ATHENS, Ga. • Jordan Danberry stepped up in crunch time as No. 15 Mississippi State held off Georgia 73-66 on Sunday to extend the nation’s longest road win streak to 13 games.
Her team holding a one-point lead after 30 minutes of play, Danberry scored 11 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Six of those came in a 8-0 run to start the period to give MSU (14-2, 2-0 SEC) some breathing room at 56-47.
“Not our best day but give Georgia a ton of credit,” said Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer, whose team won its sixth game in a row. “My young team, we grew up a little bit today, I hope.”
Three of MSU’s baskets came after consecutive turnovers by Georgia (10-5, 1-1) which finished with 23 miscues.
“The difference in the game is when we came out in the fourth quarter,” Schaefer said. “A win on the road in this league is so difficult. If you get one on the road it is worth a win and a half.”
Rickea Jackson also scored 17 points in the victory. Danberry and Jackson each added five rebounds and three assists.
Georgia (10-5, 1-1) got within four points three times in the fourth quarter, the final time at 66-62 on Jenna Staiti’s layup with just over two minutes left. But Danberry made three free throws and Jackson two in the final 38 seconds.
A bucket by Danberry with three minutes left in the third period gave MSU the lead for good. The Bulldogs led for over 34 minutes of the game but only once by double figures – 10 points with 3:10 remaining.
Stephanie Paul had 15 points and nine rebounds for Georgia.
MSU will try to extend its road winning streak on Thursday night at Missouri.