Lady Dogs bite Tigers in overtime showdown

By: jackiereedy

Feb 05 2010

Category: Sports

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Freshman guard Jasmine James led the Lady Dogs in scoring with 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in Georgia’s win over LSU. Freshman guard Jasmine James led the Lady Dogs in scoring with 15 points and grabbed four rebounds in Georgia’s win over LSU. (PHOTO/ Jackie Reedy, jackiereedy@gmail.com)

Lady Dogs bite Tigers in overtime showdown

February 4, 2010 by BEN BUSSARD  
Filed under Featured, Sports, Women’s basketball

If you were expecting an offensive shootout, then you came to the wrong place.

And Georgia women’s basketball head coach Andy Landers knew it.

“If you like defense, this was a good one. If you like offense, this game was about as ugly as it comes,” Landers said.

Points were hard to come by in Georgia’s 49-46 overtime victory over the No. 19 LSU Tigers Thursday night.

Both squads failed to score in the final four minutes of regulation and combined to shoot just 30.7 percent from the field.

“We’re the two best stingy defensive teams in the conference and that’s the kind of game you’re going to get,” Landers said.

Georgia (19-4, 6-4) turned the ball over a season-high 26 times and for just the second time in 987 games under head coach Andy Landers, the Lady Dogs notched a win without crossing the 50-point plateau.

Freshman guard Jasmine James led the Lady Dogs with 15 points while senior center Angel Robinson pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds.

Leading by three points with less than 10 seconds to go in the extra frame, junior forward Porsha Phillips stepped to the free-throw line looking to seal the victory for the No. 14 Lady Dogs.

Phillips failed to connect on either attempt, leaving LSU (15-6, 4-5) with an opportunity to tie things up but fortunately for Georgia that opportunity proved to a feeble one as the Tigers’ final shot failed to draw iron.

“Ugly or pretty, it’s a win and hopefully it’ll give us confidence going into Sunday,” senior point guard Ashley Houts said.

Still suffering the effects from an ankle sprain suffered two weeks prior, Houts grimaced her way through 34 minutes of play under the watchful eye of Landers and the Georgia training staff, who didn’t want to jeopardize their star player’s health any more than they had to.

“If she ever looked like she was flinching or in pain, I took her out,” Landers said. “Ashley told me at halftime that she thought she could go but as soon as I saw a flinch, I took her out.”

When she wasn’t on the court, Houts rode an exercise bike in order to prevent her sprained left ankle from tightening up as it became increasingly difficult to play on the tender joint.

“We were just trying to keep it warm as much as we could,” Houts said. “I couldn’t really do everything I wanted because at first your adrenaline takes over, but after a few minutes it started to hurt a little bit. I’ll go as long as I can and if I get tired, we’ll give it a blow.”

Perhaps Houts’ gritty performance personified the rest of the Lady Dogs’ resilience as Landers summed up her effort rather simply:

“It was all gut.”

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