Behind standout performances from Shacobia Barbee, Caliya Robinson and Tiaria Griffin, the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team (16-6, 4-5) emerged from Vanderbilt's (15-6, 4-4) Memorial Gymnasium victorious for the first time in a decade with a 64-58 win on Sunday afternoon.
2014-15 Season ◊ Tabbed second-team All-SEC in preseason balloting of league coaches. ◊ Had an all-star campaign cut short when she suffered a fractured fibula at No. 5 Tennessee on Jan. 25. ◊ Missed the final 10 contests of the season following that injury. ◊ Prior to her injury, ranked among SEC statistical leaders in scoring (No. 14 at 12.0 ppg), rebounding (No. 11 at 7.0 rpg), steals (No. 4 at 2.4 spg) and assists (No. 15 at 3.0 apg). ◊ Her 25 points versus Furman and six steals at Mercer represented single-game highs for all Lady Bulldogs during the 2014-15 campaign. ◊ In just 21 appearances, led UGA in scoring in seven games, in rebounds eight times, in assists in seven contests and in steals in eight matchups. ◊ A force on both ends of the floor against Georgia Tech. Poured in what was then a career-high 24 points and forced at least five Tech turnovers, including a key steal with 1:00 left in the game. ◊ Upped that career-best scoring output with a 25-point outburst versus Furman. Against the Paladins, scored 19 second-half points and 13 in the final 9:10 of the contest that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes. ◊ Suffered a fractured right distal fibula with 2:24 left in the first half at No. 5 Tennessee. Underwent successful surgery to repair her fibula three days later on Jan. 28. ◊ Initial recovery required six weeks of immobilization followed by a slow return to normal activity.
2013-14 Season ◊ Tabbed second-team preseason All-SEC in balloting of league coaches. ◊ Named second-team All-SEC and also voted to the SEC All-Defensive team (for a second straight year) by league coaches. ◊ Became the first player in program history to lead the Lady Bulldogs in average points (12.2 ppg), rebounds (7.9 rpg), assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.6 spg). ◊ Was the only player in the SEC and one of just seven Division I players nationally to lead her team in ppg, rpg, apg and spg during 2013-14. ◊ Finished the season with 19 double-digit scoring efforts, including a pair of 20-point outings at Alabama and against Florida in Athens. ◊ In addition, notched a team-best seven double-figure rebounding performances and four double-doubles. ◊ Led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring nine times, in rebounds 15 games, in steals 21 occasions, in assists 12 contests and in blocks versus four foes. ◊ Led the SEC and ranked No. 26 nationally in steals per game. ◊ Collected 79 steals on the year, the fourth-most ever by a Lady Bulldog sophomore. ◊ Finished the season ranked among league statistical leaders in seven of 13 categories kept - No. 1 in steals, No. 8 in rebounds, No. 7 in assist-to-turnover ratio, No. 7 in defensive rebounds, No. 10 in offensive rebounds, No. 14 in assists and No. 24 in points. ◊ Opened her second season with a 15-point, career-high 15-rebound outing against Mercer. ◊ Dating back to last season, that gave Barbee consecutive double-doubles...she also had 14 points and 10 rebounds against California in the NCAA "Elite Eight." ◊ Solid on both ends of the floor against Georgia Tech. Converted big buckets twice in the second half after the Yellow Jackets had cut UGA's lead to three. Also had a steal and nifty assist on a Khaalidah Miller layup at the other end that put Georgia up 57-49 with 2:28 left. ◊ Sat out the S.C. State game after "tweaking" her left ankle in the closing seconds vs. Georgia Tech. ◊ Tabbed to the all-tournament team at the GSU Thanksgiving Invitational after notching a double-double and posting game-high tallies of seven steals and six assists against Georgia State. ◊ Recorded seven steals versus Georgia State, a single-game high for the Lady Bulldogs during 2013-14. ◊ Upped her offensive contributions from 12.5 ppg to team-best 13.2 ppg in SEC play.
2012-13 Season ◊ Voted by SEC coaches to both the All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams. ◊ UGA's league-leading 30th member of the SEC All-Freshman team since the award's inception in 1987. ◊ The first UGA freshman to earn a spot on the SEC coaches' All-Defensive team since the award's inception in 2008. ◊ Named to the All-Spokane Regional team of the NCAA Tournament, the first UGA freshman to secure All-Regional honors since Teresa Edwards in 1983. ◊ Invited to take part in tryouts for USA Basketball's U19 national team...as was Tiaria Griffin. ◊ On the floor for the opening tip in 34 of 35 games, missing out on a starting assignment only at Georgia Tech. ◊ Led Georgia in steals and ranked second on the team in both rebounds and assists. ◊ Paced UGA in rebounds in 11 games, in steals in 14 outings and in assists in six contests. ◊ Among SEC leaders, ranked No. 5 in steals and No. 18 in rebounding. ◊ Became the 70th - of now 72 - freshman to start for the Lady Bulldogs under Andy Landers against Rutgers...and the 22nd to get the nod in her collegiate debut. ◊ Reached double figures in SEC play for the first time with 14 points at Alabama. Also notched seven steals, both the most by a Lady Bulldog all season and by any SEC player in league play. ◊ Posted game-high tallies of 15 points and 11 rebounds at Arkansas, which also resulted in her first career double-double. ◊ Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 25 after averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in a pair of victories over Arkansas and Ole Miss. In addition to her aforementioned double-double, dished a game-high six assists against the Razorbacks and had a game-high four steals versus the Rebels. ◊ Became the 10th Lady Bulldog to capture SEC Freshman of the Week (a combined 21 times) since the award's inception in 2006. ◊ An extremely solid freshman year turned into something even more special in the post-season. Averaged 6.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg in the regular season but upped those contributions to 11.3 ppg and a team-best 8.3 rpg in SEC and NCAA Tournament play. ◊ Along with Tiaria Griffin, made the Lady Bulldogs the only team to reach the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament with two freshman starters. ◊ Posted double digits in the scoring column in four of six postseason games, including a career-high 20 points against No. 23 Iowa State in the second round of the NCAAs. ◊ Recorded two of her three double-doubles in the postseason, doing so versus LSU in the 2013 SEC quarterfinals and Cal in the "Elite Eight." ◊ Logged 41 minutes in UGA's "Elite Eight" overtime loss to Cal, the most MP by any Lady Bulldog during 2012-13.
High School ◊ Coached by Hillary Hodges as a freshman and sophomore and by John Wild as a junior and senior at Riverdale. ◊ Tabbed Miss Tennessee Basketball for Class AAA by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) as both a junior and a senior. ◊ Named the Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior in 2011. ◊ Honored as the all-sports high school Female Athlete of the Year by the Nashville Sports Council at its Pepsi Celebration of Champions banquet in 2012. ◊ Rated as the nation's No. 83 overall prospect and No. 12 wing by ESPN's HoopGurlz. ◊ Named Midstate Player of the Year by The Tennessean as a sophomore, junior and senior at Riverdale. ◊ Tabbed honorable mention All-America by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). ◊ Completed her career with 2,221 points (second-most in school history) as well as 1,416 rebounds and 468 steals. ◊ Helped lead Riverdale to a pair of strong finishes in ESPN's Powerade Fab 50 high school rankings - No. 27 in 2010-11 and No. 5 in 2011-12. ◊ As a senior, averaged 15.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.4 steals per game to lead Riverdale's Lady Warriors to a 34-3 mark and the Tennessee AAA state title. ◊ Named Most Valuable Player of the AAA state tourney after averaging 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in a trio of victories. ◊ Scored her 2,000th point during a 66-33 win over Oakland Jan. 26, 2012. ◊ As a junior, averaged 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in leading Riverdale to a 34-2 record and a runner-up showing in the AAA state tourney. ◊ Named to the all-tourney team at the AAA state tournament after averaging 13.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in the contests. ◊ As a sophomore, averaged 16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while helping Riverdale to a 30-2 finish and the AAA state championship. ◊ Named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Tennessee AAA State Tournament after averaging 28.7 points and 16.0 rebounds in the Lady Warriors' three victories in Murfreesboro. ◊ As a freshman, averaged 13.8 points and 5.1 rebounds to help Riverdale to a 27-6 record.
Personal ◊ Born August 9, 1994, Shacobia is the daughter of Felicia Nelson and Tim Barbee. ◊ Major: Human Development & Family Science.