ole Miss closes its three-game homestand on Tuesday (Nov. 26) when they host the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. or 30 minutes following the Ole Miss men’s game against North Carolina A&T, which is scheduled to tip at 3:00 p.m. in the Tad Smith Coliseum. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).





    Vandy Women's Hoops cruises past Dayton, 82-52

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's hard to classify a game in November as a "must-win" -- but Sunday's contest sure felt like one for Vanderbilt.

    And the Commodores certainly responded as if it were.

    Putting together their most solid 40-minute effort of the season, the hot-shooting Commodores snapped a two-game losing skid in emphatic fashion, storming past Dayton, 82-52, at Memorial Gym.

    The RV/RV Commodores (4-2) shot 57 percent from the floor, including going 8-of-11 (72 percent) from 3-point range, and went 20-of-22 (90 percent) from the foul line while sailing past the RV/No. 24 Flyers.

    Rebekah Dahlman scored a team high 17 points and Christina Foggie added 16. The two players combined to go 7-of-9 from 3-point range (Foggie was 4-of-5; Dahlman 3-of-4; ). Morgan Batey added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

    Freshman Marques Webb also added 10 points while helping Vanderbilt gain revenge for last November's road loss to Dayton.

    More importantly, the win helped the Commodores regain some momentum after they had suffered back-to-back setbacks -- losing to No. 2/2 Duke, 88-69, on the road on Thursday night and falling to Marquette last Sunday at home.

    "Vanderbilt has a great tradition, and losing three games in a row is unacceptable," said Batey, who provided a huge boost off the bench with her energetic play. "We had to win this game."

    After the teams battled to an 18-18 tie, Vanderbilt closed the first half with a 15-5 run to build a 33-23 lead. The Commodores then opened the second half with 17-8 spurt -- which included two 3s by Foggie and one by Jasmine Jenkins -- to push the advantage to 50-31, and they maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

    With Dahlman disrupting Dayton's offense by applying full court pressure, the Flyers endured a frustrating game in which they shot just 33.3 percent from the field and made only four of their 21 attempts from 3-point range (19 percent).

    "(Dayton) is a great shooting team with a lot of firepower," said head coach Melanie Balcomb. "I felt like we wore them down, which I wanted to do. I think we made the right adjustments in our matchup that we needed to make."

    Dayton's Ally Malott, who came into the game averaging 17.3 points per game, was held to five points on 2-of-9 shooting. Cassie Sant led the Flyers with 20 points.

    Balcomb said the win over the Flyers -- who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season -- was a prime example of what her team is capable of doing when they execute the game plan.

    "Everybody was on the bus today, trying to execute, trying to do the same things and we were fun to watch," she said.

    The Commodores got off to a slow start, trailing 8-2 early. But a 3-pointer by Foggie at the 14:48 mark ignited Vanderbilt's offense, and the Commodores ripped off a 16-4 run to grab an 18-12 lead with 8:33 left in the half. Dahlman capped the surge with a 3-pointer.

    Dayton battled back to tie the game at 18-18, but Vanderbilt closed the half with its 15-5 spurt to build its 33-23 halftime lead.

    Dahlman led all scorers with 10 points in the first half, going 3-of-3 from the floor (including a pair of 3-pointers) and 2-of-2 at the line. Foggie added eight first-half points for the Commodores, who shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field.

    Vanderbilt's defense limited Dayton to 26.7 percent shooting (8-of-30), and the Flyers made just two of their 11 attempts (18 percent) from 3-point range.

    Vanderbilt will host Elon on Friday in the opening round of the Thanksgiving Tournament at 4 p.m. That game will be followed by Wisconsin playing Mercer at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for all games.





    Kentucky Holds Off Middle Tennessee, 94-72

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Junior Bria Goss recorded her second consecutive double-digit scoring effort and a team-high 16 points to lead No. 7 Kentucky past Middle Tennessee, 94-72.

    UK junior Jennifer O’Neill added a season-high 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

    The Wildcats led by as many as 17 points in the second half, and used an 11-0 run midway through the half to take a 58-42 lead.

    Samarie Walker and Azia Bishop both recorded 8 rebounds in the road win, which marked UK's first victory in Murfreesboro since 1989.

    Senior Kastine Evans finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.

    The Wildcats returns to Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 27, vs. Bradley at Noon ET. The game will be carried on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.





    Auburn Falls At UT-Chattanooga, 80-52

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Playing a team with the second-longest home winning streak in the country, the Auburn women’s basketball team dropped to 3-2 on the season Sunday with an 80-52 loss at Tennessee-Chattanooga (4-1). Turnovers and defensive lapses sealed the fate for the Tigers.

    Sophomore Tra’cee Tanner came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior Kiani Parker added 10 points while freshman Allina Starr tallied team highs with five assists and two steals.

    “We played about as bad as we could have played,” said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “We didn’t play defense and then we came down offensively and turned the ball over. We had 22 turnovers against a team that did not even press us.”

    The Tigers were in the hole from the start, going down 14-0 in the opening minutes of the game. But, Auburn rallied back and cut the UT-Chattanooga lead to three with less than six minutes to play.

    The Lady Mocs had another run in them, though, and pulled back away for a 35-24 lead at the break. Auburn’s freshmen and sophomores had 18 of the 24 first-half points.

    UT-Chattanooga came out determined in the second half to not let Auburn back in the game and did just that. The Lady Mocs led by as many as 29 points in the final period to polish off the 80-52 win.

    Meghan Downes led UTC with 17 points while Ashlen Dewart and Alex Black scored 13 each. Taylor Hall had seven points, eight rebounds and five steals.

    Auburn’s youth fueled the team, as freshmen and sophomores accounted for 32 of the Tigers’ 52 points. Senior Tyrese Tanner had eight points and five rebounds while freshmen Brandy Montgomery and Katie Frerking added eight and seven points each, respectively.

    Auburn will return to action this week as the team travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout at the South Point Hotel and Casino. The Tigers will take on Ball State at 2 p.m. CT, Friday, and No. 22/16 Iowa State at 9:30 p.m. CT, Saturday.