ATHENS — Jasmine James had a baseline drive with 1:23 to go in overtime and added a free throw with 39 seconds left to give No. 14 Georgia a 49-46 victory over No. 19 LSU on Thursday night.
James finished with 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-4, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
“Our defense was terrific,” Georgia Coach Andy Landers said. “There are different styles of defense, and right now Georgia and LSU are playing very similar styles. I would characterize those defenses as stingy.”
Allison Hightower had 22 points to lead LSU (15-6, 4-5). Her basket with 4:06 to go in overtime was LSU’s only field goal after the 5:02 mark left in regulation.
“We played as hard as we could,” Lady Tigers coach Van Chancellor said. “Our defense tonight was the old LSU defense. Georgia struggled to score. We forced 26 turnovers, but we couldn’t make a shot. We had 18 more shots than they did, but only hit 27 percent from the field.”
Neither team scored in the last 4 minutes of regulation and the score was tied at 42 heading into the extra period.
Georgia junior Porsha Phillips, who played as a freshman at LSU, scored on a putback with 3:50 to go in overtime and hit two free throws with 2:03 remaining.
Landers said that LSU’s defense was so solid that he instructed his guards to freelance with the basketball and hope that the Lady Tigers made a mistake before the 30-second shot clock expired.
“I would rather do that than have to guard them,” he said.
Landers praised Phillips in particular for her defense.
“She was a one-man zone from the baseline out to 25 feet,” he said. “It was uncanny when you looked at how much space she covered, and she never got beat.”
LSU’s Katherine Graham hit a pair of free throws with 1:39 to play, tying the score at 46.