Lady Dawgs oust Dores in quarterfinals, 69-47

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- For the first time since 1999, Vanderbilt bowed out of the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament before the weekend, losing to No. 12 Georgia, 69-47, in Friday's quarterfinal round at the ALLTEL Arena.

The tournament's top four seeds all advanced to Saturday's semifinals, where Georgia will face Tennessee following an LSU-Kentucky matchup at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Junior Carla Thomas posted a double-double for the No. 23 Commodores, scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Sophomore Liz Sherwood (13 points) was the only other Vanderbilt player in double figures.

Georgia's Sherill Baker led all scorers with 27 points, while Cori Chambers added 20 for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a quick start with a pair of transition baskets by Baker, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, taking an 8-2 lead and forcing VU Head Coach Melanie Balcomb to burn a timeout three minutes into the contest. UGA took a 43-23 lead into halftime and the Commodores would never get closer than 20 points over the final 20 minutes.

Georgia will play second-seeded Tennessee in the tournament semifinals Saturday at 8:50 p.m. CT. Top Stories