Georgia takes down Gators  74-63

Georgia senior Tiaria Griffin scored a career-high 28 points with 22 coming in the deciding second half and the Lady Bulldogs defeated No. 22/25 Florida, 74-63, at Stegemen Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

(SPECIAL TO FIGHTIN’ GATORS)

Entering the game, Florida led at halftime 11 times and won all 11 of those games.

On Sunday, however, Georgia had other plans as it ripped out of the locker room down, 32-27, and scored six straight points as part of a 9-1 run and took a 36-33 lead.

Florida came right back with a five straight points from Eleanna Christinaki and the Gators regained the lead, 38-36, with 6:41 left in the period.

Again, Georgia responded with nine consecutive points and built a 45-38 advantage. Ronni Williams scored inside and halted the run, but that’s when Griffin, the SEC’s active career three-point lead, got hot from deep, as she scored all of Georgia’s points during a 15-7 run when she knocked down five treys and gave her team a 60-47 lead with 6:32 remaining in the game.

The Gators chipped away at their deficit, and January Miller hit two free throws and started a 7-0 spurt and UF trailed by six, 63-56, with 4:28 remaining.

With the Gators feeling the momentum, Griffin struck again with another dagger from deep and the difference was back to nine with 4:47 on the clock.

Florida continued to fight but never recovered, as Georgia polished off the win with its final seven points from the free throw line and improved to 28-5 all-time against the Gators in Athens, while sweeping the season series, also taking the January 14 meeting in Gainesville.

Updated Records:

·  Florida 20-7, 8-6 SEC

·  Georgia 20-7, 8-6 SEC

 

Numbers of Note

·  Ronni Williams was the only Gator scoring in double-figures with 18 points. It was her team-leading 16th game in double digits this year; 48th time in her career.

·  First time in 12 games this season that Florida lost after leading at halftime.

·  Florida was outscored in the third quarter, 24-14, for just the eighth time this season.

·  Florida shot 30.6 percent in the second half, while Georgia hit 55.6 percent that included 7-9 from beyond the arc, as the Dawgs outscored the Gators 47-31 in the second half.

 

The Updated Series: Florida vs. Georgia

·  68-Game Series: UF trails 15-53

·  UF Home: 10-23; Away: 5-28; Neutral: 0-2

·  The 68-game series is the second-longest to any opponent for the Gators, trailing only the 72 games played against instate rival Florida State.

·  Georgia has won seven of the last eight games in the series. Florida’s lone win during that span was a rare victory in Athens, where the Gators earned the 51-48 decision on Feb. 12, 2015.

 

 UP NEXT

· Florida next plays at LSU on Thursday, February 25 in a game that will be televised live from Maravich Assembly Center beginning at 8:30 pm. ET.


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