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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:39 am

James helps No. 8 Georgia beat New Mexico 72-42

The Associated Press

Jasmine James had 17 points and six steals, and No. 8 Georgia shut down New Mexico 72-42 on Saturday night.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-0) held New Mexico to 29 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers. The Lobos (5-1) had just 15 field goals for the game.

"It was a very good defensive effort," Georgia coach Andy Landers said.

Jasmine Hassell scored 15 for Georgia, which carried a 40-17 lead into halftime. Reserve Merritt Hempe had nine rebounds.

Sara Halasz scored 14 points for New Mexico, and Caroline Durbin had 12 points and nine rebounds. But no other player on the Lobos scored more than seven.

Georgia led 20-5 10 minutes into the game. It finished with 11 steals and 24 fast-break points

"We try to be very aggressive," Landers said. "We flip back and forth from man to zone based on make or miss. We tried to be really aggressive, particularly aggressive around the basketball."