Dec. 22, 2011
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||K. Miller 23
||A. Freeman 14
||K. Donald 13
||K. Sharkey 9
||A. Armstrong 6
||R. Gary 3
||K. Miller 5
||A. Freeman 4
||3 Players w/ 1
||3 Players w/ 2
Athens, Ga. --- Sparked by career highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds from freshman Krista Donald, the No. 13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (10-2) defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-2, 3-0), 81-37, Thursday evening.
Georgia did so while playing without starting point guard Jasmine James, who ranks among SEC leaders in scoring, assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes played. James suffered a knee sprain in the Lady Bulldogs' last outing and did not dress out.
"I'm really proud of this basketball team," said head coach Andy Landers. "We were playing without what may be our most valuable player. Overall, this team performed really well and played a near perfect game."
In addition, Meredith Mitchell, who started at the point in James' absence, left the game late in the first half after taking an elbow to the eye and did not return.
After scoring just six points in the first half, Khaalidah Miller shot 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the second half to end the night with 23 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Miller recorded her first career double-double and set new career records in the rebounds and steals columns, as well as set a new season high for scoring.
Donald recorded her first 20-point game and second career double-double. She nearly reached her previous highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone, notching nine points and eight rebounds prior to intermission.
Jasmine Hassell also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. This marks the first game this season that more than one Lady Bulldog has had a double-double.
Erika Ford rounded out the double-digit scoring by Georgia with 11 points and she also grabbed six rebounds.
"Krista and Erika played really well tonight," continued Landers. "Krista takes off like a missile and comes out of the chute as fast as anyone. She really did a very good job at execution. I thought that Erika was huge in the beginning of the game in getting the ball to the rim. She sliced through their defense and made some really nice plays. They both played well and as the game went on they began executing better, which is what you want to see."
Georgia continued to dominate behind the free throw line, shooting 20-of-27, aided by a 8-of-9 effort by Miller. Tonight's 74.1 percent is the third highest of the season.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the locker room at halftime with a 32-10 lead. Ten points is the fewest first half points since ECU held N.C. Central to six on Nov. 26, 2008; the halftime score was 49-6.
A fast break layup by Ford with 6:00 left in the first half sparked a 12-0 run by Georgia to end the first half.
Georgia shot 39.4 percent from the floor in the opening stanza and out rebounded the Mountaineers 31 to 17.
The No. 13 Lady Bulldogs return to action Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. when they host the Furman Paladins.
Georgia improved to 10-2 overall and are 3-0 all-time against Appalachian State.
The Mountaineers' 10 first-half points were the lowest since N.C. Central was held to six on Nov. 26, 2008.
Krista Donald set a new season and career-best with 22 points and 13 rebounds, eclipsing her previous bests of 10 points and 10 rebounds both set against the College of Charleston, which like Appalachian State, is a member of the Southern Conference.
Krista Donald and Khaalidah Miller each recorded 20-point performances, marking the first time this season that two Bulldogs scored at least 20 points. Donald's 22-point performance was the first 20-point game of her career. Miller's 23 points marked the fourth time in her career that she eclipsed the 20-point mark and the first for this season.
Khaalidah Miller recorded a career-high 11 rebounds and the first double-double game of her career with her 23 point performance.
With the Lady Bulldogs 81-37 win, Georgia is now 430-7 when scoring 80 or more points during Coach Andy Landers' 33 seasons at the helm.
Georgia set a season record with three Lady Bulldogs recording a double-double.
The 37 points scored by Appalachian State is the lowest scored by an opponent this season. The previous low was 43 points by Mercer.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Krista Donald scored 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, her second double-double outing of the season and second of her career.
Jasmine Hassell scored 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, her first double-double game of the season and second of her career.
Erika Ford recorded 11 points for her third double-digit game of the season and the third of her career.
Khaalidah Miller tallied her 10th double-digit game of the season and the 24th of her career with a season-high 23 points.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On the game:
"I'm really proud of this basketball team. We were playing without what may be our most valuable player. Overall, this team performed really well and played a near perfect game."
On the game plan...
"We felt that we had a pretty simple game plan tonight. We knew that we had a lot of different schemes that we needed to defend and we did a good job of that. We knew that we needed to keep points off the board. Appalachian State is a team that gets a lot of offensive rebounds, so we wanted to guard them aggressively because we weren't sure if they had seen the type of defense that we are capable of. We wanted to make sure that we rebounded the ball well."
On Meredith Mitchell...
"Mitchell was terrific and did an outstanding job of defending a really good player. To (Anna) Freeman's credit, we had handcuffs on her the whole night and she didn't stand still. She got the basketball and got open a few times and made good on it. It was a battle between two outstanding players."
On Krista Donald and Erika Ford...
"Krista and Erika played really well tonight. Krista takes off like a missile and comes out of the chute as fast as anyone. She really did a very good job at execution. I thought that Erika was huge in the beginning of the game in getting the ball to the rim. She sliced through their defense and made some really nice plays. They both played well and as the game went on they began executing better, which is what you want to see."