By Associated Press and staff reports
ATHENS, Ga. – Leaonna Odom scored 16 points and fifth seed Duke's defense was dominant, holding fourth seed Georgia to two second-quarter points in a 66-40 women's NCAA Tournament second-round win on Monday night.
Lexie Brown and Erin Mathias each had 14 points for Duke (24-8), which will play UConn in the Albany Regional on Saturday. Brown became the single-season record holder for Duke with her seven steals this evening, owning 115 this season to break Alana Beard’s previous record. Mathis totaled double-digit scoring in three-consecutive games and picked up eight boards in tonight’s victory.
Georgia (26-7) made only one-of-19 shots in the second period. The Lady Bulldogs set season lows for fewest points in a period and game and lowest field-goal percentage (24.0) in a game.
The Lady Bulldogs missed their first 13 three-pointers before Simone Costa sank a three midway through the final period.
The shooting woes even carried over to the free-throw line, where the Lady Bulldogs made only seven-of-14 shots.
While Georgia struggled, Duke shot 50 percent from the field to overcome 21 turnovers.
Caliya Robinson led Georgia with 11 points and 12 rebounds. No other Georgia player had more than five points.
Georgia missed its first 13 shots of the second period. Que Morrison ended the drought, but not the scoring problems, with her layup with 2:34 remaining in the period.
Georgia's shooting woes continued, with Taja Cole and Mackenzie Engram missing layups on the Lady Bulldogs' final two shots of the half. Overall, Georgia made only one-of-19 shots in the period.
After a sluggish start in the first quarter, when it was slowed by nine turnovers, Duke took advantage of Georgia's cold shooting. After leading 15-12 following the first 10 minutes, the Blue Devils pulled away to lead 35-14 at halftime.
Rebecca Greenwell was Duke's fourth scorer in double figures with 11 points.
Duke's defense also was the difference in the second half of its 72-58 first-round win over Belmont when the Blue Devils limited the Bruins' three-point shooting.
Duke: The Blue Devils are 4-0 against Georgia in NCAA Tournament games. Odom, who scored a career-high 25 points in the first-round win over Belmont, had only four points in the first half before scoring 10 points in the third period. Odom now owns 41 points in two games in Athens. The Blue Devils had nine turnovers in the first quarter after having eight for the game in their 72-58 first-round win over Belmont.
Georgia: The Lady Bulldogs' previous low for points in a quarter this season was five in a win at Florida on Jan. 28. Engram and Haley Clark each played the full 10 minutes of the fast-tempo first quarter in which the Lady Bulldogs played strong defense with four steals and forcing the nine turnovers. Georgia appeared drained in the second period, perhaps contributing to the flurry of missed shots.
Duke will play UConn, which beat Quinnipiac in the second round on Monday night, on Saturday in the Albany Regional.
OTHER DUKE NOTES
The Blue Devils gave up only 40 points against the Bulldogs, which is the fewest allowed in the NCAA second round over Duke’s history.