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Nov. 11, 2012
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ATHENS, GA. --- Four Lady Bulldogs notched double-digit scoring efforts as No. 10 Georgia (1-0) squeaked past Rutgers (0-1), 57-51, Sunday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.
"It was a hard fought game," said head coach Andy Landers. "I truly believe these were two very good basketball teams that are going to get a lot better as the season goes on. Rutgers is really talented and very good and I think we are too. I think probably both coaches would like to clean up a lot of mistakes that were made. You have to be complimentary about how hard both teams played and we feel really good about having a win over a good Rutgers team."
Khaalidah Miller led Georgia with 12 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell all put up 10 points. Armstrong also recorded team-highs of six rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Freshman Shacobia Barbee became the 70th freshman to start for Landers, and the 22nd to do so in her collegiate debut.
Erica Wheeler and Chelsey Lee led Rutgers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The game was close from opening tip until the final buzzer, as neither team led the first half by more than four points until Georgia went up 20-14 off a Miller trey with 8:07 left in the period.
Less than a minute later, the Scarlet Knights pulled within four, 20-16, with a jumper by Christa Evans. The Lady Bulldogs then hit three layups in a row, one by Hassell and two by Tiaria Griffin, to take the lead 26-16 with 4:17 on the clock.
Evans hit another jumper with 49 seconds on the clock to bring the score to 26-18, but James beat the buzzer to ensure that Georgia would enter the locker room with a 10-point lead, 28-18.
In the first half, Rutgers out-rebounded Georgia 21-13, but Georgia won the turnover battle 9-16.
Rutgers began the second half with a 9-1 run that diminished Georgia's lead to 29-27 and the clock to 13:05.
Over the next nine minutes, the Scarlet Knights met the Lady Bulldogs basket-for-basket before Georgia embarked on an 8-3 run that would put it up 53-43.
In the final two minutes of the game, Rutgers hit a layup and sank two three-pointers, while Georgia went 4-for-6 at the free throw line. For the game, the Lady Bulldogs were 58.3 percent from the charity stripe, with Armstrong hitting a perfect 4-for-4.
The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. when they host Presbyterian at Stegeman Coliseum.
- Shacobia Barbeemarks the 70th freshman to start in Andy Landers' 34 seasons at UGA, and the 22nd to do so in her collegiate debut.
- With tonight's win Georgia is now 9-3 against Rutgers, including a 4-0 mark in Athens.
- Georgia is now 31-9 in season openers, including 29-5 under Andy Landers.
- The Lady Bulldogs have won 11 out of their last 12 openers.
- Jasmine James is now four points from No. 30 Megan Darrahamong UGA's career leaders.
- Khaalidah Milleris now eight 3FGs from co-No. 10s Coco Miller and Pam Irwin-Osbolt among UGA's career leaders.
- Stringer (885) and Landers (878) currently rank first and third, respectively, in career wins among active major college women's basketball head coaches with a combined 1763 victories.
- With the win tonight Andy Landers is four wins from his 800th victory at UGA and 22 wins shy of his 900th career victory.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
- Khaalidah Millerhit double digits tonight with 12 points, her 34th career double-digit game.
- Anne Marie Armstronghit double digits tonight with 10 points, her 33rd career double-digit game.
- Jasmine Jameshit double digits tonight with 10 points, her 53rd career double-digit game.
- Jasmine Hassell hit double digits tonight with 10 points, her 44th career double-digit game.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On today's game:
"It was a hard fought game. I truly believe these were two very good basketball teams that are going to get a lot better as the season goes on. Rutgers is really talented and very good and I think we are too. I think probably both coaches would like to clean up a lot of mistakes that were made. You have to be complimentary about how hard both teams played and we feel really good about having a win over a good Rutgers team."
On where to improve:
"Discipline. We are not very disciplined. We do things, we make decisions to do the opposite of what we practiced and drilled on and some of those decisions were being made be people that have been drilled for three years. There's just an absence of discipline more than anything else."
On the freshmen:
"I would like for them to play more than they did today. We have a freshman class that's going to be able to help us; there's no question about that. You saw glimpses of that today. They'll grow and mature as we move along and in another month or so they'll look totally different than they did today."
Rutgers Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer
On today's game:
"I saw a lot of fight, energy, tenacity, enthusiasm, and never giving up. Individually, I was impressed with Christa Evans - look at her first year and look at her now. She's developed such confidence. And Briyona Canty has never played the point before and came in and did well. Those were question marks that I had. I'm pleased with our attitude of trying to get better. We just need to recognize different parts of the game and get better."
On the 2012-13 team:
"I've enjoyed coaching this group. They're a good group of young ladies. They're fun, and they take it personally, so I am sure they're going to work hard to get better after this. People ask why I'd play the No. 10 team in the country today, and it doesn't matter to me. My view is what's going on in the long run. We are a young team, and that's not to make excuses, but we need to get more of an attitude in terms of how do we get better. I know we'll go back tomorrow and work harder."
On playing her friend Andy Landers:
"Coach Landers has done this job with such excellence for so long. He's nothing less than an outstanding coach. He has a team of great athletes, and they're disciplined. They know how to execute. I am not surprised. He is the Dean of SEC coaches, and with that comes a great level of knowledge and intensity, and we all have a great respect for the job he does. It's funny, instead of shaking hands we just hug each other. We've had meals together; we are great friends. People don't understand that, but you can't be in this work for this long and not have your colleagues as your friends. I have nothing but respect for him."