Feb. 10, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jasmine Hassell posted her second consecutive double-double; however, LSU defeated No. 9 Georgia, 62-54, at the Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed 53-52 with 1:47 remaining before a Theresa Plaisance jumper in the lane started a 9-2 LSU run over the final 1:33 to secure the upset.
Hassell scored a game-high 18 points and equaled her career high with 12 rebounds, while Tiaria Griffin finished with 10 points for Georgia (20-4, 8-3 SEC). Plaisance paced LSU (14-10, 5-6 SEC) with 13 points and Danielle Ballard collected 15 rebounds.
Georgia shot just 30.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 22-of-73 of its field goals and failing to make numerous makable attempts.
"I thought we got some good looks throughout the game," Andy Landers said. "In the first half, we missed some 'bunnies' that would have really changed the temperature at halftime. In the second half, we missed mainly jumpers. We had good looks and some were close but they just didn't go down."
Georgia led 20-17 following a Griffin three and an Anne Marie Armstrong jumper in the lane but LSU responded with a Plaisance bucket and a Jeanne Kenney three to move ahead 22-20 just 1:07 later.
Those represented the first five points in a 14-3 run that put the Lady Tigers up 31-23 with 21 seconds left in the half before Armstrong closed the scoring with a stickback with three ticks on the clock.
The Lady Bulldogs still trailed by six with 15:15 left before a backdoor inbounds play to Jasmine James with three seconds on the shot clock ignited an 8-0 run that put Georgia up 40-38. The remaining three buckets - two by Hassell and a third by James - came in transition off of steals.
LSU responded much in the same fashion. Plaisance knocked down a 10-foot jumper on an inbounds pass that opened an 8-0 spurt by the Lady Tigers that made it 46-40 just 1:47 later.
Georgia pulled within one or two points five times over the next 6:05 but never regained the lead.
The Lady Bulldogs will enjoy an open date from SEC play this Thursday. Georgia will return to action next Sunday with a trip to Gainesville to face Florida at 1 p.m. in a CSS regionally televised matchup.
The Lady Bulldogs' next home game will be Thursday, Feb. 21, when Georgia hosts Arkansas at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. The first 1,000 fans at that contest will receive Lady Bulldog replica jersey t-shirts.
Quotes from Andy Landers
"Unfortunately, we didn't start this game locked in like we wanted. In the first five minutes, (Adrienne) Webb gets two threes early and (Bianca) Lutley gets fouled on the drive for the three-point play. The things that we needed to do to win were no threes for Webb and (Danielle) Ballard can't drive the basketball. Long story short, we gave up nine points in the first five minutes of the basketball and I thought we weren't locked in and did not get the job done. Two timeouts later we've locked in and we played for 35 minutes but then Webb gets two more field goals so we're locked but we didn't start the game like that."
On their field goal percentage...
"We got some good looks and I thought we got some close ones in the first half that should have gone in and would have really changed the temperature at halftime. In the second half, we had more jumpers but really good ones that we didn't get to go down. We shot the ball 73 times but not very well. We scored one more field goal than they did, but we got pounded on the line."
On the second half...
"I thought the critical point in the second half was when the score was 44-42. I think we had five stops in a row, which gave us possession five times in a row, and we had gotten the momentum. Unfortunately, we turned it over twice and made poor decisions in transition."
On their overall performance...
"There's no question we played hard, and for most of the day, we played smart. We didn't hit shots and missed some good looks at the basket and we played hard and smart. We switched from man to zone and had success when we switched. It's not like we played horrible but you have to give LSU credit, and they took it inside like they had to do and it worked in the second half."