|THURSDAY WOMEN'S HOOPS SCHEDULE
|Auburn 68, Vanderbilt 62
|Arkansas 75, Alabama 55
|Kentucky 109, Ole Miss 78
|Texas A&M 78, Georgia 73 (OT)
Auburn women put an end Vanderbilt's streak, 68-62
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After 14 years and 21 consecutive losses to Vanderbilt, Auburn’s women’s basketball team broke through Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
Senior Tyrese Tanner’s jump shot gave the Tigers the lead for good as they beat No. 16 Vanderbilt 68-62.
Not since 2000, when Joe Ciampi was the head coach, had Auburn beaten Vanderbilt. Second-year Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy got it done, avenging a 74-65 loss to the Commodores at Auburn Arena on Jan. 9.
Peyton Davis and Kiani Parker each connected on two free throws to keep Vanderbilt at bay as Auburn won its third consecutive game and its first this season over a ranked team.
Vanderbilt rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit and led 55-54 with 5:00 left in the game, but Tra’Cee Tanner scored inside as the Tigers reclaimed the lead and did not trail again.
Tyrece Tanner led Auburn with 18 points. Peyton Davis scored 12 points and had eight rebounds off the bench. Freshman Brandy Montgomery scored 13 points. Christine Foggle scored 24 points for the Commodores, but she was alone in double figures.
Auburn improved to 13-10 overall and 4-6 in the SEC. Vanderbilt fell to 17-6 and 6-4.
The Tigers shot a blistering 64 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 16-of-25 from the field and finished at 51.8 percent, hitting 29-of-56. They scored 19 points off 16 turnovers to overcome being outrebounded 36-26. Despite the rebounding margin, they had eight second-chance points to Vanderbilt’s 6. Vanderbilt shot 43.4 percent on 23-of-53 from the field.
Auburn returns home Sunday to play Missouri at 2 p.m. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 teams that reached the NCAA championship game will be honored.
Razorback WBB Scores SEC-High 75 Points, Defeats Alabama
FAYETTEVILLE -- Kelsey Brooks led four Razorbacks in double-digit scoring, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (17-8, 4-8 SEC) scored an SEC season-high 75 points in a 75-55 victory over Alabama (11-13, 4-7 SEC) at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday.
Brooks was an efficient 7-for-11 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from three-point range in what was a career night for the freshman. Fellow newcomers Jessica Jackson and McKenzie Adams also had double figures, as Jackson scored 15 points and Adams had 11 points. Jhasmin Bowen finished with 10 points.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 17-6 lead by the 11:21 mark of the first half shooting 55 percent from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Defensively Arkansas was just as impressive, clamping down and holding the Crimson Tide to just 15 percent (2-13 FG).
Upholding 50 percent shooting, the Razorbacks kept the Crimson Tide at bay and extended their lead to 24-11 with less than eight minutes to go in the half. Six different Razorbacks scored at least a basket, led by Brooks' seven points and Jhasmin Bowen's six points on 4-for-4 free-throw shooting.
Arkansas forced 15 turnovers and had nine steals in the half, which they translated into 17 points off mistakes. A quick 8-0 run in just over a minute by Alabama pulled the game back to within 25-19 with 6:12 to play in the half. Daisha Simmons and Shafontaye Myers each had six points to lead the charge from the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas held an 18-to-14 advantage in rebounds as well as a 10-to-4 edge for points in the paint. The bench of Arkansas outscored the reserves of Alabama 16-to-4 in the first half.
Arkansas came out firing with a quick 8-0 run over 1:14 to open the second half to take a 45-29 lead, as Jessica Jackson reached double-digit scoring at 10 points. Alabama was 0-for-5 over the stretch, as the Razorback defense continued to hassle the Crimson Tide and hold them at 28 percent shooting.
The Razorbacks forced 25 turnovers and allowed just 18 field goals to the Crimson Tide. Feeding off its defense, Arkansas picked up the pace offensively in the second half as fellow freshmen Jackson and McKenzie Adams joined Brooks in double figures.
Rebels Fall to No. 18 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Junior Tia Faleru picked up her third double-double in the last four games, with a career-high 31 points and 16 rebounds but the Ole Miss women’s basketball team dropped a 108-78 contest to No. 18/18 Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 13)
Faleru’s 31 points are the most for an Ole Miss player since Kayla Melson had 30 during the 2010-11 season. Joining Faleru in double figures was Valencia McFarland with 21 points, her 10th 20-point outing this season.
Out of the halftime break, the home team used a 13-3 run to extend its halftime lead to 62-42, forcing Ole Miss to call a timeout. Gracie Frizzell, who was scoreless in the first half, drained two triples to get the lead to 14 but the Wildcats used Jennifer O’Neill’s hot hand as the Wildcats earned their fifth straight win over the Rebels.
The game started fast for both teams and as expected it was a chess match from the outset. Ole Miss got things going with a pair of free throws from Tia Faleru, and then Shequila Joseph drained her first shot, a triple from the right elbow to give the Rebels an early lead.
Both teams wanted to get up and down the floor in transition and with the game tied 12-12 at the first media timeout, Kentucky used a 7-2 burst to pull ahead 19-14 at the 13:23 mark, but a three-point play from McFarland and a bucket from Kenyotta Jenkins tied the game for the fourth time in the first half.
Trailing 23-21 midway through the half, the home team used a 12-0 run to take a 35-21 lead – the largest of the half for either team, while holding Ole Miss without a field goal for nearly four minutes.
Ole Miss, kept themselves in the game by camping out at the free throw line in the final minutes of the game, scoring 10 points from the line to close the half. Faleru, the Rebels leading scorer at the break with 14 points and eight rebounds, just two rebounds shy of her 13th double-double, had five of Ole Miss’ 10 free throws.
Kentucky used a 5-0 spurt to close the half, highlighted by a buzzer beater from Jennifer O’Neill, to take a 48-29 lead into the halftime break.
The Rebels will take the weekend off before returning home on Thursday (Feb. 20) for the annual “Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad” game vs. Texas A&M. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).
A&M Rallies for OT Win over Georgia
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 14 Texas A&M had its largest comeback victory since 2003, storming back from 16 down to defeat Georgia 78-73 in overtime at Reed Arena.
Texas A&M (19-6, 9-2 SEC) overcame a 27-11 deficit with 3:29 left in the first half to eventually win the ballgame. The Aggies had not come back from a deficit that large since a 21-point rally against Seton Hall on November 29, 2003, Gary Blair’s first season as the head coach of Texas A&M.
Georgia (16-8, 4-7 SEC) came out of the gates with a 19-4 run, putting the Aggies in a deep hole early in the game. The Lady Bulldogs led 29-17 at halftime, after Courtney Walker hit the last two shots of the first frame.
Texas A&M was able to close the deficit to single digits early in the second half, then went on a 15-0 to briefly take a 38-35 lead that lasted all of 11 seconds before Tiara Griffin tied the game for Georgia with 10:17 remaining. The Aggies would not lead again until overtime.
The Aggies found their backs against the wall again with 1:26 left in regulation, down 62-56 after a Krista Donald jumper. Walker, who scored a game-high 25 points, hit two free throws on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to four.
Jordan Jones forced Georgia into two turnovers on their next possessions, drawing a charge and forcing Georgia to dribble out of bounds. Both of those turnovers turned into A&M points, with Jones tying the score at 62 with 24.0 to play.
Courtney Williams had 13 points, and a good chance to end the game in regulation, but her buzzer-beating 3-point attempt rimmed out to send the game to the extra frame.
Williams hit a jumper with 35.1 to play that gave A&M a 74-72 lead in an overtime that featured two ties and three lead changes. The Aggies held Georgia to just a single free throw in the final 35.1 seconds to seal the wild victory.
Five Aggies reached double figures in scoring, with Karla Gilbert (12), Jones (11) and Tori Scott (11) joining the Courtneys – Williams and Walker, in double figures. Four Texas A&M players reached double figures in the team’s last outing against LSU (Feb. 9).
Texas A&M shot just 24.0% in the first half, but increased their percentage by 40.3% in the second half to shoot 64.3%. In contrast, Georgia shot 36.4% in the second half.
The Aggies take the court again on Feb. 16 at Alabama with tip set for 12 p.m. on FSN. The Aggies return home on Feb. 23 to host Kentucky on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.