Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lady Dawgs Roll Tide


Freshman Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points and Meredith Mitchell, playing an hour from her hometown of Midfield, added 10 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 24 Georgia (15-3, 5-0 SEC) to a 60-51 win over Alabama (11-8, 0-6 SEC) on Thursday night.

Porsha Phillips added 11 rebounds and eight points, while Anne Marie Armstrong chipped in eight points and equaled her career high with eight boards.

The Lady Dawgs built an 18-point, second-half lead and withstood a late Alabama rally that trimmed the margin to six with less than a minute remaining.

After leading by six at halftime, the Lady Dawgs outscored Alabama 20-8 over the first 9:11 of the second stanza to go up 45-27.

"I though we played very hard all night, and I'm pleased with the win," head coach Andy Landers said. "At the start of the second half, we did a nice job getting out in transition and scoring some quick points. At the same time, I thought we did a nice job in transition defense. I can't remember them scoring in transition all night."

Georgia led by 18 four times during the period, lastly at 52-34 at the 6:16 mark.

A Tierney Jenkins lay-up initiated a 15-6 surge that brought the Tide within single digits at 56-47 with 2:27 on the clock. Alabama closed within six on a Jenkins lay-up with 43 seconds left.

Jasmine James sank both ends of a one-and-one with 34 seconds remaining to give Georgia breathing room.

The Lady Dawgs controlled the scoreboard for most of the contest. Kaneisha Horn and Jenkins scored 11 points as Alabama opened up a 13-4 lead to start the game.

A three-pointer from Mitchell at the 13:56 mark jumpstarted a 12-0 Georgia surge over the next 2:22 that put the Lady Dawgs ahead 16-13.

Georgia expanded its lead to eight at 25-17 on a short jumper by Ronika Ransford with 52 seconds remaining before an Alicia Mitcham stick-back cut it to 25-19 at the break.

The Lady Dawgs will return home this Sunday to host Mississippi State at 3 p.m., an hour later than their traditional Sunday tip time.

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