Missouri outduels Georgia Women

COLUMBIA, Mo. --- Missouri outscored Georgia 16-5 over the final 8:16 en route to a 66-56 upset of the No. 25-ranked Lady Bulldogs at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night.

The Lady Bulldogs led for the first 27 minutes until a Morgan Eye 3-pointer gave the Tigers their first advantage at 45-44. The lead changed hands five times over the next 2:56 before a Kayla McDowell 3-pointer put Missouri up 53-51 and opened the Tigers' decisive surge.

Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points to lead Georgia (12-4, 0-3 SEC), while Krista Donald added 11. Shacobia Barbee grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Bri Kulas paced Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) with a double of 24 points and 13 boards.

"Missouri did what Missouri does," head coach Andy Landers said. "They hit some open 3s. What they really don't do is drive the ball a lot, certainly not as much as they did on us tonight. We were very vulnerable to the drive, which is disappointing. We knew that was an option they would use if we took the 3 away, and we really did for a good part of the game."

After holding the Tigers to just three 3-pointers in the first half, five of Missouri's second-half field goals came from behind the arc.

Georgia grabbed a quick lead and maintained a relatively comfortable edge for the first 27 minutes. Miller opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 57 seconds in and back-to-back buckets by Donald gave the Lady Bulldogs a 7-2 lead with less than two minutes off the clock.

Georgia falls to 0-3 in the SEC for the first time ever. The Lady Bulldogs had opened league play 0-2 on one other occasion in 1992-93.

Georgia will return to action on Sunday when the Lady Bulldogs host Texas A&M at Stegeman Coliseum at 2:00 p.m.


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