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Lady Dogs survive 'Bama rally
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TUSCALOOSA, ALA. — Porsha Phillips scored a career-high 21 points, including the game-winning 14-foot jumper with 25.6 seconds left, to lead the Georgia Lady Bulldogs (13-7, 3-2 SEC) to a 63-61 win over Alabama (12-9, 0-6 SEC) at Coleman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Danielle Taylor added a season-high 15 points and Ashley Houts and Angela Puleo chipped in 11 apiece. Angel Robinson failed to scored but collected 12 rebounds and dished out a career-best five assists.

The Lady Bulldogs built a 59-45 lead at the 4:13 mark and then withstood a furious Crimson Tide rally. Alabama tied the score at 61-61 on a pair of free throws from Erika Russell with 48 seconds left.

Georgia worked late into the shot clock before Phillips hit her floating jumper to reestablish a lead with just over 26 left remaining.

"Our teams deserves a great deal of credit for the basket at the end of the game," coach Andy Landers said. "The play that we ran didn’t work. They were very patient and continued to work the ball around until we were able to find the open man. That was Porsha, and she delivered the dagger."

Alabama attempted two shots in the final seconds, neither of which were close to falling.

Phillips topped her pervious career best of 15 points established on three different occasions.

"Porsha hit a big-time shot," Landers said. "The most impressive thing to me is that she’s beginning to be able to play a lot of minutes. At the start of the season, she wasn’t able to do that."

Phillips started the day red shot. She scored the game’s first seven points to stake the Lady Bulldogs with a 7-0 lead at the 16:33 mark; however, Alabama knotted the score at 10-10 just over four minutes later.

Georgia led 19-17 when an athletic Phillips follow ignited an 8-0 run which made it 27-17. The Lady Bulldogs maintained that advantage at 34-24 before the Tide closed the period on a 5-0 surge.

The Lady Bulldogs owned a two-possession lead for the entire second half and gradually built a 14-point advantage on a Taylor layup with 4:13 remaining. Alabama outscored Georgia 16-2 to tie the game.

Georgia will return to action with two-game homestand against No. 6 Auburn on Thursday and Mississippi State on Sunday. The Auburn contest will tip off at 7:00 p.m., with the Mississippi State date slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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