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ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 8 Georgia Lady Bulldogs recorded their highest score in five years in beating Savannah State, 94-57, and celebrating head coach Andy Landers' 800th win at UGA on Tuesday night.

"We had a lot of people play well, and some had more opportunity than others to play better and they cashed in on it," said Landers. "That's kind of what it boils down to. I say it all the time, but basketball is such a game of opportunity. You get a chance to make a good pass or get an assist, you do it. You get a chance to shoot it, you shoot it. If you don't get those chances but you get a chance to take a charge, you take the charge. The first thing you do is go to the scoring column. That's what everyone does to see how someone played and how many points they scored, but we had a lot of people play well in a lot of ways tonight."

The last time the Lady Bulldogs scored over 94 points was Dec. 17, 2007, when they defeated Mercer 102-45.

Georgia (5-0) was highlighted by three double-digit scorers, with Jasmine James putting up a season-high 18 points, Jasmine Hassell recording 14 and Tiaria Griffin also having a season-high performance of 15 points. Hassell led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards, for the third time this season, with seven rebounds.

With 11:36 left in the game, Hassell sank a pair of free throws to become Lady Bulldog Basketball's 33rd 1,000-point scorer.

Additional season highs notched by Georgia included Tamika Willis' nine points, Shacobia Barbee's six points and Anne Marie Armstrong's four steals.

Savannah State (1-2) was led by Andrietta Thomas, who scored 22 points.

Georgia jumped to an early lead with a 19-4 run to open the game and never looked back. With a little under 14 minutes on the clock, Savannah State closed the gap to 23-13 with a 9-4 run of its own that lasted three minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs refused to give the Lady Tigers a chance to come any closer and went on another run, this time outscoring Savannah State 17-2 and increasing the margin to 40-15.

In the final four minutes of the period, the teams looked fairly even as Savannah State matched Georgia basket-for-basket. The Lady Bulldogs left the court with a 49-26 lead at halftime.

In the first half, Georgia shot a blistering 87.5 percent from the charity stripe as well as recorded a 50 percent effort from the field.

Savannah State played more aggressively in the second half and did not allow Georgia to surge ahead as it did in the first period.

The Lady Bulldogs maintained a steady lead of about 27 points for the first eight minutes of the game, until Hassell's 999th and 1,000th points sparked a quick two-minute, 8-0 run that put Georgia up 71-37.

Georgia's largest lead of the game of 38 points occurred three times, the first of which was with 5:15 left in the game and wrapped up a 6-0 push by the Lady Bulldogs and brought the score to 81-43. The Lady Tigers executed a 13-6 surge of their own that ran down the clock to 1:39 and decreased Georgia's lead to 87-56.

The Lady Bulldogs struck quickly with a 7-0 push that once again brought their lead to 38. Savannah State fought until the final buzzer and hit a free throw with 16 ticks left on the clock to bring the final score to 94-57.

Georgia continued its tremendous shooting from the floor and ended the game with a 50.7 percent showing. Savannah State's 26 rebounds mark the fewest allowed by the Lady Bulldog's the season.

The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday and will play in the University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Georgia will face Saint Bonaventure at 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, with New Mexico taking on North Texas in the other first-round matchup.

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