Women's basketball rally falls short at Georgia

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the second consecutive game Florida couldn't overcome a woeful first half and dropped a tough 61-55 decision at No. 19/16 Georgia Thursday evening at Stegeman Coliseum in front of 2,832 Bulldog fans.

The Gators (11-6, 1-3 SEC) trailed 29-16 at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs (14-3, 3-1 SEC) 39-32 in the second half, as all four of Florida's Southeastern Conference games have been decided by six points or less.

After Georgia scored the first points of the second to take a 15-point lead, Florida began trading scores and eventually chipping away at the deficit.

Florida was within five points, 56-51, with 65 seconds remaining, but the Gators missed a pair of point-blank layups in the final 90 seconds of the game.

Jennifer George led Florida with 15 points and eight rebounds, but had her double-double streak halted at eight. Deana Allen finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Jordan Jones added 13 points. Lanita Bartley tallied eight rebounds, helping Florida win the rebounding battle, 38-30.

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