No. 18 Georgia edges South Carolina
Armstrong drains game-winning free throws with 4.8 seconds left
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jasmine James became the 32nd Lady Bulldog to score 1,000 points as No. 18 Georgia (20-6, 9-4) defeated No. 25 South Carolina (19-7, 8-5) 61-59 in a nail-biter on Thursday evening.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia offensively with 18 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Meredith Mitchell notched 15 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Khaalidah Miller recorded 11 points and a career-high six assists.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 10 points -- none bigger than a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining -- seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks, while James picked up seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
"It was a well-played basketball game by both teams," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. "It basically was what we thought it might be. Both teams played good defense; both teams rebounded the ball. Everything across the board was really, really close. We gave up more threes than we would have like to have given up. Other than that, it was really close right down to the final score."
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Miami (Fla.) 73, NC State 61|
|Alabama 77, No. 7 Kentucky 75|
|No. 8 Maryland 73, Virginia 56|
|No. 9 Ohio State 75, Indiana 54|
|No. 10 Delaware 89, Hofstra 79|
|No. 11 Green Bay 90, Cleveland State 59|
|No. 12 Penn State 74, No. 17 Purdue 63|
|No. 13 Tennessee 57, Mississippi State 41|
|Northwestern 63, No. 16 Nebraska 51|
|No. 18 Georgia 61, No. 25 South Carolina 59|
|No. 20 Georgia Tech 67, Wake Forest 52|
|San Francisco 71, No. 23 BYU 64|
Georgia was 50 percent for the night from the field, compared to South Carolina's 35.6 percent. Both teams were 9-of-14 from the charity stripe.
South Carolina started the game with an 11-2 run and led by nine on two occasions, most recently with 14:23 left in the half. Georgia started a push of its own and tied the game at 21-21 eight minutes later.
The Lady Bulldogs took their first lead with five minutes left on the clock off a layup by Mitchell. Georgia kept the game close the rest of the period, and entered the locker room trailing just 31-29.
In the first half, Georgia connected on 44.4 percent from the field, while the Gamecocks shot 38.7 percent.
South Carolina scored the first points of the second period, but Georgia went on a hot streak soon after. The Lady Bulldogs took the lead 34-33 just two minutes into the half when James was fouled on a jumper and then connected on a free throw. Georgia then had a 10-4 run that lasted six minutes and put the Lady Bulldogs up 44-37.
The Gamecocks had a 8-4 push of their own to to pull within three at 48-45 before a James jumper put Georgia back up by five. Those two points gave James her 1,000th and 1,001st career points.
South Carolina pulled within two at 52-50 with four minutes remaining, which is the closest the Gamecocks got to Georgia since the Bulldogs had taken the lead early in the half. Two and a half minutes later, the Lady Bulldogs were back up 58-53.
A pair of free throws with 1:15 on the clock pulled the Gamecocks within three at 58-55. Seconds later Miller went to the charity stripe and put Georgia up by four.
South Carolina tied the game 59-59 with 12 ticks left on the clock. Armstrong connected on two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to put Georgia up 61-59. The Gamecocks missed a trey at the buzzer and the Lady Bulldogs came away with their fourth consecutive victory.