Georgia halts Lady Tigers' streak

LSU women still earn No. 4 seed and first-round bye at SEC Tournament.

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia's Khaalidah Miller buried four 3-pointers and scored 14 points as the 16th-ranked Lady Bulldogs snapped LSU's six-game winning streak and grabbed the No. 3 seed in next week's SEC Tournament by a score of 62-46 in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Lady Tigers earned the No. 4 seed and a bye in the first round of next week's tournament for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. LSU will await the winner of No. 5 seed Arkansas vs. No. 12 seed Ole Miss and play at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

LSU closed the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in SEC play, the 10th 10-win SEC season in program history. The Lady Tigers lost for the first time since Feb. 2, ending what goes down as the fifth longest SEC win streak in school history.

"Georgia definitely played harder than we did," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "We let up and didn't have the same fight and aggressive attitude. Nothing that we did was working because we didn't put the effort and intensity. I thought we fell short of our goal of coming in here and playing competitive basketball. We have to take this and move forward into SEC (Tournament) play."

Adrienne Webb and Courtney Jones led LSU with 11 points apiece. LaSondra Barrett added 10 points and 6 rebounds.

LSU cut a double-digit deficit down to 26-23 at the half, and the Lady Tigers were within four points following a pair of Swayze Black free throws at the 14:28 mark. Jasmine James' three from the top of the key ignited a 12-1 Georgia run over the next 5 minutes while LSU went scoreless from the floor.

Shanece McKinney ended the dry spell but by then Georgia held a 53-38 lead with 4:57 to go.

The Lady Tigers shot 38.3% from the floor and out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 34-30. Georgia finished at 43.1%, benefited from 7-of-18 from 3-point range and converted 24 LSU turnovers into 18 points.

2012 SEC Tournament
At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
Thursday
First Round

Game 1:
(8) Florida vs. (9) Auburn Noon, FSN
Game 2: (7) Vanderbilt vs. (10) Mississippi State 2:30 p.m., FSN
Game 3: (5) Arkansas vs. (12) Ole Miss 6:30 p.m., FSN
Game 4: (6) South Carolina vs. (11) Alabama 9 p.m., FSN

Friday
Quarterfinals Game 5:
(1) Kentucky vs. Game 1 winner Noon, FSN
Game 6: (2) Tennessee vs. Game 2 winner 2:30 p.m., FSN
Game 7: (4) LSU vs. Game 3 winner 6:30 p.m., FSN
Game 8: (3) Georgia vs. Game 4 winner 9 p.m, FSN

Saturday
Semifinals
Game 9:
Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner 3 p.m., ESPNU
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 8 winner 5 p.m., ESPNU

Sunday
Championship
Game 11:
Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 5 p.m., ESPN2

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