Georgia outscores Mercer 52-6 in paint, rolls to win

MACON, Ga. -- Jasmine Hassell had 16 points and Georgia (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) took control by scoring 11 straight points midway through the first half of an 80-43 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

Led by Hassell's play around the basket, Georgia outscored Mercer 52-6 in the paint.

Georgia (8-1) trailed 14-12 following a 3-pointer by Mercer's Ry'van Buchanan, who had 13 points. Hassell had back-to-back baskets in the Lady Bulldogs' 11-0 run.

Khaalidah Miller had 15 points and Anne Marie Armstrong added 12.

Precious Bridges had 11 points for Mercer (2-7).

The Lady Bulldogs had 14 steals, including four by Jasmine James, and outscored the Bear 26-3 in points off turnovers.

Mercer coach Susie Gardner played for Andy Landers at Georgia from 1983-86. Landers is in his 33rd season at Georgia.