No. 19 Georgia 58, Georgia Southern 43

Georgia celebrated a reunion Sunday of the most successful team
in school history by unveiling a throw-back, fast-break, up-tempo
offense.

All it lacked was a little bit of polish.

Porsha Phillips and Meredith Mitchell scored 11 points each to
lead the No. 19 Lady Dogs to a 58-43 win over Georgia Southern
while the 1985 team, which lost in the finals of the NCAA
tournament, watched on from the bleachers.

They saw a bench that contributed 24 points and a floor full of
freshmen and sophomores trying to mesh and learn to play at a
faster tempo.

”We are young and inexperienced offensively,” coach Andy
Landers said. ”We have tried to make some wholesale changes in
what we are doing.”

Georgia (1-0) shot just 33 percent from the field and made only
6 of 30 3-point attempts.

”Everybody was anxious,” said Phillips, who also had 13
rebounds. ”We had a lot of open shots and they didn’t fall.”

Mitchell contributed a career-high seven assists from her wing
position, while sophomore forward Tamika Willis led a strong
showing by the reserves with nine points and eight rebounds in just
13 minutes.

”We took some good open shots,” Mitchell said. ”They were not
falling. We have been shooting well in practice. I think we will
see improvement.”

Jamie Navarro led Georgia Southern (0-1) with 10 points.
Meredyth Frye and Ro-Ro Smith scored nine apiece.

Georgia Southern scored 10 straight points to take a 15-14 lead
with 7:36 remaining in the first half. But the Lady Dogs closed out
the half with a 16-2 run to mount a 30-17 halftime lead. The Lady
Eagles never got closer than eight points in the second half.

Landers was more concerned with how Georgia arrived at the shots
than how many it missed.

”We did nothing to get the shots,” said Landers, who had 10
players in the game. ”We passed it three or four times, and then
somebody had a 3. Because of that we did not make the defense foul,
and we did not have many drives to the basket. … But we have a
lot of different kids who are learning how to play together.”