Feb. 26, 2012
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||K. Miller 14
||C. Jones 13
||A. Armstrong 7
||Webb, Barrett 6
||M. Mitchell 5
||L. Barrett 3
||A. Armstrong 6
||T. Turnbow 3
||A. Armstrong 1
||4 Players w/ 1
Athens, GA --- The No. 18 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (22-7, 11-5) ended the regular season with a win over the LSU Lady Tigers (20-9, 10-6), 62-46, Sunday evening.
Khaalidah Miller led Georgia with 14 points and six rebounds. Jasmine Hassell recorded 12 points, while Meredith Mitchell notched 10 points and five assists. Anne Marie Armstrong tallied seven in three different categories: points, rebounds and a career-high for steals.
"I thought we played terrific," said head coach Andy Landers. "Defensively, we were just outstanding and did what we needed to do. Offensively, LSU is a good team. They force you to do things that most teams don't force you to do. We prepared as best we could for that and I thought we executed well on the offensive end. I think we played about as well as anyone could have expected."
LSU led a majority of the first eight minutes of the game, before an Erika Ford jumper sparked a 10-0 Georgia push that put the Lady Bulldogs up 18-9. Georgia built an eventual 10-point advantage and held on to the lead for the remainder of the first period.
The Lady Bulldogs led 26-17 with two minutes remaining, before LSU used a 6-0 run to close out the first half and bring the score to 26-23.
Georgia was led in the first period by Miller, who scored all 12 of her points from behind the three-point arc. The Lady Bulldogs controlled the turnovers and steals in the opening half, recording seven turnovers and six steals, while LSU notched 11 turnovers and five steals. Conversely, the Lady Tigers out-rebounded Georgia 19-13.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to control the game in the second half, starting with a quick 4-0 run in the first 1:30. The Lady Tigers pulled within four, 34-30, with 14:28 on the clock, but Georgia scored on back-to-back possessions to increase its advantage, 38-30.
LSU once again decreased Georgia's lead, this time closing the gap to six, 41-35, with 12:50 remaining. A Jasmine James trey then triggered a 12-0 Lady Bulldog surge that lasted four and half minutes and put Georgia up by 18, 53-35.
The three minutes following Georgia's run were fairly uneventful, and a Lady Tiger free throw the only point scored. The final five minutes of the game were evenly matched, as LSU outscored Georgia 10-9. Georgia's 17-point lead entering the last five minutes allowed them to end the regular season with a 62-46 win.
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the SEC Tournament and will play Friday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET. Third-seeded Georgia will play the winner of the Alabama-South Carolina game. The four SEC Tournament games on Thursday and Friday will be televised on Fox Sports Network, with the semifinals and championship game carried on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 22-7 overall and 11-5 in conference play.
Georgia now owns a 21-17 series lead over LSU, included a 12-5 record in Athens.
PGA golfer and former Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson served as a guest coach in tonight's game. Watston is married to the former Angie Ball, who played for the Lady Bulldogs from 1996-2000 and was a member of UGA's 1996 Final Four team and 1997 and 2000 SEC Championship squads.
Seven Lady Bulldogs have combined for 95 double-digit scoring performances on the season. Khaalidah Miller, Meredith Mitchell and Jasmine Hassell all reached double figures against the Lady Tigers.
Anne Marie Armstrong tied her career-high steals effort, with seven.
Tamika Willis tallied two assists, which ties her career-best for a fifth time.
With tonight's victory, Andy Landers is five wins shy of his 800th win at UGA and 23 away from his 900th overall victory as a collegiate head coach.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Khaalidah Miller notched 14 points for her 22nd double-digit game of the season and 36th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell scored 12 points to mark her 22nd double-digit game of the season and 42nd of her career.
Meredith Mitchell recorded 10 points and her 16th double-digit game of the season. This marks the 42nd double-digit game of her career.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On tonight's game:
"I thought we played terrific. Defensively, we were just outstanding and did what we needed to do. Offensively, LSU is a good team. They force you to do things that most teams don't force you to do. We prepared as best we could for that and I thought we executed well on the offensive end. I think we played about as well as anyone could have expected."
On sending the seniors out with a win:
"Everyone played well for our seniors tonight. Britt (Brittney Crews) got to start and it was a great way to send these seniors out with a win."
On preparation for the SEC Tournament:
"We have to work on a couple of things to continue to get better. We will work on those in the next couple of days and set out for Nashville."
LSU Head Coach Nikki Caldwell
On tonight's game:
"Much credit to Coach Landers and this team. I felt like they came out and executed their game plan. They played harder than we did and they played tougher. They played like a team that is ready for post season. Going in to SEC play, they were preparing their team for the conference play. We had some good possessions, but overall I was very disappointed in us not coming here and competing and laying it on the line. We'll look at film and get better from it and get ready for SEC play."