GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Georgia 72, Alabama 68

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. - Jenna Staiti scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and forced a crucial turnover in the closing seconds as No. 15 Georgia overcame a 19-point halftime deficit to beat Alabama 72-68.

Que Morrison scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs, who shot 65 percent in the second half.

Alabama roared out of the gate. Brittany Davis was 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the first quarter, sparking the Crimson Tide to a 24-15 lead after one quarter. Davis finished 6-for-6 in the first half and Alabama was 10 of 12 as a team to take a 48-29 lead at intermission.

Davis went cold in the second half and did not score after intermission and the Tide managed just eight third-quarter points while Georgia rode nine points from Mikayla Coombs to cut the deficit to just six, 56-50, heading into the final quarter. Staiti, at 6-feet-4, was a match-up challenge who did most of her second-half damage from around the free-throw line, shooting over defenders almost at will.

Zoesha Smith tied the game at 60-60 with a layup with 6:27 to play and Coombs gave Georgia its first lead at 67-65 when she put back her own missed layup. Down by one, Alabama's Megan Abrams drove the lane with :18 left, but Staiti and Sarah Ashlee Barker collapsed in the paint and forced the turnover. Morrison added two free throws and Staiti's free throw with a second left put the game away.

Staiti finished with nine rebounds and five blocked shots for Georgia (13-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference). Coombs finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Alabama (10-5, 1-3) got 42 of its 68 points from behind the 3-point line and finished shooting 56 percent from distance, hitting 14 of 25 attempts. But the Tide was just 7 of 27 from inside the arc for the game.

Davis finished 18 points to lead Alabama. Taylor Sutton added 13 points off the bench and Hannah Barber hit 4 of 5 from deep to finish with 12 points. Jada Rice added 10 points and made a key block on Staiti in the final minute to keep the game within reach for Alabama.


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Rice C 28 3-7 4-6 0-0 3-4 1 2 0 1 1 10
H. Barber G 39 4-6 0-0 4-5 0-0 4 0 4 2 1 12
M. Abrams G 34 0-8 8-9 0-4 0-4 4 0 4 3 2 8
B. Davis G 32 6-15 0-0 6-9 0-4 0 0 0 5 3 18
J. Mingo-Young G 19 1-2 0-0 0-0 3-5 0 0 0 3 2 2
T. Sutton 29 5-8 0-1 3-4 1-2 1 0 0 4 4 13
K. Wade-Warren 12 1-4 0-0 1-3 0-2 1 0 0 1 1 3
M. Gordon 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   200 21-52
(.404)
12-16
(.750)
14-25
(.560)
11-30 11 2 8 19 14 68


Georgia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Isaacs F 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Staiti C 33 8-13 1-2 0-1 1-9 1 5 2 2 1 17
Q. Morrison G 40 7-11 4-4 3-3 0-7 6 0 0 5 2 21
S. Barker G 32 1-5 0-0 0-2 2-3 5 0 5 3 4 2
M. Coombs G 31 6-11 1-1 0-0 4-5 3 1 0 4 2 13
C. Chapman 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 0-0 3 0 2 1 1 4
Z. Smith 12 2-2 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 6
M. Bates 11 2-5 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 0 0 5
T. Hylton 5 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nicholson 5 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 4
R. Richardson 5 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 1 0 0 0 3 0
Totals   200 30-59
(.508)
9-11
(.818)
3-10
(.300)
12-36 21 8 10 16 14 72


Officials: Joseph Vascily, Brian Garland, Meadow Overstreet
Attendance: 3,453




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