ATLANTA (AP) — Shacobia Barbee scored a career-high 24 points and Krista Donald added 11 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 24 Georgia beat Georgia Tech 64-57 on Sunday.
Kaela Davis finished with 20 points and Roddreka Rodgers had 13 points and eight rebounds for Georgia Tech (3-1).
With the Lady Bulldogs leading by four, Barbee stole the ball from Davis near Georgia Tech’s baseline, and hit Merritt Hempe to make it a six-point lead with 35 seconds remaining.
Davis quickly hit a 3, but Georgia’s Marjorie Butler closed the game out by hitting four free throws.
Mackenzie Engram scored 12 points and combined with Barbee and Butler for 20 rebounds. Georgia (4-0) out-rebounded the Jackets by 10.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 33-4 in the series and have won four straight against the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia took its first lead of the second half on Hempe’s layup at 17:12 and went ahead for good when Donald hit a 3 to make it 49-47 nearly 10 minutes later.
Barbee’s previous career high was 23 points last January against Alabama. She went 4 for 6 from the field in the first half, while Georgia’s other shooters were 3 for 20.
Georgia improved to 9-3 in the series since 2001, when Georgia Tech snapped a 24-game losing streak to the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia Tech missed 18 of its first 23 shots from the field and trailed 16-11 before Sydney Wallace’s jumper put the Jackets ahead 24-22. Georgia Tech dropped to 3-12 in series home games.
Georgia hosts Georgia Southern on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech hosts Grambling State on Tuesday.
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