Lady Tigers play hard but fall No.13 Georgia
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Athens, Ga. --- Georgia pressed all night  but Tennessee State continued to fight in a 71-50 loss to the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

Junior Jasmine Smith carried the Lady Tiger (3-5) offense with a game-high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Senior Obiageli Okafor added 12 points.

Georgia (9-0) was led by Meredith Mitchell with 17 points while Ashley Houts added 13. Anne Marie Armstrong tallied 10.

After a few empty possessions from both teams to start the game, a three-pointer from Jasmine Smith got TSU on the board. Chelsea Cromartie connected in the paint to give TSU a 5-0 lead before Georgia scored its first bucket at the 16:48 mark.

UGA posted 14 unanswered points over a span of six minutes to capture a 14-5 lead. Later, a triple from Jasmin Shuler ended TSU's scoring drought and made the score 14-8. The Lady Bulldogs stretched the advantage to 24-13 at the 6:33 mark before a 6-2 run brought TSU within seven (26-19) with less than five minutes left in the half.

UGA, however, closed out the half with an 11-2 run to carry a 37-21 advantage into the break.

Tennessee State was only 7-of-24 from the field in the first half but five of those buckets were three-pointers. TSU shot 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from beyond the arc in the opening period.

Georgia knocked down over fifty percent of its shots going 14-of-25 from the field.

A jumper by LaDona Pierce gave TSU the first points of the second frame but UGA outscored the Lady Tigers 11-6 to extend the lead to 48-27 before the first media timeout.

Georgia continued to build on its lead and swelled the advantage to 62-32 at the 9:36 mark.  With 4:37 on the clock, TSU cut the deficit down to 65-44 after an old fashioned 3-point-play by Oby Okafor.  Jasmine Smith knocked down a jumper with two seconds left on the clock to make the final score 71-50.

TSU shot 28.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. UGA shot 50.9 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. TSU committed 22 turnovers but forced UGA into 23 miscues.

Next, the Lady Tigers will return to the Gentry Center to host Alabama A&M on Sun., Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.