ATHENS, Ga. – Mississippi State got 10 points each from Savannah Carter and Katia May, but was unable to overcome a hot-shooting Georgia team in a 77-48 setback Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum in the regular-season finale for both teams.
MSU finishes the regular season at 18-12 overall and 5-11 in league play. Georgia gained a split of the season series and finishes 19-10 overall and 7-9 in league play.
The Bulldogs will be either the No. 12 or No. 13 seed when the SEC Tournament begins play Wednesday in Duluth, Ga. The Bulldogs could face three different opponents in a 5 p.m. CT start, which will be televised by either Fox Sports Net or SportSouth.
“Georgia played like a team that needed to win,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “It was their Senior Night. You take your hat off to Georgia for really playing well today. They punched us first, second, third, fourth and fifth. It is the worst game of the year for us. I am very disappointed.
“(Georgia) Coach (Andy) Landers challenged some of the players on their team. That is what college athletics is all about. They wanted a second chance at us and they got it. It wasn’t anything we didn’t expect.”
Georgia opened with the game with strong offensive play, piecing together an 11-0 run to quickly build a 13-2 lead. After a jumper by Martha Alwal brought MSU within 19-6, Georgia scored the game’s next seven points to build a 26-6 advantage.
MSU closed within 17 on two free throws by Dominique Dillingham but the turnovers problem continued. MSU had 17 turnovers in the opening half as long as Georgia quickly pushed the lead back out to 20 points.
Georgia scored the final nine points of the first half and led 44-15 at the intermission.
MSU competed hard in the second half but could not close the deficit. The Maroon and White got as close as 25 points on a May jumper with 8:56 left in regulation. Georgia followed with a 13-3 run to push the lead to the game’s highest at 35 points in the closing minutes.
For the contest, MSU hit 15 of 42 shots from the field (35.7 percent), 0 of 3 shots from 3-point range (0 percent) and 18 of 28 shots from the foul line (64.3 percent). Georgia hit 26 of 52 shots from the field (50.0 percent), 7 of 14 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) and 18 of 21 shots from the foul line (85.7 percent).
Georgia held a 32-27 rebounding advantage. MSU had seven assists and 23 turnovers, while Georgia had 13 assists and 17 turnovers.
In addition to 10 points each from Carter and May, Alwal added nine while Ketara Chapel contributed six off the bench. Breanna Richardson scored five in first game back in her home state, and Dillingham and Sherise Williams capped the scoring with four points each.
Georgia received 22 points from Merritt Hempe, 18 points from Khaalidah Miller, 16 points from Tiaria Griffin and 10 points from Shacobia Barbee.
(From MSU Media Relations)