Jasmine James Returns as Georgia Tops Alabama, 81-66
Feb. 5, 2012
In addition to her season-high scoring effort, James also recorded eight rebounds and four assists as she led a quintet of Lady Bulldogs in double-digit scoring. Donald's 18 points mark the first time in her career that she has led Georgia in scoring; she is the seventh player to do so this season. Donald also led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards, for the third time this season, with nine rebounds.
James came off the bench with 17:39 left in the first half when Meredith Mitchell left the game with a knot on her head after a collision following a rebound. James missed the past five games with a right knee sprain. James' first points of the afternoon came off a pair of free throws five minutes into the game.
"Obviously tonight was bittersweet and it's a little bit frustrating to me as a coach because tonight was a night when we were going to have everybody healthy and get this season moving in the direction that we wanted to move it in," said head coach Andy Landers. "Then, two minutes into the game, Meredith is out and a very important player to us isn't healthy anymore. That's disappointing; of course it was an accident and it's not anybody's fault. As a result of Meredith being out, we were playing people at different positions and J.J. was trying to knock some of the cobwebs off."
Georgia took an early 7-2 lead and never looked back. Erika Ford started the game quickly with a basket just 30 seconds in.
Alabama took their first lead at 25-24 with 5:41 left in the first period off of a three-pointer by Shafontaye Myers. The Lady Bulldogs regained the lead when Donald connected on a pair of free throws less than a minute later. Back-to-back jumpers by Donald and Armstrong increased Georgia's advantage to 30-25.
Georgia led by seven a total of five times in the opening period, lastly at 36-29 with 1:11 left. A jumper at the buzzer by Meghan Perkins pulled the Crimson Tide within five and the Lady Bulldogs entered the locker room with a 36-31 advantage.
In the first half, Georgia shot a blistering 70.6 percent from the charity stripe, connecting on 12-of-17. This number was aided by James' 6-of-8 performance at the free throw line.
The Lady Bulldogs started the second half just as spirited at the first, scoring four points in the first minute and increasing their lead to 40-31.
A quick five points by the Crimson Tide made it seem as if they were making a surge, but back-to-back jumpers by Donald stalled them and increased Georgia's lead, 46-36.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to increase their lead and with 7:53 left on the clock, a Miller trey put Georgia up by 15, 61-46.
Alabama fought hard the whole game, but it was not enough. Georgia met them basket-for-basket and them some, leading by as much as 20.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores.