Originally created 02/11/00

Lady Bulldogs rout Gamecocks



ATHENS, Ga. -- Coco Miller emerged from a shooting slump to score 17 points as No. 3 Georgia downed South Carolina 84-61 Thursday night, the Lady Bulldogs' 10th straight victory.

The Lady Bulldogs (24-2, 9-1 SEC) struggled to stop the Gamecocks' Jocelyn Penn, who came off the bench to score 17 points. Midway through the first half, Georgia went to a zone, and steadily pulled away from South Carolina (12-11, 2-7).

Center Tawana McDonald scored 15 points and blocked a career-high six shots. Deana Nolan scored 14 for Georgia and Kelly Miller added 11.

Shannon Segres scored 14 for South Carolina, which shot 37 percent and made just 1 of 14 3-pointers. The Lady Gamecocks also had 26 turnovers against the Lady Bulldogs, who went to a zone defense for much of the night.

Nine minutes into game, Georgia led 25-22 after Penn's layup. Coco Miller scored seven points over the next four minutes in an 11-3 run as Georgia built a 38-25 lead with 7:14 to go. The Lady Bulldogs led 48-37 at halftime.

In the second half, Kelly Miller's three-point play and Coco Miller's four straight free throws gave Georgia a 65-45 lead with 14:21 to play.

S. CAROLINA (12-11) -- Morrone 0-8 0-0 0, Ajanovic 0-3 0-0 0, Ujhelyi 3-12 3-4 10, Segres 6-12 2-2 14, Lester 5-10 0-0 10, Hill 4-7 0-0 8, Key 0-0 0-0 0, Penn 7-13 3-5 17, Jeffcoat 1-1 0-0 2, Hoglund 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 8-11 61.

GEORGIA (24-2) -- K.Miller 5-9 1-1 11, C.Miller 6-12 4-4 17, McDonald 6-10 3-4 15, Nolan 6-8 1-2 14, Crawford 2-4 2-2 6, Lycett 1-3 1-2 4, Brown 2-4 0-0 4, McEntire 0-2 0-0 0, Washington, 2-2 0-0 4, Briggans 2-4 0-0 4, Murphy 2-4 0-0 4, Willis 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 34-65 13-17 84.

Halftime -- Georgia 48, South Carolina 37.

3-point goals -- South Carolina 1-14 (Ujhelyi 1-1, Segres 0-1, Hill 0-1, Ajanovic 0-2, Hoglund 0-2, Morrone 0-7), Georgia 3-12 (Nolan 1-2, Lycett 1-2, C.Miller 1-5, Murphy 0-1, K.Miller 0-2). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- South Carolina 42 (Lester 7), Georgia 35 (K. Miller 9). Assists -- South Carolina 7 (Morrone 3), Georgia 15 (K. Miller, McDonald, C.Miller 3). Total fouls -- South Carolina 16, Georgia 14. A -- 2,287.

CAPTION:No. 19 Temple -- 75 Fordham -- 61

PHILADELPHIA -- Pepe Sanchez doubled his previous season high with 20 points to lead Temple past Fordham.

Sanchez, known mostly for his passing and defense, scored 14 points in the first half including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers. He added nine rebounds. Sanchez's previous season-high was 10 points against La Salle on Jan. 18.

Quincy Wadley added 18 points and Mark Karcher had 10 for the Owls (17-4, 10-1 Atlantic 10), who had won eight in a row and 19 straight at home.

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St. John's successfully appealed the suspension of sophomore guard Erick Barkley, and he will play Saturday against Villanova after missing the Red Storm's previous two games. ... LSU athletics director said he Joe Dean will request a contract extension and salary increase for coach John Brady at the April meeting of the Board of Supervisors.