Originally created 01/06/02

Georgia women lose first game

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Neither Michigan State nor Georgia is used to this type of result.

Syreeta Bromfield had 20 points and nine rebounds as Michigan State upset previously unbeaten No. 8 Georgia 70-49 Saturday, the Spartans' first victory over a nonconference ranked opponent in five years.

The loss was Georgia's worst since a 99-70 defeat at No. 1 Connecticut in last season's opener.

"I think it's a wake-up call," said Tawana McDonald, who led the Bulldogs (11-1) with 14 points. "We can still get beat on any night."

Kelly Roehrig added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Kristin Haynie had 11 points and five assists for Michigan State (10-3), which defeated No. 7 Vanderbilt on Jan. 15, 1997.

"I'm very proud of our team - they had great energy," Michigan State coach Joanne McCallie said. "They stayed focused throughout the game."

Georgia's leading scorer, Kara Braxton, had two points in just four minutes during the first half but scored the team's first eight points in the second to pull the Bulldogs to 37-31 with 15:40 remaining. Braxton finished with 12.

The Spartans responded by going on an 13-4 run, ending with a pair of free throws by Julie Pagel for a 50-35 lead with 11 minutes to go.

Georgia never again got closer than 12. The team's two top scorers, Braxton and Christi Thomas, fouled out with just over four minutes remaining and the Bulldogs trailing 59-45.

Thomas finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

"Mentally, we weren't ready to play," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "You can blame me for the offense."

As for his team's poor defense, Landers said, "There was no sense of urgency - no real determination."

Michigan State, which came into the game shooting 26 percent on 3-pointers, went 6-for-13 from behind the arc in the first half and led Georgia 33-23 at the break.

The 10-point halftime deficit was the largest for the Bulldogs this season. Georgia was 0-for-5 on 3-pointers in the first half and 1-of-11 for the game.


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