Originally created 12/29/00

No. 4 Georgia 107, Georgia St. 75

ATLANTA -- Kelly Miller scored 24 points and Deanna Nolan added 22 as No. 4 Georgia stretched its winning streak to eight games with a 107-75 victory Thursday over Georgia State.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-2) got in early foul trouble and actually trailed 21-20 when Leslie McElrath scored for Georgia State (7-3) with 9:18 remaining in the first half.

Tawana McDonald hit a pair of free throws to put Georgia ahead to stay, then Nolan reeled off eight straight points to spark a 31-13 run that gave the Lady Bulldogs a commanding 51-34 lead at the break.

Georgia State never got closer in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs eclipsed 100 points for the second time in three games. Twelve players scored for Georgia.

Nolan, in her best performance of the season, befuddled Georgia State with quickness, continually slashing to the basket while defenders stood around helplessly. She also had six steals, as did Miller.

Miller hit 11-of-16 shots from the field, moving into fifth place on Georgia's career scoring list with 1,837 points. Her twin sister, Coco, chipped in with 17 points.

Georgia didn't have 6-foot-5 freshman Christi Thomas, who missed her third straight game with mononucleosis. But the 6-4 McDonald was able to dominate inside against the Lady Panthers, who rarely had anyone on the court taller than 6-1.

McDonald scored 17 points and blocked five shots. She was helped by Tameika Washington, who pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.

Georgia State, which came in with a five-game winning streak against much weaker opposition, couldn't cope with Georgia's in-your-face defense. The Lady Panthers turned the ball over 22 times, leading to one layup after another.

McElrath scored 22 points to lead Georgia State, which shot only 34 percent (21-of-62) from the field.

Georgia has won 10 straight meetings against the Lady Panthers, its last loss coming in 1983.


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