No. 3 Georgia 72, Alabama 37
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Deana Nolan hit every shot she took and scored 21 points in moving third-ranked Georgia within reach of the Southeastern Conference championship with a 72-37 victory over Alabama Thursday night.
Nolan hit eight field goals and four free throws and added four assists. Coco Miller scored 17 points for Georgia (27-2, 12-1 SEC), which set a school record for regular-season victories. It was the Lady Bulldogs’ 13th straight victory.
The 37 points by Alabama (5-8, 15-11) was the fewest by a Crimson Tide team since a 61-29 loss to Judson in February 1975.
Georgia can win at least a share of the SEC title Sunday with a victory over Vanderbilt in the regular-season finale. Tennessee is also 12-1 after beating Vanderbilt 59-57 Thursday.
Alabama got 10 points from Boo Barnes. The Tide shot just 28 percent from the floor, and was 0-for-12 from 3-point range. Georgia also won the rebounding battle 50-32.
A 10-0, two-minute run boosted Georgia to an 18-6 lead. Georgia’s Angie Ball wrapped two turnaround jumpers around two 3-pointers by Coco Miller. The Lady Dogs led 32-18 at halftime.
The Crimson Tide dressed just nine players in its first game since losing sophomore point guard Shondra Johnson for the season. She dislocated her shoulder in the closing minutes against Vanderbilt.
Alabama played so deliberately in the first half that Barnes would often stop next to coach Rick Moody on the sidelines for instructions while dribbling as the clock ran.
Alabama mounted no threat in the second half and Georgia began to empty its bench with six minutes to play.