And now…we wait. After being eliminated from the SEC Tournament by South Carolina today, the Lady Bulldogs will now set their sights on March 17. That’s the day they’ll find out if the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament selection committee will punch their ticket to March Madness. Charlie Creme of ESPN.com Bracketology fame projects Georgia as one of eight SEC teams that will be selected for The Big Dance. We shall see. Here’s today’s official Georgia/South Carolina game recap, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:
DULUTH, Ga. — No. 5 South Carolina recorded its second win over Georgia in eight days – much in the same fashion as the first match-up – in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday.
The Gamecocks (27-3) grabbed an early lead and held a comfortable margin for much of the game en route to a 67-48 victory over the Lady Bulldogs (20-11).
"It was almost identical in many ways to the game in Columbia last week," head coach Andy Landers said. "Did I see it coming? No. Disappointed? Yes. Were we competitive? Absolutely not."
Erika Ford led Georgia with 10 points, while Krista Donald grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
South Carolina opened up a 10-2 lead just over five minutes into the game as the Lady Bulldogs struggled from the field and made just one of their first 11 shots from the floor.
The Gamecocks’ advantage reached 18 points at 27-9 with 5:49 left in the half before Merritt Hempe and Donald combined to score all the points in a 9-2 run to trim the margin to 29-18 two minutes later.
South Carolina then scored the final six points of the period to push its lead back to 35-18 at the intermission.
The Gamecocks’ edge bulged to 25 points four minutes into the second half, and Georgia never pulled closer than 15 points thereafter.
"We got whipped, plain and simple," Landers said. "South Carolina came out and did the exact things that we talked about not wanting them to do. They transitioned us. They got the ball to the basket early in the game and created the same lead they created in Columbia. They did that off of turnovers and missed jump shots early in the game.
"At that point I’d be remiss if I didn’t say they were terrific," Landers continued. "They did what they wanted to do. They got the ball inside, they got it in transition. They had a couple big baskets in the first half coming off the bench in the form of three-point shots. They should feel very good about what they did today."
The Lady Bulldogs will now await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket a week from Monday, on March 17.
We’ll see you back here on March 17…hopefully with some good news to report.