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Georgians wear out Dayton in 70-54 NCAA Tournament win

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jenna Staiti scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as sixth-seeded Georgia beat No. 11 Dayton 70-54 in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament on Friday night.

Que Morrison added 16 points for the Bulldogs (21-9) while Jillian Hollingshead scored 15 points.

“We had a couple of weeks off and I think that was important for us,” Staiti said of the Bulldogs’ hiatus after the SEC Tournament. “We flipped a switch.”

Makira Cook led the Flyers (26-6) with 21 points. Jenna Giacone added 16.

The first half featured six lead changes and four draws, before Georgia took control.


Morrison scored to give the Bulldogs a 25-20 advantage. Hollingshead followed with a jumper and a layup that pushed the margin to 29-22.

A 3-pointer from Morrison extended Georgia’s lead to 38-26 with 2:31 left in the second quarter.

Dayton continued to struggle with the size of the Bulldogs as Hollingshead and Staiti, both 6-foot-4, continually found defensive mismatches.

“The position is a little tough,” Hollingshead said. “You are beaten there, but you never give up.”

The duo connected on back-to-back baskets to give Georgia a 54-41 lead with 2:07 left in the third quarter.

Dayton shot 36 percent from the floor and was passed 48-31.

“I think their size and physicality disrupted a lot of what we were trying to do,” Flyers coach Shauna Green said.

BLUE BLOOD DOGS

Georgia is making its 35th NCAA Tournament appearance in the event’s 40-year history, tying the Bulldogs with Stanford for second place on the all-time roster. Tennessee leads with 40 NCAA appearances. Georgia was looking for its 58th victory in the tournament.

PULLING DROUGHT

Dayton struggled to match its steamy shoot from two nights earlier. The Flyers made 13 of 23 3-pointers in an 88-57 win over DePaul on Wednesday. Against Georgia, they made just two of their first seven attempts from behind the arc. Dayton finished 6 of 18 from long range.

FOLLOWING

Georgia advances to meet the winner of Friday’s game between Iowa State and Texas-Arlington in a second-round game on Sunday.

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