The No. 24 University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team picked up another dominant SEC win over Missouri, 82-64, Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
The Lady Bulldogs improve their record to 16-4 overall, 8-4 in the SEC.
Senior Gabby Connally matched her season high of 29 points. This is the second time the guard has hit that mark this season, first doing so on Dec. 6, 2020 against Oklahoma. She also knocked in a career-best six 3-pointers in the win.
Seniors Que Morrison and Jenna Staiti closed the game with double-doubles. Staiti had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Morrison had 10 rebounds and 11 points. Morrison has scored in double figures in five-straight games for the first time in her career.”Once we started communicating and protecting the 3-point line, we were able to make a run,” Head Coach Joni Taylor said. “Gabby [Connally] said it, you can’t trade threes for twos with them and that’s what we let them do in the first quarter. Once we took away the 3-point line, we were able to fight our way back into the game. Missouri is a team that plays really well, they’ve had a lot of close games and they came and played their hearts out.”
Getting off to a slow start in the first half, Jordan Isaacs would score the opening point at the 7:24 mark while the Lady Bulldogs held the Tigers to a scoring drought for three minutes. Missouri would edge out Georgia to take the lead 19-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs would turn it around in the second quarter as Staiti, Connally and Morrison would contribute to a 9-0 scoring run to close the gap. Georgia took back the lead 35-33. With just seconds remaining, Missouri’s Haley Troup would hit a buzzer-beater to head into the locker room tied at 35.
In the second half, Georgia ultimately picked up the pace on offense and took the lead at the 9:07 mark with a layup from Staiti. Both Staiti and Connally would widen the lead, scoring a combined 14 points in the frame.
Missouri would come back off the bench hot, scoring nine points in the first part of the last quarter. Connally would keep Georgia ahead, scoring 14 points alone. Javyn Nicholson came off the bench and hit five shots while Staiti added four points to put the final score at 82-64.
Georgia will return to Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday Feb. 21, 2021 to face the Tennessee Volunteers at noon ET.