Georgia Holds On to Beat Florida
Jan. 12, 2012
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||Armstrong, Miller 19
||J. George 15
||A. Armstrong 6
||George, Bartley 8
||J. James 3
||Stewart, Bonds 3
||A. Armstrong 3
||Allen, Bartley 4
||Armstrong, Mitchell 2
||Stewart, George 1
ATHENS, Ga.--- Led by 19-point scoring efforts by both Anne Marie Armstrong and Khaalidah Miller, the No. 19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (14-3, 3-1) beat the Florida Gators (11-6, 1-3), 61-55, Thursday night.
Armstrong and Miller tied Jasmine Hassell for the most Georgia points against an SEC opponent this season; Hassell put up 19 points against Arkansas.
Armstrong also lead the team on the boards, with six rebounds, while Miller pulled down four. Jasmine James added seven points and four assists, Meredith Mitchell contributed five points and five rebounds and Krista Donald notched five points and three rebounds.
"Krista Donald came in late in the game when we were really having trouble on the boards and did a terrific job with that," said head coach Andy Landers. "She got some huge rebounds and did a good job defensively. Offensively, I thought Anne Marie Armstrong did a terrific job early.
"Everyone hit shots," continued Landers. "Meredith Mitchell hit a big shot when they pressed us. Khaalidah Miller hit a big shot with the shot clock running down. Jasmine James hit some free throws down the stretch. Everybody did what they needed to do when we needed them to do it."
Georgia continued to dominate from the free throw line and put up a season-high 81.8 percent on 18-of-22 shooting, aided by Armstrong's 8-of-8 effort.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 47.6 percent from the field, while the the Gators struggled, shooting just 33.3 percent.
"If you're going to play for a championship, you have to win one game at a time," said Landers. "You expect them to be hard-fought, physical and challenging. That's what this game was. It just prepares you for the next one. Now we have to go to Mississippi State and beat them in Starkville. I think we are up for it."
The Gators started quickly with a jumper by Ndidi Madu just 13 seconds into the game. Hassell answered with a layup.
After a slow start, a three-pointer by Miller with 11:00 left in the first half sparked a 10-2 run to put Georgia up 19-10; eight of those points were scored by Miller.
Already leading by double digits, a last-second steal and layup by Armstrong gave the Lady Bulldogs a 13-point lead, 29-16, heading into the locker room.
In the first half, Florida shot a meager 25 percent from the floor, including just one second chance point. Georgia shot a productive 43.5 percent from the field and a blistering 87.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Georgia maintained its dominant lead well into the second half, including a 40-28 edge with 11:50 left on the clock. A 9-0 run by the Gators that lasted just two and half minutes saw Florida pull within three, 40-37.
A trey by Miller and a jumper by Donald put Georgia back up by eight, 45-37, with 7:20 left in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs expanded that advantage to 53-44 before Florida quickly pulled within four, 53-49, with a trey and a pair of free throws.
A James free throw to start the final two minutes helped Georgia edge the Gators 8-6 and seal their fate as time ran out and the Lady Bulldogs held off Florida 61-55.
Next, No. 19 Georgia travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs, Sunday at 3 p.m. Georgia returns home to host No. 9 Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the SEC.
Georgia is now 46-13 in the series against Florida, including an 25-3 record in Stegeman Coliseum.
With the victory, Andy Landers is now a mere one game shy of his 1050th contest as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs.
In Georgia's last 11 outings, the Lady Bulldogs have converted on 149-of-206 trips to the free throw line, a 72.3 percent conversion rate.
Georgia shot a season-best 81.8 percent from the line, connecting on 18-of-22 trips.
Anne Marie Armstrong shot a perfect 8-of-8 on the line to give her an impressive 30-of-36 on the season, an 83.3 percent free throw conversion rate.
Meredith Mitchell made a season-high two blocks in tonight's win over the Gators.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points for her seventh double-digit game of the season and the 23rd of her career.
Khaalidah Miller recorded 19 points, marking her 13th double-digit game of the season and the 26th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's win:
"If you're going to play for a championship, you have to win one game at a time. You expect them to be hard-fought, physical and challenging. That's what this game was. It just prepares you for the next one. Now we have to go to Mississippi State and beat them in Starkville. I think we are up for it."
On the team's performance:
"Krista Donald came in late in the game when we were really having trouble on the boards and did a terrific job with that. She got some huge rebounds and did a good job defensively. Offensively, I thought Anne Marie Armstrong did a terrific job early. Everyone hit shots. Meredith Mitchell hit a big shot when they pressed us. Khaalidah Miller hit a big shot with the shot clock running down. Jasmine James hit some free throws down the stretch. Everybody did what they needed to do when we needed them to do it."
On the crowd support:
"Our crowd was terrific. I can't say enough about those guys. Our team feeds off of the crowd's energy. Go on the road with us and you will see what it is like not to have them. It's tough on the road, but boy it's nice to be at home."
Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler
On the game:
"It was a great fight. I, as well as my team, am just really frustrated with playing such great second halves, but having to overcome so much because we play so poorly in the first half. We've just got to get better in the first few minutes of the ball game. We've got to get a better start and score in the first half. We can't beat good teams in the SEC by scoring 16 points in the first 20 minutes."
On competing against the Lady Bulldogs:
"You just have to credit Georgia. Their kids really hit shots and made plays in those moments that we flipped it down to three or four and made it a single-posession ball game."