After falling behind 16-3 in the game's first six minutes, the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team (21-9, 9-8) used a gritty comeback effort with stellar defense the rest of the way to force overtime, but ultimately fell to Vanderbilt (18-13, 7-11) by a 54-49 score on Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
2015-16 Season » A 2016 AllState Good Works Team nominee for her service in the community. » Member of the 2015-16 SEC Community Service Team. » Had an 18-point effort vs. Arkansas (2/25), with 12 of those coming in the second half. » Scored 17-points vs. Ole Miss (2/7). » Had a 12-rebound effort at Alabama (1/17), marking a career high. » Recorded four double-doubles (only had two in her previous three seasons at UGA); recorded a double-double in back-to-back games vs. Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern. » Matched her career high with 22 points vs. Ga. Tech (11/22). » Averaged 9.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per contest. » Her 9.3 ppg was third-best on the team. » Was second on the team in blocks with 26. » Scored in double figures 11 times and recorded double-digit rebound totals in five games.
2014-15 Season » Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in her three seasons at Georgia. » Started 24 of 26 games played and averaged 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-best 0.8 blocks per game. » Posted nine double-figure scoring outputs and one double-digit rebounding effort. » Recorded game-high tallies of 17 points and eight rebounds against Georgia Southern. » Notched back-to-back-to-back double-digit scoring outputs against Georgia Southern, Colgate and Tennessee Tech, averaging 13.0 ppg over that span. » Equaled her career high with 11 rebounds against Furman en route to her second career double-double. » Led Georgia offensively for the first time in SEC play with 16 points at Arkansas. » Missed the Florida game due to mononucleosis, snapping a streak of 50 consecutive games started. » Eventually forced to sit out Georgia's final five regular-season contests before returning to action against Missouri in the SEC Tournament.
2013-14 Season » Started 31 of 32 games for the Lady Bulldogs, missing out against S.C. State when she played just five minutes due to an illness. » Selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. » Finished the season with 11 double-digit scoring outputs and one double-figure rebounding output, which resulted in her first career double-double against Kentucky. » Led Georgia in scoring five times and in blocked shots 13 times. » Recorded a team-high 25 blocks during the season. » Posted four career-high scoring outputs this season, progressing from 13 vs. Mercer to 18 vs. Kennesaw State to 19 at Texas A&M and to 22 against Mississippi State. » Produced as many double-digit scoring performances in the first two games of the season as she did in 30 games played as a freshman. » Scored what was then a career-high 13 points against Mercer on Nov. 14, a year to the day following her previous career high versus Presbyterian. » Nearly equaled what was then her career-high scoring output in the first half alone at Belmont, putting up 11 points before the intermission. » Scored 14 first-half points against Kennesaw State, three more than the Owls produced as a team during the period. » Enjoyed an extremely productive three-game stretch against Belmont, Kennesaw State and Lipscomb, averaging 15.3 ppg while connecting on 18-of-24 (75.0) shots from the field and 10-of-12 (83.3) free throws. » Posted her first career double-digit scoring output in SEC play with 13 points against Tennessee. » Scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Kentucky to record the first double-double of her collegiate career. Was 6-of-7 from the field for 12 points against the Wildcats in the second half. » Poured in what was then a career-high 19 points at Texas A&M, including 11 in the opening 9:23 as Georgia raced to a 19-4 lead. » Exploded for a career-high 22 points against Mississippi State in the regular-season finale, doing so against Martha Alwal, the 2014 SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year.
2012-13 Season » Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. » Logged action in 30 of 35 games, including a quartet of starts against S.C. State, Belmont, Savannah State and Alabama in Athens. » Finished second on the team with 18 blocks, including an impressive 10 of those versus SEC competition. » Posted her first career double-digit output in just the second game of the campaign against Presbyterian. » Against S.C. State, became the 71st - of now 72 - freshman to get the starting nod during Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens. » Scored 10 points against St. Bonaventure - largely due to a perfect 6-of-6 performance from the line - in the opening round of the University of New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament. » Missed the Mercer, Lipscomb, at Alabama and Arkansas games while resting an injured right foot - a condition athletic trainer Shannon Becker managed from early-December through the remainder of the season. » After playing primarily at the `4' during November and early December, logged some minutes at the `5' as well during the 2013 portion of the slate. » Made her first career SEC start against Alabama in Athens and scored nearly as many points against the Tide (9) as she did in UGA's previous seven SEC appearances (14). » Scored a vital stickback with 57 seconds left against Auburn to give UGA a four-point lead. » Blocked four shots against Arkansas in Athens to equal the most in a single game by a Lady Bulldog during 2012-13, also established by Anne Marie Armstrong at LSU and vs. Montana.
High School » Coached by Carl Harris at Stafford. » Tabbed second-team All-Met by the Washington Post as a senior after securing honorable mention status as a junior. » An honorable mention pick to the Virginia High School Coaches Association's all-classification all-state team as a senior. » Selected to play in the Capital Classic All-Star game, a contest pitting Virginia players against Maryland and helped Virginia secure a 74-49 victory. » Named Commonwealth District Player of the Year as a senior. » Finished her Stafford career with a school-record 1,476 points, surpassing the previous mark by 175 points. » As a senior, averaged 23.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists per game to lead Stafford to a 15-11 finish. » In 29 games during her senior season, posted 19 20-point performances and five 30-point outings. » Scored a season-high 34 points twice - in a 62-39 victory over Albemarle on Dec. 20 and in a 78-37 decision over Orange County on Jan. 3. » Became Stafford's career scoring leader during a 31-point outburst against Albemarle on Feb. 3. Surpassed the previous mark established by Marquel Davis, who went on to play at Pitt. » As a junior, averaged a double-double of 20.0 points and 11.8 rebounds per game while also contributing 3.1 bpg and 1.5 assists per game for the 17-7 Indians. » As a sophomore, averaged 12.6 points per game for the Indians.
Personal » Born July 27, 1994, Merritt is the daughter of Rebecca and David Hempe. » Major: Pre-Business.