Lady Bulldogs Fall To Gonzaga In Final Second
Jasmine James
Team Stat Comparison
UGA Gonzaga
Points 68 71
FG Made-Attempted 27-55 (.491) 30-58 (.517)
3P Made-Attempted 4-11 (.364) 5-12 (.417)
FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 6-7 (.857)
Rebounds 23 31
Steals 7 7
Blocks 1 1
Assists 13 14
Turnovers 16 22
Fouls 14 13
Game Leaders
UGA Gonzaga
Points J. Hassell 21 K. Redmon 23
Rebs K. Miller 6 K. Redmon 10
Assists J. James 5 T. Karr 6
Steals A. Armstrong 4 3 Players w/ 2
Blocks J. Hassell 1 T. Karr 1
     

Dec. 19, 2011

LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Haiden Palmer hit a long three-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining to give Gonzaga its only lead of the game in a 71-68 victory over No. 13 Georgia in the opening day of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Monday.

Palmer's three completed a 22-4 run over the final 6:45 as the Zags (9-2) erased a 15-point deficit to rally past the Lady Bulldogs (8-2).

"We played very well for much of the game, but in the final minutes we came unravelled," head coach Andy Landers said. "We turned it over and let them get offensive rebounds and missed some shots. You put that all together and it turned this game into a very disappointing performance."

Jasmine Hassell paced Georgia for the third consecutive game with 21 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James chipped in 15 and 13, respectively. Katelan Redman posted game highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, and Palmer added 22 points.

James' three-pointer with 7:12 remaining put the Lady Bulldogs up 64-49, the fourth time in the game Georgia led by 15 points. Palmer answered on the other end to ignite a 10-0 over the next 2:19 that closed the gap to 64-59.

The Zags eventually tied the game at 68-68 on a Palmer layup with 20 seconds left. Palmer then fouled James with 9.8 seconds remaining. James missed the front end of a one-and-one, setting the stage for Palmer's game-winner.

Georgia started quickly and led by double figures for most of the game.

Armstrong hit consecutive buckets to start the game and Hassell added a layup at the 18:33 mark to quickly put Georgia up 6-0. The Lady Bulldogs maintained an two-possession lead for the remainder of the period, with the lead topping out at 15 points twice.

After Georgia led 31-16 with 4:27 left in the period, Gonzaga closed the half with on a 11-4 run to trim the margin to eight at the intermission.

"In the first half, we forced the game to played at the pace we wanted it to be played," Landers said. "The first 20 minutes were a very, very good half of basketball for us."

The Lady Bulldogs will now face Montana State on Tuesday afternoon at 6:30 p.m. ET before returning home to host Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m. That contest is the first of three-game homestand through Georgia's SEC opener against Arkansas on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs also will host Furman on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (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.
In addition, the Georgia Bulldogs are offering fans several ways to take advantage of discount ticket opportunities to attend men's and women's basketball home games over the holidays.

When ordering online, fans can enter the promo code HOLIDAYS to purchase $5 tickets to see the men's basketball games and $1 tickets to see the women's basketball games over the holidays. Promo code tickets will be available in sections M, N, Y, Z, A, LL, MM and NN for men's basketball and any upper level section for the women's basketball games. The promo code will expire at Noon on the day of game for December 20, 22, 23, 27 and 28 and 11:59p.m. the night before games on December 30 and January 1.

Fans can also print out discount coupons that can be redeemed for a ticket beginning one hour prior to tip-off of each game at the Stegeman Coliseum ticket windows.

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