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December 4, 2008

Strong Georgia squad deals Golden Eagles 72-46 road loss

ATHENS, Ga. -- Finishing up a tough three-game road trip with a 72-46 loss at the University of Georgia Wednesday night, the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team can now turn its full attention to the Ohio Valley Conference schedule which begins Saturday in Eblen Center.

The Golden Eagles (1-6) will host Jacksonville State at 5:30 p.m. in the first game of an OVC doubleheader.

On Wednesday, Georgia's Angela Puleo posted game-high tallies of 13 points, seven assists and three steals to lead the Lady Bulldogs (7-1) to the 26-point victory before a crowd of 3,042 at Stegeman Coliseum.

While Tech didn't have a lot of scoring in the game, what the Golden Eagles did have was balanced. Senior Blair Bowens led with nine points, Allison Price had eight, Jasmine White seven and freshman Krystal Stirrup six points. Tech shot 26.7 percent from the field and the two teams combined to miss 92 shots, and the Bulldogs had a 50-42 advantage in rebounds. Stirrup and White had seven rebounds each to top Tech.

"We played Georgia Tech Sunday and lost by 12 points, so we thought we were prepared for this game," said Golden Eagle coach Amy Brown. "We came into the game very hyped. It's an honor to play here. But no matter what conference you're playing, what they're ranked or who they are, you have to be ready to play.

"Our effort wasn't consistent tonight," she added. "We were doing well at times, but we just weren't consistent. We just came off the road, so we've played many games like Georgia has, so I'm sure both teams had some tired legs. Georgia is just bigger, they have more depth and they are very aggressive. We are short and quick and they are tall and quick, so that is the difference."

Christy Marshall also reached double figures for Georgia with 12 points, along with nine rebounds. Porsha Phillips added nine points and nine rebounds to help UGA coach Andy Landers to the win over his alma mater.

"Coach Landers was coaching when I played at Louisiana Tech and since Tennessee Tech is his alma mater, his picture hangs in our building," said TTU head coach AMy Brown. "I have always looked up to Coach Landers as both a Coach and a mentor. I always follow Georgia Basketball because they are a great team and have a great coach."

"Georgia is very athletic and big in size. And when you have those two things together you will be good. I mean, you have Ashley Houts at point guard and you have Marshall drive and Puleo on the outside, I mean, that starting five is good. I know they will have a great season and do well in the post season. I just hate we didn't give them a good game tonight."

Landers thought his team controlled the pace of the action.

"In the first half, we shifted gears and went up a speed on offense," Landers said. "We were playing faster, and that is certainly a good thing. This is the fastest we have played in four years. This is the best running team we have had in four years."

The Golden Eagles scored the first basket of the second half to pull within 15; however, the Lady Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run and never allowed Tech closer than 20 points thereafter.

The lead topped out at 34 points (69-35) on a steal and layin by Jaleesa Rhoden with 5:32 remaining.

Georgia has now won five games in the last eight days by an average of 29.0 points per game.

Tickets for Saturday's OVC opener are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.