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

The Associated PressNovember 25, 2012
James helps No. 8 Georgia beat New Mexico 72-42
Georgia's Tamika Willis reaches for the loose ball in the first half of their NCAA women's college basketball game against New Mexico at the UNM Thanksgiving Tournament, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Jim Thompson)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Jasmine James had 17 points and six steals, and No. 8 Georgia shut down New Mexico 72-42 on Saturday night.

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.

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

Sara Halasz scored 14 points for New Mexico, and Caroline Durbin had 12 points and nine rebounds. But no other player on the Lobos scored more than seven.

Georgia led 20-5 lead 10 minutes into the game.