NASHVILLE, Tenn. ‚Äî Jasmine Lister scored 24 points to lead Vanderbilt (12-2, 1-0 SEC) to a 66-58 upset over No. 19 Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC) in both team’s Southeastern Conference opener at Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs, while Krista Donald and Erika Ford chipped in 12 points apiece.
Georgia led 44-37 following a Donald layup with 11:35 remaining before the Commodores used a 16-5 run to gain control. Lister scored half of her points during the surge.
“Honestly, I didn’t think we ever really looked that good,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said in a release. “The scoreboard looked good when we were up seven, but we turned the ball over 24 times. We started it off turning it over and we were turning it over the last five minutes. You really don’t have to go any further than that. You’re playing on the road against a quality basketball team.”
The Commodores turned those lost possessions into 23 points.
Miller knocked down a long 3-pointer to close the gap to 53-52; however, Christina Foggie answered with a 3-pointer on the other end to push the margin back to four.
Georgia trailed 62-58 with 31 seconds remaining before Vanderbilt closed out the scoring with four free throws.
The first half was back and forth, with four ties and five lead changes. Back-to-back layups by Miller followed by another layin in transition by Shacobia Barbee put the Lady Bulldogs up 20-17 with 5:26 left in the half.
After Vanderbilt regained a 21-20 edge, Tiaria Griffin nailed a 3-pointer and then scored on a driving layup to give Georgia its largest lead of the opening half at 25-21. Lister closed the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer, leaving the Lady Bulldogs up 25-24 at the intermission.
Vanderbilt led 33-29 with 16:54 left when the Lady Bulldogs gained momentum with a 15-4 run that forced a Commodore timeout. A Foggie jumper when play resumed ignited the decisive spurt.
Georgia will return to action on Sunday when the Lady Bulldogs host No. 5 Tennessee at Stegeman Coliseum at 4 p.m.