ATHENS — Anne Marie Armstrong scored 14 points and Erika Ford added 10 to lead No. 10 Georgia to a 62-46 win over South Carolina State on Friday night.
Georgia (3-0) forced 29 turnovers by South Carolina State (1-1) and won the rebounding battle 51-33.
Tiara Knotts led South Carolina State with 13 points and Paris Alston had 11 rebounds.
With 6:36 to play, Alston scored on a layup to pull South Carolina State to 50-41, but Georgia scored eight straight points to pull away.
Georgia capitalized on a brief scuffle with less than 6 minutes to go for a rare five-point possession. S.C. State's Fannie Goodwin was called for a technical foul, and Armstrong hit four straight free throws. Georgia kept the ball, and Jasmine Hassell added another free throw to put the host Lady Bulldogs ahead 58-41.
Defense dominated the first 23 minutes. Tiara Knotts hit a 3-pointer with 6:33 to go in the first half to pull South Carolina State to 19-15, but the visiting Lady Bulldogs would not score again until the second half.
Over the next three minutes, Georgia didn't fare any better, adding one free throw. But starting with Jasmine James's free throw with 3:23 to go, Georgia closed out the half with nine more unanswered points to take a 29-15 halftime lead.
By halftime, South Carolina State already had 19 turnovers, leading directly to 16 Georgia points.
South Carolina State scored the first four points of the second half to narrow the deficit to 10. Halfway through the second half, South Carolina State's Kourtney Williams hit a short jumper from the baseline to pull her team to 43-34.
Georgia had abundant opportunities at the free throw line to stretch the lead, but the Lady Dogs hit only 16 of 30.