basketball-women-d1 flag | December 13, 2014

Starting five: Griffin, Holmes, Tuck, Wilson, Young

Starting Five

Tiaria Griffin, Guard, 5-foot-7, Junior, Georgia
Behind Griffin, Georgia continued its perfect 10-0 start to the season by defeating Michigan State 69-60 on Sunday. The win was one of three racked up by the Bulldogs this week as Georgia defeated Coppin State (49-29), Mercer (68-49) and Michigan State to improve to 10-0 for the 10th time in program history. Griffin led Georgia's scoring effort against Michigan State with 15 points, including three field goals from 3-point range, as well as season highs of eight rebounds and six assists. For the week she averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. Georgia returns to action on Dec. 20 against Furman.

Bria Holmes, Guard, 6-1, Junior, West Virginia
Holmes continues to fill up the West Virginia stat sheet each night, averaging 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 4.5 steals per game for the week as the Mountaineers scored wins against Farleigh Dickinson (80-52) and Coppin State (83-43) to improve to 6-1 on the young season. Playing in front of many of her family members and friends, Holmes posted 25 points, collected four steals and handed out three assists in the win against Farleigh Dickinson. Holmes, a New Haven, Connecticut native, went 11 of 20 from the field with three 3-pointers. She returned three nights later with 20 points and seven rebounds in the win against Coppin State.

Morgan Tuck, Forward, 6-2, Sophomore, Connecticut
Tuck and Connecticut made an early season statement on Saturday at Notre Dame. Tuck scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds as UConn scored a 76-58 win against the Fighting Irish in a rematch of the two teams that played in the 2014 national championship game. Tuck’s 25 points came on 12-for-19 shooting. Tuck, a redshirt sophomore, also dished out three assists, blocked two shots and recorded two steals as UConn improved to 6-1 on the season. Looking to fill the void created by the graduation of Stefanie Dolson after last season, Tuck combined with Kiah Stokes for 31 points and 27 rebounds in the win.

A’ja Wilson, Guard/Forward, 6-5, Freshman, South Carolina
Wilson’s put-back with 1.8 seconds remaining lifted South Carolina to a 51-50 win at Duke on Sunday and allowed South Carolina to maintain its No. 1 national ranking. It was South Carolina's first victory against a top-10 opponent on the road since a 64-60 win at then-No. 8 Tennessee on Feb. 2, 2012. The Gamecocks and Blue Devils have met just twice all-time at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with South Carolina claiming both contests. South Carolina (8-0) won all three games against North Carolina Central (90-26), Charlotte (82-61) and Duke last week. Wilson scored in double figures in each game while shooting 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field. She had 16 points and eight rebounds against North Carolina Central, had a team-high 17 points, three rebounds, three blocks and three steals against Charlotte and had 10 points, five rebounds and the game-winning basket against Duke.
Michelle Young, Guard/Forward, 5-9, Senior, Bradley
Young turned in one of her strongest all-around effort to help power Bradley to a 76-64 home win against Missouri on Saturday. She netted 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go with six rebounds, five assists and six steals in 37 minutes of action. Young became the first Bradley player with 20 points, five boards, five assists and five steals in a game since Raisa Taylor on March 5, 2011. She connected on a career-best two 3-pointers and also tied a career high with her five assists to help the Braves to their first win against a Southeastern Conference team. Young also climbed up five spots on Bradley’s career scoring list into 24th with her third 20-point game in four outings. Bradley plays host to Western Illinois on Dec. 9.

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