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No. 6 Georgia 63, Arkansas 44

March 4, 2001

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Kelly Miller scored 12 points and Tiaunna Briggans added 11 as No. 6 Georgia beat Arkansas 63-44 Saturday night in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (25-5) built an 18-point halftime lead and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Third-seeded Georgia will face No. 15 Vanderbilt in Sunday’s championship game. The Commodores upset top-ranked Tennessee 77-74 in the other semifinal.

Arkansas (19-12), playing its third game in as many days, looked tired and shot a season-worst 27 percent. Wendi Willits scored nine points to lead the Lady Razorbacks.

Tawana McDonald had 10 points and 13 rebounds for Georgia before fouling out with 5:18 left.

Georgia led 31-13 at the half behind 10 points from Kelly Miller.

Arkansas’s 13 first-half points was its lowest scoring half of the season, and two points better than the tournament-record 11 points scored by LSU in the first half of its game against Vanderbilt last season.

Neither team shot well. At one point in the first half, the teams were a combined 9-for-40 from the field.

Briggans converted a three-point play with 1:32 left in the first half as the Lady Bulldogs built their lead to 20 points, 31-11. McDonald grabbed 11 rebounds in the first 13 minutes.

The Lady Razorbacks closed within 11 points when Willits hit a pair of free throws with 12:07 left, but never got closer.

The Lady Bulldogs built their lead back to 21 points twice down the stretch, the last time with 1:20 remaining on a jumper by Deanna Nolan.

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