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    SEC Women's Basketball Central: Wednesday

    Wednesday Women's Hoops RESULTS
    Ole Miss 79, Louisiana Tech 68
    UT Martin 75, Alabama 57
    Arkansas 64, Kansas 53
    Mississippi State 78, UL-Lafayette 51
    Missouri 86, Oral Roberts 64
    Florida 104, Troy 74

    Ole Miss Takes Care of Business Against Louisiana Tech

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team, playing in front of 4,491 fans for the 11th Annual School Kids Game, took a 16-point lead into the halftime break and didn’t look back as they cruised to a 79-68 win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday (Dec. 4) morning. 
    Ole Miss (6-4) had four players in double figures and was led by Tia Faleru, who had a team-high 19 points. Joining her in double-figures were: Valencia McFarland with 16 points, Diara Moore with 13 and Danielle McCray with 10. McCray led the way for the Rebels on the glass with nine rebounds, just one shy of her second career double-double. 
    “Louisiana Tech has a great team,” said head coach Matt Insell. “Their record doesn’t show how good of a team they are and they’ve played a lot of good teams. Really, this was a dominating win for us. We had a six-minute spell in the second half that we can fix and I take the blame for that. We’ll get better from this game. That’s five in a row for us, and we’re at full strength and ready to go.”
    Playing in front of the third largest crowd to see a women’s basketball game at the Tad Pad, the Rebels didn’t disappoint. The visiting Lady Techsters scored the first points of the game with a jumper from JaQuan Jackson, but Faleru tied the game with bucket of her own on the next possession. 
    With the game tied at 7-7 the Rebels went on an 11-0 run, sparked by a layup from Danielle McCray to take an 11-point lead, which they wouldn’t give up the remainder of the contest. 
    Shequila Joseph and Gracie Frizzell both drilled two triples in the first half to help the Rebels keep their lead in double-digits, as the home team took a 16-point halftime lead en route to its fifth consecutive victory and fourth straight at home. 
    Ole Miss dominated in the paint, scoring 44 points on the inside and also took advantage of Louisiana Tech giveaways, scoring 22 points off Tech miscues. True to the way head coach Matt Insell wants to play, Ole Miss took advantage in transition scoring 20 fast break points in the contest. 
    Ole Miss extended its lead to 22 points – the largest of the game – with a few minutes off the game clock in the second half behind buckets from Kenyotta Jenkins and Tia Faleru. 
    LA Tech (1-6) made a late push, getting the lead down to single digits with a minute remaining, but the Ole Miss sealed their fifth straight win with a pair from McFarland at the free throw line.  
    LA Tech’s Whitney Frazier led all-scorers with 24 points as LA Tech dropped its second consecutive game. 
    Ole Miss concludes its two-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes Mississippi Valley State for an afternoon matinee. Tipoff is set for Noon at the Tad Smith Coliseum.  For ticket information, go to or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

    Alabama Women’s Basketball Suffers 75-57 Loss to UT Martin
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s basketball team dropped a 75-57 decision to the University of Tennessee at Martin on Wednesday night in Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 3-5 on the season, while the win brings the Skyhawks to 6-3.
    “Tonight, I was not pleased at all,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “I thought our leadership and our back court was poor. We seemed to really not sustain long periods of time with the game plan. We’ve got to do a better job with that, with teaching that and continue to work on it.”
    After a back-and-forth battle over the first several minutes, UT Martin scored 19 unanswered points to head into halftime with a 41-26 lead. Alabama used an 11-0 run early in the second half to pull within eight points of the Skyhawks, but would not get any closer for the duration of the contest.
    Ashley Williams led the Tide’s offensive efforts with a career-high tying 18 points, and Daisha Simmons followed with 11 points, in addition to a team-best seven rebounds, two steals and one block. Bri Hutchen provided a spark off the bench, scoring eight points during a nine-minute span. UT Martin got 22 points from Heather Butler and 18 points from Jasmine Newsome.
    For the game, Alabama was 41.7 percent (25-60) from the floor, while UT Martin hit 49.2 percent (29-59) of its attempts. The Skyhawks were also 12-of-16 from the free throw line. Alabama had a season-high 22 turnovers, which UT Martin scored 30 points off of.
    The Tide returns to the court on Sunday, Dec. 8, when it hosts Houston in Foster Auditorium. The game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. CT.
    “Nobody holds themselves more accountable than I do,” added Curry. “I am going to continue to see what I can do to help us get better every day. Hopefully you will see a different team out there on Sunday. We have got to maintain some consistency for longer periods of time in practice and longer periods of time in games. It starts with our leadership.”

    Razorbacks Top Kansas On Road To Remain Unbeaten
    LAWRENCE, Kan. – Keira Peak tied her season-high with 20 points to lead four Razorbacks in double-digit scoring, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (9-0) earned a 64-53 road win over Kansas (4-4) inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., on Wednesday night.
    Hitting a key three-pointer late in the game and adding clutch free throws to close it out, freshman Jessica Jackson scored 15 points, junior Calli Berna poured in 14 points and Wichita, Kan., native junior Jhasmin Bowen added 10 points in the win. The group marked the fifth time in nine games this season in which four Razorbacks reached double digits.
    “We’ve had a lot of quizzes and we aced all the quizzes. This was our first test,” head coach Tom Collen said. “I wouldn’t say we got an A-plus, but I would say we might have gotten an A or an A-minus. I think we made some mistakes, but we survived, fought them off and made free throws when we needed them. I couldn’t be more pleased with them in their first test.”
    Kansas cut the Arkansas lead to 52-47 with 3:23 left to play, but it was Jackson with a late three-pointer that brought the Jayhawks faithful back down into their seats, extending the Razorback lead back to 57-51 with just under two minutes to play. Jackson and Berna added key free throws late to preserve the win and keep the Razorbacks unbeaten.
    Arkansas opened the night with a 9-5 lead by the first media timeout. Peak led all scorers early with five points, including a nice drive to the basket with contact for the and-1 bucket. Bowen and Jackson chipped in with two points each, as the Razorbacks began on 44 percent shooting from the floor.
    The top-ranked defense in the country went to work early, as the Razorbacks held the Jayhawks to just 18 percent (2-for-11) shooting and five turnovers over the first eight minutes. Kansas natives Kelsey Brooks and Bowen each recorded an early steal, as the Jayhawks were held to just 14 points over the first 15 minutes and AU opened up a 21-14 lead.
    Whether it was coming up with steals on defense, drawing charges or just scoring the basketball, Peak carried the Razorbacks on the road in the first half. The lone senior finished the first frame with 11 points on 55 percent (5-9 FG) shooting, adding in two rebounds, a block and a steal.
    Trailing since holding the early 3-2 lead, an offensive resurgence from the Jayhawks helped them regain the lead with 17 seconds left in the half. Berna responded by drawing a foul and hitting pair of free throws with four seconds to go, giving the Razorbacks a 31-30 lead at the break. Berna (5 pts), Bowen (5) and Jackson (7) combined for 17 points in the first half.
    Kansas took a 37-36 lead with 15:07 to play, as CeCe Harper was up to 13 points on 55 percent shooting, adding four rebounds and four assists. The Jayhawks received a boost from their bench, outscoring the Razorback reserves 10-0. Turnovers evened up as well, with both teams committing 12 mistakes.
    Veterans Peak and Berna took over in the second half, as the two combined for 11 of the Razorbacks’ 14 points out of halftime and helped boost UA’s lead to 45-41 with 11:56 left. Berna was a perfect 2-for-2 with two second-half assists, while Peak was 3-for-4 and hauled down two rebounds.
    After the Razorbacks had built up a nine-point lead, a mini 6-2 run from the Jayhawks helped tighten the game back up at 52-47 with 3:23 to play. Berna, Jackson and Peak came up with key plays down the stretch to finish things off late, as the Razorbacks fended off a late Jayhawk rally and came out with the road victory. Arkansas finished the game on a 10-0 run to secure the victory.
    Having played three straight road games in six days, Arkansas returns home for a five-game homestand to close out its non-conference schedule, beginning with Northwestern State (4-2) on Dec. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.


    Dillingham Leads Bulldogs To 78-51 Win Against Louisiana-Lafayette
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dominique Dillingham scored a career-high 19 points as Mississippi State beat Louisiana-Lafayette 78-51 in women’s basketball action Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
    After struggling out of the gates, the Bulldogs scored 50 second-half points to cruise to the victory. MSU was back on the court after seeing a season-opening seven-game win streak snapped by a Sunday loss to Middle Tennessee State in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game in Estero, Fla.
    “Not to make any excuses but we have a tired basketball team right now,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “This is the fifth game in the last nine days. When the lights come on, we play really hard. Right now, we are trying to develop some toughness. It showed tonight with our slow start, but we played really well in the second half.”
    MSU shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and only led 28-27 at the intermission.
    “After playing three games in three days and then this game, it is a mental thing for us right now,” MSU junior Kendra Grant said. “We have to a little more focus and do the things that we need to do to be ready to play.”
    MSU (8-1) scored the game’s first six points and quickly built a 14-5 lead on a free throw by Savannah Carter with 12:55 left in the half. Louisiana (4-3) answered with the game’s next six points.
    Katia May hit two free throws to extend the Maroon and White lead back out to 20-13 with 6:46 left in the half.
    Still, the Cajuns ended the half with a 7-1 run to pull within a single point.
    “They took it to us in the first half,” Schaefer said. “They weren’t intimidated. Obviously, we didn’t play really well. We are disappointed in our team defense right now. One of the words we talked about at halftime was embarrassing. In the second half, we looked liked a totally different team. We played hard defensively and forced some turnovers.”
    The Bulldogs turned their play up on both ends of the floor in the second half.
    After ULL took its only lead of the contest at 29-28, MSU seized complete control with a 16-2 run. A 3-point play by Alwal and free throws by May pushed the lead to 44-31 with 15:03 left in the half.
    “We don’t like to have halves like we did tonight,” Grant said. “It makes coach really frustrated in us. We just had to come in, get focused and do a lot better job on the defensive end.”
    Behind the strong play of Dillingham and Alwal, the lead quickly blossomed to 58-35 with 10:35 left. The Cajuns went better than seven minutes without a made field goal.
    “Savannah (Carter) was really good in the first half, she had eight defensive rebounds at halftime,” Schaefer said. “In the second half, Martha (Alwal) was really great on the boards. “
    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 22 of 61 shots from the field (36.1 percent), 2 of 7 shots from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 32 of 44 shots from the foul line (72.7 percent). The Cajuns hit 17 of 64 shots from the field (26.6 percent), 4 of 25 shots from 3-point range (16.0 percent) and 13 of 23 shots from the foul line (56.5 percent).
    MSU held a 54-43 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 15 assists and 16 turnovers, while the Cajuns had eight assists and 20 turnovers.
    Alwal posted her second double-double of the season and 21st of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Eleven of the points and eight of the rebounds came in the game’s second half. Grant was also in double figures with 12 points. Carter and Breanna Richardson each finished with eight rebounds. May had five assists, while Carter had four steals.
    ULL was led by 10 points from Jaylyn Gordon.

    Mizzou Women's Basketball Cruises To 86-64 Victory
    Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Women's Basketball team cruised to an 86-64 win over Oral Roberts on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena behind a sizzling performance from three-point range.
    The Tigers hit 17 three-pointers in the win over the Golden Eagles and improved to 8-1 on the year.
    In a first half full of momentum swings, the Tigers were able to deliver the decisive plays with the game in doubt. With Mizzou holding a slim 21-18 lead, sophomore Lianna Doty buried her first trey of the game. On the next two possessions, Maddie Stock sunk another three-pointer and Morgan Eye used a shot fake to blow by the defense for an easy pull up jumper. Maddie Stock followed with another long ball to cap a 14-0 run, helping the Tigers build a comfortable lead they would never give up. Missouri led at half 43-28.
    The efficient outside attack opened things up in the paint for Bri Kulas in the second half. The senior forward converted three easy layups early, pushing Missouri's lead to 19 with just over 15 minutes to go. Kulas finished with 13 points.
    The Tigers kept pouring it on from deep throughout the second half. Morgan Stock drilled back-to-back threes with 12 minutes to play. Her fifth three-pointer of the game (she finished 5-of-7 overall from three) handed Mizzou a 23-point advantage. The Stock twins combined for 30 points, scoring all their points from beyond the arc.
    Missouri hit 17 three-pointers total behind 44.7 percent shooting from long range. Eye led all scorers with 17 points, converting 5-of-10 from outside. The junior needs just 24 more treys to become the Tigers' all-time leader in three-point makes.
    Mizzou, 8-1 overall and 6-0 on its home floor, returns to action when it hosts Bradley at 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Gators Top 100-Point Mark for First Time in since Dec. 2000, Earn Win at Troy
    TROY, Ala. - Florida's January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) and Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) both scored 22 points, as five Gators posted a double-figure scoring effort in the team's 104-74 victory against Troy at Trojan Arena on Wednesday evening.
    Florida, which topped the century mark for the first time in a game since Dec. 28, 2000, vs. Tennessee State (100-54), next has a 13-day break before its next game, turning its attention to final exams before playing host to St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 17 at the O'Connell Center.
    Miller hit 7-of-17 shots en route to a career-high 22 points and added a career-best 8 rebounds and four assists with zero turnovers.
    Bonds posted her fourth 20-point game of the season and tacked on five rebounds and five assists.
    Cassie Peoples (San Antonio, Texas) made the most of her first collegiate start with a career-high 17 points and five assists, connecting on all 8 of her free throw attempts.
    Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) tied her season-high of 11 points, nailing three three-pointers and coming away with three steals, while Christin Mercer (Douglasville, Ga.) added 11 points and a career-high12 rebounds for her first double-double this season and the second of her career.
    Joining Mercer on the boards was junior Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.), who collected a career-high 15 boards with 8 points, as Florida won the rebounding battle, 56-49.
    Florida started out slow offensively, connecting on just one of its first seven field goals. The Gators heated up quickly, however, and nailed six of its next seven field goals that ignited a 21-0 outburst during a 3:44 span early in the game that proved to be the difference.
    The Trojans cut the Gator's lead to 14 points twice, but Florida countered the second time with a 9-0 run and took a commanding 41-19 halftime lead.