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 ◊ 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.