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Alabama still winless in SEC after loss to UF

The Associated Press

Playing at home and facing a team winless in the league, the Alabama women’s basketball team still lost.

The Crimson Tide fell 66-64 to Florida at Tuscaloosa’s Coleman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

“You have got to give Florida a lot of credit,” Alabama head coach Stephany Smith said. “It got down to basket-for-basket going down the stretch and they made all the plays they needed to make to win the game. We had every opportunity, we just weren’t able to get the job done.”

After Florida forward Marshae Dotson scored a layup with just under a minute to play to give her team a two-point lead, the Tide had two chances to tie the game or take the lead.

A turnover on the first possession gave UF the ball back, but the Alabama defense forced a Gators miscue, giving the Tide one final chance.

Senior Navonda Moore, who finished the afternoon with a team-high 24 points, missed a driving jumper with two seconds on the clock and teammate Tamara Williams’ put-back rimmed in and out as time ran out, giving Florida its first win in SEC play.

Moore made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line for Alabama (10-17, 0-12 SEC) and grabbed nine rebounds for the Tide.

Dotson had 14 points and nine rebounds for Florida (7-20, 1-11).

No. 11 Georgia 62, Auburn 55: Reserve Janese Hardrick scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Georgia defeated Auburn.

Hardrick was 3-of-5 on 3-pointers to help Georgia win its fourth straight game. Tasha Humphrey added 14 points and Christy Marshall had 12 for Georgia (23-5, 10-3), which led 34-28 at halftime.

Sherell Hobbs led Auburn (17-11, 4-8) with 20 points, and DeWanna Bonner had 11 and Whitney Boddie had eight points and six assists. Hardrick outscored the entire Auburn bench, which had 10 points.

No. 12 Vanderbilt 83, South Carolina 65: Caroline Williams scored a career-high 26 points to lead Vanderbilt past South Carolina for its sixth straight win.

The Commodores (23-4, 9-3) have not trailed or been tied since a Feb. 1 game at Kentucky.

Melanie Johnson led the Gamecocks (15-13, 5-8) with 14 points.

Ole Miss 86, Mississippi State 84, OT: Armintie Price hit the winning shot with 3.1 seconds to go in overtime Sunday as Ole Miss wiped out a 14-point deficit to beat Mississippi State.

Price had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Rebels (20-8, 9-4), who strengthened their hold on an NCAA tournament bid while dealing a blow to the chances of the Bulldogs (16-11, 6-6).

Kentucky 87, Arkansas 60: Sophomore Carly Ormerod scored a career-high 23 points to pace Kentucky (17-11, 6-7).

Arkansas (18-10, 3-9) scored only 25 second-half points.

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