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Alabama women fall to S.C. by 60 points

The Associated Press

Alabama turned the ball over 34 times and South Carolina had 22 steals as the Crimson Tide women’s basketball team suffered its worse loss of the year 95-35.

Playing in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Alabama couldn’t overcome a disastrous first half, in which the Tide made only four field goals and shot 16.7 percent — both season lows.

“Needless to say, nothing went right,” Alabama coach Stephany Smith said. “We have to give a lot of credit to South Carolina. Whenever you win by as big a margin as they did you have played very well, and they did today.”

Alabama (10-9, 0-4 SEC) was led by senior Kate Mastin, who had eight points, and freshman Talisha Chandler, who had seven. Tamara Williams pulled down five rebounds.

Alabama had two technical fouls in Sunday’s game.

“I was real disappointed that we lost our cool a few times out of frustration,” Smith said. “We need to make sure to maintain our composure when things aren’t going well.”

No. 25 Arkansas 65, Auburn 62: Dominique Washington scored 24 points and Lauren Ervin had 19 to lead No. 25 Arkansas to a victory over Auburn.

Washington was 7-of-11 from 3-point range for Arkansas (16-3, 1-2).

DeWanna Bonner scored 18 points to lead four Tigers in double figures, but Auburn (14-5, 1-2) didn’t score in the final 3:24 of the game.

Bonner added 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season for Auburn, and Trevesha Jackson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double this season.

Whitney Boddie scored 14 points, and Sherell Hobbs added 15 to round out Auburn’s double-figure scorers.

No. 4 Tennessee 52, No. 15 Georgia 41: Tennessee relied on a stifling defense to beat Georgia, holding the Lady Bulldogs to their fewest points since their inaugural season in 1974.

Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike scored 14 points apiece for the Lady Vols (16-1, 3-0), who knocked off their seventh ranked team this season.

The last time Georgia was held to a fewer points was a 48-31 loss to Berry on Feb. 15, 1974 — the debut season of a women’s basketball program that became one of the nation’s best.

No. 5 LSU 77, Mississippi State 50: Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and LSU held Mississippi State without a field goal for more than 12 minutes in the first half.

Allison Hightower added 14 for LSU and Quianna Chaney scored 13 for the Tigers (16-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who contested every shot and forced 19 turnovers that led to 20 points.

No. 14 Vanderbilt 82, Florida 69: Christina Wirth scored 20 points to lead Vanderbilt to a comeback victory over Florida.

Wirth scored 12 points in the second half and sparked an 11-0 run that led to a 44-40 lead for the Commodores (16-2, 3-1).

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