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Armstrong leads No. 13 Georgia past TCU

ATHENS -- Wesleyan grad Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 22 points and Khaalidah Miller added 17 to help No. 13 Georgia beat TCU 83-60 in the season opener for both schools Friday night.

Antoinette Thompson led TCU with 23 points. Natalie Ventress added 16 and Chelsea Prince had 12 rebounds for the Horned Frogs.

TCU pulled within six early in the second half on Ventress' three-point play, but the Bulldogs, whose biggest first-half lead was 19 in the closing seconds, went up 53-41 with 16:18 remaining on Armstrong's straightaway 3-pointer.

Jasmine James had a career-high eight steals, handed out nine assists and scored 14 points for Georgia, which improved to 5-1 against TCU and 28-5 in openers under coach Andy Landers.

The Horned Frogs, whose 29 turnovers led to 35 points for the Lady Bulldogs, dropped to 11-2 under coach Jeff Mittie in openers.

Meredith Mitchell finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia. TCU never led.

In Georgia's victory over the Horned Frogs last year in Fort Worth, Armstrong scored 10 points in the final 4 minutes and hit the game-winning 3 with 1.5 seconds remaining.

TCU, which has played in nine of the last 11 NCAA tournaments but settled for the NIT last season, failed to score a field goal in the final 3:30.

The Bulldogs have advanced to 28 NCAA fields and last season played in their second straight Sweet 16, but they must overcome the departure of Porsha Phillips, who led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding last season.