Nov. 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Four Lady Bulldogs recorded double-digit scoring efforts at No. 8 Georgia rolled over Furman, 83-47, on Wednesday night.
Khaalidah Miller led the quartet of double-digit scorers with 17 points, Jasmine James put up 15 points, Erika Ford notched a season-high 14 points and Anne Marie Armstrong tallied 12 points. Armstrong led Georgia (8-0) on the boards with a season-high seven rebounds.
"We're getting better, and that's what we want to do," said head coach Andy Landers. "It doesn't always happen, but we're actually getting better at transition basketball. Our wings at times got out very well tonight and we were able to advance the ball quickly. We even snuck a layup or two in that any team shouldn't get. I was pleased overall with our transition game and then in the half court the way we moved the basketball around."
Furman (3-2) also had players in double-digit points, as Brittany Hodges scored 15 points and Teshia Griswold posted 14 points.
Furman started the game strong, racing to a 11-7 lead in the first three minutes. Seconds later, a James jumper sparked a 16-2 Georgia run that put the Lady Bulldogs up 23-13 with 11 minutes on the clock.
For the next six minutes, the Paladins refused to let Georgia control the game. However, with just under five minutes remaining in the first half, Merritt Hempe sank a jump shot to start Georgia's 14-4 run that ended the period and put the Lady Bulldogs in the locker room with a 45-28 lead.
In the first half, the Lady Bulldogs scored 16 points off of 15 Furman turnovers while only committing seven turnover of their own.
The Paladins started the second period quickly with a 7-2 run that decreased Georgia's lead to 47-35. The Lady Bulldogs then used an 11-2 surge of their own to increase the lead to 21 and the score to 58-37.
Georgia outscored Furman 17-4 in the last 10 minutes of the game and did not allow a single Paladin point in the final 3:50 of the contest.
For the game, the Lady Bulldogs shot a 46.8 percent from the field and held the Paladins to a 36.5 percent effort.
Georgia plays its next game on the road against in-state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs return to Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. when they host Mercer.
With tonight's 83-47 victory over Furman, UGA has started the season 8-0 for the ninth time in Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens .
Georgia is now 9-0 all-time against Furman, including a 5-0 mark in Athens.
Andy Landers is now 15 wins shy of his 900th career victory. Landers has 803 wins at Georgia and recorded 82 at Roane State College from 1975-79.
Khaalidah Miller's three 3FGs tonight has put her in a three-way tie with Coco Miller and Pam Irwin-Osbolt as No. 10 among UGA's career leaders.
Jasmine James' 15-point performance puts her 16 points shy of No. 25 Alexis Kendrick among UGA's career scoring leaders.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Khaalidah Miller tallied 17 points, her third double-digit performance this season and the 40th of her career.
Jasmine James notched 15 points, her sixth time in double digits this season and 58th time in her career.
Erika Ford posted a season-high 14 points, her second double-digit performance this season and the seventh of her career.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 12 points, her fourth time in double digits this season and 36th time in her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game...
"We're getting better, and that's what we want to do. It doesn't always happen, but we're actually getting better at transition basketball. Our wings at times got out very well tonight and we were able to advance the ball quickly. We even snuck a layup or two in that any team shouldn't get. I was pleased overall with our transition game and then in the half court the way we moved the basketball around."
On offensive rebounding and forcing turnovers...
"I thought Erika (Ford) was huge in the first half getting to the offensive board and getting those putbacks. I think she had five offensive boards in the first half, and three of them were putbacks. Again, I thought Khaalidah (Miller) came in and snagged a couple of offensive boards in the first half that were huge as well. When our forwards are rebounding and our guards are rebounding, we're really good. Of course, any team in the country is good when everybody rebounds, but we still are at a point where we have to make the effort to go to the boards. It's not automatic with us."
Furman Head Coach Jackie Carson
On tonight's game:
"We had to play our freshmen with other players being hurt. Holli (Wilkins) came in and did a great job, though. This is one of those games when you have such a young team, you're going to take a couple of hits to the head. Georgia did a good job of diffusing our energy, and we just didn't bounce back the way that we should."
On Erica Norwood...
"In the second half, she attacked more and she was fearless. She just went after it for us. We can't be hesitant about their press because they're very big, and they do a great job covering the floor. So Erica started attacking and seeing what we could bring out of it, and we got a lot of easy buckets. She was distributing the ball because she was able to attack the press."
Furman Freshman Holli wilkins
On playing at Georgia:
"As far as my brother (Damien) playing here, we've always been really attached to the school, my uncle (Dominique) also played here before him. My whole family loves UGA, but it was also a great experiene to come back and play against Anne Marie (Armstrong) and Kaelyn (Causwell) again. It was really nice to be able to experience that. I feel like that is so rare that people get to separate and come back again."
On first career start:
"It was really exciting. It was nice that it was at Georgia because I had my friends and family here to support me. Obviously, I wish we could have come out with a win; that would have made it a lot better but it was still really great for me."