ATHENS, Ga. - A 16-1 scoring run in the third quarter propelled the University of Georgia women's basketball team past the Georgia Southern Eagles, 85-59, before 2,109 spectators Monday evening in Stegeman Coliseum.
Trading points, neither team built a lead until six points from Taniyah Thompson fueled a 6-2 run for Georgia (2-1) to take a 12-8 advantage. With three minutes remaining in the first period, the Lady Bulldogs sank five uncontested points for a 17-10 lead.
A pair of baskets and a triple from De'Mauri Flournoy fueled a nine-point lead to open the second quarter. Georgia Southern (2-1) worked to close the gap and get within five, 19-24. Five points from Javyn Nicholson gave life to a 9-0 scoring run as the Lady Bulldogs built a 14-point lead, 33-19, with less than three minutes remaining in the half. A pair of free throws from Flournoy allowed Georgia to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Short scoring runs from both sides allowed Georgia to keep its lead by 10 midway through the period. Seven free throws boosted an 16-1 scoring run late in the third quarter. Two technical fouls by Georgia Southern allowed the Lady Bulldogs to grab a 61-38 lead and carry it into the final period.
The Lady Bulldogs continued their offensive efforts, adding 24 points to their lead as Stefanie Ingram tallied six points to lead Georgia in the final frame. Back-to-back layups from Fatima Diakhate and a pair of free throws from Zoesha Smith solidified the Lady Bulldogs' lead for an 85-59 victory.