Georgia’s women’s basketball season came to a crashing halt in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Monday night.
The fourth-seeded Bulldogs fell to fifth-seeded Duke 66-40 at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. The Blue Devils advance to the Sweet 16, where they will face unbeaten and No. 1 UConn in an Albany Regional semifinal.
Georgia played admirably, but was doomed after Duke dominated the second quarter, 20-2. Georgia also lost the first and third quarters, albeit by smaller margins, and outscoring the visitors 14-13 in the fourth wasn’t enough.
The Bulldogs (26-7) were dominated by Duke’s defensive prowess. Caliya Robinson was the only Bulldog to approach double figures, scoring 11. No other Bulldog scored more than 5 points, and Robinson also led the team with 12 rebounds and 3 assists, as well.
Duke’s Leaonna Odom paced all players with 16 points, but four different players scored in double figures for the Blue Devils (24-8).
Georgia played well down the stretch for the most part, with its only recent loss coming to defending national champion South Carolina in the SEC Tournament. However, the Bulldogs were almost upset by 13-seed Mercer in the first round of the tournament, escaping 68-63.
Overall, it was an outstanding season for Georgia. The Bulldogs finished tied with the Gamecocks for second in the SEC, behind only Mississippi State, which was unbeaten in conference play. Georgia finished the season 26-7 overall and boasted a 12-4 record in the SEC.