Hassell leads No. 17 Georgia to victory
Bulldogs down Arkansas 67-57 in SEC opener for both teams
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jasmine Hassell scored a team-high 19 points to lead No. 17 Georgia to a 67-57 victory against Arkansas in the SEC opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon.
For the third consecutive game, four Lady Bulldogs totaled double-digits in points. Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points, helped by perfect shooting from behind the three-point line and at the charity stripe.
“We have the ability to be a very balanced team," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. "They play unselfishly and share the ball. They all have the ability to score. Today, they executed the game plan very well.”
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Kentucky 59, Florida 56|
|No. 7 Tennessee 73, Auburn 52|
|No. 17 Georgia 67, Arkansas 57|
Khaalidah Miller and Meredith Mitchell scored 12 points apiece. Miller's 12 points all came from three point shots, as did nine of Mitchell's points.
“I thought that we were very good," Landers added. "We had difficulty manning their zone at times, but overall I thought we executed very well offensively. We rebounded the ball well until the end. Towards the end of the game, we showed some signs of fatigue. We may have played people too long.”
After trailing Arkansas for a better portion of the first 10 minutes, back-to-back 3-pointers from Erika Ford and Armstrong tied the game at 18-18 with 10:07 left in the period.
Over the next 10 minutes, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Razorbacks 20-10, entering the locker room with a 38-28 lead. Georgia's 48.4 percent shooting from the field was aided by Hassell's 4-of-4 effort in just 17 minutes of first half play.
Georgia started the second half much like it ended the first, with a 12-4 run that lasted five minutes. Another pair of treys by Armstrong and Mitchell increased the Lady Bulldog lead to 63-44 with 6:28 left in the game. Arkansas made a surge late, scoring 11 points in the last three minutes, but it was too little too late.