Nov. 17, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Jasmine James put up 17 points, recorded eight rebounds, dished out seven assists and collected six steals to lead the No. 12 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (3-0) to a 73-48 victory over College of Charleston (1-2) Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
"We're playing good defense, we're knocking balls down and we're playing well in transition," said head coach Andy Landers. "The difference tonight was that we passed the ball well in transition. I thought we did some really nice things when we passed the half line tonight."
With a dominant 18-0 run to open the first half, the Lady Bulldogs started strong and held the Cougars scoreless the first 9:14 of the game. Georgia shot 48.6 percent from the field in the first half and entered the locker room with a 44-22 lead.
The second half was much like the first, as the Lady Bulldogs had an impressive 15-4 run the start the period.
College of Charleston had 31 turnovers for the night, 20 of which were forced by the Lady Bulldogs.
"We won the points off of turnover battle which is really important," continued Landers. "Our defense really created a lot of offense tonight."
Krista Donald posted her first career double-double, as she led Georgia on the boards with 10 rebounds and put up 10 points.
"Krista Donald, Jasmine James and Erika Ford played with a lot of energy and seemed to focused on what it was they intended to do tonight," said Landers.
Khaalidah Miller and Anne Marie Armstrong were also productive for the Lady Bulldogs, putting up 10 points each, and Ford and Tamika Willis contributed seven points apiece.
The Cougars, who shot 41.9 percent for the night, were paced by Megan Fischer with 15 points.
Georgia wraps up a busy week of three games in six days, when they play host No. 23 Southern Cal on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 against College of Charleston in their first meeting with the Cougars.
UGA is 47-11 all-time versus teams currently competing with the College of Charleston in the Southern Conference.
This is Georgia's third win in seven days and second straight victory against a SoCon team, including Tuesday's 68-49 win over Georgia Southern.
Freshman Krista Donald's double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) was the second time this season that a Bulldog recorded a double-double. Meredith Mitchell scored 10 points and grabbed 12 boards against TCU in the season-opener.
Georgia converted 31 CofC turnovers into 40 points, the most for the Bulldogs this season.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Krista Donald scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to earn the first double-double of her career.
Donald's 10-point performance was also a career-best. Her previous high was four against Georgia Southern.
Jasmine James scored 17 points, marking her third double-digit game of the season and the 42nd of her career.
Khaalidah Miller scored 10 points, marking her third double-digit game of the season and the 17th of her career.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 10 points, marking her second double-digit game of the season and the 18th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On young players...:
"Krista Donald, Jasmine James and Erika Ford played with a lot of energy and seemed to focused on what it was they intended to do tonight."
On the defense creating offense...:
"We won the points off of turnover battle which is really important. Our defense really created a lot of offense tonight. We're playing good defense, we're knocking balls down and we're playing well in transition. The difference tonight was that we passed the ball well in transition. I thought we did some really nice things when we passed the half line tonight."
On areas of improvement...:
"We did leave a lot of points on the floor tonight. We missed some easy shots, made some careless turnovers that cost us possessions and we were weak under the basket. We rebounded the ball well offensively, but we didn't do a good job of powering the ball back in."
College of Charleston Head Coach Nancy Wilson
On the game:
"We were honored to play a very athletic and good Georgia team. Obviously, the first 10 minutes or so were pretty scary when we couldn't get on the score board. Once we got out of the zone and started playing man and started penetrating a little more and they were fouling that opened up things a little bit. But we do realize what a good team they are."