Khaalidah Miller led Georgia in wcoring in both wins over Alabama last season.
Feb. 3, 2012
Date: Sunday, February 5
Tipoff: 2:00 p.m. CENTRAL
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Arena: Foster Auditorium (3,800)
*SportSouth; Dave Baker, play-by-play; Van Chancellor, color
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-play
* UGA 33-9 overall, including an 81-54 victory on Feb. 6, 2011 in Athens
* UGA leads 12-4 in Tuscaloosa, including a 60-51 win on Jan. 20, 2011
Looking to be Super on Sunday
The No. 21-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs return to the road to face Alabama's Crimson Tide on Sunday at 2 p.m. CENTRAL. The contest will be televised regionally on SportSouth, with Dave Baker and Van Chancellor handling the play-by-play and color analyst duties, respectively.
The trip to Tuscaloosa is Georgia's fourth Sunday SEC road date. The Lady Bulldogs were extremely successful on their previous treks, securing wins at Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss by an average of 18.7 points per game.
On Jan. 8 at Auburn, the Lady Bulldogs secured a decisive 70-45 victory over the Tigers.
On Jan. 15, Georgia topped Mississippi State, 68-51 - UGA's largest margin of victory in Starkville since 1991.
On Jan. 22, the Lady Bulldogs exploded to a 30-2 lead and were never challenged thereafter while topping Ole Miss 61-47 in Oxford.
The Lady Bulldogs are 17-6 overall, 6-4 in SEC play.
Jasmine Hassell paces a balanced offensive attack featuring four double-digit scorers. Her 13.0 ppg leads Khaalidah Miller (12.5), Anne Marie Armstrong (11.6) and Jasmine James (10.2). In addition, Meredith Mitchell is averaging double figures in SEC play at 10.2 ppg.
Alabama is currently 10-13 overall and 0-9 in league action.
Jasmine Robinson's 11.3 ppg average is tops for the Tide, while Kyra Crosby (9.9 ppg) and Meghan Perkins (9.2 ppg) are chipping in close to double digits on a nightly basis.
Series history with Alabama
The Lady Bulldogs own a 33-9 lead in their all-time series with Alabama, including a 12-4 mark in Tuscaloosa. Georgia has won 20 consecutive meetings with the Tide, last losing in Tuscaloosa in 1998 during the freshman season of Coco and Kelly Miller.
In the most recent meeting last Feb. 6 in Athens, Georgia opened with a 10-0 run over the first 2:42 en route to an 81-54 win.
Khaalidah 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 at the intermission.
In the last matchup in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 20, 2011, the Lady Bulldogs bested the Tide, 60-51.
Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points and Meredith Mitchell added 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Georgia.
The Lady Bulldogs built an 18-point, second-half lead and withstood an Alabama rally that trimmed the margin to six with less than a minute remaining.
Georgia led by 18 four times during the period, lastly at 52-34 at the 6:16 mark. A Tierney Jenkins lay-up initiated a 15-6 surge that brought the Tide within 56-47 with 2:27 on the clock. Alabama closed within six on a Jenkins lay-up with 43 seconds left.
Jasmine James then sank both ends of a one-and-one with 34 seconds remaining to give Georgia breathing room.
Quoting Coach Landers
On the challenges of facing Alabama...
"It's always a challenge when you go back on the road and it will be this weekend in Tuscaloosa. This is a team that at times plays four guards. That can create problems for big kids defensively. They have excellent quickness and athleticism and are very unpredictable."
Last Time Out...
Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points each as No. 21 Georgia snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Mississippi State, 70-60, Thursday night.
"Tonight's game was wild," Andy Landers said. "We did a lot of good things. We almost created a lot of good plays, but we didn't finish, which made this just a wild basketball game."
The Lady Bulldogs took a quick lead with a 15-4 run that lasted the first six minutes of the game.
Georgia led for all but 28 seconds of the opening half, when Mississippi State went up by one, 22-21. With 4:10 left, Erika Ford put Georgia back on top with a layup that sparked another 15-4 run which put UGA up 36-26 at halftime.
The second stanza started with another big surge, this time a 14-4 Mississippi State run that knotted the game at 40-40. A jumper and subsequent free throw by Hassell sparked a 15-0 Georgia push over the next four minutes. The Lady Bulldogs eventually led by 22 points on three occasions, lastly at 70-48 with 2:15 left.
Georgia solid on Super Bowl Sunday
The Lady Bulldogs are 15-6 all-time in games contested on the same day as the Super Bowl, including a trio of victories over Alabama.
Georgia topped the Tide, 81-54, in Athens a year ago on Super Bowl Sunday and also defeated Alabama in 2006 (84-59) and 2004 (71-68).
A homecoming for Mitchell
Look for a large and vocal group supporting Meredith Mitchell in Tuscaloosa. The 6-1 junior is a native of Midfield, Ala., less than an hour from Foster Auditorium.
Mitchell was a star for Midfield High from 2005-08 where she led the Lady Patriots to a four-year record of 114-19 and state titles in 2007 and 2008. As a senior, Mitchell averaged a triple-double of 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists to help the Lady Patriots to a 32-1 record and final national ranking of No. 12 by USA Today.
Crenshaw returns to her alma mater
First-year Lady Bulldog assistant coach Joni Crenshaw played for Alabama from 1997-2001 and was Tide's captain for the 2000-01 season.
Crenshaw was a significant contributor to four Alabama teams that reached post-season play, advancing 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 that currently ranks No. 4 all-time for Alabama.
Crenshaw also was a standout off the court while in Tuscaloosa. She was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans on the Alabama campus in 2001, was named to the SEC's Community Service team for women's basketball in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was awarded an post-graduate scholarship by the SEC for her community service record.
AMA, Mitchell dot SEC stats
In statistics for SEC games only, Anne Marie Armstrong is the league's most-ranked player and Meredith Mitchell is the third-most prominent name listed.
Armstrong is among the top-10 individuals in nine of 13 categories kept - No. 5 in assists; No. 6 in defensive boards; No. 7 in scoring, assist-to-TOs, blocks and minutes played; No. 8 in rebounding and steals; and No. 9 in FT percentage.
Mitchell is ranked seven times - No. 1 in minutes; No. 6 in steals; No. 8 in rebounding and defensive boards; No. 13 in assists and offensive boards; and No. 26 in scoring.
SEC Only Individual leaders
|1.||Anne Marie Armstrong, UGA||9|
|2.||A'dia Mathies, UK||8|
|3.||Meredith Mitchell, UGA||7|
|Lasondra Barrett, LSU||7|
|Tiffany Clarke, VU||7|
|Diamber Johnson, MSU||7|
|Glory Johnson, UT||7|
|Valencia McFarland, OM||7|
|9.||Jennifer George, UF||6|
|Jasmine Lister, VU||6|
Mitchell's production up in SEC play
Meredith Mitchell's statistical contributions have made significant jumps in SEC action.
The lone senior on the Lady Bulldogs' roster, Mitchell averaged 7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 13 non-conference games.
In 10 league outings, Mitchell is averaging 10.2 ppg, a team-best 7.0 rpg and 2.6 apg.
Peach State products on display
Alabama's roster features a quartet of Georgia natives - three active players and a redshirt.
Aneesah Daniels hails from Decatur and Redan High. Kyra Crosby, Alabama's second-leading scorer, is from Powder Springs and played at McEachern High. Lawrenceville's Erika Waters played at Peachtree Ridge High.
In addition, Brittany Jack, who also played at Peachtree Ridge, is sitting out this season after transferring following her freshman season at Samford.
Facing Peach State prepsters is something the Lady Bulldogs do regularly in SEC play.
All told, 10 teams - everyone but Kentucky and Ole Miss - feature a combined 23 players from Georgia high schools.
The Lady Bulldogs' roster sports five home state standouts.
A balanced attack
Four Lady Bulldogs are averaging double figures in the scoring column, both overall and in SEC play.
Overall, Jasmine Hassell is putting up 13.0 ppg, followed Khaalidah Miller (12.5) Anne Marie Armstrong (11.6) and Jasmine James (10.2).
In SEC play, Armstrong averages 13.0 ppg, followed by Hassell (11.6), Miller (11.1) and Meredith Mitchell (10.2).
"We're a balanced basketball team," Andy Landers said. "I thought we would be going, and I think we will be all year. I think on any given night, any one of about seven or eight players could step up and be very, very big for us."
A balanced attack: Take II
Six different players paced Georgia offensively in the first six games.
In succession, Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James, Meredith Mitchell, James/Khaalidah Miller and Erika Ford/Hassell led the Lady Bulldogs during their first half-dozen outings.
Seven players - add Krista Donald to the aforementioned ledger - have a combined 72 double-digit scoring performances of the year.
A balanced attack: Take III
Five Georgia players scored in double-digits against No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 19, a first in 2011-12.
The Lady Bulldogs then came within a single digit of repeating that feat in their next outing at Ole Miss on Jan. 22 - Erika Ford finished with nine points against the Lady Rebels.
Georgia has produced three or more double-figure individual tallies in 17 games to date. On seven occasions, four players popped for 10 or more.
Winning season locked up
In the "modern era" of women's intercollegiate basketball - since the NCAA began oversight with the 1981-82 season - only four programs have posted winning records during every campaign - Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Georgia secured its 33rd straight winning season - a streak that coincides with Andy Landers' arrival in Athens in 1979 - with a Jan. 22 victory over Ole Miss in Oxford.
Green Bay reached the magic "16" wins by starting the season 16-0.
Tennessee obtained its 16th victory over Georgia on Jan. 29.
La. Tech, has some work to do to remain among the elite ledger. The Lady Techsters were 11-10 entering a Saturday game against Fresno State.