Feb. 21, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No. 4 Tennessee (26-2, 14-0 SEC) used an 11-0 run to open the second half to build an insurmountable lead en route to a 77-44 victory over No. 22 Georgia (20-7, 10-4 SEC) on Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"You have to give Tennessee credit, they played well," Andy Landers said. "They're very, very big, and they're very, very strong. They spread you out with that zone.
"I thought we did a poor job executing offensively early on," Landers continued. "We came out and didn't get into our offenses properly. We ran stuff to the wrong player or to the wrong side of the floor. I think the way we started offensively affected us offensively for the rest of the game. When we got some things corrected, it was just hit or miss. Defensively, and I know they scored 77 points, but I don't think we played that bad for the most part."
Georgia tied the Lady Bulldogs' record for three-point attempts in a game with 34 shots from behind the arc. That equaled the tally at TCU on Dec. 22.
Meighan Simmons paced Tennessee with 14 points.
Simmons hit back-to-back threes to spot the Lady Vols a 6-2 lead less than two minutes into the contest, and a trio of old-fashioned three-point plays from Shekinna Stricklen, Vicki Baugh and Alicia Manning pushed Tennessee's advantage to 25-12 with 9:01 left in the opening period.
The Lady Vols enjoyed a 19-point halftime advantage, entering the locker room with a 40-21 lead. The surge to open the second stanza pushed the margin to 30.
Georgia will now return to Athens to host Auburn on Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest will serve as the Lady Bulldogs' regular-season home finale, with seniors Porsha Phillips, Jaleesa Rhoden and Nicole Stroud honored prior to tip-off.
The Lady Bulldogs remain in second place in the SEC standings, a game ahead of Kentucky and Vanderbilt. With a win in either of its final two games, Georgia would secure a first-round bye for next weekend's SEC Tournament.
Reserved seat tickets for the Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Those are available at the Butts-Mehre ticket office from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday and via the internet at www.georgiadogs.com. In addition, tickets will go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (on the side of arena closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 90 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.