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    SEC Women's Basketball Notebook: Sunday, Dec. 29

    SUNDAY WOMEN'S HOOPS SCHEDULE
    Alabama 82, Coppin State 60
    Tennessee 110, Lipscomb 42
    Kentucky 109, Grambling 46

     

    Alabama Women's Basketball Wins Final Non-Conference Game with 82-60 Victory over Coppin State

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Alabama women’s basketball team had eight of its 11 players score in an 82-60 victory over Coppin State in the consolation game of the Cavalier Classic at John Paul Jones Arena. Senior Shafontaye Myers and junior Daisha Simmons had 16 points apiece, while freshman Ashley Williams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

    With the win, the Crimson Tide finishes its non-conference schedule with a 7-6 record. The loss drops the Eagles to 4-8 overall.

    Neither team could get much going offensively early, but seven unanswered points by Alabama over a three-minute span put the Tide on top 12-6 at the 13:29 mark. Alabama would extend its lead out to 15 shortly after, sparked by three consecutive three-pointers from junior Sharin Rivers, before a 12-5 run by Coppin State brought the Eagles within eight with 4:11 on the clock. Alabama went on to outscore Coppin State 10-2 down the stretch to hold a 38-22 lead at halftime.

    The Tide pushed its lead out to 19 early in the second half, but the Eagles would not go away and used a 24-8 run to cut Alabama’s lead to three with 7:55 to play. Coppin State would not get any closer, however, as the Tide scored 31 of the final 43 points in the game.

    Alabama hit 53.7 percent (29-54) of its attempts from the floor, while Coppin State went 34.4 percent (21-61) in the game. The Tide had 21 assists, including seven from sophomore Nikki Hegstetter, and scored 38 of its points in the paint.

    Alabama now moves onto the Southeastern Conference portion of its schedule and will face No. 6/6 Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 2. The game will tipoff in Foster Auditorium at 2 p.m. CT.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaWBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.





    No. 5 Lady Vols Crush Lipscomb, 110-42

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A week after suffering their first loss of the season, the #5 Lady Vols returned to their winning ways with a dominating 110-42 victory over Lipscomb on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee improved to 11-1, with the one blemish coming last Saturday at #4 Stanford.

    The point total of 110 was the most since UT posted a 110-45 win over Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011. The margin of victory of +68 was also the largest a 68-point win over Princeton (107-39) on Dec. 20, 2005.

    Junior Isabelle Harrison had her fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 26 points and 15 rebounds. She also had four steals and three blocks. Harrison did that all in just 18 minutes.

    Six Lady Vols scored in double-figures. In addition to Harrison, Meighan Simmons (15), Cierra Burdick (13), Mercedes Russell (12), Bashaara Graves (11), Nia Moore (11) all scored 10-plus. Burdick grabbed 10 rebounds for her eighth-career double-double. Jordan Reynolds had a career-high eight assists.

    Tennessee shot a season-high 57.9 percent from the floor and held Lipscomb to 22.4 percent. The Lady Vols outrebounded the Lady Bisons, 61-31, a 30-rebound margin.

    The Lady Vols opened a 62-29 lead at halftime, scoring their most points in a first half since netting 62 vs. Western Carolina in the 2005 NCAA Tournament First-Round (3/20/2005). The 62 first-half points tied for the fourth-most in a first half in UT history.

    Harrison had a double-double in the first half alone with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Simmons led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.

    Tennessee raced out to a 25-4 lead less than eight minutes into the game including 15 consecutive points. The Lady Vols' defense held the Lady Bisons scoreless for more than six minutes.

    UT was blazing hot from the floor making 15-of-19 to begin the half including a streak of six made baskets in a row as UT took a 39-14 lead with eight minutes left in the half.

    Lipscomb started 1-of-16 and missed 12 shots in a row for one span.

    Tennessee took a 31-point lead at 51-20 on a 3-pointer by Simmons with 5:12 left in the half.

    The Lady Vols shooting was sensational in the first half, making 23-of-36 for 64 percent. Their field goal defense was equally impressive. Lipscomb was held to just 10-of-35 from the floor in the first half for 28.6 percent.

    All 10 active Tennessee players had scored less than 21 minutes into the game after Ariel Massengale's layup went through the net less than a minute into the second half.

    The lead ballooned to 50-plus at 87-36 on a Russell layup with 10:40 left in the game.

    A 20-2 run by the Lady Vols expanded the lead to 95-38 on a layup by Harrison with 6:34 left in the game.

    Tennessee went ahead by 70 points on a bucket by Burdick in the final minute.

    Harrison's 14 second-half point were more than all of the Lady Bisons in the final 20 minutes (13).

    Lipscomb (3-8) with led by Danay Fothergill with 13 points.

    The Lady Vols are back in action on Thursday, Jan. 2 as they open SEC play vs. LSU. That special night will feature the jersey retirement of Candace Parker's #3 will take place prior to the 7 p.m., tip-off at 6:45 pm. The game will air on CSS and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.





    UK Hoops Ends Non-Conference with Win vs. Grambling State

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Bria Goss posted a career-high 23 points - including a school record 12-of-12 from the free throw line - as No. 6 Kentucky cruised to a 109-46 victory over Grambling State.

    The Wildcats (12-1) used a 15-0 run to take a 30-8 lead midway through the half and then a 19-0 run to lead 49-10.

    Kentucky’s 41-point (60-19) halftime lead was the largest in school history, and their 60 first-half points were a season high and just four shy of the school record of 64.

    The UK defense held Grambling (3-8) to just 19 points, marking the second time this season an opponent has failed to score at least 20 points in the first half.

    Kentucky scored 100-plus points for the fifth time this season and improved to 44-0 all-time and 12-0 in the Mitchell era when scoring 100 or more.

    UK held Grambling to just 28.8 percent (15-of-52) from the field and 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from 3-point range. It marks the third time this season UK has held its opponent to under 30 percent shooting.

    The Wildcats outrebounded Grambling, 57-34. The Wildcats have outrebounded 10 of their 13 opponents this season and eight by double digits. The 57 rebounds tied a season high.

    Up next, the Wildcats begin SEC play with a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. ET.