Originally created 02/11/02

Tennessee 52, Georgia 50



ATHENS, Ga. -- Kara Lawson's driving layup with 1:06 to play was only the second basket in the last 13 minutes for third-ranked Tennessee, but it was enough to hold off No. 22 Georgia 52-50 Sunday.

Georgia's Kara Braxton had a breakaway layup roll off the rim at the buzzer.

Gwen Jackson led Tennessee (20-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) with 12 points, and Lawson added 11. Mary Beth Lycett led Georgia (15-8, 4-7 SEC) with 14.

Jackson hit a short jumper with 13:12 to play in the game to give the Lady Vols a 44-35 lead. Tennessee would not score another field goal until Jackson again with 3:02 to play, by which time Georgia had taken the lead 48-46.

The Lady Dogs went on a 9-0 run after Jackson's basket, though Lycett's tying 3-pointer did not come until 8:38 to play.

Jackson's basket tied the score again at 48-48, followed up by Braxton's short jumper off an in-bounds play. Tennessee's April McDivitt hit a pair of free throws with 2:18 to play to tie the game.

Georgia committed its 27th of 28 turnovers on its next possession. Lawson dribbled the shot clock down before penetrating for her decisive finger roll.

Georgia got two good shots at the basket inside of a minute, and might have had a third, but Braxton, off balance, threw an offensive rebound away. McDivitt missed a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock, and the rebound was tipped around before Christi Thomas passed to a breaking Braxton, guarded by McDivitt. Her shot missed at the final buzzer.

Tennessee trailed 10-8 seven minutes into the game before the Lady Vols went on a 16-2 run over a five-minute stretch, building a 21-12 lead. Reserve Shyra Ely scored six points during the run.

The Lady Vols led 35-20 with 2:08 to go in the half after a 3-pointer by Lawson, but Georgia scored seven straight points to end the half, forcing three Tennessee turnovers to close the halftime gap to 35-27.