Barbee Pushes Lady Bulldogs Past Gators
Feb. 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.----A 21-point effort from Shacobia Barbee helped push the Lady Bulldogs past Florida 67-58 in Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The win pushes the Lady Bulldogs' season record to 17-8 and 4-7 in the Southeastern Conference.
Barbee led all scorers with her 21 points while Erika Ford notched 19 and Khaalidah Miller contributed 14 points. Barbee also led the Lady Bulldogs in the rebounding column with eight boards, it is the third time this season Barbee has led Georgia in both categories.
Georgia played a solid all-around game as it won the rebounding battle and turnover contest. The Lady Bulldogs move to 15-3 on the season when winning the battle of the boards and 13-4 when forcing more turnovers than the opponent.
"All of our players played well. The thing I'm particularly pleased with is that we outrebounded them tonight and it wasn't because of one or two people. Everybody on our basketball team rebounded per minutes played and did a nice job and that was very important," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. "The second thing I'm proud of is that we didn't put them on the line. This is a team that scores and hits 20-plus free throws a game, so we didn't foul them and put them on the line."
Georgia edged a tight nip-and-tuck first period that saw the teams exchanging baskets after the Lady Bulldogs built an early lead courtesy of a Ford layup and Barbee jumper that stretched the Lady Bulldogs' advantage to five points.
The Lady Bulldogs were held back offensively by turnovers and offensive fouls as they recorded 10 turnovers in the first period.
With 5:47 on the clock Georgia stretched its lead to the largest of the first half on Barbee's second 3-pointer of the half as the score went to 30-23. After Cassie Peoples trimmed the Lady Bulldog lead to four points as she made the front end of a one-and-one, Miller would score five points in the last 1:18 of the half including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to open up a 35-26 lead at the intermission.
Barbee led the home side in scoring in the first stanza with 12 points while Merritt Hempe controlled the glass for Georgia grabbing five rebounds.
After quickly building a double-digit lead early in the second period on a Miller jumper and Barbee 3-point effort, Georgia lost the offensive momentum it had gained due to turnovers and going cold from the floor.
A prolonged stretch that saw the Lady Bulldogs go 0-for-8 shooting allowed the Gators to trim the Georgia advantage from 14 to three points from the 16:58 mark in the second half until 10:22 on the clock.
Ford snapped Georgia's cold streak and reinvigorated the Lady Bulldogs as the junior guard scored two quick baskets which sandwiched a score for Hempe and saw Georgia stretch its lead back to double-digits.
With 6:40 on the clock and Georgia's lead down to five points Barbee made an acrobatic layup as she fell to the floor. Despite making the basket Barbee had to be helped from the court and wouldn't return to action until the 3:16 mark.
After returning to the game Barbee would go on to hit four free throws down the stretch including two with 30 seconds left in the game to ice the contest for the Lady Bulldogs.
Ford ignited the Georgia offense in the second half as she notched 11 second half points. Ford and Barbee both grabbed four second half boards for the Lady Bulldogs to help seal the home team's dominance on the glass.
In association with Play 4Kay, the Lady Bulldogs wore pink uniforms for Sunday's game. The pink jerseys have become something of a good omen for Georgia teams featuring Miller as she will finish her career undefeated when wearing her favorite color. This includes two wins over Florida (2014 & 2013), and wins over Vanderbilt (2012) and Alabama (2011).
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