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Feb. 11, 2007

Recap | Box Score | Quotes

:: No. 9 Georgia handed South Carolina an 81-57 loss at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday to claim its seventh consecutive win over the Gamecocks. Carolina is now 1-12 all-time against the Bulldogs in Athens, with the lone victory a 71-64 triumph in 2002.

:: Lauren Simms led the way for the Gamecocks with a season-high 25 points, marking her second consecutive game with more than 20 points, as the senior from Columbia scored a then-season high 23 points last game at Arkansas. Simms has scored 20 or more points three times this year and eight times in her career. She has scored as many as 29 points in a game.

:: The Gamecocks turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes of the game and fell behind 15-4 as a result. Carolina committed 20 turnovers in the first half to seal its fate.

:: Lakesha Tolliver took sole possession of second place on South Carolina’s career blocked shots list when she rejected a Cori Chambers effort from the top of the key at the 12:55 mark of the first half. Tolliver came into the game with 116 career swats, a mark that tied her with Petra Ujhelyi (2000-03) for second on the all-time Carolina list. Michelle Murray is the school record holder with 148 blocked shots from 1989-93.

:: Tolliver extended her streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 19 games.

:: With South Carolina holding a 4-3 lead to start the game, Georgia answered with a 19-0 run to create all the space it needed to put the game out of reach.

:: Following a four minute and 40 second Gamecock scoring drought during the first half, Lauren Simms rattled off seven unanswered points in a span of 52 seconds.

:: Brionna Dickerson scored nine points during a span of two minutes and 44 seconds early in the second half. The sophomore from Columbia finished with 11 points in the game, marking her eighth double-figure scoring game of the year and her third against SEC opposition. She scored 10 points against Alabama and 11 points at Mississippi State.

:: Georgia converted on 16-of-33 field goal attempts in the first half (.485 pct), matching Ole Miss’ total as the highest first-half surrendered by the Gamecocks this season. The Bulldogs’ 46 first-half points were the most allowed by South Carolina in the first half of any game this year.

:: Entering Sunday’s game ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll, Georgia became the fifth top-10 opponent that South Carolina has faced this year. The Gamecocks previously faced No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 10 Stanford, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 7 LSU.

:: South Carolina came into Sunday’s game ranked among the top 10 teams nationally in rebounding margin (8th; +9.8) and blocked shots (5.96 per game) and ranked among the top 25 teams nationally in steals (11th; 12.24 per game) and field goal percentage defense (25th; .362 pct.)

:: The Gamecocks return to action when they host Auburn at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Colonial Center.