GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Sherill Baker scored 17 points to lead six Georgia players in double figures as the Lady Bulldogs (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) beat Mississippi 87-65 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Georgia supplied the first blowout in a tournament that included top-ranked LSU needing a TV replay to help hold off Alabama 60-59 earlier Friday. Only one of the previous six games in the tournament was decided by double figures -- Tennessee's 64-54 win over Auburn.This game looked as if it also would be decided at the end when Armintie Price made two free throws to pull Mississippi within 52-50 with 12:24 left.But the Lady Bulldogs (22-8) went on a 19-2 run over the next five minutes to put the game away.Georgia will face LSU in Saturday's semifinals.Cori Chambers got Georgia's decisive run started with a 3-pointer, and Baker followed with another 3. Three minutes later, Chambers added another basket from long range before finishing the streak with a driving layup that put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 71-52.Mississippi pulled within 73-58 when Elizabeth Cansdale finished a four-point play.Freshman Megan Darrah added 14 points for Georgia, Janese Hardrick 13, Chambers and SEC freshman of the year Tasha Humphrey 12 each and Alexis Kendrick 11.Price scored 18 of her 21 points in the first half for Mississippi (19-10).Ole Miss was trying for its first 20-win season in 10 years. That will probably have to wait until the NCAA Tournament. If the Lady Rebels receive a bid, it would be their first trip to the tournament since the 1994-95 season.