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Georgia Races Past Furman, 83-47

Holli Wilkins
Holli Wilkins

ATHENS, GA. -- Khaalidah Miller scored 17 points and nationally eighth-ranked Georgia used effective  pressure defense to race past Furman, 83-47, in women's basketball action Wednesday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs (8-0) deployed an effective 2-2-1 press to harry the Paladins (3-2) into a season high 28 turnovers en route to the win, their ninth against no losses in the series with Furman.

Jasmine James added 15 points while Erika Ford contributed 14 points for the Bulldogs, who also got 12 points and seven rebounds from Anne Marie Armstrong.

Furman was paced by Brittany Hodges' 15 points.  Teshia Griswold followed with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Paladins.

Freshman forward Holli Wilkins, the niece of former Georgia All-American Dominique Wilkins, made her first collegiate start for the injured Sarah Durdaller and added nine points and three rebounds for Furman.

Georgia converted the Paladins' 28 turnovers into a 36-2 scoring advantage off miscues.

Furman grabbed a 9-4 lead following a Wilkins 3-pointer three minutes into the contest, but the Bulldogs quickly erased the advantage, using five Paladin turnovers to spark a 19-4 run to take a 23-13 lead on a Miller 3-ball with 11:02 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs led 31-18 before Griswold drained back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Furman to within 31-24.  Georgia, however, answered with a 14-2 spurt to grab a 45-26 lead with a little over a minute left in the first half.

Georgia shot 53.1 percent (17-for-32) from the field over the game's final 20 minutes to finish the contest at 46.8 percent, getting off 25 more shots (36-of-77) than Furman, which converted only 19-of-52 field goals (36.5 percent).

The Bulldogs posted 45-35 rebounding advantage, including a 26-14 margin on the offensive boards.

Furman opens Southern Conference play on Saturday at Chattanooga.  Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m.