Lady Bulldogs trek to Tigers
Feb. 9, 2013
Lady Bulldogs trek to Tigers
No. 9 Georgia returns to the road on Sunday afternoon when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU in an ESPNU nationally televised matinee. Tipoff is set for 12:30 CT, with Melissa Lee and former Lady Bulldog Maria Taylor serving as play-by-play and color analyst, respectively.
Georgia improved 20-3 overall and 8-2 in SEC play with Thursday's win over Auburn in Athens, securing the 28th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers' 34 seasons at UGA.
Georgia's lineup sports a trio of double-digit scoring averages.
The "senior Jasmines" - the only players on the roster to start every game this season - continue to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Jasmine Hassell paces the team at 11.8 ppg, while Jasmine James chips in 11.4 ppg.
Khaalidah Miller's career-high 25 points against Kentucky last Sunday pushed her season scoring average from 9.2 ppg to 10.0 ppg, where it still stands after scoring 10 against Auburn.
In addition, freshman Shacobia Barbee, who has started all but one contest (at Georgia Tech), leads the Lady Bulldogs in rebounds (134) and is second in both steals (58 is three behind James) and assists (67 is 11 behind James).
LSU is 13-10 overall and 4-6 in league action after Thursday's 74-72 loss to No. 12 Tennessee.
Theresa Plaisance's 18.0 ppg scoring average leads the SEC and also paces a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Lady Tigers. Adrienne Webb adds 13.9 ppg, Danielle Ballard chips in 12.7 ppg and Bianca Lutley is contributing 10.0 ppg.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Series history with the Lady Tigers
Georgia is 21-17 overall against LSU; however, the Lady Tigers own an 8-6 advantage and have won six straight games contested at the Maravich Assembly Center.
In the most recent matchup - last season's regular-season finale in Athens - No. 18 Georgia notched a 62-46 win over the Lady Tigers.
An Erika Ford jumper sparked a 10-0 Georgia push that put the Lady Bulldogs up 18-9. Georgia maintained a marginal lead thereafter, including a 41-35 edge with 12:50 remaining. A Jasmine James trey then triggered a 12-0 surge that put Georgia up by 18.
In the most recent meeting in Baton Rouge on Jan 20, 2011, Georgia failed on 12 attempts to tie or take the lead in the second half before eventually falling to the Lady Tigers 47-41.
Jasmine Hassell scored a game-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting for UGA.
LSU led 27-21 at halftime and scored on its opening possession of the second half before a 7-0 surge pulled the Lady Bulldogs within one point at 29-28 with 17:19 left.
Georgia then failed to convert on 10 opportunities to tie or take the lead over the next 5:08.
Last time out...
No. 9 Georgia used a 61-58 win over Auburn to secure the 28th 20-win season in program history on Thursday.
Jasmine Hassell turned in a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers.
The Lady Bulldogs recorded a season-high free throw percentage of 86.4 percent by shooting 19-of-22 from the charity stripe.
After a slow start by both teams, the Lady Bulldogs used an 12-1 surge to go up 19-7 with just under 13 minutes on the clock. A quick 9-0 run put Georgia ahead 30-15, the Lady Bulldogs' largest lead of the game.
The Tigers came out strong in the second half, scoring five points in the first 47 seconds. Auburn eventually whittled Georgia's lead to 42-41 and then tied the game at 51-51.
The Tigers tied the score again at 53-53, before Georgia pulled ahead 60-55 with 11 ticks left on the clock. The Tigers hit a long three with four seconds remaining, but then fouled Barbee, who connected on a free throw to bring the score to 61-58 before time ran out before Auburn could attempt a potential game-tying shot.
20 wins...once again
The Lady Bulldogs guaranteed their 28th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens with their Feb. 7 victory over Auburn.
Georgia's senior class has now notched four 20-win efforts and the Lady Bulldogs have reached that marker during 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Andy Landers' tally of 28 20-win season ranks fifth all-time among Division I head coaches...and third among active head coaches. Pat Summitt tops that ledger with 36 20-win seasons followed by C. Vivian Stringer (32) and both Jody Conradt (29) and Sylvia Hatchell (29th this season).
Miller, Hassell earn SEC accolades
Miller averaged 18.0 points in victories over Alabama and No. 8 Kentucky while hitting 52.6 percent of her FGs, 42.9 percent of her three-point attempts and 90.0 percent of her free throws.
Miller scored a team-high 11 points and collected a game-high four steals against Alabama on Jan. 31. On Feb. 3, she scored a career-high points 25 as the Lady Bulldogs snapped Kentucky's 34-game home winning streak.
Hassell was honored after averaging 20.0 points in wins over No. 18 South Carolina and Alabama. For the week, she made 15-of-22 (.682) of her FGs and 10-of-12 (.833) of her FTs.
Hassell scored 21 points against the Tide in Tuscaloosa, a career high against SEC competition. She then scored 19 points versus the Gamecocks, accounting for 45 percent of UGA's total offense in the 42-40 win.
Miller and Hassell are the 23rd and 24th different Lady Bulldogs to win SEC Player of the Week honors since its inception in 1985. Those players - a list which includes Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James - have combined to win the accolade 45 times.
UGA's top-25 statistics
The Lady Bulldogs are among the nation's top-25 teams in four statistical categories. Georgia is No. 5 in TO margin (+7.61), No. 16 in steals (12.2), No. 17 in scoring margin (+16.3) and No. 25 in scoring defense (53.5).
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, 10 Georgia players are averaging between 11.9 and 28.6 mpg and only 30 times in 23 games has a Lady Bulldog been on the floor more than 30 minutes.
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 more than 30 minutes eight contests.
Lady Dogs do starting lineup shuffle
Georgia has used seven different starting fives this season, including four different quintets in successive games against Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama.
Versus Alabama in Athens, freshmen Barbee, Tiaria Griffin and Merritt Hempe all started. That marked the first time Georgia's starting five featured a trio of freshmen since Ashley Houts, Christy Marshall and Angel Robinson did so against Brown on Dec. 30, 2006.
Lady Bulldogs post 850th "W"
A Jan. 31 victory over Alabama represented the 850th in 40 seasons of Lady Bulldog Basketball. UGA became the 10th Division I women's hoops program to reach 850 victories.
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.
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. She enters today's game with 1,313 points, 83 away from No. 19 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 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 joined UGA's top-25 scorers versus Florida. With 1,212 points, she is 13 from No. 22 Tawana McDonald.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 926 points, 74 shy of the millennium milestone.
Miller has 921 points, 79 from 1,000 for her career.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong could become the third Georgia senior to reach the 1,000 career points. She would join Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell and make them the second trio of UGA classmates to top 1,000.
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 537 points, 228 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 542 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 244 - a massive +298 margin.
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