Lady Vols Extend Georgia’s Losing Streak to Eight Straight Games

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Cierra Burdick scored 18 points and No. 6 Tennessee bounced back from its only SEC loss of the season to beat Georgia 70-59 on Thursday night, giving the Lady Bulldogs their longest losing streak in 38 years.
Tennessee (24-4, 14-1 Southeastern Conference) recovered from Monday night’s 71-66 loss at No. 2 South Carolina.
Georgia (17-11, 5-10) has dropped eight straight, the longest losing streak in coach Andy Landers’ 36 seasons and the second longest in program history. Georgia’s longest skid was 15 games over two seasons in 1976 and ’77.
The Lady Vols led by 12 points in the first half, but Georgia chipped away in the second half and pulled within 58-54. Ariel Massengale, who had 17 points, answered with a jumper for Tennessee. Jordan Reynolds sank a 3-pointer and the lead was back to eight.
Tennessee’s only SEC loss may be too much to overcome in the conference race. South Carolina clinched a tie for its second straight SEC championship by beating No. 11 Mississippi State 69-50 on Thursday night.
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