UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee’s No. 16 visits Arkansas’ No. 23 in a clash of two of the SEC’s hottest teams. Host Razorbacks have won 10 of 11 and are ranked 24th for the first time since Dec. 13. Arkansas is coming off a 76-57 loss to Missouri and sits third behind the Volunteers, who have won five in a row. Tennessee outscored No. 4 Kentucky 76-63 on Tuesday night to temporarily forge a second-place tie behind No. 2 Auburn.
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 10 points and 12 rebounds for her 18th straight double-double, Zia Cooke scored 20 points and No. 1 South Carolina earned her 12th straight with a 75 win -38 on Auburn. Boston moved in one game of the Southeastern Conference record streak of 19 games for double-digit points and boards, set in 2006 by LSU great Sylvia Fowles. The Gamecocks built a big first-quarter lead and gradually pushed it 37 points on their way to their 12th straight win over Auburn. Aicha Coulibaly led Auburn with nine points and nine rebounds.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alexis Morris scored 10 of her 23 points in the 17-3 run to close the game, Khayla Pointer finished with 18 points and No. 11 LSU beat Mississippi State 71-59 to win its fifth game in a row. LSU (22-4, 10-3 SEC) entered a three-way tie with Florida and Tennessee for second place in the conference standings, behind No. 1 South Carolina (24-1, 12-1 ). Jailin Cherry had 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Tigers. Anastasia Hayes led Mississippi State (15-10, 6-7 SEC) with 17 points. The Tigers scored 15 straight points to make it 69-56 with 11 seconds left. Mississippi State missed 10 straight shots and committed two turnovers in a 6 1/2+ minute drought
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Megan Abrams tied her career high with 27 points, Brittany Davis added 23 — including four 3-pointers — and Alabama upset No. 12 Tennessee 74-64 to snap a three-game skid against the Lady Vols. Hannah Barber made a jump 21 seconds into the third quarter and Alabama led by double digits the rest of the way. Tamari Key had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee (21-5, 10-3). The Lady Vols hit just 3 of 12 from 3-point range and 15 of 26 (58%) from the free throw line. Alabama went 10 of 25 from behind the arc — just the sixth time this season the Crimson Tide has hit double figures in 3 plays — and shot 88 percent (14 of 16) from the foul line.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kiara Smith had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Emanuely de Oliveira added 15 points and eight rebounds, and No. 17 Florida beat Arkansas 76-67. Florida led by 19 points early in the fourth quarter but failed to score for the final six minutes as Arkansas used a 10-0 run to shoot within 69-60. The Razorback wouldn’t get closer to eight points the rest of the way as Smith made two of Florida’s seven free throws in the final 1:04 to help seal it. Zippy Broughton also scored 15 points for Florida. Samara Spencer, four-time SEC Rookie of the Week, scored 19 points and Sasha Goforth added 18 points for Arkansas.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Freshman forward Jabari Smith scored a season-high 31 points and had seven 3-pointers to lead No. 2 Auburn to a 94-80 win over Vanderbilt. Walker Kessler added 22 points to help the Tigers weather a slow start against the Commodores. It was close most of the time, but Vandy had no answer for Auburn’s two big star men. The 6-foot-10 Smith was 7 of 10 from 3-point range while Kessler handled much of the inside work. Kessler blocked seven shots and had seven rebounds. Scotty Pippen Jr. led Vandy with 29 points and made 14 of 16 free throws.
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