ATHENS – Diamond Battles’ record-of-season ninth double in her fifth year eclipsed the 1,000-point mark of her career and led the University of Georgia women’s basketball team to a 40-point, 84-point win. -44, in front of Mercer on Wednesday morning at the Stegeman Coliseum.
Battles leads the team in points with 15 points. Senior forward Javyn Nicholson followed after scoring 13 points, and Malury Bates in her fifth year added 10. Young forward Zoesha Smith led Georgia with 10 goals, marking her career high. Freshman striker Amiya Evans set a career-high scoring record (8) and ended her season with a two-point record. Fifth-year forward Kari Niblack made his Lady Bulldog debut against the Bears and scored 9 points and 5 rebounds.
“It’s a different team than it was on Monday, but I think the defense, no matter what people think, is going to win games,” said Georgia head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “Defense wins football games, defense wins baseball games, defense wins basketball games and anywhere else, so we’re in the process of growing, we’ll get better later. every game I always want us to give our best in the last minute of the game. My most important thing is that we have to defend well, block, catch the bounce, get the ball loose, take everything. rank.”
Mercer won the tip, but the Lady Bulldogs controlled the first minutes of the game. Led by a solid defence, Georgia had a 13-0 tie, forcing a five-turn and Mercer running out of time. Lady Bulldogs overtook the Bears in the paint, 18-0, to a 14-point lead, 25-11, in the first quarter.
A low score start in the second quarter was broken by Lady Bulldogs’ 12-0 scoreline, marked by a diver from Battles to score the 1,000th point of her career. Georgia overtook Mercer from the bench with a score of 20-2. The Lady Bulldogs played 59% in the first half and held Mercer to seven points in the second as they led 45-18 in the dressing room after halftime.
Seven points from the Matches boosted Lady Bulldogs offense to take the lead in the second half. Nicholson followed Battles with seven points in the bottom half of the bracket, including two of Georgia’s 13 when it came to breakouts. Lady Bulldogs had a 34-point lead in the final round.
Five points of no response from the Lady Bulldogs gave Georgia the lead. Georgia kept control of the game, limiting Mercer to six rebounds in the fourth half. Niblack won five of the Lady Bulldogs’ final eight points to give Georgia a final 40-point advantage.
Lady Bulldogs will return to the Stegeman Coliseum on December 17 when they host Belmont. Tip-off will take place at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.