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Kentucky women beat Georgia to reach SEC final

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013

Jasmine Hassell led No. 12 Georgia (25-6) with 17 points. Georgia led 24-19 at halftime and stretched the lead to seven points before Kentucky took control with its 15-0 run.

Georgia coach Andy Landers said the Lady Bulldogs didn't stick with the successful first-half plan.

"We've done the things we wanted to do the first half," Landers said. "We wanted to keep them out of the paint. We wanted to rebound the basketball. We wanted them to be one-and-done with no 3s. So we've done a pretty good job. Same game plan second half. Didn't do it. ... We just quit doing what had put us in a successful position at halftime, which is pretty sad."

The Wildcats closed with a 13-0 run as Georgia didn't score in the final 6 minutes, adding to Landers' sour mood.

"Basketball is no fun when you don't hit shots," Landers said.

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 Jasmine 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.