|Tuesday Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Alabama 75, Jacksonville 62
|Texas A&M 73, Nicholls State 39
|Tennessee 94, Tennessee State 43
|Georgia 81, Lipscomb 46
|Florida 105, St. Francis 71
|FGCU at LSU 69, FGCU 46
|Mississippi State 72, North Dakota State 62
|South Carolina at North Carolina
Four Alabama Players Score in Double Figures as Crimson Tide Downs JU
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Four players finished with double-figure points as the Alabama women’s basketball team beat Jacksonville, 75-62, in front of a packed house of fifth graders at Foster Auditorium on Tuesday morning. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 5-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Dolphins to 3-5.
Shafontaye Myers led the way for Alabama with a season-high tying 20 points, 12 of which came from three-point range. She was followed by Ashley Williams with 15, Daisha Simmons, with 13 and Khadijah Carter with 10. Williams also pulled down a career-best and game-high nine rebounds in the victory. Jacksonville was led by Queen Alford, who had 19 points and eight rebounds.
The first half went back and forth for 15 minutes until a three-pointer from Carter gave Alabama a five-point lead, 28-23, which was the largest for either team to that point. The Tide would go on to score six straight from there to cap off an 11-0 run. After going scoreless for just over four minutes, Jacksonville outscored Alabama 6-3 down the stretch, setting the halftime score at 37-29.
The Dolphins put up five unanswered points at the start of the second half, pulling within three, before Williams scored off the feed from Nikki Hegstetter at the 18:25 mark. Jacksonville was unable to get any closer for the duration of the contest as Alabama would go on to lead by as many as 19 in the contest.
For the game, the Tide shot 54.9 percent (28-51) from the floor, its highest percentage of the season, including 45.5 percent (5-11) from three-point range. The Dolphins went 39.7 percent (27-68) for the game overall and 20 percent (2-10) from beyond the arc. Jacksonville had a slight edge in rebounds, 39-36. The Tide also had 15 assists and 11 steals in the game.
Alabama plays its final game for breaking for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 20, hosting Troy at Foster Auditorium. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
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Aggies Take Care of Nicholls State on Elementary School Day
COLLEGE STATION- In front of an electric crowd of 7,188, Texas A&M defeated Nicholls State 73-39 on Elementary School Day. The crowd was the second-largest for a regular season non-conference women’s game in Reed Arena history.
Over 20 schools from the Bryan-College Station area were in attendance, making the crowd the 17th-largest overall to see a women’s game at Reed Arena. It was the Aggies’ largest audience so far this season, home or away.
The Aggies and Colonels traded the first baskets of the game, then A&M went on a 20-4 run to take a 22-6 lead, and did not look back. Nicholls was the third A&M opponent to score 20-or-less in the first half this year, as Texas A&M led 40-19 at the break.
A&M held Nicholls to just five field goals in the second half, as A&M cruised to victory.
Courtney Williams had 14 points, reaching double figures for the fourth straight game. Courtney Walker joined her in double figures with 11, giving her nine straight games in double digits.
The Aggies next go to New York City and Madison Square Garden to take part in the Maggie Dixon Classic against St. John’s on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. CT. The game is televised on ESPNU. The Aggies return home on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. to host Louisiana Tech.
No. 3 Lady Vols Move To 10-0 With 94-43 Win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Third-ranked Tennessee moved to 10-0 for the first time since the National Championship season of 2007-08 with a 94-43 victory over Tennessee State on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Bashaara Graves led the Lady Vols with 17 points as five players scored in double-figures. She was joined by Meighan Simmons (13), Cierra Burdick (12), Isabelle Harrison (12) and Mercedes Russell (12) with 10-plus points. Harrison added 11 points for her third double-double of the season.
Tennessee was dominate in all aspects of the wire-to-wire win: field goal percentage (57.8%-18.9%), rebounds (58-35), assists (27-4), blocks (11-0), points in the paint (54-24), fast break points (18-4) and bench points (37-13). The Lady Vols held TSU to 1-of-22 from 3-point range.
The win by 51 points was the largest of the season and largest since a 53-point win over Alcorn State (90-37) on Nov. 25, 2012.
Tennessee opened the game scoring 17 of the first 18 points and never looked back. Tennessee State was held without a field goal for the first 5:31 of the game. Graves got off to a quick start with eight of the Lady Vols' first 17 points, making her first three shots.
The Lady Vols opened a 27-5 lead on a steal and fast break layup by Simmons with 12 minutes left in the first half. The lead ballooned to 38-9 with eight minutes left in the first half as Graves became the first UT player to hit double-figures.
The Lady Tigers reached double-figures with 5:49 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Rachel Allen. That made the score, 42-12, Tennessee.
Tennessee led 54-19 at halftime as Graves led all scorers with 14 points.
The lead hit 40 on a Graves' free throw 2:37 into the second half, 61-21.
Tennessee took a 50-plus point lead on a Russell layup with five minutes left for an 88-37 advantage.
Tennessee State (3-8) was led by Rachel Allen, who scored 12.
Tennessee will face its stiffest of the season in its next game as the Lady Vols travel to No. 6 Stanford for a Saturday tilt which tips at 4:30 p.m. ET. That game airs on the Pac 12 Networks and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.
Lady Bulldogs Stampede Past Lady Bisons 81-46
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Lady Bulldogs were forced to dig deep early Tuesday night in Stegeman Coliseum but eventually pulled away to defeat the Lipscomb Lady Bisons 81-46 and move their season record to 11-0.
The 16th-ranked Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore Shacobia Barbee who notched a season-high 16 points, while fellow sophomore Tiaria Griffin led the team with nine rebounds. Merritt Hempe added 15 points, while Griffin added 12.
Georgia continued to display the giving spirit of the holiday season with six players recording assists just hours after the Georgia wrapped Christmas gifts for an adopted family.
Georgia was forced to battle early as the Lady Bisons trimmed an early nine-point lead to just three points midway through the first stanza. A lay-up from Krista Donald and jumper from Marjorie Butler, however, stretched the lead back to seven as the Lady Bulldogs tenacious defense began to take effect.
“We did get better in the second half but first of all you have to give Lipscomb credit,” Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. “They’re hard to guard. What they do offensively is very good and it’s very simple but it’s very difficult to guard. It’s tough. We struggled with that in the first half but we got better in the second half and were more effective.”
The ball movement continued as Khaalidah Miller fired a pass to Barbee to stretch the Georgia before Lipscomb again fought back into the contest as turnovers plagued the home team offensively.
Hempe and Barbee were both able to keep the scoreboard ticking and the Lady Bulldogs ahead with the two sophomores adding 15 of Georgia’s last 18 points of the half.
That burst, along with a Griffin 3-pointer, helped Georgia stretch the lead to 39-23 with Barbee leading the team at the half with 10 points.
The Lady Bulldogs’ trademark defense, along with lightening ball movement, triggered the success they experienced late in the half. Miller, Barbee and Erika Ford all recorded three first half dimes.
Georgia started the second half much as it finished the first with Hempe grabbing a quick bucket. From there, however, the Lady Dogs showed a ruthless streak offensively quickly building a 30-point lead.
The Lady Bulldogs built their lead on the back of a 14-0 run that started at 18:15 in the second half and lasted to the 12:21 mark.
Georgia’s dominance on the boards continued as it outrebounded the Lady Bisons 26-14 in the second half. This effort was spearheaded by Griffin, who grabbed four off the glass in the final stanza.
Miller and Hempe led the Lady Bulldogs dominant second half effort with eight points apiece.
For the third consecutive game Georgia hit the 80-point mark and improved to 429-6 all-time when scoring 80.
Georgia will return to action on Saturday when the Lady Bulldogs travel to New Jersey to face Rutgers at 2:00 p.m. to wrap-up the Lady Bulldogs pre-Christmas slate. Georgia returns home to face Illinois on Saturday, December 28 at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised by CSS.
Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
Single-game tickets are on sale via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.
Gators Overwhelm Saint Francis in Record-Setting Win
Kayla Lewis tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds en route to her first double-double of the season to lead seven double-figure Gators to a 105-71 victory over Saint Francis on Tuesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida’s seven double-digit scorers is the most in program history, tying the seven that notched 10 or more points in the season opener against Bethune-Cookman.
For the seventh time of the season, every Gator that has dressed out has scored. Additionally, Florida’s win marked the second time in program history that the Gators have breached the century mark in consecutive games. In 1994, Florida scored 100+ points in three straight games.
Florida opened the game on an 8-0 run before Saint Francis took a time out with 18:19 left in the first half. Lewis led the early charge with four of Florida’s eight points. The Gators led 27-8 after 10 minutes of play and never looked back en route to a 48-23 advantage at the half, the fewest points by a Gator opponent in a half this season.
The teams traded baskets for much of the second half, with Saint Francis looking much improved from the first half. However, the damage was already done and despite the effort, the Red Flash failed to come within 15 points of the Gators’ lead. Florida outscored Saint Francis 15-7 in the final 3:40 of the game, eventually stretching its lead to a game-high 36 points.
No. 12 LSU Women’s Hoops Wins Seventh Straight, Rolls Past Florida Gulf Coast, 69-46
BATON ROUGE – The No. 12 LSU women’s basketball team used a balanced scoring attack as seven players collected five-plus points, and the Lady Tigers secured a convincing 69-46 victory over Florida Gulf Coast Tuesday at the Maravich Center.
LSU (9-1) extended its winning streak to seven games and has notched six of its nine victories on the season by double digits. In the process, the Lady Tigers also avenged a 76-70 road setback to Florida Gulf Coast (5-4) from last season.
“We talked about in the second half how we didn’t want to give them a full shot clock because they did such a great job having ball patience and movement without the basketball,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “I’m very proud of our team of taking the challenge and defending 94 feet.”
All 10 of LSU’s players who saw action scored a point and grabbed a rebound. The Lady Tigers were paced by Raigyne Moncrief, who poured in a team-leading 11 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. It was Moncrief’s sixth consecutive and eighth overall double figure scoring output on the season.
Jasmine Rhodes chipped in 10 points and four steals off the bench. It was the second-highest career scoring performance for Rhodes. Theresa Plaisance came away with nine points and eight rebounds, while DaShawn Harden provided seven points. The trio played a big part in LSU’s 35-12 scoring edge in bench points.
LSU connected on 23-of-56 from the floor, 2-of-10 from three-point territory and 21-of-25 at the foul line. The 84.0 percent free throw clip was a season-best for the Lady Tigers.
LSU’s defense forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers and scored 33 of the game’s 47 points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers also dominated the glass and held a 44-25 rebounding advantage. Jeanne Kenney nearly tallied her first career double-double with eight points and a game-leading 10 rebounds.
Florida Gulf Coast attempted 36 of its 50 field goals from three-point range. The Eagles were 17-of-50 shooting, 12-of-36 from the three-point line and misfired all four of their free throw attempts. Sarah Hanson paced the Eagles with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
The Lady Tigers seized the momentum early and raced out to an 8-0 advantage at the 14:54 mark of the opening half capped by Rhodes and Plaisance baskets. LSU’s defense forced the Eagles to misfire on their first nine field goal attempts.
Florida Gulf Coast fired back with eight consecutive points of its own and evened the ledger at 8-8 with 9:57 remaining on a Stephanie Haas lay-up.
LSU answered right back with seven quick points over the next 1:47 finished off by a Moncrief traditional three-point play to go up 15-8.
The Eagles got back to within 20-16 on a Hanson triple with 5:58 to go, but LSU ripped off 15 straight points to take a 35-16 lead into the locker room. Moncrief ignited the spurt with a jumper followed by consecutive Hill baskets. On the defensive end, the Lady Tigers forced FGCU into nine missed shots and two turnovers during the spurt.
Florida Gulf Coast got as close as 11 points on two occasions in the second half, the latest at 43-32 at the 11:59 mark on a Hanson jumper.
LSU put the game away with a 12-point flurry over the next 3:00 to surge ahead by a 55-32 margin. The Lady Tigers knocked down all eight of their free throw attempts coupled with a Ballard steal and layup and a Harden jumper.
LSU travels to North Carolina State Friday to play its third game over a six-day stretch. Tip time is slated for 6 p.m. CT. The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Talk 107.3 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live with Patrick Wright on the call.
MSU Wins Road Contest at North Dakota State
FARGO, N.D. – A dominating defensive performance in the second half lifted the Mississippi State women’s basketball team to its fourth victory away from home Tuesday night.
Traveling for the program’s first time to North Dakota, MSU pulled away in the second half to post a 72-62 win over North Dakota State at Bison Sports Arena.
The contest was a homecoming of sorts for junior center Martha Alwal. Playing five hours from her home in Worthington, Minn., Alwal matched a career-high with 25 points and set a season-high with 15 rebounds. For the reining Southeastern Conference player of the week, it was her third double-double of the season and 22nd of her career.
“What a special night for Martha,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “She was a five-hour bus ride from home. Her friends and family really made for a great environment for our kids. I am glad Martha knew when the bus left and when the plane left, because in the second half, she really put us on her back and carried the team.”
With the win, MSU improved to 11-1. The Bulldogs can match last season’s 13-win total by closing out the non-conference slate with victories over Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Valley State.
MSU is off to its best start in a season since the 2008-09 squad also started 11-1. MSU previously won at Houston and twice in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Naples, Fla.
A strong first half by Brooke LeMar kept the Bison in the contest in the first half.
The Bulldogs quickly built an 8-2 lead only to see the Bison score the game’s next eight points to take a 10-8 advantage.
The Bulldogs would claim a couple of small leads before taking a four-point advantage at 26-22 on two free throws by Alwal with 4:19 left in the half.
From there, MSU held some type of lead the rest of the half, including a 32-31 lead at halftime.
“This was so exciting,” Alwal said. “It was my first time to play in front of this many people from back home. My first half was slow and sluggish, so I really wanted to come out and play hard in the second half. That is what allowed me to get the numbers that I got.”
Alwal led the charge in the second half as the Bulldogs quickly pulled away. A layup by Breanna Richardson ran the MSU lead to 43-34 with 16:21 left in the contest.
MSU took its first double-digit lead at 50-39 after two Kendra Grant free throws with 11:51 left in the contest.
In the second half, the Bulldogs made some changes to the defensive game play and applied more pressure to wear down the Bison.
North Dakota State shot 32.4 percent from the field in game’s final half.
The Bulldogs held a double-digit lead for almost all of the final 11:51 as the Bison got no closer than eight in the closing seconds.
“I am proud of our resilience and toughness,” Schaefer said. “We didn’t play great but we played well enough to win in one of the 10 toughest places to play in the nation. It is a sign that you are an improving team when you don’t play your best and you still find a way to win on the road in an environment like this.”
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 24 of 70 shots from the field (34.3 percent), 0 of 7 shots from 3-point range (0.0 percent) and 24 of 34 shots from the foul line (70.6 percent). The Bison hit 23 of 60 shots from the field (38.3 percent), 4 of 17 shots from 3-point range (23.5 percent) and 12 of 15 shots from the foul line (80.0 percent).
MSU held a 56-34 rebounding advantage. It was MSU’s largest rebounding advantage this season. The Bulldogs had 11 assists and 10 turnovers, while the Bison had eight assists and 11 turnovers.
Grant finished with 14 points, while Katia May had 10 points and six assists.
NDSU (3-8) received 21 points from LeMar, 17 points from Marena Whittle and 10 points from Kahla Becken.
MSU returns home Friday night for a 7 p.m. start against Southeastern Louisiana in the Humphrey Coliseum.