Georgia vs. Illinois final score: No. 6 Lady Bulldogs upset by Illini, 70-59

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Looks like Lady Bulldogs head coach Andy Landers won't be getting the fifth 13-0 start in his 34-year coaching career at Georgia, after all.

Georgia women's basketball was handed its first loss of the 2012-2013 season Friday evening, with Illinois pulling off the 70-59 upset.

Karisma Penn led the charge for the Illini, with 27 points and 19 rebounds, and the Lady Bulldogs had no answer for her dominance down low.

Not helping matters was Georgia's awful shooting. On top of their 26 turnovers, the Bulldogs combined to shoot 34.4 percent from the floor while going 3-for-15 from beyond the arc. Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller did their part for Georgia with 17 points each, but the rest of the team could only muster 25 points combined.

The Lady Bulldogs looked like they might overcome their early struggles when they tied it, 52-52, in the second half. Sadly, that's when Penn decided to truly go off, chipping in 11 points in Illinois' 13-5 run.

Georgia will now head back home to prepare for a Thursday matchup against the Missouri Tigers.

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