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Oklahoma falls short vs. first AP Top 25 foe since end of Paris era

ATHENS, Ga. -- Porsha Phillips and Jasmine James each scored 15 points and Georgia (No. 21 AP) held off Oklahoma's second-half comeback for a 62-51 victory Sunday.

Georgia led by 13 points early in the second half only to see Oklahoma (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) pull even at 43 with 6:48 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs (1-0) regained the lead on Meredith Mitchell's three-point play.

Oklahoma (1-1), a Final Four team last season, never led against its first Top 25 opponent since the end of the Courtney Paris era. The Sooners have to replace Paris, the NCAA's all-time rebounding leader, and her sister, Ashley.

Whitney Hand led Oklahoma with 13 points, while Abi Olajuwon had 10 points and nine rebounds.