0

Robinson scores 18 as No. 8 UGA women sneak past Southern

STATESBORO - Georgia's Angel Robinson scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half and the No. 8 Georgia women held on for a 75-71 win over Georgia Southern on Tuesday night.

Georgia (4-0), which twice trailed by eight points in the first half, was down 69-68 with 2:41 left in the game. But Megan Darrah had a three-point play and a free throw down the stretch to help the Lady Bulldogs avoid a huge upset.

Tiffany Brown had 18 points to lead Georgia Southern (1-4). The Lady Eagles, whose losing streak stretched to four games, were 13 of 30 from 3-point range. That tied the record for most 3s ever scored against Georgia, matching Santa Clara last season and Eastern Kentucky in 1990.

Georgia was just 5 of 12 from 3-point range, but the Lady Bulldogs were 16-26 from the free throw line. Georgia Southern went to the line only six times, making two.

Cori Chambers, who came in leading Georgia with 19.3 points per game, was held to 11 points by Georgia Southern's scrappy defense.

This was the 28th meeting between these teams, and Georgia's first visit to Stateboro since 2003. The teams last met Nov. 30, 2004 in Athens where the then-No. 6 Lady Bulldogs earned a 61-50 win.

Janese Marshall added 15 points for Georgia while Rebecca Rowsey and Ashley Houts each added 11 for the Bulldogs.

Ashley Rivens added 13 points for Georgia Southern, Ashley Melson came off the bench to score 11 and Wesleyan grad Carolyn Whitney, one of two freshmen to start for the Lady Eagles, had 10.

Georgia Southern hit four of eight first-half 3-pointers to build a 28-20 lead with 7:50 left in the half.

After a timeout, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run, capped by Rowsey's basket that put Georgia ahead 29-28 at the 5:07 mark.

But the Eagles, taking advantage of turnovers and getting 3s from Parkview grad Jessica Geiger and Ashley Rivens, forged a 38-35 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs have had to scrap hard to maintain their unbeaten record in the early part of the season.

Houts and Hardrick each scored 18 points as the Bulldogs overcame a late rally by then-No. 12 Rutgers for a 78-69 win last week. And it took 25 points from Chambers to fashion a comeback win over unranked Davidson last Sunday.

In the Davidson game, Christy Marshall came off the bench to score 16 points for the Bulldogs, who trailed 56-50 with 10:11 to play. Georgia scored just one field goal in the last four minutes of that game, but hit key free throws down the stretch.

And things don't get any easier. The Bulldogs return to Athens where, after a Thanksgiving break, they will host No. 11 Stanford on Sunday.