March 4, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Meredith Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points to lead four Lady Bulldogs in double figures as Georgia (21-9) defeated South Carolina, 66-34, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.
Georgia's defensive performance was the fewest points allowed in SEC Tournament history.
"We did a very good job on them defensively," Andy Landers said. "And we did that from start to finish. I'm very proud of the effort and the result."
Porsha Phillips added a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James chipped in 14 points apiece. Georgia shot 48.1 percent for the game, including 57.1 percent in the second half.
The Lady Bulldogs scored the game's first seven points and never looked back. After nearly two minutes of scoreless action, a Khaalidah Miller steal and lay-up initiated that run by the Lady Bulldogs over the next 1:45.
Georgia pushed its lead to double-digits just three minutes later on a lay-up by Hassell that made it 15-5 at the 13:27 mark.
The Lady Bulldogs' first-half advantage topped out at 15 twice - at 29-14 and 31-16 - before they entered the lockerroom at intermission up 33-19. Phillips posted her 13th double-double of the season in the first half alone, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia scored the first four points after the break to open up an 18-point lead. The final score also was the Lady Bulldogs' largest edge of the game.
Mitchell's effort topped her previous career best of 17 points against Tennessee State last season and bettered her season best of 16 points versus Kentucky on Feb. 17.
Georgia will now face top-seeded Tennessee in Saturday's semifinals at 3 p.m. CT on ESPNU.