Jan. 2, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Jasmine Lister scored 24 points to lead Vanderbilt (12-2, 1-0 SEC) to a 66-58 upset over No. 19 Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC) in both team's SEC opener at Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs, while Krista Donald and Erika Ford chipped in 12 points apiece.
Georgia led 44-37 following a Donald layup with 11:35 remaining before the Commodores used a 16-5 run to gain control. Lister scored half of her points during the surge.
"Honestly, I didn't think we ever really looked that good," head coach Andy Landers said. "The scoreboard looked good when we were up seven, but we turned the ball over 24 times. We started it off turning it over and we were turning it over the last five minutes. You really don't have to go any further than that. You're playing on the road against a quality basketball team."
The Commodores turned those lost possessions into 23 points.
Miller knocked down a long 3-pointer to close the gap to 53-52; however, Christina Foggie answered with a 3-pointer on the other end to push the margin back to four.
Georgia trailed 62-58 with 31 seconds remaining before Vanderbilt closed out the scoring with four free throws.
The first half was back and forth, with four ties and five lead changes. Back-to-back layups by Miller followed by another layin in transition by Shacobia Barbee put the Lady Bulldogs up 20-17 with 5:26 left in the half.
After Vanderbilt regained a 21-20 edge, Tiaria Griffin nailed a 3-pointer and then scored on a driving layup to give Georgia its largest lead of the opening half at 25-21. Lister closed the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer, leaving the Lady Bulldogs up 25-24 at the intermission.
Vanderbilt led 33-29 with 16:54 left when the Lady Bulldogs gained momentum with a 15-4 run that forced a Commodore timeout. A Foggie jumper when play resumed ignited the decisive spurt.
Georgia will return to action on Sunday when the Lady Bulldogs host No. 5 Tennessee at Stegeman Coliseum at 4:00 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive "Beat Tennessee" t-shirts, and the first 500 kids through the gates will receive a Georgia pencil pouch.
Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
Single-game tickets are on sale via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.
Erika Ford finished with 12 points, her seventh double-digit output of the season and 16th of her career.
Khaalidah Miller finished with 16 points, her 11th double-figure game of the year and 60th of her career.
Krista Donald scored 12 points, her sixth double-digit performance of 2013-14 and 10th of her carer.
With 16 points, Khaalidah Miller climbed from No. 31 to No. 29 among UGA's career scoring leaders. Miller now has 1,122 points and passed Pam Irwin-Osbolt, who scored 1,111 points from 1995-99, and Carla Green, who scored 1,115 points from 1985-89, and Cynthia Collins, who scored 1,118 points from 1979-83.