UGA suffered another SEC loss Sunday as it was defeated by Alabama 64-50 in Tuscaloosa. Three Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Tiaria Griffin in front with 19 points, followed by Shacobia Barbee with 12 and Pachis Roberts with 11.
Georgia (13-5, 1-4 SEC) pulled within two points of Alabama (13-5, 2-3 SEC) in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs were outscored 25-13 in the fourth, giving them their fourth loss in five games.
“We had some opportunities right around the rim to score, and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Georgia coach Joni Taylor said after the game. “Against a team that’s going to come out and play really hard and have a plan, we have to be sure when we have those easy (baskets), they’ve got to go in.”
Here are five observations from the game:
1. Second half troubles
The second half proved to be a challenge for the Bulldogs on Sunday. After only being down by six at halftime, Georgia went down by 11 points in the third. The team was able to cut Alabama’s lead to two, but the Bulldogs missed six opportunities to tie the game or regain the lead in the second half.
The Bulldogs had a poor shooting night, shooting 27.8 percent in the game. Georgia also managed to not make a single two-point field goal in the entire fourth quarter.
“This is the first time I felt like us not making shots dictated how we played the game,” Taylor said. “This year defensively we’ve been really good regardless of what’s going on on the offensive floor, but I felt like a few of us started to hang our head and worrying too much about not scoring or not getting the ball, and that led to us not being a good defensive team.”
2. No help from the bench
Georgia received no help from its bench in Sunday’s contest. While Alabama’s bench pitched in 16 points, Georgia’s bench scored zero.
Forty-two of Georgia’s 50 points came from just three players: Griffin, Barbee and Roberts.
“We didn’t score, we didn’t have any bench points,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to have consistent effort from those players coming off the bench, and they’ve got to know what we’re doing. It’s just having that trust and that confidence and them having accountability for wanting to know what’s going on when they get on the floor.”
3. Trouble at the line
Following a promising game at the free throw line against Florida on Thursday, Georgia struggled from the stripe against Alabama. The Bulldogs missed seven of their 19 free throws for a 63.2 percent effort at the line.
Five of those misses came in the third quarter, including two by Barbee that could have tied the game at 39 points.
4. Too many turnovers
The Bulldogs also struggled taking care of the ball in Sunday’s game. Georgia had 21 turnovers in Sunday’s contest to Alabama’s 13.
Twelve of Georgia’s turnovers came in the first half. Sophomore guard Haley Clark had four turnovers and zero points.
5. Rare loss to Crimson Tide
Sunday’s loss was only Georgia’s second loss to Alabama in the teams’ last 26 matchups. Prior to Sunday, the Bulldogs held a 14-5 record in Tuscaloosa and a 37-10 record overall.
“No game in this conference is easy,” Taylor said. “You can’t just show up and get a win, and they learned that tonight.”
Georgia begins a three-game homestand Thursday against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. ET in Stegeman Coliseum.