Hassell powers Lady Bulldogs past Tech

10:10 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- Jasmine Hassell poured in 22 points while connecting on 10-of-13 shots from the floor to lead No. 8 Georgia to a 60-50 win over Georgia Tech at McCamish Paviliion on Sunday.

Hassell's effort followed a 24-point, 9-of-10 shooting day against the Yellow Jackets in Athens last season.

"Hassell was just fantastic," head coach Andy Landers said. "What she's done against Tech the past two seasons...wow!"

Khaalidah Miller added 11 points for Georgia (9-0) and Shacobia Barbee grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Aaliyah Whiteside paced Georgia Tech (3-4) with 14 points.

The Lady Bulldogs built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and maintained similar distance for most of the rest of the contest.

Georgia led by 18 twice the second half and was up 52-36 with 3:56 left.

Tech then scored seven unanswered points over the next 1:20 to pull within nine. An Anne Marie Armstrong layup ended the spurt, but the Jackets converted a layup and a three to close the gap to 54-46 with 1:51 on the clock.

After successive turnovers by each team, the Lady Bulldogs broke Tech's press and Hassell converted an easy bucket with a minute remaining. Miller then connected on four free throws in the final 32 second to ice the victory.

The Lady Bulldogs controlled the contest from the opening tip. Hassell and Jasmine James got Georgia off to a quick start, with buckets in the first 53 seconds that spotted the Lady Bulldogs a 4-0 lead. That margin reached 13 when Hassell connected on consecutive layups that put Georgia up 19-6 at the 7:37 mark.

Brittany Jackson scored six points in an 8-0 Tech surge that pulled the Jackets to within 19-14 with 4:28 left in the period, but a Barbee spinning, left-handed layup ignited an 8-0 run by Georgia to close the half as the Lady Bulldogs matched their largest lead at 27-14 at the break.

"In the first half, I thought we executed very well and did a solid job on both ends of the floor," Landers said. "We played reasonably well in the second half until we let their press get to us late."

Georgia shot 42.9 percent from the floor, while holding Tech to 30.2 percent. The Lady Bulldogs won the rebound count, 42-36.

Georgia will return to action on Tuesday when the Lady Bulldogs host Mercer at Stegeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Single-game reserved seat tickets for Lady Bulldog home games are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Both season and single-game tickets are available via georgiadogs.com, by calling the UGA Ticket Office at 877-542-1621 or at the Butts-Mehre Ticket Office from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, tickets go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of all home games.

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.

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