No. 10 Lady Bulldogs steam past Bruins

9:52 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Jasmine Hassell put up season-high numbers of 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Georgia to victory over Belmont, 70-38, on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.

"We had our season-high assists and our season-low turnovers today, so the kids really did a good job with the basketball with passing and catching and getting it to the right people at the right time," said head coach Andy Landers. "I was encouraged not just by how they got it inside to our post players, but what happened once they got it in there. Hassell went to work and (Kaelyn) Causwell really did a nice job inside."

Hassell's performance marked Georgia's (4-0) first double-double of the season. It was a night of highs for Georgia as Jasmine James tied her season high with 10 points, Erika Ford posted a season-high eight rebounds and Marjorie Butler recorded season- and career-highs of seven points and five steals.

After Belmont (1-3) scored the first points of the game with a jumper by Jordan Coleman less than two minutes into the contest, Georgia cruised to a double-digit lead with a 19-0 run that lasted nine minutes.

The Bruins sank their second basket of the game with 9:05 on the clock, before Hassell sparked a 12-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs, which brought the score to 31-4.

The final six minutes of the period saw Georgia narrowly outscore Belmont 9-8 and end the half with a 40-12 lead.

In the first half, Georgia shot 37.5 percent from the field and held Belmont to a 20 percent showing. Hassell played a large roll in the Lady Bulldogs' productive first half, accounting for 11 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Belmont entered the second period strong, sinking two treys in the first minute of play, but it was too little too late, as Georgia maintained a lead of at least 24 points throughout the remainder of the game.

The Bruins experienced a surge midway through the second half, with a quick 6-0 run that lasted just two minutes. The Lady Bulldogs refused to let Belmont gain control and executed an 8-2 run of their own that culminated in a score of 63-31.

In the final seven minutes of the game, neither team allowed more than three unanswered points.

The Lady Bulldogs will play the fifth and final game in a span of 10 days on Tuesday, when they host Savannah State at 7 p.m. With a win, Landers will become the eighth basketball coach - men's or women's - to record 800 wins at a single NCAA Division I school. The other coaches who have done so are: Geno Auriemma, Jim Boehim, Pat Summitt, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Phelan, Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.

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