Jasmine Hassell scored a game-high 16 points to lead No. 14 Georgia (8-1) in an 80-43 victory over Mercer (2-7) on Tuesday night.
Khaalidah Miller added 15 points, 11 in the first half, and Anne Marie Armstrong chipped In 12. Jasmine James notched team-high tallies with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Mercer grabbed an early lead and maintained an advantage for much of the half until a Meredith Mitchell lay-up put Georgia up 15-14 with 9:11 left in the period. That bucket helped ignite a 17-2 Lady Dawg surge covering 5:13 that put Georgia up 29-16 at the 4:21 mark.
“Early on, we were switching our man-to-man defense, which is something we traditionally don’t go,” coach Andy Landers said. “After six or seven minutes, we went back to the way we usually play and that seemed to get us on track on defense. Offensively, I thought we really did a nice job of running the floor but we’d get eight feet from the basket and they would road block us or we wouldn’t convert.”
The Lady Dawgs’ first-half lead topped out at 16 points with 24 seconds left, and Georgia continued to build on that after intermission. A 13-7 surge over the first 4:09 of the second half expanded the lead to 20.
Georgia committed a season-low nine turnovers and outscored the Bears 52-6 in the paint.
Ebony Jones saw her first action of the season, checking in with 2:16 left in the first half. Jones missed Georgia’s first eight games while recovering from a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury in her left knee.
The Lady Dawgs will now enjoy a 13-day break from competition while Final exams are administered on the UGA campus. Georgia will return to action on December 19th when the they face Gonzaga, an “Elite Eight” team last season, in the opening round of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Georgia also will take on Montana State in Vegas on December 20th before closing out the pre-holiday portion of its slate against Appalachian State in Athens on December 22nd.