ATHENS, Ga. - A dominant second-quarter offensive showing helped the No. 13-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team to an 89-50 win over the South Alabama Jaguars on Tuesday in Stegeman Coliseum.
Jenna Staiti led all scorers with 17, while Malury Bates matched her season-high with 12.
Georgia shot 55 percent from the floor and held its opponent to 50 points for the seventh time this season.
The Lady Bulldogs improve to 11-1, and the Jaguars fell to 6-7.
"Our young ladies haven't been home," shared head coach Joni Taylor. "And they know they're going home today, so you're always concerned that they're not thinking ahead to their flight they have to catch or not getting in the stands and being with their family. I thought we showed really good focus, and we were focused on that task at hand."
The Lady Bulldog offense struck first following a Staiti lay-up off an assist from Que Morrison. Moments after, Sarah Ashlee Barker drilled a three-point attempt after gliding past her defender. Georgia forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and finished with a 19-11 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs kept up the offensive pressure in the second quarter. Barker opened second quarter scoring with a drive to the basket and smooth finish. Following a steal, Bates knocked down a jumper to grab her first of six points in the quarter.
Georgia led South Alabama at halftime, 47-26.
A Staiti signature jumper in the paint open second-half scoring for the Lady Bulldogs as they pulled away to a 32-point lead. Georgia ended the third quarter up 71-39.
A 6-0 run to finish the fourth quarter saw the Lady Bulldogs end their non-conference play with a convincing win.
Georgia opens SEC conference play against western opponents LSU on Thursday, December 30 at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Coverage will be on SEC Network Plus.