DULUTH, Ga. --- No. 5 South Carolina recorded its second win over Georgia in eight days – much in the same fashion as the first match-up – in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday.
The Gamecocks (27-3) grabbed an early lead and held a comfortable margin for much of the game en route to a 67-48 victory over the Lady Bulldogs (20-11).
Erika Ford led Georgia with 10 points, while Krista Donald grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
South Carolina opened up a 10-2 lead just over five minutes into the game as the Lady Bulldogs struggled from the field and made just one of their first 11 shots from the floor.
The Gamecocks' advantage reached 18 points at 27-9 with 5:49 left in the half before Merritt Hempe and Donald combined to score all the points in a 9-2 run to trim the margin to 29-18 two minutes later.
South Carolina then scored the final six points of the period to push its lead back to 35-18 at the intermission.
The Gamecocks' edge bulged to 25 points four minutes into the second half, and Georgia never pulled closer than 15 points thereafter.
The Lady Bulldogs will now await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket a week from Monday, on March 17.
Georgia ranks No. 2 nationally in all-time NCAA bids, earning invitations to 30 of 32 editions of "March Madness" since women's intercollegiate athletics came under the auspices of the NCAA in 1981. The Lady Bulldogs have appeared in 19 consecutive NCAA Tournaments since 1995, the third-longest active streak of appearances in "March Madness" behind only Tennessee, Stanford and Connecticut.