Georgia freshman Que Morrison was nervous before her first collegiate start against Wofford Sunday.
She wiped her sweaty hands on her teammates during pregame. They told her to breathe. The nerves never went away.
“I didn’t (feel calm), I’m gonna be honest,” Morrison said. “Going back into halftime, I was still nervous. Even when I was scoring I was hype, still nervous. I just was nervous because I want to do good.”
The nerves lingered even after Georgia (1-0) cruised to 95-56 win over Wofford (0-1) behind a team-high 19 from Morrison.
“Still a little nervous,” Morrison said with a laugh. “But only because I feel like we played very good and I’m just so happy.”
Morrison’s outing is the best for a freshman in a season opener since Tasha Humphrey tallied 25 in a 96-76 win over Furman in 2004. She was also one of five Lady Bulldogs to finish in double figures.
Georgia cracked the 90-point mark for the first time since coach Joni Taylor took over in 2015. It was the most points in a season opener for Georgia since the 2004 win over Furman.
Morrison, who also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, was one of three freshmen to see game action. Gabby Connally tallied six points, four assists, a block and a steal off the bench. Maya Caldwell had five points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Lady Bulldogs had 10 players tally minutes in the first half and subbed out the entire starting five minutes into the first quarter. Last season, Georgia worked with a rotation of just nine players, with two — Taja Cole and Bianca Blanaru — required to sit out the 2016-2017 season after transferring to Georgia.
“I would love to go five at a time,” Taylor said. “I don’t know if we’ll do that all year long but we definitely have the bodies to. There’s a lot of different groups that can play together so it’s really finding that out and it’s really finding a feel game by game based on who is playing well and who needs to stay in.”
Georgia led 38-31 at halftime, despite shooting 3 of 9 from the free throw line.
Stephanie Paul (16 points), Caliya Robinson (15), Taja Cole (13) and Mackenzie Engram (10) also finished in double figures. Wofford’s Chloe Wanink had 24 points, with 18 coming in the first half.
Georgia will visit Virginia at 7 p.m. Thursday and wrap up the week at Mercer at 2 p.m. Sunday.