WBB: Georgia Wins at Missouri – 72-62
The No. 13 ranked University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team defeated the Missouri Tigers, 72-62 on Monday night at Mizzou Arena.
Graduate center Jenna Staiti led all scorers with 22 points and 12 rebounds, marking her 18th double-double in the last 52 games. Graduate guard Que Morrison had 18 points and six rebounds on the night while sophomore guard Sarah Ashlee Barker followed her with 11 points.
Barker went 3-3 from the field and 2-2 from the line in the first quarter. Senior Jordan Isaacs scored nine points, a new season-high for the forward.
Georgia improves its record to 14-3 (3-2 SEC) while Missouri drops to 13-5 (2-3 SEC). The Lady Bulldogs’ win over the Tigers marks Missouri’s first home loss of the season.
“Missouri is a really well coached team, Robin (Pingeton) does a great job,” said head coach Joni Taylor. “In the first half, they did a really good job of packing it in the paint and not allowing Jenna (Staiti) to get touches. She finished the half with six points, Que (Morrison) was struggling as well. I thought Jordan Isaacs, Sarah Ashlee Barker, and Mikayla (Coombs) carried us in the first and second quarters when we were struggling. We went into halftime, made some adjustments, and moved some things around, then Jenna and Que carried us in the third and fourth quarters. I thought Zo (Zoesha Smith) played great minutes for us. This was a team effort, I’m really proud of their toughness and fight against a really good Missouri team on the road, in a tough environment.”
Georgia’s offense came out hot, jumping to an early 9-2 lead-off points from Morrison and Barker, who shot perfect in the first quarter. Defensively, Georgia kept Missouri from scoring for four-straight minutes, allowing them to take a 16-7 advantage. Their offensive drive continued, and the Lady Bulldogs ended the first quarter ahead, 23-10.
The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run, cutting Georgia’s lead to seven points. Barker answered back with a crucial three-point shot to reclaim the Lady Bulldogs’ double-digit lead. After five scoreless minutes for the Tigers, they rebounded with 12 points.
Georgia ended the half ahead, 34-31.
The Lady Bulldogs kept their rhythm in the third quarter. Staiti led all players in the with seven points, giving Georgia momentum to stay ahead. The Tigers fought back, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Bulldogs stayed on top, 49-44.
Missouri saw a 6-2 run early in the fourth quarter, drawing the game to a one-point difference. A Staiti layup and one would be the spark the Lady Bulldogs needed. Staiti and Morrison scored seven-straight points pulling back ahead, 63-55. Georgia’s offense persisted and defeated the Tigers, 72-62.
WGOLF: Jenny Bae Invited To Augusta National Women’s Amateur
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia senior Jenny Bae has received an invitation to compete in the third annual August National Women’s Amateur. The 2022 edition of the tournament will be held from March 30-April 2.
Bae earned her spot in the field by being among the top-30 Americans in the 2021 year-end World Amateur Golf Rankings. Bae was ranked No. 68 in the world, No. 13 among Americans, in the final 2021 WAGR ledger.
Bae enjoyed a standout campaign during the 2021 calendar. She won medalist honors at the NCAA Columbus Regional while leading Georgia to the team title at the tournament. She also was named both All-America and All-SEC to wrap up the collegiate season.
Bae then won three summer tournaments in a six-day span and reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur during the summer.
Bae began her winning streak at the Georgia Women’s Amateur on June 30 by shooting 11-under 205, five strokes clear of the field. Two days later, she secured a two-stroke victory in the Georgia PGA’s Georgia Women’s Open after firing a 6-under 136 over 36 holes. The following Monday, Bae carded a 5-under 68 to win a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier. All told, she played 108 holes of golf in those events at 22-under.
At the U.S. Am, Bae shot even-par 144 to tie for 12th place individually in stroke play qualifying and then won a pair of matches before falling to Jensen Castle, the eventual Am champion, in the Round of 16.
This week, Bae was one of 12 golfers invited by the USGA to take part in a practice session for leading contenders to represent the U.S. at the 2022 Curtis Cup against Great Britain & Ireland.
The first 36 holes of the 2022 ANWA will be contested on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., March 30-31. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 1. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 2, and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut. NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT.
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