Khaalidah Miller scored 17 second-half points against St. Bonaventure.
Nov. 23, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Khaalidah Miller poured in 22 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as No. 8 Georgia rolled past St. Bonaventure, 84-48, in the opening round of the University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.
Tiaria Griffin added 14 points, Jasmine James chipped in 12, Anne Marie Armstrong scored 11 and Merritt Hempe posted 10. James also dished out a game-high six assists and Miller collected five steals.
"I thought we were impressive at a number of things at times," head coach Andy Landers said. "In the first half, I thought we rebounded the ball, ran the floor and forced turnovers. In the second half, I thought we shot the ball better. We shot the three-ball well…really the first time all season we've done that. All in all, it was a very solid performances with contributions from a number of different folks."
Nyla Rueter led St. Bonaventure (3-2) with 10 points off the bench.
Georgia (6-0) outrebounded the Bonnies, 21-13, in the opening period and forced 15 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 60 percent of their field goals in the second stanza.
Georgia's seniors quickly gave the Lady Bulldogs a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game as Jasmine Hassell opened the scoring with a jumper, James popped a three and Armstrong scored on a layup.
The lead reached 10 points for the first time after back-to-back threes from Griffin put Georgia up 19-7 at the 8:23 mark. That margin quickly grew to 20. Consecutive buckets by Hassell, Miller and Shacobia Barbee put the Lady Bulldogs up 31-10 with 3:34 left in the half.
Georgia's first-half offensive onslaught was well balanced. Nine different Lady Bulldogs scored, with five players scoring between five and nine.
For the game, the Lady Bulldogs shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from three-point range. Georgia had 21 assists on 30 made field goals and committed just 14 turnovers.
The Lady Bulldogs will face the winner of Friday's second game between New Mexico and North Texas in Saturday's championship game at 9 p.m. ET.
Georgia's next home game is next Wednesday, Nov. 28, against Furman at 7 p.m.