Erika Ford scored nine points Wednesday night against Presbyterian
Nov. 14, 2012
ATHENS----With a lot of attention being paid to the Georgia Lady Bulldogs’ seniors and freshmen, Erika Ford reminded everybody she has a significant role to play on this team in Wednesday night’s win against Presbyterian.
Ford, who earned a prominent role as a freshman last season, scored nine points, collected six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
“It felt pretty good,” Ford said. “We focused on working on a lot of things we worked on in practice and I felt like we did a good job of incorporating that into the game for the most part.”
Having averaged only 3.4 rebounds a game in her freshman season, the sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., now has collected 10 boards in the season’s first two games.
Collecting rebounds has been something Ford and her teammates have paid special attention to, especially after being outrebounded by Rutgers 42-29 in the season opener.
“I feel like it’s good for me, definitely the rebound portion of it,” Ford said. “Rebounding is definitely one of the things we’ve been working on as a team and something I’ve been working to improve on as well.”
While only being eighty minutes into the season Ford has already begun seeing improvements in the team. She also believes that the team can only get better the more games they play together as a unit.
“We definitely are getting better, especially on defense getting up the line, pressuring the ball to get deflections and getting away on breakaways,” Ford said. “On offense we’re being able to swing the ball fast and hit that open man when they’re open and not holding the ball and waiting so much.”
Ford’s play this season has shown an increased level of maturity and confidence within the team, even earning praise from Head Coach Andy Landers for her performance against Rutgers. Ford said that, in her second season, she does feel more comfortable with her role.
“I feel a lot more comfortable. I had some early game jitters even though it’s my second game,” Ford said. “I think it’s just spending more time on the team and getting through my first year. I feel more comfortable and confident when I have the ball.”
Ford and the Lady Bulldogs look to continue their early season momentum as they welcome South Carolina State to Stegeman Coliseum on Friday night. The game will tip off at 7:00 pm.