KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Reynolds scored a career-high 15 points and No. 5 Tennessee came from behind in the second half for a 59-51 victory Sunday over No. 22 Georgia, which lost leading scorer Shacobia Barbee to an injury.
Barbee got hurt with less than three minutes left in the first half, was helped off the court and walked to the locker room on crutches just before halftime. She didn't return in the second half.
Tennessee (17-3, 7-0 SEC) won despite failing to score in the first eight-plus minutes of the second half, which allowed Georgia to take a 35-30 lead. Georgia (17-4, 5-3) had a scoring drought of its own that lasted nearly seven minutes later in the game.
Isabelle Harrison put Tennessee ahead for good at 47-45 by converting a three-point play with 5:51 remaining.
Tennessee won by going 20 of 21 from the free-throw line, while Georgia was 3 of 7.
The latest matchup between these longtime SEC powers started out as a defensive struggle, as Tennessee and Georgia combined for as many turnovers (11) as points over the first eight minutes. It then turned into a game of spurts.
Georgia went on a 14-3 run to grab a 22-14 lead late in the first half. Tennessee responded by reeling off 14 straight points and ended up leading 30-25 at halftime. Georgia answered with a 10-0 run to start the second half to go ahead 35-30, but Tennessee scored the game's next 12 points to pull back ahead.
Tennessee missed its first 12 shots of the second half before Cierra Burdick tipped in a Reynolds miss with 11:52 remaining. Burdick's basket was part of that 12-0 run that occurred while Georgia went scoreless for a stretch of 6 minutes, 45 seconds.
Georgia regained the lead 45-44 with 6:25 left on a 3-pointer from Pachis Roberts, but Harrison's three-point play started a 12-1 run that sealed Tennessee's victory.
Georgia: Although the Lady Vols lead the all-time series 46-15 or 47-15, depending on which school's doing the accounting (Tennessee counts a 1969 victory that isn't included in Georgia's records), Georgia's 15 wins are tied for the second-most of any team over Tennessee. Maryville College also has 15 wins over Tennessee, and Louisiana Tech has 17.
Maryville owns a 15-8 series lead over Tennessee, though all those games came in 1974 or earlier, before former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt built the Lady Vols into a national power.
Tennessee: The Lady Vols beat Georgia for the seventh straight time and the 15th time in their last 16 meetings.
Georgia's only win in that stretch was a 53-50 decision in Athens on Jan. 21, 2010.
Georgia travels to No. 14 Kentucky on Feb. 1.
Tennessee visits Kentucky on Thursday.