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Georgia women suffer first loss of season

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers handed the 15th ranked Georgia women their first loss of the season, beating the Bulldogs 61-58 on Saturday.

Kahleah Copper and Betnijah Laney scored 18 points apiece for the Scarlet Knights.

Tyler Scaife added 10 points, including a pair of huge free throws with six seconds left, and Rachel Hollivay hit three baskets down the stretch and finished with seven points to carry Rutgers (9-2) to its fifth consecutive victory.

Shacobla Barbee scored 18 points and nearly helped Georgia (11-1) erase a seven-point lead in the final 21 seconds. Khaalidah Miller added 11 points off the bench but leading scorer Tiaria Griffin was limited to five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

The Scarlet Knights scored the game’s first nine points and took a 31-27 lead into the half, but Griffin’s three-point play put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 46-45 with just under 7 1/2 minutes to play. Hollivay had four points in an 8-2 spurt as Rutgers surged ahead 53-48 approaching the four-minute mark.

Back-to-back baskets by Copper gave the Scarlet Knights a seemingly commanding 59-52 lead with 37 seconds left, but Barbee buried a pair of 3-pointers — the second with seven seconds to play to cut the deficit to one. Scaife knocked down two free throws before Miller’s tying 3-point attempt was off the mark.