Lady Bulldogs Cruise Past Furman 72-48
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 23 Georgia used a 26-2 run spanning the first and second halves en route to claiming a 72-48 victory over Furman on Tuesday evening at Stegeman Coliseum. Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, led by a career-high 21 points and a career-high six steals from sophomore guard Tiaria Griffin.
With the win, Georgia improves to a perfect 4-0 on the season, while Furman drops to 1-3 overall.
"First of all, I have to give credit to Furman in the first half," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "They obviously had scouted us and thought that zone was the route for them to take tonight. They had schemed it out - it was well-conceived, it was well-executed, and it hampered us a good bit...We defended and rebounded (well). When our guards rebound the ball, we can blow it out pretty quick, and we did."
Griffin surpassed her previous career best of 20 points, set last season against Alabama. Her former career high of three steals came twice last season against Missouri (Jan. 3, 2013) and Lipscomb (Dec. 16, 2012).
Starters Krista Donald and Khaalidah Miller also scored in double figures for Georgia, chipping in with 13 and 12 points, respectively. It marked the third straight game with double-figure scoring for Miller, as the senior from Atlanta became the 35th 1,000-point scorer in Georgia history.
Donald turned in her second consecutive double-double,snagging 10 rebounds on the evening to go along with her 13 points. Ford also dished out a career-high five assists, surpassing her previous top mark of four, recorded almost exactly one year ago, on Nov. 20, against Savannah State.
Sophomore Kaelyn Causwell scored a career-high eight points in just four minutes of play, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the field while knocking down a pair of free throws. Her previous career high of seven points also came last season against Savannah State.
The game proved to be a tale of two halves, as Furman shot 44 percent in the first half before shooting just 25 percent in the second half. Conversely, Georgia was held to 31 percent from the floor in the opening period before knocking down 18 of 36 field goal attempts in the second half for a 50 percent clip.
The Paladins opened the game on a 7-0 run in the first two and a half minutes of play before Georgia got on the board with five straight points from Griffin. The Lady Bulldogs would close to within one at 9-8 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the half, but Furman responded with a 22-6 run over the next 10 minutes to open up a 31-14 advantage.
Georgia then reeled off eight straight points to close the half, including a key steal by Ford in the closing seconds that led to a layup for Griffin. The score trimmed the Furman lead to nine at 31-22 entering the break.
Georgia's offensive firepower continued in the second half, as the Lady Bulldogs opened the period with 18 straight points, sparked by seven points from Donald during the span. Georgia held Furman without a basket in the second half until the 12:30 mark off a layup from Brittany Hodges.
The Lady Bulldogs would continue to pull away, eventually opening up their largest lead of 26 points with just over three minutes remaining.
Georgia outscored Furman 44-14 in the paint and 18-0 in transition points, while also scoring 31 points off of 22 Paladin turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Paladins 45-30 and shot a season-best 74 percent from the free-throw line.
Georgia will play its penultimate game of a six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum against in-state rival Georgia Tech.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
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Furman Head Coach Jackie Carson
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