A broken nose doesn’t slow Lady Dogs’ Jasmine Hassell

Senior forward Jasmine Hassell didn’t let a fractured nose get in the way of maybe her most productive stretch of the season as she was named Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Hassell scored 21 points against Alabama last Thursday but broke her nose during the second half. Hassell wore a protective mask and scored 19 points against South Carolina on Sunday, accounting for 45 percent of the Lady Bulldogs’ offense in a 42-40 win.

Hassell is a three-year starter at forward but had never been named SEC player of the week until now. She was the league’s freshman of the week once in 2010. Georgia had three SEC players of the week last season — Jasmine James, Anne Marie Armstrong and Meredith Mitchell. Georgia has had 23 different players of the week since the award started in 1985.

Hassell hit a combined 68.2 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line against Alabama and South Carolina as the No. 13-ranked Lady Bulldogs (15-2, 3-1 in SEC) went 2-0 for the week.

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