Lady Bulldogs Cruise Past Presbyterian


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Jasmine Hassell

Nov. 14, 2012

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) past the Presbyterian Blue Hose (1-1), 66-38, on Wednesday.

Additional leaders for the Bulldogs include freshmen Merritt Hempe with 11 points, three steals and a team-high three blocks and Shacobia Barbee with three assists and a team-high five steals.

"It was a really good win, and I was impressed," said head coach Andy Landers. "I think we were all impressed. You know, you play a game against Rutgers (last Sunday) and you identify two or three things that you think you can do better in the next game, and you work on those only for a few minutes. You keep them on your kids' radars, and then they come out this game and they address those things. I'm really, really pleased with what the focus was tonight and how the players addressed the focus."

Georgia started the game strong with a 9-3 run that lasted the first four minutes of the game. The next seven minutes saw the Blue Hose match the Lady Bulldogs basket-for-basket and reduce Georgia's lead to 18-13.

Seconds after Georgia recorded it's smallest lead of the game, Hassell sank a pair of free throws to spark an 8-0 Lady Bulldog run that put Georgia up 26-13 with four minutes left in the period.

In the final minutes of the half, the Lady Bulldogs surged to a 17-point, 35-18, lead before entering the locker room. In the first half, Georgia shot 43.3 percent from the field.

The Lady Bulldogs began the second period in similar fashion as the first by outscoring Presbyterian 6-0 in the first two minutes.

While Georgia maintained at least a 20-point lead for the entire second half, the Blue Hose kept Georgia from increasing its lead by more than for most of the period.

With 4:05 on the clock, Hassell again sparked a Lady Bulldog run, this time with a layup. Georgia's 10-2 run lasted until the end of the game.

For the game, Georgia shot a blistering 75 percent from the charity stripe, including a 4-for-5 effort by Hassell.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Friday when they host S.C. State at 7 p.m.

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Notes

• After tonight's 66-38 victory, Georgia is 4-0 all-time against Presbyterian, including a 3-0 mark in Athens.

Andy Landers is now three wins shy of his 800th victory at Georgia and 21 wins shy of his 900th career victory.

Jasmine James, who scored six points tonight, moved to No. 30 among UGA scoring career leaders with 1,066 points. James passed Megan Darrah (1,064 points) and is now 27 points shy of No. 29 Kara Braxton.

• With one block this evening Anne Marie Armstrong is now 15 blocks from No. 10 Wanda Holloway among UGA career leaders.

Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits

Jasmine Hassell's 14-point performance marks the second time she has scored double digit points this season and the 45th time in her career.

Merritt Hempe scored double digits with 11 points, her first this season and the first of her career.

Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers

On tonight's game:

"It was a really good win, and I was impressed. I think we were all impressed. You know, you play a game against Rutgers (last Sunday) and you identify two or three things that you think you can do better in the next game, and you work on those only for a few minutes. You keep them on your kids' radars, and then they come out this game and they address those things. We felt like we needed to pass the ball and reverse the ball a little quicker after we ran it down the floor, and we did that tonight. We knew we needed to rebound better, and we did that tonight. We wanted to stay out from under our man and up the line because we did a poor job of that against Rutgers. I'm really, really pleased with what the focus was tonight and how the players addressed the focus."

On the play of Jasmine Hassell:

"You could see her mind was made up from the first shot that went up when she went for that defensive board. I think she was embarrassed by the way she rebounded the ball against Rutgers, and she had her mind made up to do a much better job tonight. I thought she was terrific around the boards. She was fading a little bit on her post move in the first half, but overall it was a terrific effort and a lot of energy tonight from Jasmine Hassell." 

On Presbyterian's strengths:

"They're disciplined, and they're juniors and seniors. They're very well coached, and they're disciplined in what they do."

Presbyterian Head Coach Ronny Fisher

On tonight's game:

"They've obviously got a very good basketball team, and they've got a very good coach. That's a deadly combination. The biggest thing they did is they turned us over. Their pressure hurt us, and their athleticism really hurt us. We got a little tired and really made some mental errors. We just threw the ball to them, and you can't do that against a good team." 

On what to take away after playing Georgia:

"The best thing I just told our kids is that it really makes your weaknesses glaring, and it shows what you need to work on. Unless you play a better team, you don't find that out. So we've obviously got a lot of things we need to work on, and we'll go to work on them. That will help us in the long run."

 

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