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.
Georgia improves to 7-2 all-time against Ohio State, including a 2-1 mark in Athens.
This is the first meeting between the Lady Bulldogs and the Buckeyes in 14 years. The last time Georgia faced Ohio State was on Dec. 19, 1999, as the Lady Dogs routed the Buckeyes 91-59.
With 12 points, Khaalidah Miller now has 990 in her career for the Lady Bulldogs, 10 shy of becoming the program's 35th 1,000-point scorer.
Krista Donald posted her first double-double performance of the season and third of her career with 10 points and 16 rebounds. She set her season high for points and season and career highs for rebounds.
Krista Donald played a career-high 32 minutes. Her previous career-best playing time was 31 minutes against Appalachian State on Dec. 22, 2011--the same game she recorded her previous career-high rebounds.
Merritt Hempe also notched a career-high 32 minutes. Her previous career high, 25 minutes, she played against Presbyterian (11/10/13) and also South Carolina State (11/16/12).
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Erika Ford scored 13 points, her second consecutive double-digit performance of the season and the 11th of her career.
Krista Donald grabbed 16 rebounds, setting her season and career high. This is the third double-digit rebounding performance of her career.
Krista Donald scored 10 points for her first double-figure scoring output of the season and fifth of her career.
Krista Donald recorded the third double-double of her career her the first for the season.
Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points, her second consecutive double-digit performance of the season.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On today's game...
"It was a lot of things. It was certainly a challenge. Ohio State is a talented team and a well-coached team. 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. They have excellent shooters around the perimeter. They're a tough proposition. It really was a great win...a gutty win."
On Krista Donald...
"I thought Krista Donald the second half was...if you just look at the second half, that's like All-American type stuff. That 20 minutes was really terrific. This kid fought her tail off. She battled supremely with much taller, longer people than she was and she won the battle."
On Halle Washington...
"Washington goes out there gets six rebounds in 14 minutes...now six rebounds could be a game for a lot of people. 14 minutes...six rebounds, very aggressive...really did a nice job there, and really did a nice job of making herself available to the ball and receiving the ball...turning and addressing the basket."
Ohio State Head Coach Kevin McGuff
On today's game...
"I thought our fight and want-to was there. Both teams competed for 40 minutes but we did not take advantage of the opportunities we had. We got good shots around the basket in the second half, but they just didn't go down. We were inefficient from the free throw line. To Georgia's credit, they made a couple more plays than we did and that's why they won."
On the play of Ameryst Alston...
"We had some really critical turnovers late in the second half and that really hurt us. Even though we weren't making shots we still needed opportunities to get shots up down the stretch. I think fatigue set in a little bit. [Alston] played a lot of minutes and I think that really affected her late in the game."
On Ohio State's rebounding effort...
"We were really energetic on the glass in the first half. Georgia's a really good rebounding team and they got after it in the second half more than we did. If you're not going to shoot the ball well, you have to be great in transition and on the boards and we gave Georgia too many chances there in the second half."