VU women slip in Athens

ATHENS-- Ashley Houts scored 18 points and Angel Robinson added 17 as Georgia stunned No. 18 Vanderbilt, 66-55, at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs limited Vanderbilt's Christina Wirth to just 3 points, 2 of those points came in the game's final seconds. The loss dropped the Commodore women to 14-5 (3-1 SEC).

Everthing that could go wrong went wrong for the Vanderbilt women in the first half. Turnovers, missed shots, and poor defense. Meanwhile Georgia dominated the middle as Robinson picked up 9 rebounds and 15 points in the initial half while guard Ashley Houts was hot from the outside making 4 of 6 field goals including 2 of 2 from beyond the arch.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 10-2 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the half and then built that lead to 17 in the final seconds of the half as Robinson converted on a three-point- play to make the score 40-23. Wirth sat on the bench a good portion of the first half after picking up three quick fouls.

Vanderbilt cut the Georgia lead to 14 less than a minute into the second half on a layup by Jessica Mooney which made the score 40-26. However, turnovers and missed layups by the Commodores enabled Georgia to build their lead to 20 at 48-28 on foul shots by Houts with 15:39 remaining in the game.

Sharpshooting Lauren Lueders' two 3-pointers helped Vanderbilt cut the Bulldog lead to 58- 50 with 2:56 remaining but the inability to rebound after missed Georgia free throws prevented the Commodores from pulling closer to the home team.

Despite playing at a tremendous size disadvantage, Hannah Tuomi scored 14 points to pace the Commodores. Guard Jence Rhoads added 12. Wirth finished the night making just 1 of 7 from the field, 0 of 2 from 3-point land and 1 of 2 from the charity stripe.

Georgia improved to 12-7 (2-2 SEC). Next up the the Lady Bulldogs is a trip to Alabama on Sunday.

Vanderbilt will regroup and get ready for another road game, this time to South Carolina. The Gamecocks (9-9, 1-4) surprised Ole Miss, 76-67, on Thursday night in Oxford.

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