ATHENS — The University of Georgia women’s basketball team overcame a season-low first half scoring output on its way to a 57-54 overtime victory over Arkansas Thursday evening at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.
Georgia charged back from an 11-0 deficit to start the game and trailed the Razorbacks just 22-20 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs came alive in the second period to take the lead but would eventually find themselves in overtime, where Georgia outscored Arkansas 10-7 and held on for the win to remain perfect at home.
The Lady Bulldogs improve to 17-5 (7-2) while Arkansas falls to 16-6 (4-6).
“Tonight we defended them well, and they defended us well,” said head coach Andy Landers. “We made a couple more plays than they did. We have to talk about how well our defense did in turning them over, and how well our offense played in not turning it over because those possessions are probably the difference in the basketball game.”
Georgia was led on the night by Jasmine James’ 14 points while Meredith Mitchell added 12. Porsha Phillips was just one off her career in rebounds with 18 to lead all players. That mark is also good for the highest output ever by a Georgia player against SEC competition.
Arkansas center Sarah Watkins grabbed a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds while Lyndsay Harris scored 22.
Georgia took its first lead of the game at 25-24 with 18:48 on the clock in the second half and went up by its largest margin of four, 38-34, with 12:14 left on a jumper for James. Arkansas came back to take the lead again as Harris hit one of her six threes to make it 44-42 in favor of the visitors with 4:05 remaining in regulation.
James hit a jumper and Phillips made one of two free throws to give the lead back to the Lady Bulldogs, 45-44, with 2:33 to go, but Harris drained another long-ranger to make it a 47-45 Arkansas lead in the back-and-forth affair. James hit a pair from the line with just under two to go, and that was the last scoring of the second half as the first 40 minutes went undecided at 47-47.