Prior to this nationally televised matchup (ESPN2) between the Georgia Lady Dawgs and the LSU Lady Tigers, the potential for some high-drama existed as SEC Tournament seedings were at stake. Coach Andy Lander's squad could potentially grab a first-round bye with a victory and a 3rd or 4th overall seed, or lose the bye altogether with a loss to the Tigers from Red Stick and an unfavorable outcome of another game in another city. The drama never materialized by virtue of a 53-47 South Carolina victory over Arkansas earlier in the afternoon, and the successful head-to-head outcomes that Georgia and LSU held over both Arkansas and USCe. Georgia (22-7, 11-5 SEC) now prepares to play in Nashville on Friday night as the #3 overall seed. Kentucky won the Conference crown and is the #1 seed, Tennessee #2 and LSU #4. Anyway you slice it, it's been a pretty darned good 24+ hours in Stegeman Coliseum.
This game was sloppy at times, with Georgia committing 11 turnovers. Ultimately, this game was a showcase for the nation to see what the Lady Dawgs do best: play stifling defense. LSU turned the ball over 22 times, and the 2nd half pressure finally took a toll on coach Nikki Caldwell's club.
The Lady Dawgs held a double-digit lead with about 5:00 to go in the first half, but a feisty LSU club narrowed the lead to only 3 at the intermission, 26-23. After trading jabs, Georgia went on a run at the 10:06 mark in the 2nd half, going up by 11 and never looked back.
Individually, Khaalidah Miller scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the first half, hitting 4 of 5 three-pointers. In her last game on Senior Day, Meredith Mitchell scored 10 points and dished out 5 assists, and Jasmine Hassell chipped in 12 points off the bench. Georgia shot 43.1% overall, hitting 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc and led in rebounds (+3), steals (+10), and assists (+4).
On Friday (9:00 P.M. Fox Sports Net) Georgia will play the winner of the Ole Miss (#11) and South Carolina (#6) match-up.