Georgia Womens Basketball Overwhelms Tide in SEC Women’s Opener


The Georgia womens basketball team swamped Alabama Sunday afternoon to start SEC play.

The No. 19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs beat Alabama 64-47 on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia is 13-2 on the year (1-1 SEC), while Alabama is now 11-6 (0-2 SEC).

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Tiaria Griffin

led all scorers with 16 points and

Merritt Hempe

added 15 on 9-for-10 from the line.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Tide 23-7 in the first eight minutes of the game.  Alabama closed the gap to 11 points at the 5:05 mark, but Georgia used a jumper from Hempe to spark a 9-1 run and the Lady Dawgs took a 41-23 lead to the locker room.

“It was a game where we got off to a great start,” head coach Andy Landers told “I thought we were red hot defensively, red hot offensively and that set the tone. We built a lead and managed it the entire afternoon. I think one of the great things about the game was that we got to play a lot of people.”

Although the Lady Bulldogs committed 15 turnovers in the second half, Georgia grabbed 19 defensive boards to the Tide’s 11 and matched Alabama basket for nasket. Mackenzie Engram, who had seven points and six rebounds, sunk a 3-pointer with 6:24 to play, giving Georgia a 21-point lead, its largest of the game.

“The difference (today) was we put a whole game together. I think we played both halves,” Griffin told

Alabama’s bench outscored Georgia 23-15, but the Lady Bulldogs took a 30-22 edge in points in the paint ans as a result shot 46 percent to the Tide’s 30 percent from the field, including 36%  from 3-point range. The Lady Dawgs shot 88& from the line.

Georgia will return to action on Thursday, when the Lady Bulldogs host Missouri at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.

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