Lady Bulldogs Surge Past Ohio State 53-49
Nov. 17, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Junior Krista Donald grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 10 points, en route to leading No. 24 Georgia to a 53-49 win over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs stay perfect at 3-0 on the season while the Buckeyes suffer their first loss to fall to 3-1.
Junior Erika Ford and senior Khaalidah Miller also scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, with 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Starters Shacobia Barbee and Merritt Hempe chipped in with eight points apiece, while Barbee also added five of Georgia's 10 total assists on the day.
"Ohio State is a talented team and a well-coached team," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "It's not just about talent - they have the right pieces in the right places. They have size inside that is very capable. They have excellent play at the point, and they have excellent shooters around the perimeter. They're a tough proposition. It really was a great win...a gutty win."
Donald's 16 rebounds and 32 minutes played marked career-high totals over her previous best marks of 13 rebounds and 31 minutes played,both of which came back on Dec. 22, 2011, against Appalachian State.
The first 20 minutes proved to be a half or runs, as Ohio State opened the game with seven straight points before Georgia answered by reeling off 12-2 run over the next five minutes of play. Donald sparked the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key, while Hempe contributed four points during the spurt.
The Buckeyes then knocked down three treys in a row, including back-to-back three-pointers from Ameryst Alston to take an 18-12 lead midway through the half. The Lady Bulldogs responded with five straight points of their own to close within one, and the two teams would trade baskets fairly evenly until the break, as Ohio State went to the locker room leading 33-29.
Much like the first half, the second 20 minutes of play opened with a run, but this time working in the Lady Bulldogs' favor. Georgia scored 11 straight points to start the half, getting four points from Donald and three from Miller during the stretch.
The Georgia defense held Ohio State without a point in the second half until the 13:29 mark when Darryce Moore knocked down a pair of free throws to trim Georgia's lead to 40-35. The Buckeyes closed to within two at 43-41 midway through the half, but Ford scored five of the game's next seven points to help the Lady Bulldogs maintain the lead.
Ohio State closed back to within three off a pair of free throws from Alston, and neither team scored for two minutes before Hempe set a textbook screen at the top left of the key to free up Miller for a three-pointer that gave Georgia the six-point lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Buckeyes would respond with a rebound and putback by Raven Ferguson, but Donald answered by knocking down a jumper in the lane off an assist from Barbee on Georgia's next possession to seal the 53-49 victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia held Ohio State to just 28 percent shooting from the floor while scoring nine points off of 14 Buckeye turnovers.
Georgia will play its fourth game in a six-game homestand on Tuesday evening when Furman travels to Stegeman Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
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