Lady Vols nip Georgia 87-60

The Tennessee Lady Vols got hot early and never allowed Georgia to give them any reason to worry on Thursday night. As a result the Georgia Lady Dawgs left Knoxville with a sound 87-60 loss added to their record.

Tennessee put Georgia in a deep hole early, streaking to a 14-2 lead with 15:36 left in the first half. Gwen Jackson scored 14 points and Shyra Ely added 12 points and rebounds for Pat Summitt's 3rd ranked Lady Vols.

Tennessee improved their overall record to 23-3 and a 11-0 SEC slate thus far. Tennessee was coming off a close win at Auburn 59-56 Sunday, but nothing about Thursday's game was suspenseful.

Tennessee had little trouble beating Georgia for the fourth straight time. The Lady Vols, who outrebounded Georgia in the first five minutes 10-1, stretched their lead to as many as 21 after Brittany Jackson hit a 3 with 6:37 remaining before halftime.

Tennessee led 38-22 at the break and started the second half with a 9-0 run to lead by 24. Georgia cut it down to 19 with 16:27 remaining, but Ely scored eight points and had an assist in a 10-0 run that put Tennessee ahead 59-30 a few moments later.

Georgia trimmed the lead to 14 on Thomas' putback with 28 seconds left in the first half only to see Tennessee score again before the buzzer to restore a 16-point lead. Freshman Alexis Kendrick led the Lady Dogs with 21 points.

Tennessee will move on to play 4th ranked LSU on Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge. This will be the Lady Vols biggest SEC game thus far. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 5pm EST.

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