Jan. 6, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- No. 12 Tennessee utilized three separate 9-0 runs in the second half to erase a halftime deficit and defeat No. 10 Georgia, 79-66, on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Jasmine James equaled her season high with 18 points, Khaalidah Miller added 14 and Tiaria Griffin chipped in 11 for Georgia (13-2, 1-1 SEC). Bashaara Graves paced Tennessee (11-3, 2-0 SEC) with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-11 and 7-of-7 shooting from the floor and free throw line, respectively.
Georgia led for the majority of the first half and owned a 42-40 advantage at the intermission. Tennessee scored the first nine points of the second stanza as the Lady Bulldogs missed their first eight shots from the floor.
"I thought both teams played reasonably well in the first half offensively despite what the other team was trying to do to affect that," head coach Andy Landers said. "At the half, we thought there were several things we could still do a little bit better. We talked about that, with an emphasis on the first five minutes, but you wouldn't know it. We ran a couple of offensive sets and got layups and missed both of them."
James scored eight straight points as Georgia closed the gap to 52-50 at the 12:37 mark, but Kamiko Williams short jumper in the lane opened a 12-3 surge that put Tennessee up 66-53 just 3:44 later.
After five ties and six lead changes early on, Georgia went up 12-11 on an Erika Ford layup and the Lady Bulldogs stayed on top for most of the remainder of the period. Georgia's lead maxed out at six points six different times, lastly at 37-31 with 3:51 remaining.
The Lady Volunteers outscored Georgia 9-2 over the next 2:50 and regained a 40-39 lead on a pair of Graves free throws. Miller responded with a three from the left corner 36 seconds later to supply the Lady Bulldogs with a 42-40 halftime lead.
Meighan Simmons nailed a three to open the second-half scoring to put Tennessee up for good.
After leading the rebounding count by two in the first half, Georgia was outboarded 28-9 in the second. Tennessee outscored the Lady Bulldogs 38-22 in the paint.
Georgia will return to action on Thursday when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama. Tip off is slated for 9 p.m. ET, and the contest will be televised regionally on CSS.
The Lady Bulldogs' next home game will be next Sunday, Jan. 13, when Georgia hosts No. 18 South Carolina at 1 p.m. That contest also will be telecast by CSS.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive Stegeman Coliseum 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pin and the first 500 UGA students will receive "Beat South Carolina" t-shirts.
Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog home games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Single-game tickets are available at the UGA Ticket Office at the Butts-Mehre from 8:30-4:30 weekdays, via georgiadogs.com, by calling the UGA Ticket Office at 877-542-1621 or at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off.
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.