ATHENS, GA. -- Strong defense and accurate shooting combined to make the Georgia Bulldogs impossible to defeat for the Furman Paladins in women’s basketball on Monday night.
Sarah Ashlee Barker scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Paladins, 78-41, at Stegeman Coliseum.
The win improves Georgia to 2-0 on the season while the loss squares Furman’s record at 1-1 heading into Wednesday’s home game versus Converse.
Senior forward Tierra Hodges led the Paladins with 13 points. Tate Walters chipped in 8 points and a team-leading 6 rebounds.
Barker’s 19-point effort was followed for Georgia by Jenna Staiti’s 14 and Que Morrison’s 11.
Georgia led Furman 21-16 after one period before taking control in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the smaller Paladins, 16-7, to secure a 37-23 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs connected on 32 of 69 shots (47.4 percent) and used sticky half-court defense to limit the Paladins to just 24.6-percent shooting (14-57).
Barker connected on 8 of 13 shots from the field, while Staiti canned 6 of 8 field goal attempts, which she combined with 6 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Georgia outscored Furman 52-16 in the paint. The Bulldogs forged a 46-38 rebounding advantage and forced Furman into 20 turnovers while committing only 9.
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