Turnovers, Tigers bite Lady Bulldogs in ‘very poor result’

AUBURN, ALA. | In a game with double-digit ties and lead changes, Auburn surged ahead in the final moments en route to a 67-59 victory over Georgia on Sunday.

Shacobia Barbee recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Georgia (18-9, 6-8 Southeastern Conference). Krista Donald chipped in 15 points and Erika Ford added 13.

Tyrese Tanner and Brandy Montgomery both scored 21 points for Auburn (15-12, 6-8 SEC). Tanner, Auburn’s leading scorer, played only three minutes and scored only two points in the first half after picking up two fouls.

“Credit Auburn,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said in a release. “They played without their best player for almost the entire first half. When she came back in in the second half, we didn’t have anyone who could guard her. Auburn played well. Georgia didn’t play the way we wanted to play. It was a very, very poor result.”

The Tigers scored 34 points off of a season-high 24 turnovers by Georgia and converted on 24-of-31 attempts at the line.

A back-and-forth first half featured five ties and five lead changes.

The Tigers’ full-court press resulted in four early turnovers by the Lady Bulldogs as Auburn built an 8-3 edge.

Georgia grabbed its first lead at 18-17 on a Donald layup with 5:44 left in the half and pushed the margin to 20-17 on a Barbee stickback 43 seconds later. Montgomery, who scored Auburn’s final 14 points of the first half, then hit a trio of 3-pointers in a span of 2:09 and scored on a layup at the 1:59 mark to put the Tigers up 28-24.

Donald scored the final five points of the period, lastly on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 4.6 ticks on the clock, to put Georgia up 29-28 at the intermission.

The second stanza featured much of the same, with five more ties and five more lead changes.

Georgia enjoyed its largest lead at 44-39 with 9:54 left, but Auburn answered with a 10-0 run over the next 2:07 to flip the margin to 49-44.

The Lady Bulldogs last led 50-49 following a Donald layup with 5:55 left. Auburn’s Peyton Davis answered on Auburn’s next possession and the Tigers outscored Georgia 18-9 the rest of the way.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action they travel to Columbia, S.C., to face No. 4 South Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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