Lady Bulldogs come up short at Alabama, suffer fifth SEC loss

Alabama rallied from a 12-point deficit with just more than seven minutes remaining to defeat Georgia 69-66 at Foster Auditorium on Sunday.

Georgia led 62-50 following a Krista Donald jumper with 7:57 left in the game. A Khaadijah Carter 3-pointer at the 7:08 mark opened a 19-4 Alabama run down the stretch.

“Give Alabama a lot of credit,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said in a release. “They stayed the course after we had pushed it out to a nice margin.”

The Lady Bulldogs trailed by three points with 14.4 seconds remaining, but missed on two 3-point attempts to tie the game, the first by Khaalidah Miller and another by Shacobia Barbee.

Barbee led Georgia (14-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) with a career-high 23 points, while Miller added 20. Barbee also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Shafontaye Myers, Sharin Rivers and Ashley Williams paced Alabama (10-10, 3-4 SEC) with 16 points apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs opened each half quickly. Georgia scored the game’s opening eight points and built a 12-2 lead before the Tide rallied to claim a 30-29 advantage at the intermission. An 18-7 surge to open the second stanza put the Lady Bulldogs up 47-37. After Alabama trimmed the margin to 60-47, Georgia regained a 12-point edge before the Crimson Tide again rallied.

Miller opened the scoring with a long 3-pointer 66 seconds into the game and Georgia led 16-7 after a Barbee jumper with14:25 left in the half. The Tide then embarked on a 12-3 surge over the next 4:14 and knotted the score at 19-19 on a Rivers 3-pointer. That was the first of five ties and three lead changes in the half.

Alabama eventually ended the period up 30-29, closing out the scoring on a Williams stickback. The Crimson Tide outrebounded Georgia 20-14 in the first 20 minutes, leading to an 8-0 edge in second-chance points.

Miller and Barbee again did much of the damage early in the second half, Miller with a pair of 3-pointers and Barbee with a pair of layups and two 3-pointers of her own. With the upset, the Crimson Tide snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs dating back to 1998.

Georgia will return to Athens this Thursday when Lady Bulldogs host No. 9 Kentucky at 9 p.m.

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