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Lady Bulldogs overcome a dismal first quarter to stymie Georgia Tech

Georgia forward Zoesha Smith (0) during a match against Alabama Sate University at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.
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Georgia forward Zoesha Smith (0) during a match against Alabama Sate University at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022.

Bolstered by a career high 21 points from sophomore Zoesha Smith, UGA women’s basketball looked past a dismal first quarter to defeat in-state rival Georgia Tech 66 – 52 on Sunday in Atlanta.

Smith, a sophomore from Brunswick, clocked ten rebounds in addition to her 21 points, and was one of four Georgia players to score in double digits. UGA trailed Georgia Tech by 2 points at the end of the first quarter, 14 – 12, before clawing their way to a 29 – 26 lead at the half.

The second half of the game was a different story, with the Bulldogs shooting 56.7 percent, compared to under 35 percent in the first half. Free throw shooting also improved from 29 percent in the first quarter to 75 percent in the final period. Georgia outscored Georgia Tech 37 – 26 in the second half.

UGA heads to the sunny shores of St. Thomas for the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam to face off against Wisconsin on Thursday.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.