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James helps No. 8 Georgia beat New Mexico 72-42

Associated Press Modified: November 25, 2012 at 12:01 am •  Published: November 24, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jasmine James had a smile on her face for much of Saturday night's game, and it was easy to see why.

James had 17 points, six steals and five assists, leading No. 8 Georgia to a 72-42 victory over New Mexico on Saturday night.

"What's neat about it is she looks like she's having a good time," coach Andy Landers said. "The kid is out there playing extremely hard. And being extremely effective on both ends of the floor. A senior, playing really hard, really smart and making a lot of plays."

The Lady Bulldogs (7-0) held New Mexico to 29 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers. The Lobos (5-1) had just 15 field goals for the game.

"They trap off ball screens and trap in the corners," Lobos coach Yvonne Sanchez said. "They are just so long. We talked about that in the shootaround, about getting to the middle and flattening out that zone. We just didn't do a good job of it."

Jasmine Hassell scored 15 for Georgia, which carried a 40-17 lead into halftime. Reserve Merritt Hempe had nine rebounds.

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