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Georgia coach Andy Landers, above, will meet Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer for the first time in the NCAA Tournament in 10 years tonight in the Sweet 16 in Sacramento, Calif.
ATHENS -- Georgia celebrated a reunion Sunday of the most successful team in school history by unveiling a throw-back, fast-break, up-tempo offense.
All it lacked was a little bit of polish.
Porsha Phillips and Meredith Mitchell scored 11 points each to lead the No. 19 Lady Dogs to a 58-43 win over Georgia Southern while the 1985 team, which lost in the finals of the NCAA tournament, watched on from the bleachers.
They saw a bench that contributed 24 points and a floor full of freshmen and sophomores trying to mesh and learn to play at a faster tempo.
LADY JACKETS STUNNED BY OLD DOMINION ON ROAD:
NORFOLK, VA. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2010-11 season on Sunday when the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs claimed a 65-63 win at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the ODU campus.
Senior Alex Montgomery led the Jackets as she recorded her 10th career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Montgomery added four assists and four steals in 35 minutes of action. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall, playing in front of a large group of family and friends who made the three and a half hour drive from Upper Marlboro, Md., posted her second career double digit scoring performance in as many career games as she tallied 16 points. Marshall hauled in eight rebounds, dished out four assists and grabbed a steal in front of a hostile ODU crowd.
The Jackets shot extremely well from the field, converting on 50 percent of all attempts, but they were equally as cold from the free throw line, finishing the game converting only 12-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe.
Tech was down at the half for the first time this season, 32-30, due in large part to committing 17 turnovers and making only 2-of-7 free throw attempts in the opening stanza. Despite the early struggles, the Jackets came out strong to open the second half, opening a 48-38 lead on a Mo Bennett layup with 11:26 to play.
The Lady Monarchs would not go away, closing the gap and tying the game at 53 with 6:03 to play. Tech built a six point lead with 3:33 to play, but the Jackets would only get two points the rest of the way, on a Metra Walthour layup with 1:08 remaining.
After a missed three-pointer by Walthour, the Lady Monarchs came down and Jasmine Parker drove into the lane, but was fouled by Chelsea Regins with 4.6 seconds left. Marshall inbounded the ball and pushed it up the floor, got into the lane and was fouled with 0.4 seconds left. After missing the front end of a 1-and-1, Marshall intentionally missed the second but Old Dominion was able to tip the ball away as time expired, sealing the victory.
Tech now heads back to Atlanta for a three-game homestand. The Jackets must re-group before facing the Kennesaw State Owls on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
"We are young and inexperienced offensively," coach Andy Landers said. "We have tried to make some wholesale changes in what we are doing."
Georgia (1-0) shot just 33 percent from the field and made only 6 of 30 3-point attempts.
"Everybody was anxious," said Phillips, who also had 13 rebounds. "We had a lot of open shots and they didn't fall."
Mitchell contributed a career-high seven assists from her wing position, while sophomore forward Tamika Willis led a strong showing by the reserves with nine points and eight rebounds in just 13 minutes.
"We took some good open shots," Mitchell said. "They were not falling. We have been shooting well in practice. I think we will see improvement."
Jamie Navarro led Georgia Southern (0-1) with 10 points. Meredyth Frye and Ro-Ro Smith scored nine apiece.
Georgia Southern scored 10 straight points to take a 15-14 lead with 7:36 remaining in the first half. But the Lady Dogs closed out the half with a 16-2 run to mount a 30-17 halftime lead. The Lady Eagles never got closer than eight points in the second half.
Landers was more concerned with how Georgia arrived at the shots than how many it missed.
"We did nothing to get the shots," said Landers, who had 10 players in the game. "We passed it three or four times, and then somebody had a 3. Because of that we did not make the defense foul, and we did not have many drives to the basket. ... But we have a lot of different kids who are learning how to play together."