Georgia (11-1) cruised to its 10th straight win of the season on Wednesday with a 60-42 victory over Cincinnati (4-7) in Stegeman Coliseum. Two Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Shacobia Barbee posting 12 points and six rebounds and Mackenzie Engram pitching in 11 points and six rebounds. The Bulldogs led the entire way, jumping out to an early 12-point lead in the second quarter and holding the Bearcats to two single-digit scoring quarters.
“I thought we took way too many threes to start the first quarter,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “We finally settled in, coming back and getting the ball inside and working inside out. That was to our advantage.”
Here are five observations from the game:
1. Wire-to-wire win
The Bulldogs led from start to finish in their 18-point victory over Cincinnati. After having its lead cut down to two in the first quarter, Georgia outscored the Bearcats over the next two quarters, while holding them to single-digit point totals.
The Bulldogs remain undefeated against Cincinnati and are now 24-7 all time against American Athletic Conference teams.
2. Second quarter sets defensive tone
Georgia’s defense in the second quarter set the tone for the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs held Cincinnati to just two field goals in the quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 14-4. Cincinnati shot 22.6 percent in the first half, making only seven of its 31 attempts.
The momentum carried on into the second half as the Bulldogs began the third quarter on a 9-3 run and outscored the Bearcats 17-9.
Cincinnati’s leading scorer Ana Owens entered the contest averaging 15.8 points per game, but the Bulldogs’ suffocating defense held the guard to just six points on 2-of-18 shooting. Guard Jasmine Whitfield was also held to 2-of-9 shooting in the blowout.
“Those are really good players,” Taylor said of Owens and Whitefield. “They do a really good job of going downhill and attacking, and that was the key to the game. They took tough shots, and then we forced the ball into someone else’s hands.”
3. Sharing the ball
The Bulldogs had a balanced scoring effort in Wednesday’s match-up. Both Barbee and Engram scored in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tiaria Griffin pitched in with a near double-double, scoring eight points to go along with eight rebounds. Freshman forward Caliya Robinson had a hot fourth quarter as she registered six points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs also had 16 assists in the game versus only six by Cincinnati. Five of those assists came from guard Marjorie Butler, who also chipped in five points.
“We share the basketball so well,” Taylor said. “There’s so many people that can score for us on any given night. You don’t know where those points are going to come from.”
4. Shacobia Barbee continues hot streak
Barbee has been a strong leader for the Bulldogs this season. Wednesday afternoon marked the fifth game in a row that the senior has scored in double figures.
In Sunday’s game against Wright State, Barbee became the 37th player in UGA women’s basketball history to record 1,000 career points.
5. Nation’s longest streak
Wednesday’s victory served as Georgia’s 55th-straight victory against a non-conference team in Stegeman Coliseum, which is the longest streak in the nation.
The Bulldogs have not lost at home to a non-conference opponent since their 56-44 loss to Xavier on Dec. 30, 2008.
The Bulldogs will host Tennessee Tech at home 7 p.m. on Dec. 28.