ATHENS — Jasmine James was poised and ready on the bench if No. 24 Georgia ever got into trouble. Thanks to Khaalidah Miller and Ronika Ransford, the Lady Bulldogs didn't need their injured starting point guard.
Miller scored a game-high 22 points while Ransford played an efficient if unspectacular game at the point in leading Georgia to an 81-54 win over Alabama on Sunday.
James sprained her wrist Jan. 13 at Arkansas, but she had played less than 36 minutes in only one game since then.
"It is not like we have a bye," Lady Bulldogs coach Andy Landers said. "We are about to go into some serious stuff. When else will we have an opportunity to get her well?"
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 16 points and Porsha Phillips had her ninth double double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference).
"We are used to having JJ out there," Phillips said. "But Ronika did a great job."
Miller agreed, adding: "She stepped up and took control. We were not too worried about it. We were confident in playing well as a team."
Ransford said she gained a lot of confidence when Landers left her in the game with three fouls in the first half.
"That showed he believed in me to make better decisions on defense," she said. She had seven points, three assists, three rebounds and one turnover.
"She knows that there are things that need to improve," Landers said. "We talk about those things. But I really appreciated the courage she had. She was confident and ready to go on the point.
"Offensively, she was in control. To put her out there in that situation and for her to step up and handle it was impressive."
The win was Landers' 850th, including 82 at Roane State College in Harriman, Tenn. Only four other major college coaches have won more games: Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell.
Ericka Russell led Alabama (12-12, 1-10 SEC) with 11 points, and Jasmine Robinson scored 10.
The Lady Bulldogs scored the first 10 points and were up 15-2 before Alabama made a field goal.
Aside from James, the other nine Lady Dogs all played and all scored, the first time this year that has happened.
Georgia outrebounded Alabama 52-31.