Georgia Rolls Over Furman

Dec. 28, 2011

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Anne Marie Armstrong
Team Stat Comparison
GEORGIA FURMAN
Points 83 58
FG Made-Attempted 31-64 (.484) 20-60 (.333)
3P Made-Attempted 1-5 (.200) 4-17 (.235)
FT Made-Attempted 20-27 (.741) 14-22 (.636)
Rebounds 43 (13/30) 41 (16/25)
Steals 15 7
Blocks 6 2
Assists 14 11
Turnovers 14 25
Fouls 19 17
Game Leaders
GEORGIA FURMAN
Points A. Armstrong 19 J. Roberts 15
Rebounds E. Ford 10 A. Peterson 9
Assists M. Mitchell 5 K. Murphy 5
Steals Armstrong, Miller 4 K. Murphy 3
Blocks L. Booker 2 A. Armstrong 3
     

ATHENS, Ga. --- Anne Marie Armstrong's 19 points led four double-digit Lady Bulldogs as No. 17 Georgia (11-2) rolled past the Furman Paladins (8-4), 83-58, Wednesday night.

Freshman Erika Ford scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds to record her first career double-double.

"Erika defensively is a whiz on and around the basketball," said head coach Andy Landers. "She is the smallest kid on the team and leads the team in rebounding (tonight). That shows you the size of her heart."

Jasmine Hassell and Meredith Mitchell rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Hassell and Mitchell recorded six rebounds each as well.

Armstrong also notched seven rebounds, three blocks and four steals. The Lady Bulldogs blocked six shots, a team season high.

"A couple of times tonight, Anne Marie reminded me of Larry Bird," continued Landers. "She has crazy size, point guard and forward skills and passes it well because of the way she sees the floor. She played super tonight."

Georgia shot 48.4 percent from the floor, including a 54.3 percent effort in the opening period. The Lady Bulldogs scored 27 points off Paladin turnovers.

"Tonight's win reinforces the importance of playing hard and being committed to the defensive end," said Landers. "We created a lot of offense tonight with our defense. We have done that all year, but we are getting better at it. We also have a lot of people that can score. It's fun when you have one player who can go out and score 30 points a game, but it's also fun when you come out and you don't know where it's going to come from, but you know someone is going to have a good game."

Khaalidah Miller scored nine points and had six rebounds and four assists. This marks just the third game this season in which Miller has not scored in the double digit, but her four assists ties her season high.

Mitchell's 12 points were aided by her 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. Overall, Georgia continued to dominate from charity stripe, shooting 74.1 percent for the night.

Georgia entered the locker room with a comfortable 49-31 lead over the Paladins.

The Lady Bulldogs were once again without junior Jasmine James, who is sidelined with a knee sprain suffered during the Montana State game on Dec. 20.

The Lady Bulldogs returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m., when they ring in the new year by hosting Arkansas in Georgia's SEC opener.

Post Game Notes
• The Lady Bulldogs improved to 11-2 overall and a perfect 8-0 all-time against Furman.
• With the victory, Georgia is now 431-7 when scoring 80 or more points during Coach Andy Landers' 33 seasons.
• Tonight marks the sixth game of the season the Lady Bulldogs recorded 80-plus points, which is one more than Georgia produced in the past two seasons combined.
• A season-high of 49 points at the half brought the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-1 record on the season when leading at halftime.
• Georgia is now 49-11 all-time against currrently competing teams in the Southern Conference.
• Coach Landers is now five games shy of his 1050th contest win at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs.
• Georgia tallied a season-high six blocked shots against the Paladins.

Lady Bulldogs In Double Digits
Erika Ford recorded her first double-double performance of her career, scoring 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. It was Ford's fourth double-digit scoring performance.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points for her fifth double-digit game of the season and the 21st of her career.
Meredith Mitchell's 12 point total brought her double-digit performances to four for the season and 30th of her career.
Jasmine Hassell tallied 15 points marking her 10th double-digit game of the season and the 30th of her career. Hassell has reached double figures in each of the past nine games.

Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers
On the game:
"Tonight's win reinforces the importance of playing hard and being committed to the defensive end. We created a lot of offense tonight with our defense. We have done that all year, but we are getting better at it. We also have a lot of people that can score. It's fun when you have one player who can go out and score 30 points a game, but it's also fun when you come out and you don't know where it's going to come from, but you know someone is going to have a good game."

On the play of Erika Ford:
"Erika defensively is a whiz on and around the basketball. She is the smallest kid on the team and leads the team in rebounding (tonight). That shows you the size of her heart."

On Anne Marie Armstrong:
"A couple of times tonight, Anne Marie reminded me of Larry Bird. She has crazy size, point guard and forward skills and passes it well because of the way she sees the floor. She played super tonight."

On how the non-conference schedule prepared the team for SEC play:
"I think our non-conference schedule has been just right for us. We have had some games that allowed us to work on some things and that we needed to work on, but overall I think this schedule has allowed us to build and improve from one game to the next. This schedule has allowed us to be where we need to be for the start of SEC play."

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