women's sec tournament

S. Carolina holds Bama to tourney record low score

March 8, 2013 

Elem Ibiam scored 19 points, Ashley Bruner pulled down 14 rebounds and No. 17 South Carolina easily defeated Alabama in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday.

Alabama's total was a record low for the tournament, one fewer than the 36 scored by Mississippi State in the Tide's 63-36 play-in victory Wednesday. That matched the 36 scored by Alabama against LSU in 2011 and by Mississippi against LSU in 2008

The Gamecocks (24-6) will face No. 19 Texas A&M in the quarterfinals Friday. The victory was their eighth straight over Alabama under fifth-year coach Dawn Staley.

Alabama (13-18) ended the season by losing 11 of its last 12 games. Daisha Simmons led the Crimson Tide with 10 points.

Florida 64, Arkansas 59: Jaterra Bonds scored 17 points, including a jumper with 51 seconds remaining that gave Florida the lead, and the Gators charged back after trailing by 11 points to beat Arkansas.

Bonds' jumper gave Florida (18-13) a 60-59 lead. She added two free throws with 30 seconds remaining as the Gators scored the final six points. Bonds made 10 of 12 free throws.

January Miller had 14 points and Sydney Moss had 13 for Florida, which will play No. 1 seed Tennessee in Friday's first quarterfinal game.

Dominique Wilson led Arkansas (18-12) with 14 points. Keira Peak and Quistelle Williams each had 12.

Vanderbilt 53, Missouri 40: Tiffany Clarke had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Christina Foggie added 12 points as Vanderbilt righted itself after scoring a season-low 16 first-half points and shooting 17.1 percent on 35 attempts.

The Commodores (20-10) will play No. 7 Kentucky in the quarterfinals.

After missing their first five shots of the second half, the Commodores soon began an 18-0 run to take a 37-26 lead. Foggie scored nine points and Clarke added six during the run.

Liz Smith finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for Missouri (17-14). The senior center, the only Tiger to score in double figures, fouled out with 1:29 remaining.

Missouri, which has dropped six of its last eight, went nearly 8 minutes without a point before Liene Priede's 3-pointer cut the lead to eight with 6:08 remaining.

LSU 65, Auburn 62: Theresa Plaisance had 15 points and 14 rebounds and No. 22 LSU held off a late Auburn charge.

LSU (20-10) led by 15 points before Auburn's 10-0 run cut the lead to 61-56. Tyrese Tanner's jumper pulled Auburn to within four points at 64-60, and Chadarryl Clay's layup with 9 seconds remaining cut the lead to two points.

After LSU's Jeanne Kenney made 1 of 2 free throws, Clay's long last-second shot bounced off the front rim.LSU had only one field goal in the last 8:39, a 3-pointer by Adrienne Webb, who had 18 points.

The Lady Tigers will face No. 12 Georgia in a quarterfinal game Friday. LSU beat Georgia 62-54 on Feb. 10.

Blanche Alverson led Auburn (16-14) with 17 points.

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