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Georgia crushed by Kentucky, 60-38, in SEC semis

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

"I think we all took it personal," Stallworth said. "I think we all stuck together as a team and we fought hard. When we come together, it definitely brings energy."

Georgia finished with a 48-38 advantage in rebounds, including a 22-8 edge in offensive rebounds that was the only positive result of the Lady Bulldogs' poor shooting. Georgia had the opportunity for many offensive rebounds because it made only 14 of 63 shots (22.2 percent).

"Kentucky has a defense that applies a lot of pressure," Georgia's Jasmine James said. "When we did finally get open to knock down some shots, we just didn't do a good job of doing that. That's practice and focus. Clearly we didn't have that."

Kentucky settled the score after Georgia's 75-71 win in Lexington on Feb. 3 for the Wildcats' only home loss of the season.

The Wildcats, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, beat Texas A&M, the No. 4 seed, 65-62 at home on Jan. 10. The Aggies beat No. 1 seed Tennessee 66-62 in Saturday's first semifinal.

A'dia Mathies had 11 points as Kentucky's second scorer in double figures. O'Neill had nine points.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled against Kentucky's defense, which led the SEC in steals and blocked shots. Anne Marie Armstrong made only one of 13 shots, Tiaria Griffin was 1 of 10 and James was 4 of 14 for nine points.

Each team had shooting problems in the first half. Georgia shot only 8 of 34 (23.5 percent) from the field. Kentucky was 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) as it had difficulty passing to Stallworth and Samarie Walker inside.

Hassell, who had 13 points in the first half, had the first points of the second half to stretch the Lady Bulldogs' lead to seven points. Georgia didn't score again for almost 6 minutes.

O'Neill had 3-pointers on each end of the 15-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 34-26 lead. James' shot off the glass for Georgia ended the long run.

Landers called two timeouts during the run, but the Wildcats continued to add to their lead. Back-to-back baskets by Stallworth pushed the advantage to double figures for the first time at 41-29.

A layup by Stallworth pushed the lead to 20 points at 58-38.