No. 6 Georgia women’s basketball team stays perfect with victory at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas — Erika Ford scored 10 points in a span of just over 6½ minutes midway through the first half and sixth-ranked Georgia stayed undefeated with a 72-59 victory at TCU on Wednesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-0) were up only 10-9 before Ford, the sophomore guard who had checked in on the previous timeout, made a 3-pointer with 15:04 left in the first half. By time Ford had a steal and breakaway layup with 8:21 left, she had scored 10 points in a 15-3 run that stretched the lead to 25-12.

Ford finished with 13 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell had 14 each. Hassell also had nine rebounds.

Natalie Ventress had 19 points for Big 12 newcomer TCU (5-4), which had won five consecutive home games. Donielle Breaux, the Kansas transfer playing only her second game for TCU, had 14 points. Latricia Lovings scored 10.

Ventress had a free throw and consecutive layups to spark to spark 23-8 run in the second half for the Lady Frogs. They were within 53-46 when Kamy Cole made a 3-pointer with 9½ minutes left.

But Ford then made her only other basket, a rainbow 3-pointer from the wing and TCU never got closer.

The Lady Bulldogs are 12-0 for the sixth time in coach Andy Landers’ 34 seasons. They played their final game before Christmas, and next are at Illinois on Dec. 28 in their last game before opening SEC play.

TCU plays the third of five consecutive home games Saturday, then has one more game before its first Big 12 game Jan. 2 against defending national champion and third-ranked Baylor.

Ventress had 10 of TCU’s first 12 points, including a 3-pointer that was their only basket during the first-half run that put Georgia ahead by double figures to stay until midway through the second half.

The Lady Frogs are 3-7 in home games against Top 10 teams in coach Jeff Mittie’s 14 seasons. They had won two of the previous three, including a win over third-ranked Maryland in 2008 and win over No. 5 Texas A&M the next year.

 

No. 6 GEORGIA 72, TCU 59

GEORGIA (12-0)

Armstrong 5-9 4-5 14, Hassell 6-13 2-4 14, Miller 2-11 0-0 5, James 4-12 0-1 8, Barbee 3-5 1-2 8, Griffin 2-4 3-5 8, Hempe 0-0 0-0 0, Willis 1-1 0-0 2, Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Ford 5-7 0-0 13. Totals 28-62 10-17 72.

 

TCU (5-4)

Hamilton 0-3 0-0 0, Ventress 5-10 7-8 19, Lovings 5-8 0-1 10, Cole 1-3 0-0 3, Medley 3-10 2-2 9, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Gross 0-0 0-0 0, Breaux 4-11 4-5 14, Colbert 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 20-50 13-16 59.

 

Halftime — Georgia 38-21. 3-Point Goals — Georgia 6-17 (Ford 3-5, Griffin 1-2, Barbee 1-2, Miller 1-5, James 0-1, Armstrong 0-2), TCU 6-15 (Breaux 2-3, Ventress 2-4, Cole 1-2, Medley 1-4, Williams 0-2). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Georgia 39 (Hassell 9), TCU 32 (Lovings 7). Assists — Georgia 20 (Barbee 6), TCU 13 (Hamilton 5). Total Fouls — Georgia 17, TCU 17. A — 2,133.

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