2001 SEC Tournament Champions - 2000-01 REVIEW
Lady Bulldogs' season ends with NCAA Tourney second-round upset
Georgia's 2000-01 season came to an abrupt halt on Sunday when Missouri upset the Lady Dogs in the second round of the NCAA East Region in Athens. The setback snapped UGA's 24-game home winning streak overall and was just the third loss in 23 NCAA Tournament games played in Athens since 1983.
Season full of points of pride
Though the Lady Bulldogs came up short in their quest for a national championship, Georgia still enjoyed an excellent campaign during 2000-01. The Lady Bulldogs finished the season with a 27-6 record. Georgia now has won 25 or more games during six of the last seven seasons, averaging 26.3 wins a year during that span. Throughout the season, Georgia was never ranked lower than No. 7 in either the AP or USA Today/ESPN coaches polls. The Lady Dogs were ranked No. 4 in both entering the NCAA Tourney. Georgia also won the SEC Tournament title for the first time since 1986 on Kelly Miller's game-winning buzzer-beater with 0.8 seconds left in the championship game with Vanderbilt.
Lady Dogs make up ground in all-time AP women's hoops poll
The March 12 Associated Press poll, which listed Georgia at No. 4, was the final edition of the rankings for the 2000-01 season. That list will therefore count toward the tabulation of the all-time AP women's basketball poll, which is compiled by awarding annual points the same way individual voter's tallies contribute to the weekly poll (i.e. Connecticut will receive 25 points in the all-time poll for finishing No. 1 this season, No. 2 Notre Dame gets 24, No. 3 Tennessee gets 23, No. 4 Georgia gets 22, etc., etc.). Though the Lady Bulldogs remain in the No. 5 position all-time, Georgia took a large chunk out of the gap between itself and Texas (the current No. 3) and Old Dominion (the current No. 4). Neither the Longhorns nor the Monarchs were included in the year-end poll and received no points in the all-time rankings as a result. Georgia has now finished among the top-10 teams in four of the last six years. A fifth squad -- the Lady Dogs' 1999 Final Four unit -- completed the year at No. 12 The updated top-five teams in the all-time poll, as well as Georgia's finishes annually since 1983, follow.
All-Time AP Poll
Junior center Tawana McDonald scored 16 points in the season finale against Missouri and topped the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career in the process. T-Mac is the 21st Lady Bulldog all-time to surpass the millennium mark. McDonald will enter her senior season this fall with 1,004 points in a Lady Bulldog uniform, 34 shy of Saudia Roundtree for the No. 20 position among UGA's career leaders.
Kelly, Coco rank among greatest
The statistics compiled by twins Coco and Kelly Miller during their collegiate careers in Athens are among the best in Lady Bulldog history. Kelly completes her career as the only Lady Bulldog ranked among Georgia's top 10 in scoring (No. 3 with 2,177 points), assists (No. 2 with 239), steals (No. 4 with 285) and rebounds (No. 10 with 711). Coco Miller finishes her career ranked No. 4 in scoring (2,131), No. 8 in assists (396) and No. 7 in steals (225) Millers are Academic All-Americas Last Thursday, Coco and Kelly Miller became the first sisters ever named Verizon/Academic All-America in basketball during the same season. Kelly was tabbed second-team, while Coco was a third-team choice. The Biology majors who plan on attending medical school sport 3.4 grade point averages.
When the Lady Bulldogs gathered to celebrate their SEC Tournament Championship and view the NCAA Selection Show with their fans on March 11, senior Tiaunna Briggans' was rightfully selected to cut the cake commemorating the SEC Title. Briggans has quietly put together a very productive campaign for the Lady Bulldogs and played her best basketball of the season in Memphis.