Lady Bulldogs fall to LSU

10:38 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jasmine Hassell posted her second consecutive double-double; however, LSU defeated No. 9 Georgia, 62-54, at the Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 53-52 with 1:47 remaining before a Theresa Plaisance jumper in the lane started a 9-2 LSU run over the final 1:33 to secure the upset.

Hassell scored a game-high 18 points and equaled her career high with 12 rebounds, while Tiaria Griffin finished with 10 points for Georgia (20-4, 8-3 SEC). Plaisance paced LSU (14-10, 5-6 SEC) with 13 points and Danielle Ballard collected 15 rebounds.

Georgia shot just 30.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 22-of-73 of its field goals and failing to make numerous makable attempts.

"I thought we got some good looks throughout the game," Andy Landers said. "In the first half, we missed some 'bunnies' that would have really changed the temperature at halftime. In the second half, we missed mainly jumpers. We had good looks and some were close but they just didn't go down."

Georgia led 20-17 following a Griffin three and an Anne Marie Armstrong jumper in the lane but LSU responded with a Plaisance bucket and a Jeanne Kenney three to move ahead 22-20 just 1:07 later.

Those represented the first five points in a 14-3 run that put the Lady Tigers up 31-23 with 21 seconds left in the half before Armstrong closed the scoring with a stickback with three ticks on the clock.

The Lady Bulldogs still trailed by six with 15:15 left before a backdoor inbounds play to Jasmine James with three seconds on the shot clock ignited an 8-0 run that put Georgia up 40-38. The remaining three buckets - two by Hassell and a third by James - came in transition off of steals.

LSU responded much in the same fashion. Plaisance knocked down a 10-foot jumper on an inbounds pass that opened an 8-0 spurt by the Lady Tigers that made it 46-40 just 1:47 later.

Georgia pulled within one or two points five times over the next 6:05 but never regained the lead.

The Lady Bulldogs will enjoy an open date from SEC play this Thursday. Georgia will return to action next Sunday with a trip to Gainesville to face Florida at 1 p.m. in a CSS regionally televised matchup.

The Lady Bulldogs' next home game will be Thursday, Feb. 21, when Georgia hosts Arkansas at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. The first 1,000 fans at that contest will receive Lady Bulldog replica jersey t-shirts.

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