Lady Tigers Streak Snapped; Clinch SEC Bye
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Khaalidah Miller buried four threes 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 Southeastern Conference Tournament by a score of 62-46 in the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum.
As a result of South Carolina's win over Arkansas, the Lady Tigers received the No. 4 seed and a bye in the first round of next week's SEC Tournament for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. LSU will await the winner of No. 5 seed Arkansas versus No. 12 seed Ole Miss and play at 6:30 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
With the win, Georgia secured the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of No. 6 seed South Carolina and No. 11 seed Alabama at 9 p.m. CT Friday. Kentucky wrapped up the league title and No. 1 seed while Tennessee is second.
LSU closed the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in SEC play. It represented 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," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "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 six rebounds. Barrett moved into sole possession of second place in LSU career free throws made, surpassing Cornelia Gayden with now 460.
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 five minutes while LSU went scoreless from the floor.
Shanece McKinney ended the dryspell but by then Georgia held a 53-38 lead with 4:57 to go.
The Lady Tigers shot 38.3 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 34-30. Georgia finished at 43.1 percent, benefited from 7-of-18 from three-point range and converted 24 LSU turnovers into 18 points.
2012 SEC Tournament
Nashville, Tenn. - Bridgestone Arena
All times Central
Thursday, March 1 - 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, March 2 - 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. CT FSN
Saturday, March 3 - 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, March 4 - Championship
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 5 p.m. ESPN2