3:30 PM ET, March 2, 2007
DULUTH, Ga. -- Only two weeks after Kentucky's two top inside players almost got the best of Georgia (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP), the Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a better defensive effort in the SEC tournament.Georgia held Kentucky scoreless for the first 8 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-foot-3 forward Tasha Humphrey added 14 for Georgia. Each had 8 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) advanced to the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday to face No. 13 Vanderbilt.Georgia is playing 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 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. The Wildcats shot only 16.1 percent from the field for the half, making only 5 of 31 attempts."We've had a couple of games where we started a little sluggish, but usually we bounce back," said Carly Ormerod, who led Kentucky with 14 points but fouled out with 5:18 left to play."It's hard, though, when you shot 16 percent for the entire half."Ormerod was the only player to score in double figures for Kentucky (18-13). Jennifer Humphrey did not score for only the second time this season. Elliott, averaging 13.9 points per game, scored only four points."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."Added DeMoss: "[Georgia] played extremely well and we just didn't have a good night."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. Kentucky reached 40 points on two free throws by Jenny Pfeiffer with 2:04 left.Georgia stretched its lead to 27 points at 47-20 early in the second half. Kentucky came no closer than 19 points, at 49-30, the rest of the way.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||12-60 (.200)||23-53 (.434)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-21 (.095)||2-11 (.182)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-19 (.737)||24-26 (.923)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|