Nov. 30, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Jasmine James notched 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and four steals as the No. 15 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (6-1) beat the South Caroline State Bulldogs (2-3), 85-48, Wednesday night.
"I'm proud of our team for the way it shot the ball," said head coach Andy Landers. "We shot very well from the floor and the best we've shot from the free throw line this season. We did some things that were good and we did some things we'd like to have do-overs on. We left a couple of fast-break layups on the table tonight. We left a couple of chip shots underneath out there."
Georgia started the game with a dominant 16-0 run in the first 6:38 of the game and never looked back.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 18 of their first-half points by connecting on 60 percent from behind the three-point line. Khaalidah Miller paced the three-point effort with a pair of treys early in the period.
Georgia started the second period slow, after entering the locker room with a 40-29 lead. After scoring just six points in the first three minutes of the second stanza, the Lady Bulldogs doubled their lead in just 4:24 minutes with a 15-2 run.
In the last two minutes of the game, Krista Donald hit a jumper and connected on four shots from the free throw line, accounting for six of her seven points of the night.
Georgia shot 78.9 percent from the line tonight, aided by Donald's 5-of-6 and Jasmine Hassell's 6-of-8 free throw efforts.
Erika Ford recorded her second consecutive double-digit scoring effort this season with 10 points; Ford also had three rebounds, two assists and four steals.
"We've said it before, but she's got a sense and really smooth body control," continued Landers. "She's got the power package to go along with it. She has elusiveness, she'll go around you and make a play. She's a really enjoyable player to coach."
In all, four Lady Bulldogs had double-digit scoring efforts and Georgia shot 50.8 percent from the floor. Hassell and Miller scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. when they host in-state rival Georgia Tech. The first 1,500 fans will receive replica Lady Bulldog jerseys.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-1 overall.
Georgia is now 8-1 against South Carolina State, including a 5-0 record versus S.C.S.U in Athens.
With the Lady Bulldogs 85-48 win, Georgia is now 428-7 when scoring 80 or more points during Coach Andy Landers' 33 seasons at the helm.
Georgia converted 30 S.C. State turnovers into 34 points.
The Lady Bulldogs' bench came through, scoring 31 points, while the post players racked up 34 points in the paint.
Georgia shot a season-high 78.9 percent from the free throw line.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine James tied her season best with 17 points, marking her fifth double-digit game of the season and the 44th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell's 12 points, brought her double-digit performances to four on the season and the 24th of her career.
Khaalidah Miller tallied her seventh double-digit game of the season and the 21st of her career with 11 points, including nine from behind the arc.
Erika Ford recorded 10 points for her second double-digit game of the season and the second of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On the game:
"I'm proud of our team for the way it shot the ball. We shot very well from the floor and the best we've shot from the free throw line this season. We did some things that were good and we did some things we'd like to have do-overs on. We left a couple of fast-break layups on the table tonight. We left a couple of chip shots underneath out there."
On Erika Ford:
"We've said it before, but she's got a sense and really smooth body control. She's got the power package to go along with it. She has elusiveness, she'll go around you and make a play. She's a really enjoyable player to coach."
On Jasmine Hassell:
"She was just terrific tonight. She's crazy strong and crazy talented under the basket. She got some offensive boards and powered it back up when she didn't have good looks and got fouled on the way up to get her free throws. She really played well from early in the game. You could tell she wanted to rebound the ball. She didn't pull them down, but she kept them alive and got her fingers on them on several of the first shots of the game."
S.C. State Head Coach Doug Robertson, Jr.
On the game:
"I thought everything went well for us. My biggest issue for us this whole year is how we're going to be mentally tough to play a team like Georgia. Just to sustain long enough. Our biggest issue was sustaining the whole game. We played 27 minutes, and then after that the horses kicked in and we saw a different level of playing in the last 10 to 12 minutes.
On how playing Georgia helps S.C. State:
"It just prepares us going into conference play. We have a big conference game on Saturday, so it was great for us. We play Hampton University who has won our conference in back-to-back years. So we have a daunting task ahead of us."