Lady Bulldogs roll past Tide

6:50 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jasmine Hassell scored 21 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as No. 13 Georgia defeated Alabama, 95-83, at Foster Auditorium on Thursday night.

Tiaria Griffin posted 20 points, Jasmine James added 15, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 14 and Khaalidah Miller scored 13 to lead Georgia (14-2, 2-1 SEC) in a season-high offensive output. The tallies of freshmen Barbee and Griffin represented career-best outputs.

The Lady Bulldogs connecting on a season-high 56.3 percent of their field goals. Five Lady Bulldogs shot better than 50 percent from the field and six collected five or more rebounds.

"You look at the those lines, the lines are just outstanding," head coach Andy Landers said. "Everybody did a nice job with shooting the basketball. Defensively, I'm not sure anyone played well. Offensively, everyone played well, other than the turnovers. We also rebounded the ball well and we didn't blink. We just kind of played."

Daisha Simmons scored 19 points to lead Alabama (10-6, 0-3 SEC).

After a Jasmine Robinson three to open the second-half scoring pulled the Crimson Tide within 42-40, Georgia responded with a 16-4 run that bulged the margin to 58-44 with 14:59 remaining.

The Tide pulled within single digits just once thereafter, at 66-57 on a Shafontaye Myers three. Georgia responded with an 8-0 run to quickly gain distance.

The first half featured three ties and 10 lead changes.

Georgia gained the game's most significant lead with a quick 8-0 surge over just 2:08 that culminated with consecutive jumpers by James and put the Lady Bulldogs up 16-10 at the 14:34 mark.

Alabama reclaimed the lead on a Kaneisha Horn jumper that made it 18-17 and remained on top for roughly three minutes before a Miller jumper ignited a 19-11 run over the final 7:08 of the period.

Tamika Willis was fouled with 1.3 seconds left in the period and converted both free throws to put Georgia up 42-37 at the intermission.

Hassell ascended three spots among UGA's career scoring leaders during the win, moving past Pam Irwin-Osbolt, Carla Green and Cynthia Collins to slide from No. 30 to No. 27.

The Lady Bulldogs will return home on Sunday when Georgia hosts No. 18 South Carolina at 1 p.m. in a CSS regionally televised matchup. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive Stegeman Coliseum 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pin and the first 500 UGA students will receive "Beat South Carolina" t-shirts.

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

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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