Robin­son has 15 points as Ge­or­gia women beat Bon­nies

Ledger-Enquirer - - Sports -

Caliya Robin­son had 15 points and nine re­bounds and No. 14 Ge­or­gia played strong de­fense to beat Saint Bon­aven­ture 67-40 on Fri­day night in the Lady Bull­dogs’ sea­son opener.

Robin­son, a se­nior for­ward, played only 21 min­utes and sat out the fi­nal pe­riod. Taja Cole had 10 points for Ge­or­gia.

Ge­or­gia (1-0) held the Bon­nies (1-1) to 16 firsthalf points. Saint Bon­aven­ture made only 12 of 55 shots (21.8 per­cent) from the field.

Asianae John­son led Saint Bon­aven­ture with nine points.

Mary­land trans­fer Jenna Staiti had nine points be­fore foul­ing out in her Ge­or­gia de­but. The 6foot-6 Staiti, a sopho­more, sat out last sea­son.

Af­ter lead­ing 21-10 at the end of the open­ing pe­riod, the Lady Bull­dogs al­lowed a com­bined 10 points in the next two pe­ri­ods. Ge­or­gia led 55-20 en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter.

Da­jah Lo­gan and Emily Cal­abrese each had six points for Saint Bon­aven­ture.

Ge­or­gia re­turns six of its top seven scor­ers from its 2017-18 team that fin­ished 26-7, in­clud­ing 12-4 in the SEC.

The Bull­dogs next play Winthrop (Big South Con­fer­ence) on Sun­day.

Robin­son was named to the 2018-19 John R. Wooden Award Watch List on Wed­nes­day; as such, she is one of 30 women's bas­ket­ball play­ers con­sid­ered early fron­trun­ners for one of col­lege bas­ket­ball's most pres­ti­gious honors.

She en­ters her fi­nal year 80 blocks shy of break­ing the school record for blocked shots (297 by Tawana McDon­ald, 19982002). She fin­ished as one of five fi­nal­ists for the Ka­t­rina McClain award last sea­son and is the only re­turn­ing SEC player to rank in the top 20 in scor­ing, re­bound­ing, blocks and steals.

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