Five Double-Digit Lady Dogs Lead Georgia Past Illinois.
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.
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