Nov. 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Khaalidah Miller scored a season-high and game-high 20 points, including a trio of three pointers, to lead No. 23 Georgia to a 63-56 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs stay perfect on the season at 5-0, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 2-2 overall. Georgia now holds a 32-4 lead in their all-time series with Georgia Tech, including a 14-0 mark in Athens.
Sophomore Shacobia Barbee also scored in double figures for Georgia, turning in 14 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and four assists.
"You have to give (Georgia) Tech a lot of credit," said Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers. "They played hard, they played well and they have a good basketball team. I thought that defensively, we were a little bit better in what we tried to do than maybe what they tried to do today. We did an excellent job defensively, (forcing) 27 turnovers, which is incredible."
Georgia opened the game on a 9-0 run thanks to three straight three-pointers from Miller. Georgia Tech's first points did not come until nearly six minutes into the game, and the Lady Bulldog defense would hold the Yellow Jackets to just eight points through the first 10 minutes of play.
Georgia's first two-point field goal of the game came midway through the first half, as starter Merritt Hempe scored off a dish from Barbee to give the Lady Bulldogs a 16-10 advantage. The two teams continued to trade baskets throughout much of the remainder of the half, as Georgia maintained a 33-26 lead entering the break.
Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half. Georgia's defense forced the Yellow Jackets into 13 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, but Georgia Tech maintained the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Bulldogs 22-17.
Georgia opened up its largest lead of the game just five minutes into the second half, as freshman Halle Washington scored on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 42-31. The Yellow Jackets continued to battle, eventually cutting Georgia's lead to just three with under seven minutes remaining.
After trading baskets over the next few possession, the Lady Bulldogs eventually managed to pull away as Miller knocked down a pair of free throws and a layup off an assist from Barbee to open up an eight-point lead with slightly over two minutes remaining in the game. Georgia Tech would come no closer than four points the rest of the way, as Washington knocked down a pair of free throws and Miller added one from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of play to seal the 63-56 win.
Georgia outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-14 in the paint and 8-0 on fastbreak points on the afternoon. Georgia Tech won the rebounding battle with a 44-35 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to force 27 turnovers and score 15 points off the miscues.
The Lady Bulldogs will play their final contest of a six-game homestand on Tuesday evening when they host South Carolina State at Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
With today's victory, Georgia improves to 32-4 all-time against Georgia Tech, including a 14-0 record in Athens. Khaalidah Miller upped her career scoring total to 1,022 points and moved into the No. 34 spot among the Lady Bulldogs' career scoring leaders. Miller passed former teammate Anne Marie Armstrong, who scored 1,015 points from 2009-13. Miller is now 16 points shy of the current No. 33 tally of 1,038 points by Saudia Roundtree form 1994-96. Khaalidah Miller recorded her first 20-point game of the season and seventh of her career. Khaalidah Miller played all 40 minutes, establishing her career high for the 14th time overall and second time this season. Krista Donald logged a career-high 38 minutes, besting her previous tally of 33 MP versus Furman last Tuesday. Freshman Halle Washington scored a career-high seven points, two more than the five she posted against Presbyterian in the season opener.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Khaalidah Miller scored 20 points, her fourth double-figure output of the season and 53rd of her career. Shacobia Barbee scored 14 points, her second double-digit output of the year and 11th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On today's game...
"We answered their call with defense. We came down and turned someone over, we got them in the open floor, we got a layup or we got fouled. That's the way I remember us answering their baskets and their runs, in the second half particularly. Again, we just played very well defensively. We didn't shoot it well from the line again. You know, we wouldn't have been in a tight spot if we shot it well from the free throw line. And we didn't execute at the end of the game with the press offense, not nearly up to the standard we set for ourselves, but we have film and we can study it and figure everything out and how to fix it and get better but overall just a great game."
On Georgia Tech's effort...
"You have to give Tech a lot of credit. They played hard, they played well and they have a good basketball team. I thought that defensively, we were a little bit better in what we tried to do than maybe what they tried to do today. We did an excellent job defensively, [forced] 27 turnovers, which is incredible."
On the defensive performance...
"Well, we took things away. It wasn't as much of us forcing them to do things they didnt want to do, we took things away that we felt like they wanted to do. And then the desperation set in somewhat."
Georgia Tech Head Coach Machelle Joseph
On today's game...
"I'm just disappointed in our effort. We didn't play hard. We have no excuses not to come into Georgia and play hard. We didn't compete for 40 minutes and it starts with our seniors. You can't expect your freshmen and sophomores to carry the burden in a game like this...a rivalry game. Your seniors have to show up. They have to step up. They have to play hard. They don't have to make every shot, but they have to show up. I was disappointed that we didn't put our best effort forward."
On Khaalidah Miller...
"I give Georgia credit. I thought their senior, Khaalidah Miller, made good plays when she had to. I thought she came out to start the game and kind of punched us in the mouth...made some three's....kind of established herself. I thought she did a tremendous job."
On Kaela Davis...
"They were keying in on Kaela. They were bodying up to her and playing physical with her. Ty Marshall has to step up and take some of the pressure off Kaela, because when Ty's not scoring then they can really key on Kaela and that's what you're seeing happen."