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Tide, Tigers blown out on the road

The Associated Press

Carla Thomas scored 15 points, and Caroline Williams and Liz Sherwood added 14 apiece as No. 14 Vanderbilt beat Auburn 80-54 at home Sunday.

Christina Wirth, Williams and Dee Davis each sank a 3-pointer early as Vanderbilt (21-4, 7-3 SEC) raced to a 16-0 lead.

Auburn (17-9, 4-6) committed seven turnovers before Tamela McCorvey put the Tigers on the board with a 3-pointer at the 12:56 mark.

Later in the first half, Sherwood scored 10 straight points to extend the lead to 28-6. Vanderbilt led by as much as 39 points in the second half.

Vanderbilt shot 58.6 percent from the field one week after setting an NCAA single-game record by shooting 76.2 percent in a victory over Alabama. Auburn shot 33.3 percent.

DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers with 12 points.

Ole Miss 84, Alabama 43: Armintie Price had 19 points and Ashley Awkward added 17 to lead Ole Miss over Alabama in Oxford, Miss.

Dedrea Magee had 11 points for Alabama, the only Tide player to finish in double figures in the game.

Ole Miss outscored Alabama 14-4 while holding the Tide to just two field goals in the first six minutes of the second half.

Alabama (10-16, 0-11) had 21 turnovers in the first half alone and committed 40 in the game. Ole Miss converted those miscues into 38 points on the afternoon. That number was a season high for the team and marked the sixth time in 11 SEC games that the Tide turned the ball over at least 30 times.

The Rebel defense held the Tide to a 26.3 shooting percentage in the game, the second time this season that the Tide was held under 30 percent in a game.

No. 3 Tennessee 84, Kentucky 62: Candace Parker scored 22 of her 31 points in the first half and third-ranked Tennessee cruised past Kentucky.

Sidney Spencer and Shannon Bobbitt each scored 12 points, and Alex Fuller had 11 for the Lady Vols (23-2, 10-0), who honored members of its 1987 team that won the school’s first national championship and other former players at halftime.

Kentucky coach Mickie DeMoss was an assistant to coach Pat Summitt in 1987, but her reunion was not as fun. Sarah Elliott led the Wildcats (16-10, 5-6) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jennifer Humphrey added 15.

No. 5 Connecticut 72, No. 7 LSU 71: Renee Montgomery hit a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds left to lift Connecticut.

Porsha Phillips hit a buzzer-beater from the top of the key, sending the home crowd and LSU bench into a brief moment of pandemonium before referees confirmed that Phillips’ foot was on the line, meaning it was a 2-point shot, not a tying 3-point field goal.

No. 9 Georgia 81, South Carolina 57: Tasha Humphrey had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Georgia used an early 19-0 run to take the lead for good.

Megan Darrah and Ashley Houts added 13 apiece for Georgia (21-5, 8-3).

Humphrey became the No. 12 scorer in Georgia history, passing Kedra Holland-Corn. No. 11 Christi Thomas is just seven points ahead of Humphrey’s 1,586 points, and No. 10 Tammye Jenkins is just 12 points ahead.

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