UGA takes Lady Vols’ skid to three

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ATHENS, Ga. — Caliya Robin­son had 16 points, six re­bounds, five as­sists and two of her six blocks in a crit­i­cal last-minute pos­ses­sion Sun­day as the Ge­or­gia women’s bas­ket­ball team beat No. 13 Ten­nessee 66-62, giv­ing the Lady Vol­un­teers a three-game los­ing streak for the first time in 33 years.

Ten­nessee (12-4, 1-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), which had never lost three straight SEC games, has fallen to Mis­souri, Ken­tucky and Ge­or­gia by a to­tal of eight points. The first two games were at Thomp­son-Bol­ing Arena, mark­ing the first time the Lady Vols have lost con­sec­u­tive home games since De­cem­ber 1996.

As for their most re­cent three­game skid prior to Sun­day, Ten­nessee lost at Ole Miss and at home to Auburn and Louisiana Tech in Fe­bru­ary 1986.

With the Lady Bull­dogs (125, 3-1) lead­ing 63-62 late in the fourth quar­ter Sun­day, Robin­son blocked Ev­ina West­brook’s layup at­tempt with 19.6 sec­onds re­main­ing, then blocked a short jumper by Ren­nia Davis that left one sec­ond on the shot clock.

After in­bound­ing the ball, Ten­nessee couldn’t get an­other at­tempt off be­fore the shot clock ex­pired. The Lady Vols had to foul twice to get Ge­or­gia’s Jenna Staiti — a 55 per­cent free-throw shooter — to the line. Staiti made both at­tempts with 8.5 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Ten­nessee’s Meme Jack­son then put up a 3-point at­tempt from the right cor­ner, with Robin­son re­bound­ing the air­ball. She was fouled with a sec­ond to go and iced the game with a free throw.

Gabby Con­nally added 13 points for the Lady Dogs, and Taja Cole and Staiti each had 12 points and seven re­bounds.

With 23 points, West­brook was the only scorer in dou­ble fig­ures for Ten­nessee, which led by 17 points late in the first half. West­brook led Ten­nessee with six as­sists, while Davis had 12 re­bounds and Cheri­dene Green grabbed 10.

The Lady Vols shot 24 per­cent in the sec­ond half and went 9-for18 from the foul line, in­clud­ing 3-for-10 in the fourth quar­ter.

Ten­nessee’s next game is Thurs­day at Alabama, with tipoff at 9 p.m. East­ern. Ge­or­gia also re­turns to com­pe­ti­tion Thurs­day with a 7 p.m. East­ern game at Mis­souri.

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