Women's College Basketball

           === Illinois hands No. 6 Georgia first loss of season ===
 Champaign,  IL (Sports  Network) - Karisma Penn posted game-highs of 27 points
 and  19 rebounds as Illinois handed No. 6 Georgia its first loss of the season
 with a 70-59 victory at Assembly Hall.
 Amber  Moore and Adrienne GodBold each added 11 points for the Fighting Illini
 (7-5), who have won three of their last four.
 Khaalidah  Miller  had 17 points and  eight rebounds, while Jasmine James also
 poured in 17 points for Georgia (12-1), which was seeking its fifth 13-0 start
 during Andy Landers' 34 seasons as head coach.
 After  an early Jones jumper tied the game at 6-6, Moore, Taylor Tuck and Penn
 each connected on a 3-pointer during a lengthy 25-7 run that gave the Illini a
 31-13 lead with a little over six minutes left in the first half.
 Georgia,  however,  responded with a  9-0 push sparked by Miller's three-point
 play to cut its deficit to single digits and the Lady Bulldogs trailed, 36-29,
 at the break.
 Illinois  was  able to  keep Georgia  at arm's length  through the second half
 until a 13-4 run tied the game at 52-52 on a pair of James free throws.
 But  the  Lady Bulldogs  could not take  the lead and  after a Shacobia Barbee
 layup  brought Georgia  within 58-57 with 5:05 left in the game, Georgia would
 make just one more shot from the floor as Illinois closed out the contest with
 a 12-2 run to finish off the upset.
 12/28 22:53:59 ET

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