Jan. 26, 2013
Georgia, Florida to Play 4Kay
No. 14 Georgia returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Florida in the Lady Bulldogs' participation in the "Play 4Kay" initiative. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. and the contest will be televised regionally on CSS.
In addition to the Lady Bulldogs donning pink uniforms for the game, there are three promotional giveaways in association with Play 4Kay: the first 500 fans will receive pink t-shirts, the initial 1,000 fans be given pink shakers and the first 300 UGA students will receive pink basketball shooting sleeves.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 16-3 overall and 4-2 in SEC play and should be eager to erase the memories of last weekend's loss to the Aggies.
A Jasmine duo continues to lead Georgia offensively. Jasmine Hassell, who led UGA for most of the non-conference slate, regained top scoring honors following the Texas A&M outing at 12.1 ppg. Jasmine James, who topped the Lady Bulldogs' scoring efforts for the last four games, averages 11.9 ppg.
Shacobia Barbee, a freshman who was a two-time Miss Tennessee Basketball at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., also has been an extremely solid contributor and leads the Lady Bulldogs in rebounds (106), assists (59 is tied with James) and steals (52).
Florida arrives in Athens at 13-7 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Gators dropped their third consecutive conference contest on Thursday, losing to Ole Miss, 88-81.
Jennifer George, a consensus preseason first-team All-SEC selection, leads Florida at 12.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg. George has missed two league games with a shoulder injury but returned against to log 23 minutes of action against the Lady Rebels.
In addition, Jaterra Bonds and Sydney Moss add double-digit scoring averages of 12.4 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively.
Keeping an eye on...entering the Florida game:
Andy Landers is...
7 wins shy of his 900th career victory
Among UGA's career leaders:
Jasmine James is...
3 steals from No. 8 Carla Green
120 points from No. 19 Camille Lowe
Jasmine Hassell is...
4 points from No. 25 Sherelle Warren
18 points from No. 24 Angel Robinson
Khaalidah Miller is...
3 3FGAs from No. 5 Kelly Miller
5 3FGAs from No. 4 Megan Darrah
6 3FGAs from No. 3 Alexis Kendrick
12 3FGs from No. 6 Megan Darrah
127 points points 1,000 for her career
Anne Marie Armstrong is...
2 blocks from No. 10 Wanda Holloway among UGA's career leaders
106 points points 1,000 for her career
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 810-271 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 892-292 / 38th season
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#Assists Per Game
111-74 (.600) 6th at UF
151-96 (.611) 8th overall
UGA is 46-14 against UF, including a 25-3 record in Athens
Sunday's game is part of the Play 4Kay initiative and UGA will wear pink uniforms for the contest
UGA is playing for the first time in a week and looking to bounce back from last Sunday's loss to Texas A&M
UGA and UF have split their last eight meetings, with the home team winning each contest
UGA possesses significant advantages in three specialty stats: +284 in points off TOs, +224 in paint points and +201 in bench points
Series History versus Florida
Georgia is 46-14 against the Gators, including a 25-3 mark in Athens.
Three of the Gators' wins came prior to Andy Landers' tenure as head coach, making him and even more impressive 46-11 versus Florida.
The contest will be the 61st between the Lady Bulldogs and the Gators, making Florida Georgia's most familiar foe...just ahead of Tennessee with 59 matchups.
Over the past four seasons, the Lady Bulldogs and Gators split their eight matchups, with the home team holding serve each time.
In the most recent meeting last Feb. 19 in Gainesvillle, the No. 18 Georgia Lady Bulldogs dropped a 61-57 decision to the Gators in a back-and-forth contest that featured nine ties and 15 lead changes.
Jasmine James led Georgia with 15 points, four steals and three rebounds. Anne Marie Armstrong recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, while Meredith Mitchell notched 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs led 54-53 with 2:47 remaining before the Gators closed out the contest on an 8-3 run, including making both ends of a pair of one-and-ones in the final 10 seconds.
The last meeting in Athens was Jan. 12 last season when 19-point scoring efforts by both Armstrong and Khaalidah Miller led No. 19 Georgia in a 61-55 victory over Florida.
The Lady Bulldogs led by 13 points at the intermission and maintained a comfortable advantage well into the second half. Georgia owned a 40-28 edge with 11:50 left before a 9-0 run by the Gators saw Florida pull within three.
A trey by Miller and a jumper by Krista Donald put Georgia back up by eight. Florida closed the gap to 53-49 before a James free throw to start the final two minutes helped seal the Gators' fate.
Last time out...
No. 13 Georgia suffered its first home loss of the season, 64-46, to No. 20 Texas A&M last Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs were led offensively by Jasmine Hassell with nine points, while Shacobia Barbee and Erika Ford tied for team-high rebounding honors with eight apiece.
A jumper by Barbee tied the game at 8-8, before the Aggies went on a seven minute, 16-2 run that gave them a definitive 24-10 lead with five minutes left in the half. Texas A&M capped the run off with three consecutive treys in just over a minute.
Midway through the second half, Krista Donald then hit four free throws to help ignite a Lady Bulldog 14-2 surge that made the score 53-38, but the Aggies responded with a 6-0 spurt of their own to thwart the threat.
Background on Play 4Kay
The 2013 Play 4Kay initiative (formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone) is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Since its inception back in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised more than $2 million to support women's cancer research.
Kay Yow, legendary N.C. State head coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund raises money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts to allow more patients access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. The majority of these research projects are privately funded.
The Fund, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the under served and unifying people for a common cause.
Searching for first-half offense
On Jan. 10, the Lady Bulldogs poured in 42 first-half points en route to putting up a season-high 95 on the scoreboard in a win over Alabama.
Three days later, Georgia tallied 42 points total to top No. 18 South Carolina in the lowest scoring output in a victory in the 40-season history of the Lady Bulldog Basketball.
Georgia scored a season-low 25 first-half points against the Gamecocks, not a startling fact considering South Carolina leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring defense.
What is somewhat concerning is the Lady Bulldogs' first-half struggles since then.
Georgia put up 19 points before intermission at Arkansas, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Razorbacks by four. Last Sunday, Georgia scored just 16 first-half points against Texas A&M - the Lady Bulldogs' third season-low output in as many games.
Hassell earns SEC accolade
Jasmine Hassell was named SEC Player of the Week on Jan. 14 after averaging 20.0 points in the Lady Bulldogs' previous two victories over No. 18 South Carolina and Alabama.
Hassell scored 21 points against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a career high against SEC competition. That bettered her previous mark of 20 points established versus both Tennessee in the 2011 SEC Tournament and Ole Miss her freshman year.
The senior from Lebanon, Tenn., then scored 19 points versus South Carolina, accounting for 45 percent of the Lady Bulldogs' total offense in the 42-40 win. She did so while playing with a protective mask after suffering a slight nasal fracture during the Alabama game.
For the week, Hassell connected on 15-of-22 (.682) of her FGs and 12-of-12 (.833) of her FTs.
Hassell is the 23rd different Lady Bulldog to win SEC Player of the Week honors since the award's inception in 1985. Those players - a list which also includes Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James - have combined to secure 44 SEC Player of the Week accolades.
UGA in nation's top-50 10 times
Georgia is ranked among the nation's top-50 teams in 10 statistics, including five in the top 20.
The Lady Bulldogs are No. 2 in turnover margin (+8.58), No. 11 in steals (12.8), No. 12 in scoring margin (+18.1), No. 15 in assist-to-TO ratio (1.11), No. 20 in fewest TOs per game (14.0), No. 21 in scoring defense (52.2), No. 45 in scoring offense (70.3), No. 43 in assists (15.5), No. 46 in FG pct. (.426) and No. 49 in rebound margin (+5.5).
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 in wins over Savannah State, St. Bonaventure, Furman, Mercer, Lipscomb 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 Lady Bulldogs have hit that mark in more than half of Landers' victories at UGA.
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. Ten Georgia players are averaging between 12.6 and 27.8 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.
This season, James leads the team in MP but has only played 30 or more in eight of 19 contests. She did log all 40 minutes for the first time this season in Fayetteville since back-up Marjorie Butler was out with a slight knee injury.
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 enters today's Florida game with 1,276 points, which is 120 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 milestone.
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, 9.6 ppg as a sophomore and a team-high 13.0 ppg as a junior.
Hassell moved past Alexis Kendrick to No. 26 among the Lady Bulldogs' career scoring leaders at Arkansas. She has 1,170 points, four from No. 25 Sherelle Warren and 18 shy of No. 24 Angel Robinson.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong needs 106 points to become the third Georgia senior to reach 1,000 career points.
Armstrong would join Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell among the Lady Bulldogs' 1,000-point club and make them the second trio of classmates to do so.
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."
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 467 points, 201 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 463 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 179 - a massive +284 margin.