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Tide gets hammered; AU upsets Ole Miss

The Associated Press

It keeps getting worse for Alabama women’s basketball.

The Crimson Tide got hammered Sunday at No. 7 LSU, suffering a 70-27 loss.

LSU’s Sylvia Fowles became the first player to record a double-double in every SEC game for an entire regular season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Although the game was a mismatch, the victory was an important one for LSU. With Ole Miss (20-9, 9-5) losing to Auburn, LSU secured fourth place in the SEC, meaning the Lady Tigers will have a first-round bye in the conference tournament that begins later this week.

Alabama (10-19, 0-14), which has lost 14 in a row, did not have a single player score in double figures. Navonda Moore led the Tide with eight points.

“There’s no question any lay person walking off the street can see the difference in the makeup of one team and the makeup of another one. Against LSU, we don’t much stack up,” Alabama coach Stephany Smith said. “It’s a hard pill to swallow to have the take the approach of: Ignore the scoreboard ... and just play the game you love as hard as you can and with as much composure that you can muster against a team that is so aggressive as LSU.”

Auburn 64, Ole Miss 56: Tamela McCorvey and Sherell Hobbs each had 13 points in Auburn’s win over Ole Miss.

Auburn (19-11, 6-8) trailed by as many 14 in the first half, but outscored Ole Miss 41-32 in the second half to earn the win.

KeKe Carrier had 11 points for Auburn in just 13 minutes of play.

No. 2 Tennessee 73, No. 12 Vanderbilt 53: Candace Parker had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Lady Vols made a strong case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Tennessee (27-2, 14-0), which earlier wrapped up the league title, got 14 points from Shannon Bobbitt and 10 from Sidney Spencer.

The Commodores (24-5, 10-4) continue to struggle against their in-state rivals, losing for the 13th straight time despite enjoying their best season so far under coach Melanie Balcomb. Carla Thomas led Vanderbilt with 23 points.

No. 11 Georgia 69, Arkansas 51: Senior Cori Chambers halted a shooting slump in her final home game, scoring 17 points to held the Lady Dogs clinch the second seed in the SEC tournament.

Chambers hit seven of 12 from the field, shooting better than 50 percent for the first time since hitting nine of 12 against Florida on Jan. 4 for Georgia (24-5, 11-3).

South Carolina 72, Mississippi State 66, OT: Stacy Booker took control in front of 3,466 fans to help South Carolina claim a victory over Mississippi State. The win was Carolina’s first overtime victory since an 87-81 triumph over No. 9 Duke in 2001.

Florida 83, Kentucky 79: Florida sophomore Sha Brooks recorded 28 points on 8-for-13 shooting to match her career high to lead the Gators to a victory over Kentucky. The close contest featured 20 lead changes and 10 ties.

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