Feb. 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and Jasmine James chipped in with 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals to lead 13th-ranked Georgia to a 66-34 victory over Arkansas on Thursday evening at Stegeman Coliseum.
Arkansas' 34 points represented the fewest by an SEC opponent in regular-season play in Lady Bulldog history. The previous mark was established in a 78-35 victory over South Carolina on Feb. 1, 1997.
With the win, Georgia improves to 22-4 (10-3 SEC) on the season while Arkansas drops to 17-9 (5-8 SEC).
"We started very well and played that way for all 40 minutes," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "The thing that was cool was that we played so hard early, and when we needed to go to the bench, it didn't fall off. Everyone looked terrific."
Along with Hassell and James, four other Lady Bulldogs scored at least five points, as Anne Marie Armstrong tallied nine, Khaalidah Miller and Erika Ford each scored eight apiece, and Merritt Hempe added five points.
Hempe also recorded a career-high four blocks, and fellow freshman Shacobia Barbee tied a career high with six assists to help lead the Lady Bulldogs. As a team, Georgia dished out 17 assists while getting 27 points from the bench and scoring 34 points in the paint. The Lady Bulldogs also tied a season-high with eight blocked shots on the night.
Georgia opened the game on a 9-0 run behind a pair of lay-ups from James and a three-pointer from Anne Marie Armstrong. The Georgia defense held the Razorbacks to just two points over the first six minutes of play and only four points through the first ten minutes while building an 18-4 lead.
Both teams struggled to score over the next two minutes, but a pair of free throws by Miller and back-to-back buckets by Hassell three minutes later would help Georgia take a 30-16 lead entering the break.
The Georgia offense did not let up in the second half, as Hassell scored the Lady Bulldogs' first six points out of the break to put Georgia up 36-18. Georgia continued to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the half and extended their advantage to 26 points after a three-pointer from Miller with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Georgia's defense held Arkansas to just 26 percent shooting from the floor, including 12.5 percent from three-point range. No Arkansas player scored in double figures, but Dominique Wilson and Erin Gatling each chipped in eight points apiece to lead the Razorbacks.
The Lady Bulldogs return to the court on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS.
Georgia improved to 28-4 all-time against Arkansas, with a 13-2 mark in Athens. This is the Lady Dogs' seventh consecutive victory over the Razorbacks.
Georgia moved to 22-4 on the season (10-3 SEC) and reached 22 wins for the 23rd time under Andy Landers.
Landers is now only one win shy of his 900th career victory.
The Lady Dogs held the Razorbacks to 34 points which is the lowest an oppenent has scored against Georgia this season. Arkansas' 34 points is the lowest an opponent has scored against Georgia in SEC regular season play ever. The previous record was established in a 78-35 win over South Carolina on Feb. 1, 1997.
Krista Donald grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. She and Erika Ford, who also recorded 7 rebounds, led the Lady Dogs in their 50 rebounds of the night.
Freshman Shacobia Barbee tied her season and career-high assists with six on the night.
The Lady Dogs had eight blocks as a team, tying their season high from the 66-38 victory over Presbyterian on November 14th.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine James tallied 12 points, her 17th double-digit scoring performance this season and 69th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell put up 14 points, her 18th double-digit scoring performance this season and 61st of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On the hot start...
"I thought offensively we executed perfectly the first three times down. Defensively, if I recall, we almost got the 30-second call the first three times down. We started very well and played that way for all 40 minutes. The thing that was cool was that we played so hard early, and when we needed to go to the bench it didn't fall off. Everyone looked terrific."
On keeping momentum in second half...
"The players were focused. I give them credit - they played very well and were focused and relentless. I think they've heard all year about our shortcomings - sometimes we don't rebound, sometimes things break down during the season, and one thing is that we haven't always started the game or half well. We don't always play two halves and they've heard that and we've been trying to address it. Now it's time to get it all right and we're doing that."
On making improvements...
"Well, if you look at the stat sheet everything looks pretty good. We had some unnecessary turnovers and missed layups, but the big thing is second-chance points (eight). We had 21 offensive rebounds and we need to have more second-chance points than that. We labored on both ends on the boards and when that happens you've got to credit yourself on the scoreboard."
Arkansas Coach Tom Collen
On tonight's game...
"I think the most frustrating thing is that we didn't come out ready to play and then we didn't do anything about that to dig ourselves out of the hole. We kept looking at the scoreboard and kept turning the ball over. There was just a lot of frustration and not a lot of leadership out there and you're not going to be able to fight back against a team like Georgia once you let them start rolling like that."
On first half struggles...
"We were stunned. I don't know why we were stunned because the first thing on the board in the locker room before the game was `be ready for them to come out and get in your face and pressure you all over the floor' and that's what Georgia did and they intimidated us."