[su_spacer size=”40″] The Lady Bulldogs (14-5, 2-4) have now defeated three ranked teams in the same year for the first time since the 2012-13 season. With the win Georgia holds a 28-15 all-time series advantage against Mississippi State (17-3, 4-2) and a 16-3 nod in games played in Athens.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia was led by Shacobia Barbee with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. The 43 points scored by Mississippi State marks a season low for the Bulldogs.
[su_spacer size=”40″] [foogallery id=”75476″] [su_spacer size=”40″] “I’m very proud of our girls,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “We came out and executed very well. We told them to just take it one possession at a time. I felt like we had been playing tight lately and put so much pressure on every shot that we took. Tonight we took what came to us and had a great team effort.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia opened the game in a 2-3 zone giving Mississippi State fits on the offensive end. The Lady Bulldogs’ length forced the opposition to settle for long shots resulting in Mississippi State shooting just 30.8-percent in the first quarter. Georgia started slow on offense, but got things rolling midway through the quarter eventually tying things up at 9-9 when Caliya Robinson banked in a three-point basket as time expired in the quarter.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia came out firing in the third quarter scoring back-to-back buckets in the first 97 seconds. The highlight of the period came at the 6:12 mark when Robinson heaved a full-court pass to a sprinting Barbee who scored a layup and drew a foul to extend the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 28-19. Mississippi State grabbed some of the momentum back ending the quarter on a 5-0 run to bring the score to 32-27 heading into the final 10 minutes.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Barbee nailed a three pointer to start things off in the fourth quarter and the Georgia defense answered on the following possession forcing a 10-second half court violation. Mississippi State scored three straight times down the court, but Robinson hit Barbee on a near identical full court pass to extend the UGA lead to seven. The Lady Bulldogs hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the victory.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The Lady Bulldogs will return to action at home on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 24) at 2 p.m. against LSU.