Georgia women cruise past Mercer

Associated PressDecember 4, 2012 

ATHENS -- Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James and Erika Ford scored 12 points each to lead No. 6 Georgia to an 80-38 victory over Mercer on Tuesday.

Khaalidah Miller added 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who are 10-0 for the eighth time in program history.

Georgia shot 59 percent from the field (20-for-34) in the second half and was 9-for-15 (60 percent) on 3-pointers overall for its largest victory margin of the season. The Lady Bulldogs are winning by an average of 27.3 points per game.

Kendra Grant led Mercer (4-3) with 16 points, making seven of the Bears’ 15 shots from the field.

Georgia had a 34-21 halftime lead and then scored the first nine points of the second half.

That started a 25-5 run that extended the Lady Bulldogs’ advantage to 59-26 with 9:43 left in the game.

Hassell and James combined to score eight of Georgia’s first 11 points of the second half. That gave the Lady Bulldogs a 45-23 lead, which reached 54-25 on Ford’s 3-pointer with 12:35 remaining.

Georgia had 18 steals and forced Mercer into 28 turnovers.

All 11 Georgia players scored in the rout. The Lady Bulldogs’ lead increased to 46 points on Danielle Bennett’s 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the game.

The Bears shot 29 percent (15-for-52) from the field. Mercer stayed close early behind the shooting of Grant, who scored 14 of the Bears’ 21 first-half points. Grant was 6-for-10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, but Mercer was 9-or-27 (33 percent) and Georgia forced the Bears into 13 first-half turnovers.

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