Lady Bulldogs Complete a Season to Forget in SEC Quarterfinals.


The Georgia Lady Bulldogs season mercifully ended Friday night at the hands of Tennessee.

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The Georgia Lady Bulldogs will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 and only the third time since women’s athletics came under NCAA rule in the 1981-82 season.

With Friday’s 75-41 loss to fifth ranked Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the torturous 2014-15 Georgia campaign ended.

“Head coach Andy Landers told, “We came out in a fog, in a daze. We didn’t compete. We did all the bad things you don’t want to do in the first three or four minutes of the game.”

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The season opened with the promise of a twelve game win streak that included Coach Landers 850


win at the Bulldog helm. It collapsed under the weight of injuries and illnesses. Georgia was 17-3 after upsetting tenth ranked Texas A&M on January 22. The Lady Bulldogs lost at Tennessee in their next outing and endured an eight-game losing streak as the Dawgs played without 60 percent of their starting lineup through February.

Against Tennessee Friday night, Seniors Krista Donald and Erika Ford scored 13 points each to lead Georgia (19-12). Nia Moore came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points for Tennessee (26-4). A pair of quick buckets from Tiaria Griffin staked the Lady Bulldogs to an early 4-2 lead just over two minutes into the contest. Tennessee knotted the score on two free throws by Ariel Massengale 21 seconds later, opening a 15-0 run by the Lady Vols that made it 17-4 with 12:14 left in the half.

Griffin finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer at the 10:28 mark and Georgia pulled within 20-9. But the Lady Volunteers responded with a run of 12-0 to go up 32-9. A second 12-0 surge early in the second stanza pushed Tennessee’s lead to 49-16.

And so ended the Lady Bulldogs season not with the boom as opened, but a whimper. The next task is to forget it.

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