Feb. 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- No. 9 Georgia used a 61-58 win over Auburn to secure the 28th 20-win season in program history on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Jasmine Hassell turned in a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers. Shacobia Barbee, Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller scored 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively. Barbee also notched eight rebounds and James tallied a game-high five steals.
"I thought Auburn showed a lot of resilience tonight," said head coach Andy Landers. "I thought defensively we got after them and created some havoc. I thought they got frustrated, and while they were frustrated, they were turning the ball over and we were scoring the basketball to get a lead. But they stayed the course and stayed with everything. They went about their business of cutting the lead, and then when they got the score close, they became very good in the half court. You have to give them credit for that. But with that said, I don't remember when we've missed more chip shots than tonight."
The Lady Bulldogs (20-3, 8-2 SEC) recorded a season-high free throw percentage of 86.4 percent by shooting 19-of-22 from the charity stripe. Georgia's 19 free throws is also a season high.
The Tigers (13-10, 8-2 SEC) were led by Hasina Muhammad, who scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
After a slow start by both teams, the Lady Bulldogs found their stride and sailed to a 19-7 lead with just under 13 minutes on the clock. Auburn then executed an 8-2 surge to pull within in six, 21-15.
Georgia refused to allow the Tigers any closer and used a quick 9-0 run to pull ahead 30-15, which was the Lady Bulldogs' largest lead of the game. Auburn scored the next six points, before Georgia closed out the half with four consecutive free throws to bring the score to 34-22.
In the first period, Georgia scored 12 points off of 14 Auburn turnovers, while allowing the Tigers to score just five points off of seven turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs also tallied seven steals compared to Auburn's two.
The Tigers came out strong in the second half, scoring five points in the first minute. Auburn eventually whittled Georgia's lead to 36-31. For the next few minutes, the Tigers matched the Lady Bulldogs basket-for-basket before going on a 6-0 run that brought the score to 42-41.
With 10:30 remaining, Georgia reeled off five unanswered points, stretching its lead to 47-41. Auburn continued to keep it interesting and kept the Lady Bulldogs from taking another decisive advantage.
The Tigers connected on just their third free throw of the night to tie the game at 51-51 with under five minutes left in the game. Auburn tied the score again at 53-53, before Georgia pulled ahead 60-55 with 11 ticks left on the clock. The Tigers hit a long three with four seconds remaining, but then fouled Barbee, who connected on a free throw to bring the score to 61-58 before time ran out on Auburn.
Next up, Georgia travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Following an open date next Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Gainesville to face Florida on Feb. 17 before returning home to Stegeman Coliseum to host Arkansas on Feb. 21.
Georgia improves to 25-16 all-time against Auburn, including a 20-4 mark in Athens.
Georgia reached 20 wins for the 28th time under Andy Landers and moved to 20-3 on the season (8-2 SEC).
Georgia reached 20 wins in 23 games. The Lady Bulldogs' fastest progression to 20 wins was a 20-1 start to the 1985-86 season. UGA was 20-2 in 1983-84, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1990-2000. Georgia also was 20-3 in 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1988-89.
Landers is now just three wins shy of 900 career victories.
UGA forward Jasmine Hassell posted her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Dogs grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and posted 21 second-chance points.
Georgia shot a season-high 86.4 percent from the foul line, while making a season-high 19 attempts.
Auburn went just 3-for-15 (20 percent) from the free-throw stripe, the lowest percentage by a Georgia opponent this season.
UGA scored 21 points off 22 Auburn turnovers, while AU tallied nine points off 11 Georgia turnovers.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine Hassell tallied 15 points, her 15th double-digit scoring performance this season and 58th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell grabbed 10 rebounds, her 2nd double-digit rebound performance this season and 7th of her career.
Shacobia Barbee posted 14 points, her 4th double-digit performance this season.
Jasmine James tallied 13 points, her 15th double-digit performance this season and 67th of her career.
Khaalidah Miller scored 10 points, her 12th double-digit performance this season and 49th of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game...
"I thought Auburn showed a lot of resilience tonight. They started to be very frustrated. I thought defensively we got after them and created some havoc. I thought they got frustrated, and while they were frustrated, they were turning the ball over and we were scoring the basketball to get a lead. But they stayed the course and stayed with everything. They went about their business of cutting the lead, and then when they got the score close, they became very good in the half court. You have to give them credit for that. But with that said, I don't remember when we've missed more chip shots than tonight."
On the play of Auburn's Blanche Alverson and Hasina Muhammad...
"Unfortunately we helped off of both Alverson and Muhammad, and the drivers kicked to them and they scored the basketball. We knew they were going to be good going in and they certainly proved themselves tonight."
Auburn Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy
On tonight's game...
"I thought we had a lot of opportunities to win the basketball game, but we made some crucial mistakes. Costly turnovers, offensive rebounds by Georgia that didn't give us our chances to win the game."
The difference between the first half and the second half...
"I think we just came out a little bit more aggressive in the second half. You have got to give Georgia credit, their defense was very frightening, for a lack of words, to us immediately, and I don't think our point guard played extremely well in the first half, but in the second half I think we played much better."
On three close losses to top 15 teams, during Auburn's current seven-game losing streak...
"We have to build off of them and we have to build our confidence off of them. We've played really really tough teams. The league is tough and you're playing teams in the top 20. Now we get an opportunity to go back home and play in front of our own fans and we've just got to be able to build off of that."