Georgia Set to Host Gamecocks for Sunday
Jan. 12, 2013
Georgia set to host Gamecocks
No. 13 Georgia will return to Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon when the Lady Bulldogs host No. 18 South Carolina in CSS regionally televised matinee set to tip at 1:00 p.m. Matt Stewart will call the play-by-play, and Joe Ciampi will serve as analyst.
The Lady Bulldogs are 14-2 overall and 2-1 in SEC play this season following Thursday's 95-83 win at Alabama. Those scoreboard tallies represent both the most points scored and surrendered by Georgia this season.
The Lady Bulldogs sport a trio of double-digit scorers. Jasmine James paces Georgia at 12.6 ppg, including 16.3 ppg in league action. Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller contribute 11.9 ppg and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The biggest story line to date, however, has been the Lady Bulldogs' depth. A year ago, four Georgia players averaged more than 30 mpg and five different Lady Bulldogs combined to notch 25 40-minute outings.
This season, nine Lady Bulldogs average between 13.6 and 26.7 mpg and only 14 times in 16 games has someone logged more than 30 MP.
The Gamecocks sport identical 14-2 and 2-1 records as Georgia and arrive in Athens following a 64-48 win over Vanderbilt in Columbia three days ago.
Aleighsa Welch leads South Carolina with averages of 12.2 ppg and 8.6 rpg, while Tiffany Mitchell chips in 10.8 ppg.
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Jasmine Hassell scored 21 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as No. 13 Georgia beat Alabama, 95-83, at Foster Auditorium on Thursday.
Tiaria Griffin posted 20 points, Jasmine James added 15, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 14 and Khaalidah Miller scored 13 in a season-high offensive output for Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs also connected on a season-high 56.3 percent of their shots from the floor.
After leading by five at the half, Georgia used a 16-4 spurt to expand the margin to 58-44 with 14:59 remaining.
The Tide closed the gap to single digits just once thereafter, at 66-57, but the Lady Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run to quickly gain some distance.
Shorter bench in Tuscaloosa
Armstrong rolled her ankle in practice on Tuesday. She warmed up but then secured the first "DNP" of her career.
Hempe was out due to soreness in her foot, a condition athletic trainer Shannon Becker has been managing since early December.
Most SEC points in a while
Thursday's 95 points not only represented Georgia's highest offensive output of 2012-13, it also qualified as the Lady Bulldogs largest number in Southeastern Conference play in nearly a decade...to the day.
The last time Georgia scored more points in league action was a 105-62 win over Florida on Jan. 12, 2003.
Freshmen have career games
Griffin has stepped up her contributions in SEC play, averaging 13.0 ppg so far after contributing 7.3 ppg in 13 non-conference games.
Barbee, a starter for all but one game, is averaging 5.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg and leads Georgia in both assists (55) and steals (47).
Lady Bulldogs hit "magic number"
Georgia has furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport six times this season.
The Lady Bulldogs put up 80 or more points against Savannah State, St. Bonaventure, Furman, Mercer and Alabama...to improve to 425-6 when reaching the 80-point plateau under Andy Landers.
That converts to an almost unfathomable winning percentage of .98607889.
It also highlights the fact that Georgia has scored more than 80 points in more than percent of the victories during Landers' 34 campaigns with the Lady Bulldogs.
UGA among national stats
Georgia is ranked among the nation's top-30 teams in nine statistics, including four in the top 10.
The Lady Bulldogs are No. 3 in turnover margin (+9.63), No. 5 in steals (13.8), No. 9 in assist-to-TO ratio (1.19); No. 10 in scoring margin (+22.3), No. 17 in scoring offense (74.4), No. 17 in fewest TOs per game (13.9), No. 24 in scoring defense (52.1), No. 26 in assists (16.6) and No. 30 in FG pct. (.439).
Playing time being distributed
A year ago, six Lady Bulldogs averaged between 20.0 and 34.5 minutes per game. All told, five players logged all 40 minutes a combined 25 times.
This season, "PT" is being more equally distributed. Nine Georgia players are averaging between 13.6 and 26.7 minutes played per game.
Most dramatically affected has been Jasmine James. James averaged 35.4 mpg during her first three seasons and played 30 minutes or more in 82 of 91 games played over that span.
Less means more for James
Decreased playing time has likely played a role in much greater efficiency by senior Jasmine James.
"All her negatives are down," Andy Landers said. "All her positives are up."
James connected on 35.2 percent of her shots from the floor in her first three seasons in Athens, topping out at 38.9 percent a year ago.
This year, James is shooting 49.4 percent from the field, which is No. 6 in the SEC and No. 58 nationally. Among perimeter players, that percentage is tops in the league and also the fourth-best nationally.4
James joins UGA's top-20 scorers
Jasmine James has ascended from No. 31 to No. 20 among UGA's career scoring leaders during 2012-13. Twice this season, James has passed multiple players on the Lady Bulldogs' career scoring leaders ledger in a single game.
During the victory over New Mexico, James' 17 points leapfrogged her over No. 28 Pam Irwin-Osbolt, No. 27 Carla Green and No. 26 Cynthia Collins.
At Tennessee, James moved ahead of both No. 21 Tawana McDonald and No. 20 Stacey Ford.
James' ascent may stall for a while. She enters the South Carolina game with 1,252 points, 144 away from the current No. 19 tally of Camille Lowe.
Hassell hits millennium as well
Jasmine Hassell scored her 1,000th career point against Savannah State, becoming the 33rd Lady Bulldog to reach that plateau.
The former McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American from Wilson Central High in Lebanon, Tenn., has developed consistently throughout her career.
Hassell averaged 6.2 ppg as a freshman, improved to 9.6 ppg as a sophomore and bumped that up to a team-high 13.0 ppg as a junior.
Hassell has climbed from No. 30 to No. 27 among the Lady Bulldogs career scoring leaders after repeating Jasmine James' threepeat leapfrog. With 21 points in Tuscaloosa, Hassell moved ahead of No. 29 Pam Irwin-Osbolt, No. 28 Carla Green and No. 27 Cynthia Collins.
Hassell enters the South Carolina contest with 1,130 points in a Georgia uniform, 27 off the current No. 26 position held by Alexis Kendrick.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong needs 116 points to become the third Georgia senior to reach 1,000 career points.
James scored her 1000th point late last season at South Carolina and Hassell became the 33rd Lady Bulldog to reach the millennium milestone against Savannah State on Nov. 20.
The only three classmates to top 1,000 points at UGA to date are the Class of 1997's La'Keshia Frett (1,850 points), Tracy Henderson (1,764) and Kedra Holland-Corn (1,566).
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats" - directly and indirectly.
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 435 points, which is 36.6 percent of Georgia's total offensive output and more than double the 217 points by opposing bench players.
The Lady Bulldogs have scored 415 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 133 points on their giveaways. That equates to a massive +282 margin in points off TOs.