Las Vegas, Nev. --- Ashley Houts scored 20 points and Christy Marshall chipped in a career-high 18 to lead Georgia (4-1) to an 85-64 win over Cal State Fullerton (2-2) in the opening round of UNLV's Lady Rebel Round-up here on Friday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs used a 22-2 surge midway through the first half to break open a close game and never allowed the Titans closer than 12 points in the second stanza.
"I thought the effort was better and much more consistent," head coach Andy Landers said. "We rebounded the basketball in a dominant fashion and that was very impressive to me. In the second half, we made plays when we had to."
The Lady Bulldogs also received double-doubles from Angel Robinson (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Porsha Phillips (12 points, 11 rebounds). Georgia outrebounded Cal State Fullerton by a wide margin, 52-28, which led to 25 second-chance points. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 53.0 percent of their shots from the floor.
Houts' scoring tally represented a season high, while Marshall improved her previous scoring high as a Lady Bulldog of 17 points against Georgia Southern last season and against Alabama during her freshman year.
Following six ties and four lead changes during the first 10:47, Houts canned a three-pointer to put the Lady Bulldogs up 23-20 and ignite the 22-2 run over the next 6:40.
Cal State Fullerton kept the game close by virtue of the three-pointer. Four of the Titan's first five buckets were from behind the arc and they finished the game with more threes (12) than two-point field goals (10).
The closest Fullerton got in the second half was 12 with 13:01 left, but Georgia answered with an 8-0 run over the next 3:13. A driving layup from Jaleesa Rhoden was followed by an offensive rebound and layup by Jasmine Lee, a layup in transition by Marshall and a second stickback by Lee.
The Lady Bulldogs will now face the winner of Friday's second game between UNLV and Eastern Washington at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.
Georgia will return to action in Athens on Monday when the Lady Bulldogs host East Tennessee State at Stegeman Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. Georgia will also take on Tennessee Tech at home on Wednesday at 7:00 before traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech at 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.