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Lady Bulldogs pull away from Alabama in 2nd half
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Jasmine James and Krista Donald each scored 18 points to help No. 21 Georgia beat Alabama 81-66 on Sunday.

Leading by five at the half, Georgia (18-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) scored two quick baskets to start the second half and the Lady Bulldogs never looked back.

"Overall, you're always pleased when you go on the road in this conference and get a 'W,' and I'm really proud of our kids for doing that because it hasn't been easy this year," said Georgia coach Andy Landers.

Shafontaye Myers and Meghan Perkins scored 16 points each to led Alabama (10-14, 0-10).

Georgia came out in the second half striking fast with two quick field goals to extend its lead to nine points.

Though Alabama's defensive effort was strong with five blocks and nine steals in the game, Georgia revved up the offense and held onto their comfortable lead throughout the rest of the game.

This game was James' first back after missing five due to a right knee injury.

"It was great to see (James) out there moving around, doing the things that we like for her to do," Landers said. "Krista Donald is a play-maker. She can rebound the ball, she can make plays."

Alabama's Myers hit four 3-pointers and had three steals and one assist for the game, while Perkins added two steals and two assists. The Crimson Tide shot only 38 percent from the field and were unable to keep up with Georgia's second-half shooting.

"You look at the shooting percentages, and that's the story of the basketball game," said Alabama coach Wendell Hudson. "We played hard, played well.

"We had ample opportunity, especially early in the first half. I think in the first half, especially toward the end, we made some shots and kept the game kind of close.

The second half, we had those shots. I thought effort-wise, we played pretty good for the whole entire game."

Georgia will return home to play Vanderbilt next Sunday, while Alabama will travel to play Ole Miss Thursday night.


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