Jan. 29, 2012
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||M. Mitchell 13
||S. Stricklen 24
||A. Armstrong 8
||Johnson, Baugh 8
||A. Armstrong 3
||G. Johnson 3
||M. Mitchell 4
||3 Players w/ 2
||G. Johnson 3
Athens, GA --- The No. 7 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (16-5, 7-1) outscored the No. 17 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (16-6, 5-4) 11-0 in the first four minutes of the second half en route to a 67-50 victory on Sunday.
"Defensively, I thought we stood around for the first two minutes of the second half," said head coach Andy Landers. "I didn't see the intensity that I would have liked to have seen. We broke down and they got some driving, wide-open layups. I thought we executed really well for the most part. We really got some nice shots that we didn't make."
For the fifth time in Lady Bulldog history, a sellout crowd of 10,523 was on hand.
"We had a great crowd and for a half, a great basketball game, but we kind of let it get away from us," continued Landers. "It was a really good crowd and I know it meant a lot to the girls to have this crowd to cheer us on."
Georgia was led by Meredith Mitchell who racked up 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Jasmine Hassell also scored in the double digits with 11 points, five rebounds and a career-high three steals.
For the fourth consecutive game, Georgia played without junior Jasmine James. James sprained her right knee in mid-December and "tweaked" it in mid-January at Mississippi State.
The Lady Volunteers started quickly, with a layup two seconds into the game. Georgia answered with a jumper, tying the game at 2-2. The first seven minutes of the game were much of the same, with Tennessee never leading by more than six.
Tennessee surged to its biggest lead of the first half, 11-19, with 10:45 left on the clock. A 6-0 Lady Bulldog run over the next three minutes pulled Georgia within two, 17-19.
The Lady Volunteers led 27-20 with 3:38 remaining in the half. The Lady Bulldogs continued to fight and outscored Tennessee 8-2 in the last 3:38 of the period. Georgia entered the locker room trailing by one, 28-29.
In the first half, Georgia led Tennessee in turnovers, 7-12, and steals, 7-3. The Lady Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the SEC in both turnover margin and steals, while the Lady Volunteers rank No. 6 and No. 9, respectively.
Tennessee started the second period with the 11-0 run that lasted 4:19. A pair of free throws by Mitchell and a layup by Hassell pulled Georgia within eight, 32-40, a minute later.
A thin Lady Bulldog lineup was unable to overcome Tennessee's 55 percent field goal percentage and the deficit created early in the period.
Georgia returns to action this Thursday, Feb. 2, when the Lady Bulldogs host Mississippi State at 7:00.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 16-7 overall and 5-4 in SEC play.
A sellout crowd of 10,523 was on hand for the game, the fifth sellout the Lady Bulldogs' history. It was the Lady Bulldogs' first sellout since a Jan. 14, 2007...also against Tennessee.
With today's game, Andy Landers and Pat Summitt have a combined record of 1,958 total victories, with 871 and 1,087 wins, respectively.
Georgia continued it's success in turnover margin, forcing 19 Tennessee turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs rank seoncd in the conference with a +5.5 turnover margin.
UGA had a strong inside presence, scoring 24 points in the paint against Tennessee.
Meredith Mitchell entered tonight's game shooting 65 percent from the free throw line. She finished the game 9-of-12 for a 75 percent conversion rate, 10 percentage points higher than her season average.
Jasmine Hassell recorded a career-high three steals in tonight's game.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Meredith Mitchell tallied 13 points, marking her 11th double-digit game of the season and the 37th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell recorded 11 points to mark her 16th double-digit game of the season and the 36th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game:
"Defensively, I thought we stood around for the first two minutes of the second half. I didn't see the intensity that I would have liked to have seen. We broke down and they got some driving, wide-open layups. I thought we executed really well for the most part. We really got some nice shots that we didn't make."
On the crowd in Stegeman:
"We had a great crowd and for a half, a great basketball game, but we kind of let it get away from us. It was a really good crowd and I know it meant a lot to the girls to have this crowd to cheer us on."
On the defense:
"It was a tough defensive game until the start of the second half. They made a couple of layups and to defend that, we played zone. Then they hit a three, and before we knew it, it was a 10-point game. When we came down to our end, we just didn't make enough shots."
Tennessee Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick
On the game strategy:
"We talked about two things. We talked about turning the ball over which led to eight of their points in the paint and we were very concerned with them scoring in the paint. Secondly, their total offensive rebounds led to eight points there, so we were giving up 16 points on turnovers and offensive rebounds. So we were really concerned and focused on those two things at halftime."
On the defense:
"I thought that we had a pretty good feel for them offensively. We're just mixing it up. We can change; we run two different types of zone and two different types of man and I was suprised we didn't press as much as I thought we would have to. Our players have been really in tune and focused on what we're calling and making sure we are executing what we're calling. That's a sign of a good team."