Lady Bulldogs Roll Past Commodores

Feb. 12, 2012

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Anne Marie Armstrong
1st2ndTotal
VANDERBILT 28 35 63
GEORGIA 40 36 76
Team Stat Comparison
UGA VANDERBILT
Points 76 63
FG Made-Attempted 28-62 (.452) 26-56 (.464)
3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 6-18 (.333)
FT Made-Attempted 13-21 (.619) 5-10 (.500)
Rebounds 33 35
Steals 10 10
Blocks 3 1
Assists 20 16
Turnovers 12 19
Fouls 16 18
Game Leaders
UGA VANDERBILT
Points A. Armstrong 23 C. Foggie 22
Rebs J. Hassell 11 E. Brown 9
Assts M. Mitchell 6 J. Lister 7
Steals K. Miller 3 T. Clarke 4
Blocks A. Armstrong 2 E. Brown 1
     

Athens, GA --- Anne Marie Armstrong's career-high 23 points led a quartet of double-digit Lady Bulldogs as No. 21 Georgia (19-6, 8-4) defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores (19-6, 7-5), 76-63, Sunday afternoon.

Armstrong also contributed six rebounds in a career-high 40 minutes on the floor. Jasmine Hassell secured her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine James recorded 17 points, four assist and three steals, while Khaalidah Miller notched 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.

This marked the fourth time in SEC play in which four Lady Bulldogs have scored in the double digits; Georgia has won all of those contests.

"Everybody did a nice job," said head coach Andy Landers. "I thought with a couple of exceptions we did very well defensively. We drove down the court for too long and that hurt us. We gave up a couple of the three's and that hurt us. But overall, defensively, we were pretty good. We turned over a good basketball team 19 times. When you play hard, things tend to fall your way. Offensively today, I thought we executed well. A lot of times we were good at making the plays. Some of the time, we were trying to execute a set and didn't follow through."

Georgia shot 45.2 percent from the field, including Armstrong's 11-of-16 effort. For the seventh consecutive game, the Lady Bulldogs won the turnover battle. They also managed to score 26 points off of Vanderbilt turnovers.

The Lady Bulldogs took an early advantage, leading by at least eight on four different occasions in the first 8:00 of the game. Georgia controlled most of the first half, never allowing Vanderbilt to sink more than two baskets in a row.

With 3:45 left in the period, the Commodores closed the gap to 28-25, the closest they came to the Lady Bulldogs since 16:42, when Georgia led 5-2. A pair of treys by James gave the Lady Bulldogs some breathing room and a 34-27 lead with 2:23 on the clock. Georgia took its largest lead of the half, 40-28, when Miller scored on back-to-back possessions.

Armstrong and James both put up double digits in the first half, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Aided by James' 3-of-4 effort, Georgia shot a blistering 55.6 percent from behind the three-point line.

Georgia continued to increase its lead early in the second period. In the first 2:30, Armstrong scored seven of the Lady Bulldogs' nine points, to put them up 49-33.

Georgia took an 18-point lead and then stalled a bit at 15:18, when Vanderbilt started a 14-1 run and decreased the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 52-47.

A jumper by Hassell with 10:07 left snapped the Commodores' streak and sparked a 11-3 push for Georgia. With six minutes left, the Lady Bulldogs once again led by double digits, 63-50.

With two minutes on the clock, Georgia led 72-61 and despite Vanderbilt's efforts, the Lady Bulldogs held them off and won 76-63.

Next up, Georgia travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks this Thursday at 7 p.m. Following a trip to Florida on Feb. 19, the Lady Bulldogs return home to host Ole Miss on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes
• The Lady Bulldogs improved to 19-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
• Georgia is now 31-25 in the series against Vanderbilt, including a 16-7 record in Athens.
• UGA continued its success in turnover margin, forcing 19 Vanderbilt turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs, scoring 26 points off of turnovers in tonight's game, rank third in the conference with a +3.1 turnover margin.
Jasmine Hassell recorded her second double-double game of the season and the third of her career, scoring 18 points and bringing down 11 rebounds.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 23 points for her third 20-point game of her career and played a career-high 40 minutes. Her previous high was 39 minutes against both Kentucky and Ole Miss.
Jasmine James is now six points shy of becoming UGA's 32nd 1,000-point career scorer.
Andy Landers is now eight games shy of his 800th victory at UGA and 26 wins away from his 900th overall victory as a collegiate head coach.
• With four Lady Bulldogs scoring in double digits today, UGA has a combined 81 double-digit performances on the year.

Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine Hassell recorded 18 points, marking her 18th double-digit scoring game of the season and the 38th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell recorded 11 rebounds, marking her second double-digit rebounding game of the season and the fifth of her career.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 23 points - her 12th double-digit game of the year and 28th of her career.
Jasmine James tallied 17 points, marking her ninth double-digit game of the season and the 48th of her career.
Khaalidah Miller 10-point total marks her 18th double-digit game of the season and the 32nd of her career.

Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game:
"Everybody did a nice job. I thought with a couple of exceptions we did very well defensively. We drove down the court for too long and that hurt us. We gave up a couple of the three's and that hurt us. But overall, defensively, we were pretty good. We turned over a good basketball team 19 times. When you play hard, things tend to fall your way. Offensively today, I thought we executed well. A lot of times we were good at making the plays. Some of the time, we were trying to execute a set and didn't follow through."

On Vanderbilt's offense:
"Vandy is so good offensively. We were up 17 or 18, and we had a stretch where we turned the ball over a few times and we started to let them back in to the game. You know they have that ability."

On match-up between Jasmine Hassell and Tiffany Clarke:
"It's a great match-up between Hassell and Clarke. Honestly, they can't guard each other and that's what it boils down to. Those two kids are such good operators down low. They match up very well size wise, weight wise and height wise. They're almost identical in that regard. At the half, I told the team that Hassell had four touches and we needed to get her the ball more. She had four points at the half, she finished with 18 points. Her teammates did a great job of getting her the ball."

Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb
On Georgia:
"I have to give Georgia credit. I thought they were very prepared. They had all week to prepare for us while we were getting beat up by Tennessee having to fight at home. They used that time wisely. They were much more aggressive. They took things away from us and they were really ready to execute against our defense this time. They started off more aggressive, out-worked us, and then it was a fight back all the time. Every time we fought back with them and made a run, they fought right back. I thought they were very well prepared."

On today's game:
"The fact that we weren't on the same page, our communication wasn't good to start the game. I think our mental toughness was one of the things that we were struggling with on the road before we won our last two games. But this is the first Sunday game in a big environment; we've won Thursday night games in that environment. I think we lost some focus tonight. We're going to have to become a better team on the road still. I think they need to figure it out on the road."

 

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