The Georgia Lady Bulldogs seemed machine-like on Friday, easily dispatching the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 84-48 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Bulldogs (6-0) were tremendous on both ends of the court, something head coach Andy Landers was very happy to see out of his team. From dogbytesonline.com:
"It always feels good when you can get out and get a little momentum and get your confidence up early," Landers said. "I think that’s what it did. It gave us a little confidence right away in what we were doing, which was defending hard, so we defended that much harder and it snowballed into a good thing."
One of the sparks was junior Khaalidah Miller, who is coming off the bench after starting for her two previous seasons. Miller scored a team-high 22 points, playing the role of offensive catalyst while also showing some promise on the defensive end. The latter part is important, considering the emphasis that Landers puts on defense.
"She’s someone that started her first two years and could start again this year," Landers said. "We’d like for her to be a little more aggressive defensively. She got her hands on some balls. I think she’s trying and that’s a good thing."
St. Bonaventure never could figure out how to cope with the pressure of Georgia's defense, turning the ball over 24 times. From there, the Bulldogs romped to a victory with a bevy of extra possessions.
The competitive phase of the game was over by halftime, with Georgia leading 48-23 at the break.