By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
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DULUTH, Ga. – Jasmine Hassell led five Georgia players who scored in double figures with a game-high 19 points and the third-seeded Bulldogs routed sixth-seeded LSU 71-53 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals in the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Georgia (25-5) advances to play second-seeded Kentucky (26-4) in Saturday’s second semifinal, which begins at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Hassell’s 19 points came on 9-of-12 shooting to complement eight rebounds, while Tiaria Griffin followed with 15 points. Shacobia Barbee tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field, while limiting the Lady Tigers to just 29.0 percent (20-of-69) shooting. Georgia out-rebounded LSU 46-36.
LSU (20-11) was led by Adrienne Webb’s team-high 16 points to lead three players in double-digit scoring.
• Session 5 attendance: 5,215
• LSU falls to 20-11 on the season, 32-33 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
• The loss broke a seven-game winning streak for LSU, dating back to Feb. 10.
• The Tigers are now 4-5 against ranked teams this season.
• Freshman guard Danielle Ballard tied the LSU single-season steals record with her one steal on the evening. She stands tied with Marie Ferdnand with 93 steal on the year.
• Senior guard Adrienne Webb scored 16 points, the 25th double-figure scoring game of her season and the seventh time she has led the Tigers in scoring on the year.
• Junior forward Theresa Plaisance scored 13 points, her 30th game in double figures this year.
• Plaisance also led LSU with seven rebounds, the 16th time this season she has done so.
• Ballard scored 10 points, her 20th double-figure game of the year.
• Georgia improves to 25-5 on the year and will advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals to face Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
• The Lady Bulldogs improve to 44-29 all-time in the SEC Tournament, including a 6-3 mark against LSU. This was the first meeting in the SEC Tournament between the teams since 2005.
• Georgia avenged a 62-54 loss to LSU on Feb. 10 in Baton Rouge.
• Head Coach Andy Landers picked up his 902nd career victory to move into sole possession of second all-time among active women’s head coaches, behind only North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (905 entering tonight) and ahead of Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (901).
• Five Lady Bulldogs scored in double-figures in tonight’s game, the third time this season that at least five UGA players had 10 or more points.
• Freshman guard Shacobia Barbee had her second career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• Senior forward Jasmine Hassell finished with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds, her 21st double-digit scoring game of the year. It was her 14th time to lead UGA in scoring this season.