Krista Donald scored 11 points in Georgia's 69-52 win against Florida.
Jan. 30, 2013
ATHENS---Georgia’s women’s basketball team bounced back from last week’s loss to Texas A&M with an impressive 69-52 win against the Florida Gators on Sunday. Propelling the No. 14 Lady Bulldogs (17-3, 5-2 SEC) to victory was the return to prominence of sophomore Krista Donald.
After sitting out the early part of the season to focus on academics, the versatile Donald has returned to the Georgia line-up and continued enhancing the reputation she made in her freshman season. On Sunday she looked to be approaching the impressive form of her freshman season as she scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists. The game against Florida also marked the first time Donald had started a game since Nov. 27 2011. It was only the second start of her career.
“It was pretty big to get my first start of the season,” Donald said. “I have been working really hard and focusing really hard on the role I can play for this team.”
Being able to rebound from last Sunday’s loss was something that Donald felt was especially important for the Lady Dogs.
“We were excited about the way we came out and played because it’s kind of a stepping stone for us after last week,” she said. “It’s another step towards what we want to be able to do and how we want to play.”
The 17-point defeat of the Gators came about as a result of a change in philosophy from the Georgia line-up, according to the Lake, Miss. native.
“We had a different mindset and a different focus to last week,” Donald said. “We know we had to regroup and we just stuck to coming out with a different approach and stayed focused.”
The changes made were largely on the offensive side of the ball where Georgia was able to record its highest points total since defeating Alabama on Jan. 10. While practice focused on being able to score more, the Lady Bulldogs also approached the game with a plan to prevent Florida from experiencing offensive success. It was a plan Donald felt was effective.
“We just got a lot of reps in the offensive set and, after we struggled offensively in the last game, we focused on being more precise,” Donald said. “We were trying to take away everything they had offensively but our main focus was on (guard Jaterra) Bonds and (forward Jennifer) George. When we were able to take them away their other scoring options were limited.”
As for her own offensive success, Donald felt that it stemmed from the hard work she has been doing since returning to the Lady Bulldogs.
“I’m not really surprised I was able to score that many points and play that well. I just needed to get back in the flow of everything and I’m pleased I have,” she said. “I just wanted that first shot to come to me and not force anything early on.”
Donald and the Lady Bulldogs return to action on Thursday when they meet Alabama in Stegeman Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.