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.
Tiaria Griffin: On & Off The Court 2014-15 Season ◊ Recipient of the team's "All The Marbles" Award, which annually is "awarded to the player who exhibits a high level of individual commitment." ◊ Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in her career. ◊ The only Lady Bulldog to start all 31 games. ◊ Georgia's second-leading scorer (11.3 ppg) while also leading the team in playing time (30.6 mpg), 3-pointers (115) and 3-point attempts (185). ◊ Paced the Lady Bulldogs' offensively in SEC play, averaging 11.0 points per game. ◊ Among SEC statistical leaders, ranked No. 18 in scoring and No. 4 in 3-pointers (1.9 3pg). ◊ In stats for SEC games only, ranked No. 20 in scoring (11.0 ppg) and No. 5 in both 3-pointers (1.9 3pg) and playing time (34.0 mpg). ◊ Scored in double figures in a team-high 18 games, including a team-best three 20-point outings. ◊ Led Georgia offensively in 13 games, in steals in 10 outings and in assists seven times. ◊ Accounted for 41.5 percent (59-of-142) of UGA's 3-pointers as a team and connected on more shots from behind the arc (59) than inside that stripe (56). ◊ Connected on 59 3-pointers, the No. 9 single-season effort in Lady Bulldog history. ◊ Attempted 185 shots from behind the 3-point arc, the No. 6 tally in program history. ◊ Scored 12 of her 15 points against No. 16 Michigan State in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers after the Spartans whittled Georgia's lead from 23 points to single digits. ◊ Notched game-high scoring tallies in Georgia's first three SEC games -- 13 points at Mississippi State and 16 versus both Alabama and Missouri -- while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. Added a team-high 16 points in the fourth SEC date at Auburn. ◊ Named SEC Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 12 after averaging 16.0 ppg and making 50.0 pct. of her 3FGs and 87.5 pct. of her FTs versus Missouri and Auburn. ◊ Exploded for a career-high 23 points at No. 10 Kentucky, scoring 11 first-half and 12 second-half points in the contest.
2013-14 Season ◊ Georgia's leading scorer in non-conference play, averaging 14.2 ppg. ◊ Finished the season averaging 9.1 ppg. ◊ Produced Georgia's best free throw percentage on the season, connecting on 74.5 perent (35-of-47) of her attempts at the line. ◊ Recorded 13 double-digit scoring outputs, including a pair of 20-point outings against Furman and Belmont. ◊ Led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring in five games and in steals in six contests. ◊ Returned with a bang in her first outing against Furman, posting a career-high 21 points largely due to a career-best six steals, several of which resulted in easy layups on the other end. ◊ Certainly made the most of her first start of the season against S.C. State, coming within an assist of the third triple-double in Lady Bulldog annals. Also posted career-high tallies for rebounds and assists during the contest. ◊ Named Most Valuable Player of the Georgia State Thanksgiving Invitational after leading the Lady Bulldogs' offensively in both games en route to averaging 16.0 points per game. ◊ Averaged just 5.6 ppg in the Lady Bulldogs' first eight SEC games but chipped in 12.3 ppg in the next three contests with 11 points at Mississippi State and 13 apiece versus Ole Miss and at Texas A&M. ◊ Attempted 12 3-pointers against George Washington, one shy of the Lady Bulldogs' single-game record. ◊ Wrapped up the regular season with 16 points against Mississippi State, her season-best effort against SEC competition.
2012-13 Season ◊ Started 17 of 35 games as a freshman, including the last 10 contests. ◊ Along with Shacobia Barbee, made the Lady Bulldogs the only team to reach the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament with two freshman starters. ◊ Posted 10 double-digit scoring outputs, highlighted by a 20-point explosion at Alabama. ◊ A double-digit scorer in five SEC games, including 10 points in the first half alone at Ole Miss. ◊ Invited to take part in tryouts for USA Basketball's U19 national team...as was Shacobia Barbee. ◊ Recorded her initial double-figure outing with 15 points against Savannah State, Andy Landers' 800th win at the University of Georgia. ◊ Became the 72nd freshman overall - and third during 2012-13 - to start for the Lady Bulldogs during Andy Landers' tenure in Athens when she got the nod against St. Bonaventure. ◊ Reached double figures before halftime against Lipscomb and eventually produced what were then season-high tallies in points (18), rebounds (six) and steals (three). ◊ Exploded for a career-high 20 points at Alabama, including 13 in the second half. ◊ At No. 8 Kentucky, scored all seven of her points in a 17-2 surge that turned a 13-point deficit into a two-point lead. Hit a three from the right corner at the 13:19 mark that gave UGA its first lead of the game at 49-47. ◊ Made her first SEC start against Texas A&M, the first of what became eight nods in league play. ◊ Opened the SEC Tournament with a 15-point outburst against LSU...hitting five threes. ◊ Her five threes made versus the Lady Tigers equaled the single-game high for the Lady Bulldogs during 2012-13 (also K. Miller at Kentucky). ◊ After averaging 7.1 ppg during the regular season, chipped in 8.2 ppg in Georgia's six SEC and NCAA Tournament contests. ◊ Scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime in the Lady Bulldogs' "Sweet 16" upset of No. 4 Stanford.
High School ◊ Coached by Caronica Jackson as a senior at Hattiesburg and by Vicki Rutland at Lawrence County High as a freshman, sophomore and junior. ◊ Selected first-team All-State as a junior and senior - for Class 4A in 2011 at Lawrence County and for Class 6A in 2012 at Hattiesburg. ◊ Tabbed to the Jackson Clarion Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" of the state's top 12 players prior to her senior season. ◊ Honored as Prep Player of the Year by the Hattiesburg American in 2012. ◊ Named Area Player of the Year by the Daily Leader as a junior and earned first-team All-Area accolades from the publication as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Lawrence County. ◊ As a senior, averaged 24.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game to help Hattiesburg's Lady Tigers to a 22-3 finish. ◊ Scored 38 points and chipped in six steals, five assists, five rebounds and two blocks in Hattiesburg's 67-63 win over Forest Hill in the Mississippi 6A South State championship game. ◊ As a junior, averaged 30.1 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game while leading Lawrence County's Lady Cougars to a 26-9 finish. ◊ Named to the all-state tournament team after scoring a game-high 39 points and adding nine rebounds, four steals and two assists in a 71-61 setback to New Albany in the Mississippi 4A championship game. ◊ Poured in a career-high 50 points against Wilkinson County during her junior season. ◊ Named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Mississippi High School All-Star game after scoring a game-high 30 points and adding five rebounds and five steals. ◊ As a sophomore, averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game for the 24-7 Lady Cougars. ◊ As a freshman, averaged 13.9 points per game to help Lawrence County to a 25-7 record.
Personal ◊ Born August 30, 1994, Tiaria is the daughter of LaShannon Slay and Steve Griffin. ◊ Major: Human Development & Family Science.