Jan. 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - After leading by just one point at halftime, #7/9 Tennessee outscored #17/15 Georgia in the second half, 38-22, to claim a 67-50 victory at Stegman Coliseum on Sunday evening. The Lady Vols (16-5, 7-1 SEC) scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 40-28 lead and never looked back. The closest the Lady Dogs (16-6, 5-4) got for the remainder of the game was eight points. Shekinna Stricklen led all scorers with 24 points. Ariel Massengale was Tennessee's only other double-figure scorer with 16.
Georgia was led by Meredith Mitchell (13) and Jasmine Hassell (11). The Lady Vols' defensive was stifling as it limited Georgia to just 28.8 from the floor (17-of-59) and a 2-of-18 from 3-point range.
Stricklen keyed that 11-0 run to start the second half as she scored six points in the spurt that started with a Meighan Simmons 3-pointer just 15 seconds into the second half.
Tennessee led 29-28 at halftime after Georgia cut its deficit to one just before halftime on a layup by Erika Ford with 30 seconds left in the half. The Lady Vols built a 19-11 lead on a 3-pointer by Spani with 10:50 left in the half, but Georgia answered with the next six points. To get back to within two at 19-17.
The Lady Vols return to action on Thursday as South Carolina comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. Tip. That game will air on CSS and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.