Originally created 12/09/96

Lady Dogs edge past Tennessee



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The last time Georgia and Tennessee met it was for the national title. That was a bigger game, but Sunday's was better.

Kedra Holland-Corn's 30 points, including a key 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in overtime, lifted the No. 5 Lady Bulldogs to a 94-93 victory over the No. 4 Lady Volunteers.

"I thought it was a great game," said Georgia coach Andy Landers. "I was impressed with both teams."

Georgia (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) also got 20 points from La'Keshia Frett to hand Tennessee (7-2, 0-1) its sixth loss ever in Thompson-Boling Arena where the Lady Vols are 131-6.

It also reversed the outcome of last spring's NCAA title match, which Tennessee won by 18 points.

The Lady Bulldogs withstood a heroic effort by Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, who scored 20 of her 34 points in the last 2« minutes of regulation and the five-minute overtime.

"Holdsclaw doesn't need the WNBA, she needs the NBA and she should go hardship," Landers joked. "What a fantastic display. She was in a world of her own."

A 3-pointer by Holdsclaw with 25 seconds left in overtime gave the Lady Vols a 91-89 lead, but Holland-Corn got loose in the left corner and hit the 3-pointer to put Georgia up 92-91.

"Kedra hit some key shots, especially the 3-pointer," Landers said. "We expect that from her and she expects that of herself."

Two free throws by Brandi Decker with 3.6 seconds left made it 94-91. Tennessee's Brynae Laxton launched a desperate 3-point attempt that Holdsclaw put back in at the buzzer to complete the scoring.

In regulation, Georgia led 72-61 with under three minutes left when Holdsclaw almost single-handedly forced overtime.

She hit three baskets and two 3-pointers, and Abby Conklin hit two treys to cut Georgia's lead to 81-79 with 18 seconds left.

"Chamique was phenomenal in that stretch," said Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt. "I keep challenging our team to step up in that situation, and we need somebody else to do it, too. Chamique is going to get her numbers."

Georgia's Tiffany Walker was fouled with 7« seconds remaining, but she missed the front end of the one-and-one.

Holdsclaw dribbled quickly down court, and the Georgia defense flocked to her. She rifled an underhanded pass to Tiffani Johnson for a layup at the buzzer to force overtime at 81-81.

Holland-Corn got seven of her points in one turning-point possession midway through the second half.

Tennessee led 54-53 when Holland-Corn got ahead of the field for a breakaway layup. She made it and was fouled by Tennessee's Laurie Milligan, who complained enough to get a technical.

Holland-Corn converted the three-point play, added both technical free throws, and hit a basket on the technical possession for seven points.

Still the Lady Bulldogs weren't finished. Tennessee was called for a foul away from the ball on Holland-Corn's basket, and Signe Antvorskov added one free throw to make it an eight-point play and give Georgia a 61-54 lead with 9:00 left.

"That was a costly turnaround," Summitt said. "It really broke our backs."