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Lady Bulldogs Basketball: Jasmine James hopes to stay healthy

As she enters her senior season, Georgia Bulldogs women's basketball guard Jasmine James hopes to stay healthy for the full season.

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Georgia Bulldogs women's basketball guard Jasmine James enters her senior season hoping for one full healthy year. James dealt with a nagging knee injury in 2011 that caused her to miss a stretch of seven games. She averaged career-lows with 10.6 points and 33.8 minutes per game.

According to Roger Clarkson of Dog Bytes Online, James has been trying different things to help, but knows that her sport can be physical:

"A lot of things have been done as far as better conditioning and better nutrition and diet and different things like that to try to remain as healthy as possible. It's a contact sport for the most part so things are going to happen. You can't control those things for the most part, so you just try to stay as healthy as possible."

The good news is that none of James' injuries have cause her to miss substantial time. As a freshman a bone bruise on her knee caused her to miss most of preseason practice. After not starting her first game as a freshman, she made 55 straight starts before a sprained wrist sidelined her for one game as a sophomore. As a junior she sprained her knee twice forcing her to miss nine games total, including seven in a row.

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a season where they went 22-9 overall, but were upset in the NCAA Tournament by the Marist Red Foxes, 76-70.

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