Alabama rallied from a 12-point deficit with just over seven minutes remaining to defeat the Lady Bulldogs, 69-66, at Foster Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.
Georgia led 62-50 following a Krista Donald jumper with 7:57 left in the game. A Khaadijah Carter 3-pointer at the 7:08mark opened a 19-4 Alabama run down the stretch.
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 SEC) 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.
“Give Alabama a lot of credit,” head coach Andy Landers said. “They stayed the course after we had pushed it out to a nice margin.”
Miller opened the scoring with a long 3-pointer 66 seconds into the game and Georgia led 16-7 after a Barbee jumper with 14:25 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 9:00 p.m. That game has been dubbed “Stay Up Past Your Bedtime Night.” The first 500 fans in attendance will receive Georgia teddy bears, the first 300 kids will receive Georgia pillow cases and the first 300 UGA students will receive “Beat Kentucky” t-shirts.
Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
Single-game tickets are on sale via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.
• Shacobia Barbee poured in a career-high 23 points, topping the previous mark she established against Iowa State in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.
• Khaalidah Miller scored 20 points, her team-high 14th double-digit output of the season and 63rd of her career.
• Shacobia Barbee scored 23 points, her 13th double-figure performance of the season and 22nd of her career.
• Miller posted her second 20-point game of the season and eighth of her career.
• Barbee recorded her first 20-point contest of the season and second of her career.
• With a steal and layup at the 2:07 mark of the first half, Khaalidah Miller moved past Sherelle Warren into the No. 26 position among the Lady Bulldogs’ career scoring leaders. Miller’s 20 points upped her career scoring tally to 1,183 points. She is five points shy of the current No. 25 mark of 1,188 points by Angel Robinson from 2006-10.