Dec. 20, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 13 points apiece to lead No. 13 Georgia (9-2) to a 63-49 win over Montana State (7-4) in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs opened up a double-digit lead early in the contest and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way but failed to put more significant distance on the scoreboard several times.
"I asked our players in the locker room how many points they thought we left out there and by their own admission they said 24 to 28," head coach Andy Lander said. "We missed a lot of easy shots. We have execute what we want to do offensively better."
Georgia led by as many as 16 points early in the second half but allowed Montana State to pull within 48-42 with 6:21 remaining. Consecutive buckets from Tamika Willis pushed the margin back to double figures less than a minute later, and the Bobcats never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Georgia opened up a double-digit lead 6:13 into the game, building a 16-6 advantage on a transition layup by Jasmine James at the 12:47 mark. Montana State chipped the lead down to five at 19-14 before a 9-0 surge gave the Lady Bulldogs a 28-14 lead with 6:38 on the clock.
The Bobcats again rallied and closed the gap to six on a three from Ausha Cole with 1:07 remaining in the period before a short jumper from Hassell and a three by Miller restored an 11-point gap at the intermission.
"At the end of the first half, those last few possessions, I thought we did a nice job or moving the ball and finding the open person and knocking down shots to push the lead back out there," Landers said.
Anne Marie Armstrong collected a career-high seven steals, and Jasmine James paced the Lady Bulldogs with eight rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Bulldogs will now return home to host Appalachian State on Thursday at 7 p.m. That contest is the first of three-game homestand through Georgia's SEC opener against Arkansas on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs also will host Furman on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 90 minutes before tip-off. UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
In addition, the Georgia Bulldogs are offering fans several ways to take advantage of discount ticket opportunities to attend men's and women's basketball home games over the holidays.
When ordering online, fans can enter the promo code HOLIDAYS to purchase $5 tickets to see the men's basketball games and $1 tickets to see the women's basketball games over the holidays. Promo code tickets will be available in sections M, N, Y, Z, A, LL, MM and NN for men's basketball and any upper level section for the women's basketball games. The promo code will expire at Noon on the day of game for December 20, 22, 23, 27 and 28 and 11:59p.m. the night before games on December 30 and January 1.
Fans can also print out discount coupons that can be redeemed for a ticket beginning one hour prior to tip-off of each game at the Stegeman Coliseum ticket windows.