Lady Vols Shutdown Georgia

ATHENS – In the regular season or the postseason, at home or on the road, by star or by supporting cast, Tennessee simply has Georgia's number.

And that number is getting ugly for the No. 15 Lady Bulldogs. Georgia posted its lowest score since the program's inaugural season and second-lowest ever Sunday and lost 52-41 to the No. 4 Lady Volunteers in front of a sellout crowd of 10,523 in Stegeman Coliseum.

It was the Lady Bulldogs' fifth straight loss to Tennessee and 15th in the last 17 overall.

"Too much standing around," head coach Andy Landers said. "We had two senior wings (Cori Chambers and Janese Hardrick) standing on the wing. We worked for two days on hat, and I have to go to a timeout to tell them to move."

Tennessee (16-1, 3-0 SEC) got the win without much from superstar Candace Parker. The sport's preeminent player, scored a season-low 10 points and didn't come close to getting one of the dunks that have made her a national curiosity.

Georgia (14-4, 2-2 SEC), though, couldn't take advantage because its own stars were even worse.

Chambers, Georgia's leading scorer, and forward Tasha Humphrey, an All-America candidate, combined for 12 points and missed 14 of their 17 attempts.

"I think everybody shot pretty good shots, no one was forcing shots," Chambers said. "Shots just weren't going down. Any type of loss is frustrating, but being that Tennessee-Georgia is such a rivalry, it's even more frustrating."

One game after hitting six 3-pointers and establishing the school's career record in that category, Chambers didn't make a field goal for the first time since her freshman season. She was 0-for-6 from the field and had more turnovers (six) than points (four).

Humphrey hit her first shot but missed the next six and went 29 minutes and 28 seconds of game time without a point. She finished 3-for-11 with eight points but was pleased with her defense against Parker.

"If my offense suffered, then that's fine," she said.

Georgia's 31.9 percent shooting was its worst since at least the 2004-'05 season. Hardrick was 1-for-8 from the floor as the Lady Bulldog starters combined for 25 points.

Freshman Christy Marshall led Georgia with 12 points.

Georgia didn't do enough in the other areas of the game to make up for its offensive shortcomings. The Lady Bulldogs turned the ball over 19 times and allowed Tennessee 18 offensive rebounds.

Landers was more unhappy about the turnovers than the rebounding because the rebounding problem was mainly one player, he said, freshman center Angel Robinson.

"Basically it was happening at one of our post positions over and over and over," he said. "That's what happened down at LSU, same position. There's an absence of intensity. When people are stepping in front of you catching the ball, there's an absence of intensity. The thing that ought to be burned into her mind is, ‘I'm getting killed on defense, and I've got to get better.'"

Georgia, which failed to score 20 by halftime, never led but was within two points at 37-35 with 8:33 remaining thanks to a short jumper from Humphrey. But Tennessee scored eight of the next 10 points to pull away.

"I just feel like if we could have capitalized on a few more possessions, we would have been OK," said freshman point guard Ashley Houts.

Landers wasn't so sure.

"It's hard to fathom," he said, "how and why we do some things."


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