Georgia women upset Oklahoma

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ATHENS -- Senior Ashley Houts made the most of her new backcourt help and Georgia recovered after losing a 13-point lead in a game which showed Oklahoma how much it misses Courtney Paris.

Porsha Phillips and Jasmine James each scored 15 points and No. 21 Georgia held off No. 13 Oklahoma's second-half comeback for a 62-51 victory Sunday.

Georgia led by 13 points early in the second half only to see Oklahoma pull even at 43 with 6:48 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs (1-0) regained the lead on Meredith Mitchell's three-point play.

Oklahoma (1-1), a Final Four team last season, never led against its first Top 25 opponent since the end of the Courtney Paris era. The Sooners have to replace Paris, the NCAA's all-time rebounding leader, and her sister, Ashley.

"We knew Georgia had a fantastic inside game and we knew we were going to have to make open shots," said Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale. "We got the opportunity but our shooting percentage was dismal."

Oklahoma fell behind by shooting 23.5 percent (8 of 34) from the field in the first half. It shot 34.4 percent for the game.

Whitney Hand led Oklahoma with 13 points, while Abi Olajuwon had 10 points and nine rebounds.

James, a freshman from Memphis, did not start but played 34 minutes with Houts, who is beginning her fourth year as a starter.

"The reason J.J. is on the floor longer than the other (freshmen) is she has an ability set similar to Ashley's," said Georgia coach Andy Landers. "To have J.J. out there with her really changes the game for Ashley."

OKLA ST. 70, No. 19 GA. TECH 64: Andrea Riley scored 24 points and Tegan Cunningham had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma State won in the second round of the Preseason Women's NIT.

The Cowgirls (2-0), who missed the NCAA tournament last season after making it to the round of 16 a year earlier, held the Yellow Jackets to 0-for-13 shooting from 3-point range.

Junior college transfer Precious Robinson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma State. Riley had seven assists to go with eight turnovers.