Because we're committed when it comes to providing the BEST women's basketball coverage in the
country SB Nation community, we've got you covered on today's opening action in Jacksonville during Day 1 of the 2016 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Here's a quick recap of what transpired:
Both teams came into the matchup recovering from recent 20 + losses to the regular season champion Gamecocks as they vied to keep their seasons alive at least one more day. Alabama won the regular season matchup 62-45 to open conference play.
In a slight upset, the bottom ranked 13 seed Tigers, led by Alexis Hyder's 20 points and 9 rebounds, came out with the win over the 12th seeded Tide.
Trailing by two at the break, the Tigers came out with the hot hand, and each other in mind, as they shot 57% from the field in the second half and assisted on 21 of their 25 made field goals. Along with efficiency on offense, LSU, which was stymied by the Gamecocks in the year's final regular season game, attempted only one three all game, and stayed patient until they found the open women.
The win for LSU sets up a date with the fifth seeded and nationally ranked #13 Kentucky Wildcats at 11:00 am tomorrow. As for Alabama, their season is probably finished with a 15-15 record overall.
The day's second and final matchup was a little less dramatic, and more predictable as the 11 seed Vanderbilt Commodores took care of business rather easily in a 15 point victory over the 14 seed Rebels of Ole Miss.
The hot hand of Christi Reed carried the way for the 'Dores as she logged 21 points on 8-10 shooting and four three pointers. Reed got some help from her teammates though, as three other Vandy women added 10 + points. The Commodores were hot from the behind the arc all day as they connected on 7 of their attempted 10 three pointers.
Vanderbilt used a 16-2 run to start the game and opened up a 44-19 halftime lead to cruise to victory over the outmatched Rebels.
The Rebels will end the year at 10-20 overall. Vanderbilt looks to keep the hot-handed shooting going when they take on the sixth seed Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon.
Thursday's slate is twice the size as today as eight of the 12 remaining team's take the floor inside Veterans Memorial Arena. Stay tuned for more coverage as we lead up to Friday's quarterfinals, which will feature the Gamecocks starting the day at noon against either Auburn or Missouri.