Lady Dawgs roll past Mercer

ATHENS, Ga. - The seventh-ranked Georgia women's basketball team got solid play from its reserves in dispatching Mercer 102-45 on Monday at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs' bench players combined for 52 points and 24 rebounds - led by a career-best 22 points by junior forward Danielle Taylor.

"Danielle is a scorer; she always has been," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "She can put points on the board. Offensively, I thought (the reserves) played pretty well. We didn't want the score to get out of hand, but we wanted to them to run the offense. They settled in and moved the ball and worked it around."

Taylor erupted for double digits for the first time in her career. She went 10-of-18 from the floor and had 12 of her points in the first half. Taylor pulled down six rebounds and had four steals, also career-best totals.

Georgia (10-0) got 13 points from freshman guard Brittany Carter and 11 points from redshirt freshman guard Jaleesa Rhoden. Each established her career-high points total. Carter also had a career-best nine rebounds.

Despite playing just 16 minutes, senior forward Tasha Humphrey scored 20 points, 15 in the first half, and pulled down six rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs. Freshman guard Angela Puleo had a career-high 14 points, 12 in the first half.

Georgia held a 64-29 halftime lead, its highest one-half figure since scoring 64 against Arkansas in 2006.

Mercer (3-7) got 22 points from sophomore guard LaToya Jackson.

"There are a lot of really good players at Georgia," Mercer coach Janell Jones said. "We are trying to focus on the positives and the things that we did well. We are focusing on the teams that we match up well against in our conference. We are young and inexperienced, as far as it being the first year we're playing together. We have played a tough non-conference schedule against a lot of big schools. We have to stay positive and build on what we're doing well and look forward to conference play."

Georgia will return to action Dec. 29-30 in the FIU Sun and Fun Classic in Miami. The Lady Bulldogs' next home game is Jan. 2 against Presbyterian.


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