Graduate student Juwan Parker came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and claim a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Georgia to a 71-60 victory against Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference game on Wednesday night. "We had to make sure we ended tonight being 1-1 in SEC play". Gibson entered 2-of-3 from three-point land this season, but she doubled her season total tonight in an offensive ploy to pull Wilson out on the perimeter.
SC (13-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) withstood multiple rallies from the Rebels but overpowered them in the fourth quarter.
Fellow junior Alissa Alston was also in double-digits for a career-long seventh game in a row now at 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Ogbeide put the first points on the board which were answered by an Ole Miss (8-6, 1-1) 3-pointer. Georgia closed out the first half with a 16-7 run, featuring a jam from junior forward E'Torrion Wildrige, a three from Harris and 11 Maten points, securing the 39-31 lead going into halftime. "She played hard, and got back to the way we think she needs to play, the way she played early in the year".
"Our bench was really good to us tonight, Juwan and Jordan came in and were terrific", said head coach Mark Fox.
But another bought of scoreless offense for a little more than three minutes allowed Ole Miss to stretch out a run of its own, closing to within 1 at 25-24 with a 9-0 run.
"I felt we defended and rebounded", SC coach Dawn Staley said of the late run. So it's good to play well and win a game when he doesn't have to do all the work. The Rebels were unable to take advantage of a seven-minute span in the second quarter with Wilson sitting on the bench after picking up two quick fouls to start the frame and trailed 35-28 at the half. Maten scored the last seven points on a dunk, two free throws, and layup and free throw. A lot of what we do drives the ball into the paint, and Wilson just hangs out in there. The Gamecocks won the rebound battle 45-30 and scored 17 points off 11 Ole Miss turnovers. "Got within nine there and then (South Carolina) made three straight threes and that just deflated us". "We were trying to get Wilson out of the paint". But after he missed another layup off a Georgia turnover, Parker hit another long-range bomb to ice the game. "Our bench was key for us, it's one of the things we feel is a strength of our team and Juwan obviously was very good tonight". "I felt guarding the 3-point line was going to be important, and we were able to do that".
While not the most excited play of the game, and definitely not the loudest moment in Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia turned the momentum right before halftime as Harris picked up his 10th point of the night on a 3 from the corner.
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