GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Erika Ford scored a career-high 23 points to lead four Georgia players in double figures as the Lady Bulldogs rallied past Florida 68-62 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Sunday afternoon.
Khaalidah Miller added 13 points, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 12 and Krista Donald added 10 for Georgia (14-5, 2-4 SEC).
Jaterra Bonds paced Florida (13-5, 3-2) with 16 points.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Gators 15-9 in the game’s waning moments.
“We talked about that with about two-three minutes remaining,” head coach Andy Landers said. “We’ve been in that position before. We’ve been in that position in our first two SEC road games at Vanderbilt and Missouri. Both of those were winnable games but we didn’t play well enough down the stretch. Today, hopefully, we grew up some.”
Georgia, which ranks last in the SEC in free throw percentage, shot a season-best 88.9 percent from the line. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 16 of18 free throws, including 11 of 12 in the final 5:34 after the game was tied 53-53.
“It’s about time,” Landers said. “We’re a good free throw shooting team in practice. We just haven’t trusted our stroke in games. It was nice to see us step up with confidence and shoot them like we seem to do in practice on a regular basis.”
Georgia rallied from a halftime deficit for the fourth time this season to improve to 4-3 in those contests. In fact, the Lady Bulldogs trailed the entire first half on Sunday.