9:50 PM ET, March 3, 2006
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Georgia coach Andy Landers believes his team has some unfinished business to settle with Tennessee."At their place, I don't think that we deserved to win the game. But I thought the game was winnable," Landers said. "At our place, I thought -- I'm not saying we deserved to win it, but I thought we should have won it, and we didn't."Sherill Baker scored 27 points and Cori Chambers added 20 to lead the No. 12 Lady Bulldogs over No. 23 Vanderbilt 69-47 Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. Now, Georgia faces No. 8 Tennessee in Saturday night's semifinals.The Lady Vols beat the Lady Bulldogs twice during the regular season, 94-85 at Tennessee and 58-55 at Georgia."If they beat us again, then I guess you say they're better than we are. That kind of proves it," Landers said. "I don't see where the damage is going to be done there. So we got everything to win and nothing to lose as far as I'm concerned."The Lady Bulldogs (21-7) entered among the nation's leaders in scoring at 81 points per game, but it was their defense that sparked a surprisingly easy win over Vanderbilt. The Commodores (20-10) shot only 33 percent from the field and 2-of-18 from 3-point range. First-team All-SEC selection Dee Davis was held to six points.Georgia hadn't held a team under 50 points since an 81-42 win over Mississippi State on Jan. 19."We did a good job with our press, not so much forcing turnovers but controlling the tempo," Landers said.Georgia led 14-11 after the first 10 minutes, then made six 3-pointers the rest of the half en route to a 43-23 lead at the break. Chambers did most of the damage with four 3-pointers in the half. She added two more in the second.The Lady Bulldogs have made 207 3-pointers this season, already surpassing their previous school record of 203 last season. They finished 9-of-22 against the Commodores."I know when I penetrated, when other guards penetrate, we opened up Cori and Megan (Darrah) on a 3-point shot," Baker said. "Cori and Megan hit the 3s we needed tonight."Vanderbilt was outscored 9-1 to start the second half and never made a major run. Carla Thomas led the Commodores with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Liz Sherwood added 11 points."We missed shots, turned the ball over, gave them easy baskets, then put our heads down," Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. "What's disappointing is the mentality that we weren't able to get out of."The Commodores had won three straight since an 83-61 loss to Georgia on Feb. 19.Tasha Humphrey had six points and 11 rebounds for Georgia. Baker finished 11-of-18 from the field, falling a point short of her career high set last month at Arkansas.
|FG Made-Attempted||17-51 (.333)||27-61 (.443)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-19 (.105)||9-22 (.409)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-16 (.688)||6-7 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|