Behind balanced scoring and a standout afternoon from freshman Que Morrison, Georgia (1-0) cruised to a dominant 95-56 win over visiting Wofford (0-1) Sunday.
Georgia topped the 90-point mark for the first time in coach Joni Taylor’s tenure and had its highest-scoring season opener since 2004.
Here’s what to know about the win:
Que Morrison poured in a team-high 19 points, the best outing for a freshman since Tasha Humphrey had 25 in a win over Furman in 2004. She added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals with just two turnovers.
“Que’s just quick as lightning,” Taylor said. “She can affect the game on both sides of the floor.”
Morrison was one of five players to make their Georgia debut Sunday. Taja Cole, a transfer from Louisville who sat out last season, joined Morrison in the starting lineup. Freshmen Maya Caldwell and Gabby Connally came in off the bench, along with Washington State transfer Bianca Blanaru.
Georgia had five players finish in double figures — Morrison, Stephanie Paul (16 points), Caliya Robinson (15), Cole (13) and Mackenzie Engram (10). Five others also added points.
In all, 11 players saw playing time for Georgia. Last year, they played just nine.
“I think they all have the ability to score in different ways and it’s going to make, if we continue to do what we’re supposed to do it’s going to make teams have really tough decisions on what they’re going to take away,” Taylor said. “I think in the past when they took away our first and second option we didn’t really have a third option. This year we have a third option and a fourth option.”
Stepping up in the second half
Georgia’s box score shows a dominating performance on defense, but they executed much better in the second half. Thirteen of Wofford’s 21 turnovers came in the second half. Chloe Wanink had 24 points for the game for the Terriers, but was held to just six in the second half.
“I was pleased with our effort, especially in the third and fourth quarter,” Taylor said. “I thought in the second quarter we let Wofford dictate to us defensively and we pride ourselves on being a really good defensive team. But give Wofford credit, they have a really good player in Wanink, she lit us up for 18 in the first half…I’m proud that our girls took the challenge and got her stopped and buckled down on defense.”
Georgia tallied 10 steals, including seven in the second half. In all, the Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded Wofford 51-24 and blocked six shots. The blocks didn’t all come from Robinson, either., though she did move into the top 10 for career blocks. She had two, and Engram, Connally, Caldwell and Blanaru added the others.