ATLANTA -- Kara Braxton scored 20 points and freshman Tina Taylor added 11 as No. 8 Georgia beat Georgia State 89-50 Wednesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-0) led by 20 late in the first half and 45-25 at halftime. Georgia had a 52-32 rebounding advantage and held the Lady Panthers (1-2) to 31 percent shooting.
Angelina Miller scored 16 and Yvette Tisdale 12 for Georgia State.
Georgia made sure this game was not as close as its 76-67 win over the Lady Panthers last year, a game in which the Lady Bulldogs trailed by 10 in the first half.
The Lady Dogs, who started freshmen Sherill Baker and Alexis Kendrick, led 14-4 in the first 6 1/2 minutes, behind inside players Braxton and Christi Thomas.
Thomas blocked two shots in that span, and Braxton scored 12 of her points in the first 20 minutes.
Georgia scored the first four baskets of the second half, and Tina Taylor's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 58-27.
Georgia State, which won its first six games against Georgia before Andy Landers took over the Lady Bulldogs' program in 1979, got no closer than 22 after that.
The game started nearly 90 minutes late because officials were late arriving. The game originally had been scheduled for 7 p.m. EST but was moved up to 4 p.m. because the Georgia-Georgia Tech game was to start at 7 p.m. When the officials for the women's game got stuck in traffic, the game was pushed back to 5:20.
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