Dec. 16, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 6 Georgia Lady Bulldogs bettered their largest margin of victory this season to defeat Lipscomb, 93-42, Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
"There's a number of things that happened that made us smile today," said head coach Andy Landers. "First of all, coming out of the gate, J.J. (Jasmine James) and Anne Marie (Armstrong) were very, very good. J.J. was excellent offensively, defensively and as the quarterback, and Anne Marie rebounded the ball early, scored, knocked down a couple of 3's and just played the way you'd like to see Anne Marie play. They got us off on the right foot and then everybody that came in contributed as soon as they went on the floor."
Georgia (11-0) boasted an evenly distributed offense, as four Lady Bulldogs put up double-digit scoring efforts. James and Tiaria Griffin both scored 18 points, while Armstrong notched 15 points and Shacobia Barbee tallied 13 points. All four players recorded season-high numbers.
Lipscomb (1-7) was led by Hannah Phillips, who had 11 points and five rebounds.
Barbee and Griffin pulled down season- and career-high rebounds, with eight and six, respectively. Griffin also recorded a season-high three steals, Khaalidah Miller dished out a season-high five assists and Erika Ford tallied a career-high five steals.
As a team, Georgia notched a season-high 46 rebounds while putting up its second-highest score this season. The Lady Bulldogs scored 94 points in their Nov. 20 victory over Savannah State.
For the game, Georgia shot 51.4 percent from the field, its third game this season shooting over 50 percent. The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Bisons to a 30.6 percent shooting effort.
Georgia used a six-point run by Jasmine James to sail to a 14-0 lead early in the game. Once they established their significant advantage, the Lady Bulldogs led by no less than 10 points at all times.
The Lady Bisons attempted to get back into the game with a 9-2 surge that started with eight minutes left in the half and closed the gap to 32-21. However, layups on back-to-back Georgia possessions sparked a 17-1 run that the Lady Bulldogs used to end the period.
Georgia scored 21 points off 17 Lipscomb turnovers in the first half, while only allowing the Lady Bisons to score one point off eight Lady Bulldog turnovers. Winning the turnover margin allowed Georgia to enter halftime with a 49-22 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs started strong, with a 20-4 run that put them up 69-26. Georgia controlled the second period and refused to allow Lipscomb to sink consecutive baskets.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate the turnover margin, scoring a total of 41 points off of 33 Lipscomb turnovers. In all, Georgia dished out a season-best 23 assists while committing just 15 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 23 steals, a season-high effort as well.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to TCU to take on the Horned Frogs at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised regionally on FOX Sports Southwest, and also will air on FOX College Sports Channel nationally.
In the first-ever meeting between the teams, Georgia begins the series with a 93-42 win.
Andy Landers is now only 12 wins away from his 900th career victory.
Georgia reaches its sixth-best opening to a campaign, equal to the 2001-02 season. This win also gives the Lady Bulldogs a tie with the 14th-longest string of success in school record books.
The Lady Bulldogs have put up 80 or more points against Savannah State, St. Bonaventure, Furman, Mercer and Lipscomb this season, improving to 424-6 when scoring 80 or more points during Andy Landers' 34 seasons at UGA.
Jasmine James equals her season high of 18 points, which she established previously against Savannah State. She passed No. 24 Sherelle Warren among UGA's career leaders and is 10 points away from No. 23 Angel Robinson.
Jasmine James had six steals tonight. She is now seven from No. 10 Bernadette Locke among UGA's career leaders.
Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Jasmine James' 18-point game is her eighth double-digit outing this season and 60th of her career.
Tiaria Griffin's career-high of 18 points is the third time for both her season and career in double digits.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs, her fifth time this season in the double digits and 37th in her career.
Shacobia Barbee reached double-digits for the first time in her career tonight by scoring 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On what made Georgia successful...
"There's a number of things that happened that made us smile today. First of all, coming out of the gate, J.J. (Jasmine James) and Anne Marie (Armstrong) were very, very good. J.J. was excellent offensively, defensively and as the quarterback, and Anne Marie rebounded the ball early, scored, knocked down a couple of 3's and just played the way you'd like to see Anne Marie play. They got us off on the right foot and then everybody that came in contributed as soon as they went on the floor."
On the rebounding of Georgia's guards....
"The interesting thing today is that Shacobia Barbee led us in rebounding with eight. Tiaria (Griffin) and Erika (Ford) are second and third in rebounding so our guards really did rebound the ball well."
On James and Barbee's defensive work.....
"The thing you're starting to see now is that Shacobia essentially is starting to read what J.J. is doing. She's starting to react and play very well with J.J. and J.J. with her. That's not always the case (with freshmen). Before the last couple of weeks, it was an individual effort but now it's a group effort."
Lipscomb Head Coach Greg Brown
Thoughts on today's game...
"I think that we were exposed a bit today. Whenever you play teams this good that are bigger, faster and stronger it creates difficult situations. Weaknesses that you have are magnified. However, fortunately for us, we don't play in the SEC. We can learn some lessons from it, and this is what we are trying to do with a tough schedule. We are the type of team that cuts and sets screens, so we have such a small margin of error. In general, we just need to be smarter with the ball. "
On playing such a rigorous schedule so far...
"This game was different. We played close halves with Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, so we have shown ourselves that we can compete at a high level. I have seen a lot of teams as a coach, and this Georgia team is a great one."