ATHENS, Ga. -- Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) past the Presbyterian Blue Hose (1-1), 66-38, on Wednesday.
Additional leaders for the Bulldogs include freshmen Merritt Hempe with 11 points, three steals and a team-high three blocks and Shacobia Barbee with three assists and a team-high five steals.
"It was a really good win, and I was impressed," said head coach Andy Landers. "I think we were all impressed. You know, you play a game against Rutgers (last Sunday) and you identify two or three things that you think you can do better in the next game, and you work on those only for a few minutes. You keep them on your kids' radars, and then they come out this game and they address those things. I'm really, really pleased with what the focus was tonight and how the players addressed the focus."
Georgia started the game strong with a 9-3 run that lasted the first four minutes of the game. The next seven minutes saw the Blue Hose match the Lady Bulldogs basket-for-basket and reduce Georgia's lead to 18-13.
Seconds after Georgia recorded it's smallest lead of the game, Hassell sank a pair of free throws to spark an 8-0 Lady Bulldog run that put Georgia up 26-13 with four minutes left in the period.
In the final minutes of the half, the Lady Bulldogs surged to a 17-point, 35-18, lead before entering the locker room. In the first half, Georgia shot 43.3 percent from the field.
The Lady Bulldogs began the second period in similar fashion as the first by outscoring Presbyterian 6-0 in the first two minutes.
While Georgia maintained at least a 20-point lead for the entire second half, the Blue Hose kept Georgia from increasing its lead by more than for most of the period.
With 4:05 on the clock, Hassell again sparked a Lady Bulldog run, this time with a layup. Georgia's 10-2 run lasted until the end of the game.
For the game, Georgia shot a blistering 75 percent from the charity stripe, including a 4-for-5 effort by Hassell.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Friday when they host S.C. State at 7 p.m.
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