Alabama: Alabama is 1-3 on the season after picking up its first win of the year last time out with a 70-62 victory against previously unbeaten Wisconsin. Prior to that victory in its first home game, the Crimson Tide had one of the toughest three-game road stretches of the season, playing at Chattanooga, at No. 15/12 Nebraska and at No. 2/2 Duke. Daisha Simmons leads Alabama in several statistical categories, including scoring (12.5 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), assists (2.8 apg), steals (3.8 spg), blocks (0.8 bpg) and minutes (33.2 mpg). The Tide will play its final home game of the month on Monday against Alabama A&M before heading to Moraga, Calif., for the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic where it will face host institution, Saint Mary’s, and Cal State Fullerton.
Arkansas: The @RazorbackWBB team moved to 6-0 on the year with three wins last week. Arkansas is one of three SEC teams with six wins and one of eight who are undefeated this year. Freshman Jessica Jackson leads the team averaging 14.8 ppg and ranks ninth in the SEC this week. Junior Calli Berna ranks second in the SEC for assists with 7.2 apg. The Razorbacks face the team’s first road test traveling to New Mexico for holiday tournament action where they face Southeast Missouri in game one on Friday followed by either the host Lobos or Binghamton on Saturday.
Auburn: The Auburn women’s basketball team (3-2) went 1-1 this week with a 77-49 win at Alabama A&M and an 80-52 loss at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Tyrese Tanner led Auburn with 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds on the week while Tra’Cee Tanner followed with 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The Alabama A&M win was a big one for Tyrese Tanner as she scored the 1,000th point of her career. Notching her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, she also became the 28th Auburn player ever to reach the 1,000-point mark. Her sister Tra’Cee Tanner led the Tigers in the next game, totaling 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss at UT-Chattanooga. Auburn returns to the court this week with a pair of games at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas. The Tigers will take on Ball State at 2 p.m. CT, Friday before facing nationally-ranked Iowa State at 9:30 p.m. CT, Saturday.
Florida: Florida has a busy and highly competitive week of games this week, when the Gators play host to St. John’s on Tuesday before traveling to the Bahamas where they will play Illinois State in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam and then either No. 12 Penn State or Oregon State in the trophy round. The Gators are coming off a tough 76-68 setback to instate rival Florida State in their only game last week. Senior Jaterra Bonds is doing it all with 17.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.0 steals, while hitting 33-of-38 free throws. She has connected on her last 12 free throw attempts entering Tuesday’s game. Freshman Ronni Williams is averaging 10.8 points on 51.1 percent shooting, along with a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game. She logged the second double-double of her young career with 14 points and 12 rebounds in UF’s most recent game. In four of five games this season, every Gator who suited up for the game, scored in the game.
Georgia: Georgia improved to 5-0 on the season with victories over Furman and Georgia Tech last week. Mississippi natives played a large role in UGA’s win over Furman. Tiaria Griffin (Monticello, Miss) recorded career-highs of 21 points and six steals, while Krista Donald (Lake, Miss.) notched a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Khaalidah Miller became Lady Bulldog Basketball’s 35th 1,000-point scorer during the win over the Paladins. Miller scored a season-high 20 points against Georgia Tech, her 53rd double-digit and seventh 20-point outings of her career at UGA. Miller spotted the Lady Bulldogs a 9-0 lead over the Yellow Jackets with a trio of 3-pointers. Georgia never trailed against Georgia Tech. Shacobia Barbee added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds against the Yellow Jackets. This week, the Lady Bulldogs host South Carolina State on Tuesday before participating in Georgia State’s Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Sunday. Georgia is 9-1 all-time against South Carolina Sate, including a 6-0 record in Athens. The Lady Bulldogs will face George Washington in the opening round of Georgia State’s tournament and then will meet either Georgia State or Jacksonville State on Sunday. Georgia is 0-2 all-time against George Washington, both neutral site match-ups. The Lady Bulldogs are 16-10 all-time against Georgia State, including a 16-4 record under Andy Landers. Georgia State is coached by former Lady Bulldog player and assistant coach Sharon Baldwin Tener. The Lady Bulldogs have never faced Jacksonville State.
Kentucky: No. 7/7 Kentucky improved to 6-0 on the season with wins over Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee last week. The Wildcats averaged 100.0 points per game in the wins, defeating Lipscomb 116-49, the second-most points in school history and the fifth-largest win margin in school history. A school-record eight Wildcats scored in double figures against the Lady Bisons, led by junior Bria Goss’ 18 points in just 17 minutes of play. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson followed with 16 points and career-high seven rebounds, while senior guard Bernisha Pinkett added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 14 points, 12 coming in the first half, and senior Kastine Evans and freshman guard Linnae Harper netted 12 points apiece. Junior point guard Jennifer O’Neill came off the bench for 11 points and senior Samarie Walker charted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, just one shy of her career high. The Cats then traveled to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face a tough Middle Tennessee team. UK came out hitting on all cylinders, leading by as many as 17 points and shooting 50 percent from the field. Goss once again had an impressive outing as she netted a team-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Evans followed with 15 as UK defeated the Blue Raiders, 84-72. The win snapped a two-game losing skid on the road against Middle Tennessee, giving UK its first win in Murfreesboro since 1989. UK returns to Memorial Coliseum for its two games, playing host to Bradley at Noon on Wednesday and intrastate rival and third-ranked Louisville on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
LSU: The 15th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team recorded two double-digit victories last week, defeating previously unbeaten Hampton 73-54 and Louisiana Tech 81-69. The Lady Tigers improved to 4-1 on the year and have already produced three games of 80 points or better. As a team, LSU is averaging 77.4 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. Theresa Plaisance continues to lead the Lady Tigers in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Plaisance her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Hampton, who has reached four straight NCAA Tournaments. After pouring in a team-high 17 points at Louisiana Tech, freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief is up to second in scoring for LSU with 10.8 points per game. The Lady Tigers will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the Barclays Invitational in the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. LSU takes on Rutgers at noon CT Friday. Michigan and Texas Tech face off in the other contest. The two winners will meet at 9 p.m. CT Saturday in Brooklyn.
Ole Miss: Rebels went 2-0 on the week after downing Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 22) and Tennessee State (Nov. 24) in Oxford. Ole Miss moved to 3-1 on their home floor. Ole Miss scored 96 points against Southeastern Louisiana, the most points for an Ole Miss squad this season and the most since scoring 95 against Southeastern Louisiana in the 2012-13 season-opener. Valencia McFarland posted back-to-back games of 20+ points, scoring a season-best 22 against Tennessee State and 20 against Southeastern Louisiana. McFarland neared her first double-double of the season against the Tigers with 22 points and a season-best eight rebounds. Ole Miss scored 63 second-half points against Southeastern Louisiana, the most for the Rebels this season and the third most points in a half in program history. Danielle McCray earned her first starts this season over the weekend. She had a season-best 12 points against Southeastern Louisiana and pulled down a season-best nine rebounds against Tennessee State. Valencia McFarland scored her 1,200th career point against Tennessee State and currently has 1,212 career points. McFarland also extended her scoring streak to 94 consecutive games and started her 85th consecutive game. McFarland is 45 assists and 58 steals from reaching the 1,000 point, 500 assists and 250 steals mark, should she reach the feat she will be the third player in program history.
Mississippi State: Mississippi State improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season with an impressive 90-45 win against Tennessee Tech last Thursday at the Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs are averaging 89.5 points per game to start the season, the best tally through the first four games since the 1993-94 team began the year with a 99.5 average. Junior Savannah Carter sparked the Bulldogs on Thursday, scoring a season-high 21 points. Carter led four Bulldogs who reached double figures in the game, including Kendra Grant who tallied 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Grant has now scored double figures in six of her last seven games going back to last season. Junior Martha Alwal tallied 17 points for the third-straight game, and recorded her first double-double of the season as she hauled in 10 rebounds. It was the 20th double-double of Alwal’s career, placing her second among active SEC players. Alwal also blocked three shots against TTU, putting her 10 back of tying Chanel Mokango’s MSU career-record 180 set in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Senior Katia May set another career high for assists as she tallied 13 against the Golden Eagles. It was her third double-figure assists outing in four games this season. The tally tied for second-most in single-game school history behind only the 17 dished by Polly Branch in 1986. The Bulldogs host Savannah State Tuesday at 6 p.m. before heading to Naples, Fla., for the first Gulf Coast Showcase.
Missouri: Mizzou remains undefeated on the season after a huge comeback victory at UT Martin last Saturday. The Tigers overcame a 19-point deficit thanks to eight second-half three-pointers from Morgan Eye. Eye gave the Tigers the momentum to overcome the Skyhawks in the last few seconds of play. The Tigers couldn’t have done it without the leadership of senior Bri Kulas, who reached double-figures in both contests. She hit a career-high 27 points against SEMO to give Mizzou the win. Mizzou has been playing great team basketball this season, assisting on 72-percent of their field goals. The Tiger bench has also proven to be a great asset as Mizzou has outscored each of its opponents off the bench, and is averaging over 25 points off the bench each game. The Tigers will have one more contest at home on Tuesday before heading to Coral Gables, Fla. for the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament for the holiday weekend.
South Carolina: South Carolina extended its season-opening win streak with a pair of decisive wins on the road last week. Facing life outside of Colonial Life Arena for the first time, the Gamecocks posted strong second halves to win both games by at least 20 points – their fifth and sixth such games of the season. The South Carolina offense continues to hum with five Gamecocks averaging double figures over last week’s two games, led by sophomore Tiffany Mitchell’s 15.5 points per game. Freshman Alaina Coates posted the second 20-point game of her career, netting 21 at San Diego State. As a team, the Gamecocks shot 49.1 percent over the two-game stretch, including 33.3 percent (13-of-39) from 3-point range as the outside shooters forced teams to loosen up their zone defenses. South Carolina assisted on 38 of its 55 made field goals last week with Mitchell leading the way with 7.0 per game. The Gamecocks close out their West Coast swing Monday at Southern Cal for their only game this week.
Tennessee: The No. 3/4 Lady Vols improved to 5-0 Sunday, taking down Oakland, 84-50, in Knoxville. It marked the first time since 2010-11 that Tennessee had started a season 5-0, and UT now has won 10-straight games at home dating back to a 77-67 loss on Jan. 28, 2013, to Notre Dame. Sophomore Bashaara Graves recorded her second-consecutive double-double, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th career double-double effort…It marked the second time she had achieved double-doubles in consecutive games, following her efforts vs. Stanford, Davidson and Rutgers last season. Meighan Simmons continued to round into form as well, scoring 14 points and grabbing a team-leading three steals vs. the Golden Grizzlies as the Lady Vols scored a 21-10 points advantage off 20 OU turnovers. UT’s defensive efforts have limited all five opponents to no better than 35% shooting from the field, and the Lady Vols continue to improve on adjusting to tighter officiating, committing a season-low 12 fouls after opening the season with 33 vs. Middle Tennessee. The Big Orange women head to Freeport, Bahamas, on Tuesday, where they’ll prepare for the 11th-annual Junkanoo Jam and a Thursday matchup with Virginia at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The winner of that contest will face the victor of the Kansas State-SMU game on Friday at 7 p.m. The consolation contest is slated for 4:45 p.m.
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 put together their best game of the season Sunday and rolled past Dayton, 82-52. Vanderbilt shot 57 percent from the floor (27-of-47) in the win, including making 8 of 11 from 3-point range (72.7 percent). Freshman Rebekah Dahlman scored 17 points, senior Christina Foggie added 16, and sophomore Morgan Batey and freshman Marqu’es Webb added 10 each. The Commodores made their first road trip of the season on Thursday night, falling to No. 2/2 Duke, 88-69. Vanderbilt was down by two at the half and trailed by only seven points at the midway mark of the second half before Duke pulled away. Senior Jasmine Lister scored a game-high 23 points in the loss. This week, Vanderbilt will host its Thanksgiving Tournament, and will be joined by Wisconsin, Mercer and Elon at the two-day, four-game event that begins Friday night at Memorial Gym.