Tennessee’s Kelley Cain must be feeling pretty apologetic right now. Her antics may have helped turn the tide for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs late in the second half. Tennessee was ahead 43-42 with 4:13 left on the clock when Kelley Cain was hit with a technical after loudly disputing a foul call. Not only did Cain foul out of the game, but Georgia was allowed to shoot four free throws – all of which Georgia made giving the Bulldogs a 46-43 lead. Tennessee eventually regained a 50-49 lead with an old-fashioned three-point play by Alyssia Brewer. But with under a minute left, a Georgia forward was finally able to hit field goal when Porsha Phillips slipped a couple of defenders and found herself with the ball and a wide open basket. It was the Georgia defense that sealed Tennessee’s fate. Jasmine James swiped the ball from Tennessee guard Angie Bjorklund as she was trying to dribble through the lane. Georgia got the upset 53-50.
Now I can see why the Bulldogs are ranked at #8 in the polls. The offense leaves much to be desired, but Georgia has one of the toughest and technically sound defenses in women’s college hoops right now. The Lady Vols didn’t see the free throw line until the 9:44 mark in the second half and were held to only nine offensive rebounds all game. Georgia had trouble with the Lady Vols pesky 2-3 zone, but was able to knock down a couple of key three-pointers at the end of the game. I also think my yelling for Georgia to cut to the basket also helped.
Georgia is now leading the SEC with a conference record of 5-1 (18-1 overall).