The Georgia Lady Bulldogs have improved their chances of getting a bid for the NCAA Women’s Tournament after defeating the No. 19 LSU Tigers 71-67 on Feb. 20 in Athens.
The Lady Dogs have struggled to win in the Southeastern Conference this season. Georgia suffered a four-game losing streak at the beginning of their SEC schedule, and the Lady Dogs have also lost three additional games to SEC opponents giving them a record of 6-7 in the SEC and 18-8 overall.
After suffering a painful overtime loss on the road against No. 14 Texas A&M on Feb. 13, the Lady Dogs needed a signature win over a top team to boost their chances of getting a tournament bid. The last time the Lady Dogs were unable to secure a bid for the NCAA Tournament was in 1994.
With less than a minute left in the game, Georgia led by just three points with the score at 67-64. Erika Ford made a basket which gave the Lady Dogs a 69-64 lead. LSU made a three pointer, but a foul was called on the Tigers, and Shacobia Barbee made two free throws to secure the win for Georgia.
Ford was the leading scorer for Georgia with 20 points. Ford also had six defensive rebounds, one steal and one block.
Other Lady Dogs to reach double digits were Khaalidah Miller with 14 points, Barbee with 13 and Krista Donald with 11.
Barbee led the team in assists and rebounding with five assists and nine total rebounds (4 offense, 5 defense).
Tiaria Griffin had the most steals for Georgia with three steals.
The Lady Dogs play their next game on the road at Auburn on Feb. 23.