Hassell Shines in Senior Season
Feb. 1, 2013
ATHENS---The Georgia Lady Bulldogs began the 2012-13 season expecting big things from senior forward Jasmine Hassell. As the team enters the second half of its Southeastern Conference the Lebanon, Tenn., native hasn’t disappointed.
Hassell was especially important to the Lady Bulldog’s 65-59 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday night. Scoring 10 points and collecting a team-high eight rebounds, she set the tone in the paint in what proved to be an extremely physical encounter.
While pleased Georgia was able to escape with the win, Hassell said there is much to work on ahead of the trip to No. 6 Kentucky on Sunday.
“It was an up and down game and we turned the ball over a lot. We should have taken care of the ball a bit more,” Hassell said. “However, I think it was a good experience for us because there are going to be games like that and we need to keep our foot on the pedal and not let up.”
In her final season as a Lady Bulldog, Hassell has proven to be one of the Georgia’s most consistent performers on both ends of the court. She leads the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game while also averaging the second-most rebounds on the team with 5.1 per game. She has also dished out a career high 16 assists.
Despite her success Hassell still believes there a many ways she can improve herself, with rebounding being both an individual and team goal.
“That’s our team focus, to get better on the boards,” she said. “As a team that’s our weakest link and we need to start focusing on it because it’s going to count, we need rebounds.”
While collecting rebounds continues to be her main priority, she has set other goals for her senior season.
I have been trying to be a leader, doing a little bit extra in the gym and just getting better so our team can get better,” Hassell said. “It’s not really about me it’s about the team. Whatever I can do to improve myself for the team that’s what I’m going to do.”
While still striving to achieve more, the senior said that she feels she has done a good job trying to achieve her goals.
“I think I’ve done well but I’ve also slipped in some areas,” she said. “We need team leaders and I try every day just to come out and be a good leader.”
Hassell will lead the Lady Bulldogs into action on Sunday as they go on the road to Lexington Ky., to face the sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. The game tips off at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.