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Hassell, Georgia women beat Mercer

MACON, Ga. (AP) Jasmine Hassell had 16 points and No. 14 Georgia 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.

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