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    SEC Women's Basketball Recap: Sunday, December 1

    SUNDAY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
    Kentucky 69, Louisville 64
    Georgia 70, Georgia State 58
    Middle Tennessee 62, Mississippi State 48

     

    No. 7 Kentucky Takes Down No. 4 Louisville, 69-64

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeNesha Stallworth scored 16 points - 15 of them in the second-half - and pulled down 8 rebounds to help No. 7 Kentucky erase a 14-point deficit and knock off No. 4 Louisville on Sunday, 69-64.

    Janee Thompson added 13 and Jennifer O'Neill had 12, including a critical jumper with 41 seconds left to help seal the victory for the Wildcats.

    Kentucky converted on a season-best 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from beyond the arc, while holding UofL to 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point range.

    The Wildcats forced 24 Louisville turnovers, marking the seventh consecutive game they have forced 20 or more.

    UK improved to 8-0 on the season, giving the Wildcats their first 8-0 start since 2011-12 while handing Louisville (7-1) their first loss of the season.

    Up next, UK heads to Arlington, Texas, to face No.9 Baylor at AT&T Stadium on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. UK Hoops and the Baylor women are the first game of a doubleheader that also features the UK and Baylor men's teams.





    Lady Bulldogs Defeat Georgia State, 70-58

    ATLANTA, Ga. -- No. 22 Georgia used a 12-0 second-half run to finally seize control en route to a 70-58 victory over Georgia State in the championship game of GSU's Thanksgiving Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

    Erika Ford and Tiaria Griffin led the Lady Bulldogs (8-0) with 14 points apiece. Krista Donald chipped in 12 points and Shacobia Barbee added a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds, as well as game-high tallies of seven steals and six assists.

    "We did what need to do to win on a day when we didn't play our best basketball," head coach Andy Landers said. "You have to credit Georgia State with some of that. They had a good game plan and executed it well. Most of all, at the beginning of the game they hit shots that put us on our heels. We hung in there and then made enough plays to win a tough, tough game."

    Griffin, who scored 19 points in a first-round win over George Washington, was tabbed the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Barbee joined her on the all-tournament team.

    Georgia State (2-6) led 51-44 with 12:11 remaining after a Kendra Long 3-pointer. That gave Long 22 points on the day but represented her last bucket of the contest.

    The Lady Bulldogs tied the score 2:21 later on a pair of Donald free throws. Barbee assisted a Griffin bucket that gave Georgia the lead for good 53-51.

    After the lead reached five points, the Panthers pulled within three twice, lastly on a layup by Ashanti Groover with 5:35 on the clock. A Griffin 3-pointer from the right corner put the Lady Bulldogs up by six and Georgia closed out the contest on a 12-3 run thereafter.

    Georgia State started the game quickly, scoring the game's first six point over the opening 2:02 and leading for much of the remainder of the half. The Lady Bulldogs grabbed their first lead at 14-13 on a Donald layup at the 12:13 mark but the Panthers answered with a 9-0 run to regain a 22-14 edge.

    A Ford 3-pointer started a 14-0 push over the next 6:56 that put Georgia up 26-22, but State again responded. Long scored 10 of her 19 first-half points over the final 6:01 to give the Panthers a 37-33 lead at the intermission.

    Georgia State is coached by Sharon Baldwin-Tener, who played for the Lady Bulldogs from 1988-90 and was an assistant coach on the Georgia staff from 1992-1998.

    The Lady Bulldogs will now enjoy a 10-day break from competition while Final Exams for the Fall Semester are administered on the UGA campus. Georgia will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 12, when the Lady Bulldogs face Belmont in Nashville.





    Bulldogs Suffer First Setback Against Middle Tennessee In Gulf Coast Showcase Championship Game

    ESTERO, Fla. -- Mississippi State saw its season-opening seven-game win streak snapped in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase women’s basketball tournament.

    State was unable to overcome a slow start as the Bulldogs dropped a 62-48 decision to Middle Tennessee in the championship game of three-day, eight-team event.

    “We ran into a really good basketball team,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “They are traditionally in the NCAA Tournament. We were a little tired. We pressed for 40 minutes the first two games and I think that took a lot of out of us.”

    MTSU (4-3) sprinted out to a 6-1 lead before MSU responded, taking its only lead of the game 11-10 on a basket by Ketara Chapel.

    The Blue Raiders answered with the game’s next seven points and did not trail the rest of the way.

    MSU was playing without the services of backup point guard Jerica James. James injured her shoulder in Saturday’s semifinal round win over James Madison.

    MSU converted 5 of 28 shots from the field in the opening half and trailed 30-15 at the intermission.

    “I am proud of my kids. We have played very good teams and we have played hard against them. We have been tested three straight days,” Schaefer said. “We are fortunate. We came here and won two games. You come here so you can learn about your team and address things before conference play begins.”

    The Blue Raiders ran the lead to 22 less three minutes into second half. An offensively flurry tightened the contest but the Bulldogs could not get over the hump.

    “We are still learning,” Schaefer said. “We are learning how to play and how to compete. I thought Katia May and Savannah Carter played their guts out tonight. (Winning two games here) shows growth in our program. To come here and compete and win two games against quality opponents is nothing but a positive.

    “I am excited about this team. We have a chance to be quite a bit better. We need to get to the practice floor now and get better.”

    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 16 of 55 shots from the field (29.1 percent), 2 of 7 shots from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 14 of 23 shots from the foul line (60.9 percent). The Blue Raiders hit 22 of 49 shots from the field (44.9 percent), 2 of 11 shots from 3-point range (18.2 percent) and 16 of 25 shots from the foul line (64.0 percent).

    MTSU held a 43-34 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had seven assists and 13 turnovers, while the Blue Raiders had 14 assists and 16 turnovers.

    Carter led MSU with 14 points. Martha Alwal had six points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The blocked shots allowed Alwal set a new career MSU blocks record with 183. Alwal was also named to the all-tournament team.

    MTSU received 25 points and 13 rebounds from Ebony Rowe and 14 points from Shanice Cason.

    MSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Humphrey Coliseum.