Lady Dawgs fall in Sweet 16

DALLAS - Georgia dropped a 78-65 decision to Purdue ending its run in the 2007 NCAA championship Sunday at Reunion Arena. The Lady Dogs finish the season with a record of 27-7.

The Lady Dogs opened the game well both on offense and defense holding Purdue scoreless for just under three minutes while forcing four turnovers. During that span, Georgia put up eight points, all of which were scored off Boilermaker turnovers.

Ashley Houts buried back-to-back threes for the Lady Dogs giving Georgia its first double-digit lead of the night at 14:11. Over the next nine minutes of action the Lady Dogs kept no less than a nine-point lead over Purdue. Georgia then went on to miss five of six shots from the floor allowing the Boilermakers to chip away at their deficit.

With 4:22 remaining in the half, Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton hit a jumper from the free-throw line that sparked a 12-4 run putting the Boilermakers within one point at the half 36-35. Both teams shot well over the first 20:00 with the Lady Dogs knocking down 54.2 percent of their shots while Purdue hit an even 56 percent.

The Boilermakers put up a quick two points to start the second half taking their first lead of the game at 37-36. Purdue continued to extend its lead as Georgia went cold from the floor hitting only two of 10 from the floor over 7:05 of play. The Boilermakers' edge reached double-digits at 12:05 when Katie Gearlds connected from three-point range. She finished as the game's leading scorer with 30 points.

A 9-1 Lady Dog run brought them back to within six points, but that was the closest Georgia would come for the duration of the game. Purdue went on to outscore the Lady Dogs 7-0 over the final 2:07. The Boilermakers were also dominant on the boards throughout the second half pulling down 23 rebounds to Georgia's 11.

Despite the loss, three Lady Dogs finished the game in double figures. Tasha Humphrey led the way with 20 points, while Angel Robinson added 14 points and Ashley Houts chipped in 11.


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