STARKVILLE, Miss. — Danielle Ballard hit a go-ahead jumper with 56 seconds remaining and the LSU women’s basketball team held Mississippi State scoreless over the final 1:57 of double overtime as the Lady Tigers pulled off a 71-69 upset win Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (18-2, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) went ahead 69-65 on a Breanna Richardson free throw with less than two minutes to go.
But the Lady Tigers (9-8, 3-2) took over from there.
Jasmine Rhodes made 1 of 2 free throws, and Akilah Bethel followed with a steal and a layup, cutting LSU’s deficit to 69-68.
Raigyne Moncrief missed a pair of free throws, but the Lady Tigers made a stop at the other end and Ballard followed with her go-ahead jumper.
Ballard had kept the Lady Tigers alive when she nailed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in the first overtime.
Ballard led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Moncrief added 18 points and DeShawn Harden 13 for the Lady Tigers, who host Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday.
No. 6 TENNESSEE 54, AUBURN 42: In Auburn, Alabama, Andraya Carter hit three first-half 3-pointers, scoring 11 points, and No. 6 Tennessee smothered Auburn defensively.
The Lady Vols (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) weren’t threatened much in the second half, with both teams matching their season-lows in points. Tennessee carries an 11-game win streak into Monday night’s game at No. 7 Notre Dame.
Jordan Reynolds also had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to match her career high for Tennessee, which held its fifth straight opponent below 60 points.
Tra’Cee Tanner led the Tigers (9-9, 0-5) with 14 points.
No. 10 KENTUCKY 62, FLORIDA 56: Lexington, Kentucky, Makayla Epps scored 20 points and kept No. 10 Kentucky ahead with perfect foul shooting in a win over Florida.
Epps made all eight of her free throws, including six in the final two minutes. She shot 6 for 10 from the field and also had four assists.
Kentucky (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from a 68-60 loss at top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday.
The Wildcats lost starting point guard Janee Thompson to a season-ending ankle injury in that defeat.
Linnae Harper had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
Kentucky welcomed the return of senior Bria Goss, who had missed the previous six games because of a thumb injury.
She didn’t score, but had a crucial offensive rebound that led to Epps’ two foul shots with 32 seconds left.
Cassie Peoples led Florida (9-9, 1-4) with 12 points and Kayla Lewis added 10.
OLE MISS 55, No. 18 GEORGIA 52: In Oxford, Mississippi, Erika Sisk hit three straight free throws in the final :28 to give Ole Miss an upset win.
Krista Donald hit a 3-pointer with 7:31 left to give Georgia a 49-43 lead, but the Bulldogs did not score a field goal after that.
Tia Faleru converted a pair of free throws, then scored on a layup to cut the Georgia lead to 52-49 and added a free throw make it a two-point game.
Danielle McCray made two free throws to tie the game, 52-52 with 1:26 left before Sisk gave the Rebels the lead with :28 left, 54-52.
Faleru and Sisk each scored 12 points to lead Ole Miss (14-4, 4-1 SEC), with McCray and Gracie Frizzell adding 11 each.
Erika Ford led Georgia (15-3, 3-2) with 20 points, but was the only Bulldog to reach double figures.
South Carolina 60, Missouri 49: In Columbia, Mo., Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points, Alaina Coates added 15 and Aleighsa Welch grabbed 14 rebounds to lead top-ranked South Carolina past Missouri 60-49.
The win pushed South Carolina’s record to 17-0 and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play, the best start for the program since joining the league in 1991. The Gamecocks had outscored opponents by about 80 points to 50 this season, but struggled to separate themselves from Missouri.
South Carolina led for more than 34 minutes but couldn’t relax until Coates capped a 6-0 run with two free throws for a 53-43 lead with 1:16 to go.
Sierra Michaelis scored a career-high 22 points but finished as the only player in double figures for Missouri (11-7, 1-4).