With the rigor of the SEC when it comes to women’s basketball, there’s little room to rest. Once conference play starts, there are few places to hide and have an off game.
That’s the crux of where the Lady Bulldogs (12-8, 3-4) basketball program finds itself following Sunday’s 58-53 loss at home to Alabama. Georgia fought back after a dismal second quarter, trailing by as few as two points in the closing stages following a 6-0 run before ultimately falling short.
As usual, Caliya Robinson carried the load, scored 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds while Maya Caldwell stepped up with a season-best 11 points.
Games at Arkansas and Auburn are up next before Florida comes to town on Feb. 10. Given that the Lady Bulldogs have slipped to the mid-to-bottom of the SEC standings since knocking off Tennessee two weeks ago, this team needs a win in the worst way.
Avoiding sequences like Sunday’s, in which the Crimson Tide outscored the Lady Dawgs 21-9 in the second quarter, will be critical. Other than the second quarter, Georgia’s defense did its best to keep itself in place to win. In fact, Alabama’s 26 turnovers was a season-high and that enabled Georgia, whose 18 steals was also a season-best figure, to in part be in position to win.
But at the end of the day, giving up 21 points in a single quarter makes it very hard to win. The same came be said for Georgia’s third quarter offensive output. In that stretch, the Lady Bulldogs shot 17 percent.
In the end, it was a game where Georgia just didn’t have all of the pieces clicking when it needed to. As the season grinds on, the Lady Bulldogs will have to find a way to win those games where things may not exactly go their way.
Que Morrison’s 32 minutes on Sunday was a season high for her as she continues to battle back from a knee inury. Morrison has started just three games so far this year as a result of her setback. The closer to 100 percent she gets, the better off, obviously, Georgia’s chances will be.