Feb. 2, 2012
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||Miller, Hassell 16
||Grant, Johnson 14
||A. Armstrong 8
||M. Alwal 8
||A. Armstrong 5
||D. Johnson 5
||K. Miller 6
||Johnson, Brown 3
||A. Armstrong 2
||M. Alwal 7
ATHENS, Ga. --- Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points each as the No. 21 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (17-6, 6-4) snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (13-9, 3-6), 70-60, Thursday night.
"Tonight's game was wild," said head coach Andy Landers. "We did a lot of good things. We almost created a lot of good plays, but we didn't finish, which made this just a wild basketball game."
Hassell also recorded six rebounds and one assist, while Miller notched seven rebounds, two assists and a team-high and career-best six steals. Meredith Mitchell also scored double digits, with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Erika Ford came close to a double-double with eight points and seven rebounds.
Anne Marie Armstrong led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards with eight rebounds and also contributed nine points, five assists and four steals.
"Anne Marie just gets better and better," continued Landers. "She has such a good sense for the game and she's unselfish. That's what makes her so much fun to watch. She'll help her teammates on defense and run the risk of her man scoring. She'll pass when other people are open and she is too. She's a fun player to coach and watch."
The Lady Bulldogs took a quick lead with a 15-4 run that lasted the first six minutes of the game. In those six minutes, Hassell scored eight of her 11 first-half points.
Georgia led for all but 28 seconds of the opening half, when Mississippi State led by one, 22-21. With 4:10 left on the clock, Ford put Georgia back on top with a layup that sparked another 15-4 run, which Georgia used to end the period up 36-26.
In the first half, the Lady Bulldogs once again dominated the turnover and steal margins. Georgia committed eight turnovers and recorded 12 steals, while Mississippi State notched 15 turnovers and only three steals.
The second half started with another big surge, this time a 14-4 Mississippi State run during the first six minutes of the period tied the game for just the second time of the night, 40-40. A jumper and subsequent free throw by Hassell sparked a 15-0 Georgia push that lasted four minutes. The Lady Bulldogs eventually led by 22 points on three occasions, lastly at 70-48 with 2:15 left.
The Lady Bulldogs will now travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. The contest will be televised regionally on SportSouth. Georgia's next home game is a week from Sunday, when the Lady Bulldogs host Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. in an SEC Network televised tilt.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 17-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
Georgia is now 26-12 in the series against Mississippi State, including a 14-3 record in Stegeman Coliseum.
UGA, which is ranked second in the SEC in steals, recorded 15 on the night, which is above its average of 11 spg.
The Lady Bulldogs started and finished the first half on a 15-4 run.
Khaalidah Miller recorded a career-high six steals to bring her season total to 44.
Anne Marie Armstrong had an all-around solid game, recording eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. She also scored nine points going a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. It was the third time in seven games that she was perfect from the charity stripe.
With 14:12 left in the second half, Mississippi State tied the game at 40. UGA answered with a 28-8 run to put the game away.
With tonight's victory, Andy Landers is now 10 wins shy of his 800th victory as head coach at UGA.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine Hassell recorded 16 points to mark her 16th double-digit game of the season and the 36th of her career.
Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points, recording her 17th double-digit game of the season and the 31st of her career.
Meredith Mitchell's 11 point total marks her 12th double-digit game of her career and the 38th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game:
"Tonight's game was wild. We did a lot of good things. We almost created a lot of good plays, but we didn't finish, which made this just a wild basketball game."
On forcing turnovers:
"We felt like we needed to rebound the ball and turn them over. We were able to do both. We accomplished those objectives, which I think ultimately won us the basketball game."
On finishing in the second half:
"Our kids made some plays. They made some defensive stops, forced some turnovers and got some layups out of that. They executed the plays in the half court but also improvised some."
On Anne Marie Armstrong:
"Anne Marie just gets better and better. She has such a good sense for the game and she's unselfish. That's what makes her so much fun to watch. She'll help her teammates on defense and run the risk of her man scoring. She'll pass when other people are open and she is too. She's a fun player to coach and watch."
Mississippi State Head Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis
On the game:
"We have to take better care of the basketball. I was pleased with our effort for 40 minutes. We had a player in foul trouble and a couple of substitutions there. Defensively, we didn't match up. They drained a couple of threes, pressed and had a turnover and all of a sudden they get a big run in the second half. The effort that we had tonight will help us win more games and hopefully we can build on that. We just have to continue to work. You have to play through runs. Teams make them and you have to continue to fight. I was proud of that effort and that's going to help us win ball games down the road."
On the turnovers:
"It gives you more opportunities to shoot the basketball. That's something when you look at possessions, that's where you have to take care of the ball. You have to value each possession because another 10 possessions with both teams shooting 40 percent, that makes a big difference in the score."