Things weren’t looking good for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs at halftime of their game against No. 13 Tennessee. The Lady Bulldogs trailed by 12 and scored just 24 points in the opening two quarters.
But a huge third quarter where the Bulldogs outscored Tennessee 25-12 was enough to turn what looked to be a loss into a 66-62 win over the visiting Lady Vols. With the win Georgia moves to 12-5 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play.
“We took care of the basketball,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “We had players make big shots. Taja [Cole] makes big shots, and then when she got into foul trouble Gabby [Connally] took over and made big shots. Caliya [Robinson] has been huge for us the last two games, and Jenna [Staiti] is continuing to come on and be steady for us.”
Four Lady Bulldogs reached double-digits in the win. Senior Caliya Robinson led all scorers with 16 points and finished with a season-high six blocks, with two coming in the closing stretch.Sophomore guard Gabby Connally finished the game as the second-leading scorer with 13 points. Junior Taja Cole and redshirt-sophomore Jenna Staiti added 12 points a piece.
Of Cole’s 12 points, 9 of them came in the game-changing third quarter. The Bulldogs carried a 49-47 lead into the final quarter, and held on for the win.
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was also in attendance to cheer on the Lady Bulldogs. Smart’s wife, Mary Beth Smart, played for Georgia from 1999 – 2003.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 13, 2019
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Thursday when they visit the Missouri Tigers. The game tips at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network Georgia’s next home game is on Sunday when it hosts Texas A&M.
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