Gamecocks roll in SEC Tournament play

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DULUTH, Ga. — Elem Ibiam scored 19 points, Ashley Bruner pulled down 14 rebounds and No. 17 South Carolina easily defeated Alabama 77-35 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on 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 Louisiana State in 2011 and by Mississippi against LSU in 2008

The Gamecocks (24-6) will face No. 19 Texas A&M tonight in the quarterfinals. 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 (18-13) charged back after trailing by 11 points to beat Arkansas (18-12).

Bonds’ jumper gave Florida a 60-59 lead. She added two free throws with 30 seconds remaining as the Gators scored the final six points.

VANDERBILT 53, MISSOURI 40

Tiffany Clarke had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Christina Foggie added 12 points and Vanderbilt (20-10) beat Missouri (17-14).

The Commodores will play No. 7 Kentucky today in the quarterfinals.

NO. 22 LOUISIANA STATE 65,

AUBURN 62

Theresa Plaisance had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Louisiana State (20-10) held on late to beat Auburn (16-14) for its seventh win in a row.

The Lady Tigers will face No. 12 Georgia in a quarterfinal game tonight.

ACC TOURNAMENT

WAKE FOREST 86,

GEORGIA TECH 67

In Greensboro, N.C., Lakevia Boykin scored 21 points and made four 3-pointers to help Wake Forest (13-18) upset Georgia Tech (14-16) in the first round.

The 10th-seeded Demon Deacons outscored Georgia Tech 50-24 in the second half and have won at least one game in five consecutive ACC Tournaments – the league’s longest such active streak.

Tyaunna Marshall had 22 points on 10 of 26 shooting for the Yellow Jackets.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 56,

CLEMSON 45

Kody Burke scored 16 points and North Carolina State rallied past Clemson.

Marissa Kastanek added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (16-15).

Nikki Dixon scored 11 points for ninth-seeded Clemson (9-21).


MIAMI 45, VIRGINIA TECH 39

Shawnice Wilson scored 17 points and Miami (21-9) pulled away to beat Virginia Tech (10-20).

The fifth-seeded Hurri­canes will play fourth-seeded Florida State (21-8) in today’s quarterfinals.

BOSTON COLLEGE 66,

VIRGINIA 57

Kerri Shields had 16 points and four 3-pointers to help Boston College (12-18) upset Virginia (16-14).

TOP 25

NO. 20 GREEN BAY 63,

LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 37

In Green Bay, Wis., Megan Lukan scored 19 points, and Green Bay (24-2, 14-0 Horizon) won its 20th game in a row.

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