Georgia women roll past MSU

ATHENS, Ga. - Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points each as No. 21 Georgia Lady (17-6, 6-4) snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated Mississippi State (13-9, 3-6), 70-60 on Thursday night.

"Tonight's game was wild," said head coach Andy Landers. "We did a lot of good things. We almost created a lot of good plays, but we didn't finish, which made this just a wild basketball game."

Hassell also recorded six rebounds and one assist, while Miller notched seven rebounds, two assists and a team-high and career-best six steals. Meredith Mitchell also scored double digits, with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Erika Ford came close to a double-double with eight points and seven rebounds.

Anne Marie Armstrong led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards with eight rebounds and also contributed nine points, five assists and four steals.

"Anne Marie just gets better and better," continued Landers. "She has such a good sense for the game and she's unselfish. That's what makes her so much fun to watch. She'll help her teammates on defense and run the risk of her man scoring. She'll pass when other people are open and she is too. She's a fun player to coach and watch."

The Lady Bulldogs took a quick lead with a 15-4 run that lasted the first six minutes of the game. In those six minutes, Hassell scored eight of her 11 first-half points.

Georgia led for all but 28 seconds of the opening half, when Mississippi State led by one, 22-21. With 4:10 left on the clock, Ford put Georgia back on top with a layup that sparked another 15-4 run, which Georgia used to end the period up 36-26.

In the first half, the Lady Bulldogs once again dominated the turnover and steal margins. Georgia committed eight turnovers and recorded 12 steals, while Mississippi State notched 15 turnovers and only three steals.

The second half started with another big surge, this time a 14-4 Mississippi State run during the first six minutes of the period tied the game for just the second time of the night, 40-40. A jumper and subsequent free throw by Hassell sparked a 15-0 Georgia push that lasted four minutes. The Lady Bulldogs eventually led by 22 points on three occasions, lastly at 70-48 with 2:15 left.