SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

Lady Dogs upset top-seeded Texas A&M, advance to first SEC Tournament Championship since 2004


Chris Starrs | Athens Banner-HeraldFourth-seeded Georgia overcame a potentially devastating second quarter to scale the heights of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament and reach the summit for the first time in 17 years.


The Lady Bulldogs (20-5) defeated top-seed Texas A&M 74-68 Saturday in the semifinals to advance to Sunday’s finals, which also happens to be coach Joni Taylor’s birthday.


Back then, I was an assistant coach at Troy, living off ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly in 2004, so to be doing this now, I’m really happy for the program.


Energized by their complete-game performance on Friday against Kentucky, the Lady Bulldogs were on the move from the beginning, starting the first quarter on a 13-4 run as Maya Caldwell tallied seven points in the game’s first six minutes.


The Lady Bulldogs shot close to 53 percent (9 of 17) from the field and got no less than five blocks from center Jenna Staiti to get off to a hot start taking a 25-13 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes of play.


With 4:25 left before halftime, Mikayla Coombs – one of the Lady Bulldogs’ most ardent defenders – suffered an ankle injury on a missed layup and had to be helped off the court and into the locker room.






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