Auburn 75, No. 4 Georgia 47
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Tiffany Krantz scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, in leading Auburn to a 75-47 upset of top-seeded and fourth-ranked Georgia on Saturday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Auburn (19-9) out-shot, out-rebounded and out-hustled the Lady Bulldogs (22-5), who were ousted in the second round of the tournament as the league’s regular-season champion for the second year in a row.
The question now for Georgia is whether the loss cost them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Auburn’s Lady Tigers advance to Sunday’s semifinals against the winner between No. 9 LSU and No. 8 Tennessee.
Auburn coach Joe Ciampi said he knew things would go well Friday night when the players insisted on practicing a play at 10 p.m. in the parking lot of their hotel.
``I went back inside and told my staff not to worry, we were going to play Auburn basketball,″ he said.
Justine Agbatan added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who held a 40-28 rebounding advantage and reversed a 27-point regular-season loss to the Lady Bulldogs, who were held under 62 points for the first time all season.
Tara Williams and Laticia Morris each scored 13 points, and Williams added 10 rebounds for Auburn.
The potent Georgia trio of La’Keshia Frett, Kedra Holland-Corn and Tracy Henderson were held in check, combining for 25 points, 26 below their average. Holland-Corn was the only Lady Bulldog in double figures with 11 points.
``Auburn came to play, just as they did yesterday,″ Georgia coach Andy Landers said. ``I don’t think you could draw it up any better. They played superbly. We would have liked to, but didn’t. It’s embarrassing, the way we played.″
Auburn was in top form from the opening tip. The Lady Tigers hit 17 of 27 shots in the first half, out-rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 19-11, got four 3-pointers from Krantz, and built leads as large as 20 points.
The Lady Bulldogs never got closer than 17 points in the second half.