DULUTH, Ga. - Only two weeks after Kentucky's two top inside players almost got the best of Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a better defensive effort in the SEC tournament.
Georgia held Kentucky scoreless for the first eight minutes and rolled to a 72-40 victory over the Wildcats Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Angela Robinson, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 15 points and 6-3 forward Tasha Humphrey added 14 for Georgia. Each had eight rebounds as No. 10 Georgia won most of the inside battles against Kentucky's Jennifer Humphrey and Sarah Elliott, who combined for four points.
In Georgia's 82-72 overtime win at Kentucky on Feb. 15, Jennifer Humphrey and Elliott combined for 30 points for the Wildcats. On Friday they made only 2 of 14 shots.
"They played very well against us in Lexington," said Georgia coach Andy Landers. "I think our kids were determined to not let that happen again, to stop that. They just stepped up and played."
Georgia (25-5) is shooting for its first SEC tournament championship since 2001 and its fifth overall with Landers.
Ashley Houts had 12 points and Janese Hardrick added 10 for the Lady Bulldogs.
A day after Jennifer Humphrey scored 21 points in Kentucky's 72-57 first-round victory over Arkansas, the Wildcats couldn't recover from their slow start against Georgia.
Kentucky shot 20 percent from the field, a record low for the SEC tournament. The old mark was 22.2 percent shooting by Alabama against Mississippi in 1990.
The Wildcats' 12 field goals also was a new tournament low. The previous record low was 14, set three times.
"The team (Kentucky) played in Lexington is not the same team they played here," said Tasha Humphrey. "... We just came in with that mentality that, you know, nobody's going to stop us but ourselves. We played great on both ends of the floor. I think our guards did a great job of getting us the ball and we did a great job of finishing."
Kentucky (18-13) missed its first 14 shots from the field and trailed 12-0 when Elliott finally scored on a follow shot with 12 minutes left in the first half.
"We didn't have our big scorers step up for us," said Kentucky coach Mickie DeMoss. "We didn't have our big inside presence with Elliott."
Georgia led 38-18 at halftime, leaving Kentucky on pace to challenge the SEC tournament record for fewest points in a game - 39 by Auburn in a 2002 loss to Vanderbilt.
DULUTH, Ga. - Sylvia Fowles posted her 18th straight double-double and the Lady Tigers fought off Mississippi's second-half comeback.
The Lady Tigers will face No. 2 Tennessee, the top seed, in a semifinal tonight.
LSU led by 15 points early in the second half after holding Ole Miss to 17 first-half points. The Rebels then rallied with a 13-0 run that made the closing minutes interesting.
With LSU leading 46-44, Fowles missed two free throws with 1:12 left. Jada Mincy then made two free throws to tie the game. Erica White, who led LSU with 17 points, answered with two free throws with 48 seconds left to put LSU back on top.
Ole Miss guard Armintie Price missed a jumper with 20 seconds left. LSU controlled the rebound and White's layup pushed the lead back to four points.
Fowles had 11 points and 14 rebounds for LSU (25-6).
Fowles, the first player to post double-doubles in all 14 regular-season conference games, scored in double figures for the 24th consecutive game.
Price led the Rebels (21-10) with 12 points despite making only 3 of 15 shots from the field. Ashley Awkward, who was 5-for-22 from the field, and Alliesha Easley each added 10 points.
Ole Miss, the top-scoring team in the league with at 78.1 points per game, shot only 22.2 percent from the field in the first half and 24.6 percent for the game.
The Rebels led 15-12 following a 3-pointer by Carla Bartee, but LSU finished the half with a 17-2 run to lead 29-17 at the break. White had seven points in the stretch.
Awkward and Price combined were 5-for-22 in the first half, and the shooting problems continued early in the second half.
DULUTH, Ga. - Christina Wirth led Vanderbilt with 19 points, and the Commodores completed the SEC tournament semifinal field.
The Commodores will play No. 10 Georgia in tonight's second semifinal.
Wirth made all five of her 3-point attempts and Vanderbilt (25-5) was 11-for-15 from 3-point range and shot 66 percent from the field overall. Caroline Williams and Carla Thomas scored 16 points apiece. Dee Davis added 15 and Jessica Mooney had 11.
The loss ended Carolyn Peck's final season as Florida's coach.
Peck was fired on Feb. 12, one day after the Gators' 13th straight loss, but coached the team through the end of the season. The Gators then won three of four games, including a 69-63 upset of Mississippi State on Thursday night in the first round of the SEC tournament.
Peck, who played at Vanderbilt, did not leave quietly. She was called for a first-half technical foul after complaining to officials as Vanderbilt's lead reached 20 points. After the technical, she issued a quiet complaint by sitting briefly on the far end of the Florida bench by the team's cheerleaders.
After the loss, she gathered her players for a brief midcourt huddle and left while cheered by a small group of Florida fans.
Marshae Dotson led Florida (9-22) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sha Brooks added 17 points and Briana Phillips had 11.
Vanderbilt pulled away from Florida early, taking a 17-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Williams and pushing the advantage to 23 points late in the first half. The Commodores shot 70.4 percent from the field in the half, including 7-for-8 shooting on 3-point attempts. Vanderbilt's final 3 of the night, by Meredith Marsh with 1:37 left to play, pushed the Commodores past the 100-point mark for the third time this season and the first time in a conference game.comments powered by Disqus