No. 18 Georgia 84, Indiana 51
The only person who could stop Jasmine James was her coach.
James scored a season-high 21 points, with 18 of those coming in the first half, to lead No. 18 Georgia to an 84-51 win over Indiana on Sunday.
''She was feeling it,'' said Coach Andy Landers' of James' first half, when she added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in leading the Lady Dogs to a 44-25 lead at intermission.
She played only half of the second half, and spent most of that time feeding her teammates.
''I wasn't trying to score,'' said James. ''I was just out there doing what needed to be done.''
''That was fun,'' summed up Landers after the win. ''The kids played hard, and they played well. They were on point doing the different things that we talked about that needed to be done. They were right where they needed to be in terms of execution.''
Sophomore Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 15 points, hitting three 3's.
''We could win, and we could play well without her scoring,'' Landers said. ''But she's an offensive player, and she needs to score. It is easier when she scores.''
Indiana (2-2) was led by Hope Elam with 16 points, and Whitney Lindsay with 13.
Hoosiers Coach Felisha Legette-Jack was just as impressed with Georgia's players as Landers.
''I was really excited about watching the Georgia players,'' she said. ''I liked the fact that they really played hard. I liked the fact they didn't quit. They really competed.''
Indiana tried to slow down Georgia with a zone defense in the first half. But Landers was pleased with the way Georgia reacted.
''Our offense had a little trouble, but our players did not,'' he said. ''They created baskets for themselves and for each other.''
Georgia shot an effective 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line. The Lady Dogs also dominated the boards, 44-28, led by Meredith Mitchell and Porsha Phillips with seven apiece.
Georgia (3-0) scored the first seven points of the game in the first 80 seconds, and James scored five of them, setting a trend for the half.