ATHENS — Senior Khaalidah Miller scored a season-high and game-high 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lead No. 23 Georgia to a 63-56 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech in women's basketball on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs stay perfect on the season at 5-0, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 2-2 overall. Georgia now holds a 32-4 lead in their all-time series with Georgia Tech, including a 14-0 mark in Athens.
Sophomore Shacobia Barbee also scored in double figures for Georgia, turning in 14 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and four assists. Wesleyan grad Kaelyn Causwell had two points and five rebounds off the bench.
"You have to give (Georgia) Tech a lot of credit," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "They played hard, they played well and they have a good basketball team. I thought that defensively, we were a little bit better in what we tried to do than maybe what they tried to do today. We did an excellent job defensively, (forcing) 27 turnovers, which is incredible."
Georgia Tech was led by 13 points and six rebounds from Kaela Davis, who was held below her impressive 22.7 scoring average.
"They were keying in on Kaela," Georgia Tech head coach Machelle Joseph said. "They were bodying up to her and playing physical with her. Ty Marshall has to step up and take some of the pressure off Kaela, because when Ty’s not scoring then they can really key on Kaela and that’s what you’re seeing happen.”
Georgia opened the game on a 9-0 run thanks to three straight three-pointers from Miller. Georgia Tech's first points did not come until nearly six minutes into the game, and the Bulldog defense would hold the Yellow Jackets to just eight points through the first 10 minutes of play.
Georgia's first two-point field goal of the game came midway through the first half, as starter Merritt Hempe scored off a dish from Barbee to give the Bulldogs a 16-10 advantage. The two teams continued to trade baskets throughout much of the remainder of the half, as Georgia maintained a 33-26 lead entering the break.
Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half. Georgia's defense forced the Yellow Jackets into 13 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, but Georgia Tech maintained the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Bulldogs 22-17.
Georgia opened up its largest lead of the game just five minutes into the second half, as freshman Halle Washington scored on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 42-31. The Yellow Jackets continued to battle, eventually cutting Georgia's lead to just three with under seven minutes remaining.
After trading baskets over the next few possession, the Bulldogs eventually managed to pull away as Miller knocked down a pair of free throws and a layup off an assist from Barbee to open up an eight-point lead with slightly over two minutes remaining in the game. Georgia Tech would come no closer than four points the rest of the way, as Washington knocked down a pair of free throws and Miller added one from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of play to seal the 63-56 win.
Georgia outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-14 in the paint and 8-0 on fastbreak points on the afternoon. Georgia Tech won the rebounding battle with a 44-35 advantage, but the Bulldogs were able to force 27 turnovers and score 15 points off the miscues.