Dec. 28, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.----The No.19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs used five players scoring double-digits to put away the Illinois Fighting Illini 82-60 on Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by sophomores Tiaria Griffin and Shacobia Barbee, who scored 17 points each. Erika Ford (14 points), Khaalidah Miller (12 points) and Krista Donald (10 points) completed the Georgia plays hitting double digits in the scoring column. Donald completed a double-double with a game-high 15 rebounds, 10 of those coming in the first-half. The Lake, Miss., native also notched a career-high seven assists and four steals.
Georgia head coach Andy Landers reserved special praise post game for the performance of Barbee.
"I thought Barbee was outstanding today on the defensive end. She had a good day, a very good day. The assists...she's just got a really nice knack for seeing the open man and then she gives them the kind of pass that the play deserves," Landers said. "She has a knack for being able to put a touch on the ball that allows that person that's open to catch it."
Georgia dominated the Illini on the boards early with Donald's 10 rebounds coming up just three shy of Illinois' 13 total first-period grabs. The Lady Bulldogs would go on to outrebound the visitors 51-30.
Georgia jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to baskets by Erika Ford and Krista Donald. The Lady Bulldogs dominance of the early portion of the game was highlighted by them hitting 6-of-10 shots in the first six minutes while forcing five steals in the first 10 minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs used the early momentum to pull out to a 14-5 lead before turnovers helped the visitors chip away at the Georgia lead before turning it into a 14-15 deficit at the 11:05 mark. The Lady Bulldogs would go on an 11-0 charge in two minutes between 9:57 and 08:00 left in the first period to regain a 25-15 edge. Griffin led the charge with five points and two assists.
Griffin and Barbee led Georgia at the half with eight points apiece while Donald's 10 boards led the team as the Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead to 38-25.
The Lady Bulldogs came out hot in the second stanza stretching the lead to 51-34 before five minutes had elapsed on the clock.
Georgia turned the screw mid-way through the half as points from Barbee, Griffin, Ford and Miller stretched the lead to 25 points at 40-65. Four times in the final eight minutes the Lady Bulldogs were able to push the lead to 27 points with Griffin at the 7:55 mark, Griffin again with a 3-pointer at the 6:01 mark, a Barbee jumper at 2:19 and finally Marjorie Butler with 1:28 left preserved Georgia's dominant lead which would eventually finish at 22 points after a late Illinois flourish.
Georgia extended one of the most impressive stats of the Andy Landers-era as the Lady Bulldogs stretched their record when scoring 80-points to 430-6. Georgia hit 80 points on a Barbee jump shot with 2:19 left in the game.
Georgia will return to action in the new year as the Lady Bulldogs travel to Nashville, Tenn., to open SEC play against Vanderbilt on January 2. The game will tip-off at 9:00 PM ET and will be televised by CSS.
The Lady Bulldogs return home on January 5 to face Tennessee at Stegeman Coliseum with tip-off set for 4:00 PM ET and will be televised live by SportSouth.
Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
Single-game tickets are on sale via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.
Georgia Lady Bulldog Basketball
Post-Game Notes & Quotes
No. 19/19 Georgia vs. Illinois
Saturday, december 28, 2013 Stegeman Coliseum Athens, Ga.
Georgia improves to 3-2 all-time against Illinois, including a 3-0 mark in Athens.
Krista Donald collected 10 first-half rebounds, just three fewer than Illinois did as a team.
Donald notched her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Donald recorded new career highs with four steals and seven assists.
Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points, bringing her to within five points of tying Pam Irwin-Osment for No. 30 all-time at Georgia.
Georgia scored over 80 points for the fifth time this season, moving them to 430-6 when scoring 80 or more points during Andy Landers' 35 seasons in Athens.
Today's matchup was the final non-conference game for the Lady Bulldogs.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points, her 10th double-figure output of the season and 59th of her career.
Tiaria Griffin recorded 17 points, her eighth double-figure game of the season and 18th of her career.
Shacobia Barbee recorded 17 points, her eighth game in double figures this season and 17th of her career.
Erika Ford scored 14 points, her sixth double-figure performance of the year and 15th of her career.
Krista Donald grabbed 15 rebounds, her second straight game in double digits (11 at Rutgers), fourth double-digit output of the season and sixth of her career.
Krista Donald notched 10 points, her fifth double-digit performance of the season and ninth of her career.
Krista Donald recorded her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On today's game...
"I thought defensively we gave up some layups, but overall we were very good and very good is something that we don't normally do. I told the team I'm not sure since I've been here in 35 years that we've come out with a game that we were going to switch everything one through five and then actually did it...and did it well. We rebounded the ball well and when we rebounded it. We got it out and ran it."
On Shacobia Barbee..
"I thought Barbee was outstanding today on the defensive end. She had a good day, a very good day. The assists...she's just got a really nice knack for seeing the open man and then she gives them the kind of pass that the play deserves. She has a knack for being able to put a touch on the ball that allows that person that's open to catch it."
On the second half...
"I think defensively we handcuffed them up pretty good. Again, we got to the boards and just a lot of times they were shooting the ball one second and then a half a second later they were on their heels trying to get back us stopped from transitioning. Normally that's a tough day at the office if you're a basketball player."
Illinois Head Coach Matt Bollant
On today's game...
"We were pretty good to start but when they punched us in the mouth, we didn't always respond the right way. We had a chance to cut it to six (in the first half), missed a jumper then gave up a bucket at the other end. That's something we have to figure out as a program: how do we respond when things don't go our way or when the other team steps up and makes a play?"
On issues defensively...
"The second half, we gave away way too many layups. If you give them shots inside, they're going to shoot a high percentage. We didn't do a good job rotating. I thought we did do a good job at times of creating some pressure and turnovers, but we couldn't find a way to make them miss shots when they weren't turning it over."
On Ivory Crawford's effort...
"Ivory played really well today, but who else would you say played well? To beat a ranked team on the road, you're going to have to have more than one kid make plays. Georgia came out on edge and ready to go."