Jan. 8, 2012
Auburn, AL --- No. 16 Georgia (13-3, 2-1 SEC) scored the game's first 13 points and never looked back en route to a 70-45 victory over Auburn (9-7, 1-2 SEC) here on Sunday afternoon.
Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James scored 14 points apiece to lead four Lady Bulldog in double figures. Khaalidah Miller added 12, and Midfield, Ala., native Meredith Mitchell chipped in 10. Anne Marie Armstrong contributed game-high tallies of five assists and four blocks.
"Our team and coaches are very proud of this performance," Andy Landers said. "It was motivated by our game Thursday in Knoxville that we thought was very lacking in just about every way. We thought we needed to be more aggressive and leave everything on the court, and I think they did that today."
Georgia lost to No. 6 Tennessee, 80-51, just three days earlier.
The Lady Bulldogs' 13-0 run covered the opening 6:59. James did much of the damage, accounting for seven of the initial nine points.
Auburn scored on a Morgan Jennings free throw at the 12:33 mark to make it 13-1. The Tigers connected on their first field goal with 11:25 on the clock when Blanche Alverson hit a three to make it 17-4.
Georgia continued its onslaught, however, and built a 17-point lead on two occasions, lastly at 25-8. After Auburn scored eight unanswered to close the gap to single digits, a three from Miller and a shot clock-beating jumper by Mitchell expanded the advantage back to 30-16 just before halftime.
Georgia scored the first two buckets of the second half to quickly match its largest lead less than two minutes into the stanza. The margin hovered around that mark for a several minutes before a 17-2 run covering 9:19 bulged the score to 62-32 with 3:52 left.
Georgia outrebounded the Tigers, 47-35, including 23 offensive boards to Auburn's 24 defensive. Auburn made more free throws (16) than field goals (13).
"I was pleased with the fact we were ready to play and the way we played," Landers said. "I thought we started the game and took the floor with the right attitude and kept it there. That attitude was 'We are going to dominate you. We're going to get after you. We're going to be the aggressor.'
"It was consistent," Landers continued. "I don't think we could've played much better defensively. We could play better offensively. We left some points on the board. Don't get me wrong, it was a great game and a great performance, but we can play much better on the offensive end than we did today."
Georgia will return to action on Thursday when the Lady Bulldogs host Florida at 7 p.m. The first 500 UGA students in attendance will receive "Beat Florida" t-shirts, pizza and drinks.
Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 90 minutes before tip-off. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.