Lady Dawgs Bow Out of SECs

North Little Rock - Angel Robinson scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds, but No. 22 Vanderbilt still defeated Georgia, 69-61, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Alltel Arena on Friday afternoon.

The Commodores built a 14-point lead in the first half, and held off Georgia threats throughout the second stanza. The Lady Bulldogs pulled within one twice, but Vanderbilt answered each occasion with a three-pointer.

"The bottom line in terms of our inability to win the game was that we didn't defend the two things Vanderbilt does and needs to do to be successful," head coach Andy Landers said. "We didn't defend the three. They put up 26 of them. We also didn't defend the drive. They got the close shots off the dribble that they need to to compliment the three."

The Commodores outscored Georgia 19-9 over the first 6:01 of the game by connecting on eight of their first 13 shots from the field.

Vanderbilt's first-half lead eventually topped out at 14 twice. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 30-16 at the 8:05 mark before putting together a 9-3 run to pull within eight with 21 seconds left in the half; however, Jence Rhoads buzzer-beating jumper pushed the Commodores' advantage back to double digits at the break.

Robinson enjoyed a solid opening half, falling just a rebound shy of a double double before intermission with 15 points and nine boards.

The Lady Bulldogs scored the first six points of the second half to pull within four and eventually cut the lead to 41-40 with 11:28 remaining. Tia Gibbs hit a three-pointer and the Commodores regained a nine-point advantage moments later.

Georgia again rallied to close the gap to 62-61 with just over a minute remaining, but Meredith Marsh knocked down a three and the Commodores ended the contest on a 7-0 run.

The Lady Bulldogs are now 18-13 on the season and will have to wait until Monday, March 16 when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced to see if their campaign will continue. Georgia has appeared in the last 14 NCAA Tournaments and 25 editions of "March Madness" overall.

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