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No. 12 Georgia women rout College of Charleston 73-48
Team scored the first 18 points of the game
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ATHENS - Jasmine James did everything but throw T-shirts into the bleachers Thursday, scoring 15 points in leading No. 12 Georgia to a 73-48 rout of College of Charleston.

For the second time this year, James came close to the rare triple double, adding eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals for the Lady Dogs (3-0).

"You have got to be busy to get all of that done," said Georgia coach Andy Landers. "She is not just playing well, she is playing hard. Right down to the end she was still going hard and still pressing."

Freshman Krista Donald came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 10 rebounds.

"That was very big," said sophomore guard Khaalidah Miller. "She helped us out. She had eight offensive boards. A lot of that comes from the coach being repetitive about rebounds."

Landers harped on rebounding after the game too, even though Georgia outrebounded College of Charleston 40-27.
"I was not real pleased with our starters as a group," said Landers. "Rebounding is something that they have to want to do. All I can do is point out the mistakes and encourage them. Maybe sitting them on the bench will add to it."

Landers also praised freshman guard Erika Ford for her effort.

"I saw two freshmen do what I have been talking about in the first half," he said. "Erika was flying around the offensive boards. The upper class players? I don't see them flying around."

Anne Marie Armstrong and Miller also scored 10 apiece for Georgia.

Megan Fisher led College of Charleston (1-2) with 15 points.

Georgia scored the first 18 points of the game before Christy Hewatt of Cumming, Ga., finally scored for College of Charleston, hitting a 3-pointer with 10:45 to go in the half.

"Obviously, the first 10 minutes or so were pretty scary when we couldn't get on the scoreboard," said College of Charleston coach Nancy Wilson. "But we do realize what a good team they are."

The Cougars had missed their first five field-goal attempts, their first four free throws and had turned the basketball over seven times before scoring.

It actually took Georgia a few minutes to warm up. The Lady Dogs took three minutes to score their first four points and five minutes to score their next 14.

"We were a little slow getting started," said Landers. "We left six points on the table the first few seconds. We created a lot of that offense with our defense, and we did a god job of getting the ball inside early."

The Cougars had trouble handling the ball all night and finished with 31 turnovers, which led to 40 points by the Lady Dogs. Georgia scored 16 on fast breaks alone.

Georgia's biggest lead of the first half came on Miller's 3-pointer with 5:59 remaining, making it 38-7. The Lady Dogs led 44-22 at halftime.

Georgia's largest lead of the second half came at 67-35 when James got away for a breakaway layup with 4:57 to go. The Lady Dogs won the second half by just three points.

All 10 players who dressed for Georgia scored.

James opened the season against TCU with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight steals. Teresa Edwards and Tracy Henderson are the only players ever to triple double at Georgia.


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