Lady Bulldogs Claim 74-58 Victory over S.C. State
Nov. 26, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Erika Ford scored career-high 23 points and Tiaria Griffin finished just one assist shy of a triple-double as No. 22 Georgia cruised to a 74-58 victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia continues its perfect start to the season with a 6-0 mark, while S.C. State drops to 1-3 on the year.
Griffin scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Her 10 boards surpassed her previous career-best mark of eight, recorded last season against Alabama. The Monticello, Miss., native also set career highs with assists, free throws attempted (eight) and free throws made (six) in 37 minutes of action.
Ford surpassed her previous top mark of 18 points recorded almost exactly two years ago on Nov. 27, 2011, against Northeastern. Ford shot a remarkable 90 percent from the floor, knocking down a career-best 9-of-10 field goals, while also chipping in with four steals.
Senior Khaalidah Miller was the third Lady Bulldog in double figures, turning in 11 points and tying a career high with six assists. Freshman Sydnei McCaskill came off the bench to score a career-best eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, to go along with two assists and a pair of steals in 23 minutes of play.
"We didn't shoot it well tonight and didn't shoot it well from three", said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "Erika shot it very well, but we got excellent three-point shot attempts and didn't knock them down."
The two teams traded baskets back and forth over the first four minutes of play before Georgia reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 21-6 advantage midway through the first half. Ford contributed eight points during the run, including a pair from long range.
Georgia increased its lead to as many as 20 during the opening period of play before heading into the break in front 42-25, thanks in large part to 54 percent shooting from the field.
Georgia continued right where it left off after the break, taking its largest lead of 22 points at 55-33 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the second half. S.C. State would close to within 13 points twice over the next seven minutes, but a pair of three-pointers by McCaskill and a trey from Griffin would help seal the 74-58 win for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia shot season-best marks of 49 percent from the floor (27-for-55) and 75 percent from the free throw line (12-for-16). The Lady Bulldogs scored 31 points off 20 S.C. State turnovers while also winning the rebounding battle by a 35-23 margin.
The Lady Bulldogs will begin play at the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta on Friday afternoon when they take on George Washington at 4:30 p.m. Their second game of the tournament will be on Sunday, with the time and opponent still to be determined.
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