Black scored nine straight points early in the second half as the upstart Lady Rebels threatened. But after a timeout by Georgia, the No. 10 Lady Bulldogs took charge again and finished with a 75-62 win Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Georgia (14-1 overall, 1-0 SEC) led 38-27 at halftime, but Black trimmed the margin to 40-36 with 17:01 to play. After the timeout, a 15-2 run by Georgia pushed the lead to 60-42 with 11:07 to go when Tasha Humphrey made a short jumper.
Megan Darrah led five Georgia players in double figures with 19 points and also grabbed seven rebounds.
"She rebounded, she shot the ball well and she defended well," coach Andy Landers said.
Landers credited Ole Miss (6-8, 0-1) for its comeback. "I don’t know anybody in the SEC who folds the tent," he said. But he added that he thought Ashley Houts, who was guarding Black, relaxed defensively.
"She puppy dogged her man a little," he said. "She just followed her around rather than defending her. Nine straight points. Ashley is really a better defender than that."
Mississippi made one more run, scoring eight straight points on four free throws and two layups to cut the gap to 65-55 with 5:21 remaining.
"I’m proud of my team for not quitting," said Mississippi coach Renee Ladner, in her first season as a head coach. "The bottom line was the turnovers really broke our backs. We’re still young and are still learning in terms of our decision-making."
Angel Robinson scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Georgia, while Humphrey scored 14, Angela Puleo 13 and Houts 11.
Shawn Goff led Ole Miss (6-8, 0-1) with 18 points. Black scored 14 and Elizabeth Robertson 13.