Georgia Hosts Rematch vs. Tide
Jan. 30, 2013
Georgia hosts rematch vs. Tide
No. 13 Georgia faces Alabama at Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday in the first of three SEC rematches on the Lady Bulldogs' 16-game league schedule. Three weeks ago, Jasmine Hassell's 21 points led five Lady Bulldogs in double figures in a 95-83 victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Conference slating principles call for each school to play three members on a home-and-home basis. For Georgia, this season that's Alabama, Arkansas and Florida.
The Lady Bulldogs improved 17-3 overall and 5-2 in SEC play with last Sunday's 69-52 win over Florida.
Freshman Shacobia Barbee also has been an extremely solid contributor and leads the Lady Bulldogs in rebounds (117) and steals (53) and is second in assists (62 and four behind James).
Alabama arrives in Athens with a 12-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in SEC games. The Tide dropped a 67-58 decision to Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Daisha Simmons leads a trio of double-digit scorers for Alabama at 12.5 ppg, while Shafontaye Myers is adding 12.3 ppg and Jasmine Robinson 10.6.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Series history with the Tide
The Lady Bulldogs own a 35-9 lead in the all-time series with Alabama, including a 15-3 advantage at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia has won 22 consecutive meetings with the Tide, last losing in Tuscaloosa in 1998 during the freshman season of Coco and Kelly Miller.
Three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, five Lady Bulldogs reached double figures in a 95-83 win.
Jasmine Hassell scored 21 points and freshmen Tiaria Griffin (20 points) and Shacobia Barbee (14 points) both posted career-high offensive outputs. In addition, Jasmine James chipped in 15 points and Khaalidah Miller scored 13.
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 Crimson Tide closed the gap to single digits just once thereafter, at 66-57, but the Lady Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 spurt to quickly regain solid separation.
In the most recent meeting in Athens on Feb. 6, 2011, Georgia opened with a 10-0 run over the first 2:42 en route to an 81-54 win.
Miller scored a game-high 22 points, and Porsha Phillips added a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Phillips reached her double-double in the first half alone (10 points and 12 boards) as Georgia built a 41-21 lead.
Last time out...
Jasmine Hassell led a trio of double-digit scorers as No. 14 Georgia cruised past Florida, 69-52, on Sunday.
Hassell notched 13 points, Tiaria Griffin tallied 12 points and Krista Donald recorded a season-high 11. Shacobia Barbee led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds and tying her season high.
A Hassell layup ignited a 10-0 run that put Georgia up 14-4. The Lady Bulldogs eventually stretched their advantage to 39-20 before halftime.
A Merritt Hempe started a second-half 17-2 run that gave Georgia its largest lead of the game at 64-33.
Lady Bulldogs look for 850th "W"
Georgia enters the Alabama game with an all-time record of 849-356 in 40 seasons of intercollegiate competition in women's basketball.
With their next win, the Lady Bulldogs could become the 10th Division I women's hoops program to secure 850 victories. Connecticut also has 849 victories and next faces St. John's on Saturday, while Penn State has 848 wins entering this evening's 8 p.m. game at Wisconsin.
Georgia has been consistently ascending the ledger of the game's winningest programs. The Lady Bulldogs were the 22nd team to post 500 wins on Dec. 1, 1998; the 17th school to 600 victories on Feb. 21 2002; the 15th program to post 700 "Ws" on Nov. 29, 2006; and the 10th to notch 800 wins on Jan. 13, 2011.
Most SEC points in a while
Georgia's 95 points at Alabama on Jan. 10 not only represented the Lady Bulldogs' highest offensive output of 2012-13, it also qualified as their 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.
Armstrong rolled her ankle in practice two days before the game. 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.
Crenshaw, Mosley know Bama well
Crenshaw was captain of the 2000-01 team and was a significant contributor to four Alabama teams that reached post-season play during each of her four seasons. The Tide advanced to the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Tournaments and the 2000 and 2001 WNITs. All told, she scored 716 points, grabbed 555 rebounds and blocked 103 shots, a tally which ranks No. 4 all-time for Alabama.
Mosley was an assistant coach for the Tide from 2010-12 before joining the UGA staff last summer. Prior to moving to the collegiate level, Mosley led Ramsay High in Birmingham to four state championships between 2004-10. During that span he coached current Alabama starter Kaneisha Horn and UGA graduate assistant manager Katherine Graham.
First-half offense returns
After recording season-low offensive outputs in three successive first halves, the Lady Bulldogs scored 39 points before intermission against Florida.
Three days after putting up a season-best 95 points at Alabama, Georgia tallied 42 points total to top No. 18 South Carolina on Jan. 13 in the lowest scoring output in a victory in the 40-season history of the Lady Bulldog Basketball.
Georgia scored what was then a season-low 25 first-half points against the Gamecocks, not a startling considering South Carolina led the SEC and ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring defense at game time.
What was somewhat concerning were the Lady Bulldogs' first-half struggles in their next two outings.
Georgia put up 19 points before intermission at Arkansas, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Razorbacks by four. The Lady Bulldogs scored just 16 first-half points against Texas A&M on Jan. 20.
Following on open date on Jan. 24, Georgia returned truer to form versus the Gators, scoring 20 points in the first 6:24 of the contest alone.
Hassell earns SEC accolade
Jasmine Hassell was named SEC Player of the Week on Jan. 14.
Hassell averaged 20.0 points in the Lady Bulldogs' previous two victories over No. 18 South Carolina and Alabama. For the week, she connected on 15-of-22 (.682) of her FGs and 12-of-12 (.833) of her FTs.
Hassell scored 21 points against the Tide 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 the Gamecocks, accounting for 45 percent of UGA's total offense in the 42-40 win.
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
The Lady Bulldogs are ranked among the nation's top-50 teams in 10 stats, including five in the top 20.
Georgia is No. 4 in TO margin (+8.2), No. 11 in scoring margin (+18.1), No. 12 in steals (12.5), No. 16 in scoring defense (52.2), No. 17 in assist-to-TOs (1.11), No. 27 in fewest TOs (14.1), No. 40 in assists (15.1), No. 41 in scoring offense (70.2), No. 46 in rebound margin (+5.4) and No. 47 in FG pct. (.426).
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 12.9 and 27.9 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 20 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.
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.
Hassell currently has 1,183 points, just five away from the current No. 24 tally of Angel Robinson.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong is 106 points away from 1,000 career points.
Armstrong could become the third Georgia senior to reach the millennium point mark. She 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 did so 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 489 points, 206 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 478 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 193 - a massive +285 margin.