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Tennessee keeps Tide without win in SEC play

The Associated Press

The smallest player on the court had the biggest impact Sunday for the No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols.

Shannon Bobbitt, a 5-foot-2 junior point guard, made six 3-pointers to lead the fourth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols to an 80-51 victory over Alabama. She finished with 20 points.

“It was key and it was really good to see because Shannon has not been as aggressive in her play offensive and defensively,” Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. “When she plays that way it brings good energy to our team.”

Three of the Bobbitt’s 3-pointers came in a four-minute span in the second half that saw Tennessee (19-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) go on a run to turn a four-point advantage into a 53-36 lead with 13 minutes to go.

Alabama (10-12, 0-7) never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

All but one of Bobbitt’s 3-pointers came on shots from the corner.

“I got a lot of good open shots because they were flooding on one side of the floor and they were leaving me open on the other side,” Bobbitt said. “I just try to hide because a lot of people won’t see me. My teammates saw me and gave me some good looks.”

Alabama hasn’t beaten the Lady Vols since 1984.

No. 8 LSU 65, Auburn 45: Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to help LSU beat Auburn.

Quianna Chaney added 17 points for LSU (20-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), which extended the nation’s longest homecourt winning streak to 42 games.

Whitney Boddie was the only player in double figures for Auburn (15-7, 2-4) with 14 points.

No. 14 Georgia 77, Florida 54: Tasha Humphrey scored 19 points and Ashley Houts added 16 to help Georgia hand Florida its ninth straight loss.

The Lady Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2) ended the first half with a 9-1 run to lead 36-27 at the break. The Lady Gators (6-16, 0-7) trimmed the lead to 53-49 on Marsha Dotson’s layup with 9:28 remaining, but Georgia closed the game with a 24-5 spurt.

No. 15 Vanderbilt 61, Arkansas 34: Carla Thomas scored 18 points to lead Vanderbilt over Arkansas.

The Lady Commodores (18-4, 4-3) allowed just 10 field goals in the game, a record low for the Lady Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play.

Arkansas (17-5, 3-4) also set a record low in conference play shooting 21.7 percent from the floor.

Mississippi State 73, No. 22 Ole Miss 71: Marneshia Richard’s shot at the buzzer lifted Mississippi State.

Richard’s shot, which was upheld after a video review, came after Ashley Awkward had tied the game at 71 on a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining.

It was the first home loss for Ole Miss (16-6, 5-2) in 12 games this season.

Mississippi State’s Alexis Rack had three of the Bulldogs’ nine 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and seven rebounds. Richard scored 15 points for Mississippi State (13-8, 4-3).

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