Feb. 18, 2012
UGA vs. Florida Game Notes The BasicsDate:
Sunday, February 19Tipoff:
O'Connell Center (11,373)TV:
* ESPNU; Clay Matvick, play-by-play; Maria Taylor, colorRadio:
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-playSeries:
* UGA leads 46-13, including a 61-55 victory earlier this season on 1/12/12 in Athens
* UGA leads 19-9 in Gainesville; however, UF won the last meeting here 74-71 on 2/27/11 Georgia wraps up road slate
The No. 18-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs complete the road portion of their 2011-12 regular-season schedule on Sunday when they face Florida in Gainesville at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU, with Clay Matvick calling the play-by-play and former Lady Bulldog Maria Taylor serving as color analyst.
Georgia is looking to complete an impressive run of Sunday SEC road dates. The Lady Bulldogs were extremely successful on their previous treks, securing wins at Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama by an average of 17.5 points per game.
On Jan. 8 at Auburn, the Lady Bulldogs garnered 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.
On Feb. 5, UGA put up its most points in SEC play this season in besting Alabama, 81-66, in Tuscaloosa.
The Lady Bulldogs are currently 20-6 overall and 9-4 in SEC action following Thursday's 61-59 win over No. 25 South Carolina in Columbia.Jasmine Hassell
leads a balanced Lady Bulldog attack by averaging 13.3 points per game. In addition, Khaalidah Miller
contributes 12.4 ppg, Anne Marie Armstrong
adds 12.0 and Jasmine James
chips in 10.8.
Florida slipped to 16-10 overall and 6-7 in SEC play with Thursday's overtime loss at Vanderbilt.
Jennifer George tops the Gators with averages of 12.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Jordan Jones is chipping in 11.3 ppg, while three additional Gators are scoring between 8.1-9.2 ppg.Series history with Florida
Georgia is 46-13 all-time against the Gators and 19-9 in Gainesville.
Three of UF's wins came prior to Andy Landers'
tenure as head coach, making him 46-10 versus Florida.
The contest will be the 60th between the Lady Bulldogs and the Gators, making Florida Georgia's most familiar foe.
Over the past three seasons, the Lady Bulldogs and Gators split their six matchups, with the home team holding serve each time.
That standard held true earlier this season on Jan. 12 in Athens when 19-point scoring efforts by both Anne Marie Armstrong and Khaalidah Miller led No. 19 Georgia over Florida, 61-55.
A 10-2 run put Georgia up 19-10 and a last-second steal and layup by Armstrong gave the Lady Bulldogs a 13-point lead, 29-16, at halftime.
Georgia maintained its comfortable lead well into the second half, including a 40-28 edge with 11:50 left before a 9-0 run by the Gators saw Florida pull within three at 40-37.
A trey by Miller and a jumper by Krista Donald put Georgia back up by eight, 45-37, with 7:20 left in the game. The Lady Bulldogs expanded that advantage to 53-44 before Florida quickly pulled within four, 53-49, with a trey and a pair of free throws. A James free throw to start the final two minutes helped ice the outcome for Georgia.
In the most recent matchup in Gainesville in last season's regular-season finale, Jaterra Bonds scored 22 points, including a free throw with 9.4 seconds left, to lift Florida to a 74-71 upset over No. 22 Georgia.
Jasmine James paced Georgia with 23 points, while Porsha Phillips added 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs led by eight late in the first half before the Gators outscored Georgia 13-0 over the final 1:23 of the opening period and the first 3:23 of the second stanza.
Georgia rallied and took its first lead of the second half at 66-65 on a James free throw at the 4:06 mark, but Bonds answered with a three-pointer.
The Lady Bulldogs went back on top 71-70 when Armstrong hit two free throws with 1:12 on the clock before a Jennifer George lay-up with 48 ticks remaining put the Gators up for good.
Quoting Coach Landers...
On facing Florida...
"Florida is a one of those teams that got behind the eight ball early in conference. They had a tough conference schedule early on and have fought all year long, in an admirable way. They've been very competitive in every game they played to get back to the point where they're basically teetering at the .500 mark in Southeastern Conference play. This is an excellent team with great guard play, great quickness on the perimeter, the ability to shoot the three-ball, terrific size at the `5' spot and one of the most productive and efficient `4' players in the league."
On the impact of Jasmine James' return to action...
"The amazing thing about playing without Jasmine James for two weeks is how hard she studied what she could do when she got back. She did a lot of film work. She watched everything intently and mentally was in tune right when she walked back out there on the court. The other thing that's amazing to me is how little we had to change while she wasn't out there. It's not like our team had to readjust to her coming back because we basically were able to play the same way without her. So now you're putting everything back together and it seems to be clicking nicely and seems to have the potential to get better as we move forward."
Last Time Out...
Jasmine James became the 32nd Lady Bulldog to score 1,000 points as No. 18 Georgia defeated No. 25 South Carolina, 61-59, Thursday.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 10 points - none bigger than a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to provide the game's final score - seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks for Georgia.
"It was a well-played basketball game by both teams," said Andy Landers. "It basically was what we thought it might be. Both teams played good defense; both teams rebounded the ball. Everything across the board was really, really close. We gave up more threes than we would have like to have given up. Other than that, it was really close right down to the final sore."
After South Carolina started the game with a trio of threes to go up 9-0, UGA trimmed that to 31-29 at the half.
Georgia took the lead, 34-33, on a James three-point play and built that to a 44-37 edge. South Carolina pulled within two, 52-50, with four minutes remaining, and then tied the game, 59-59, with 12 ticks left on the clock.
Armstrong connected on two free throws with 4.8 seconds left and the Gamecocks missed a trey at the buzzer.
20 wins...yet again!
With Thursday's win at South Carolina, the Lady Bulldogs notched their 27th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens.
UGA has averaged 24.1 wins per season during Landers' tenure. The Lady Bulldogs also have 17 25-win efforts and three 30-win finishes.
According to us (Georgia includes his four seasons at Roane State in his career totals), Landers' total of 30 (three more at Roane) of 20-win campaigns ranks third all-time behind Pat Summitt (35...with 19 wins in 2011-12 going into Sunday's game at Ole Miss) and C. Vivian Stringer (31...with 17 Ws entering a Saturday game with Villanova).
According to the NCAA (they don't count Roane since it's a two-year school), he's now fourth with 27...also trailing Jody Conradt (29...and retired) and tied with Sylvia Hatchell (27...and 18 before Sunday's outing against N.C. State), Robin Selvig (27..and 15 wins without another game until Feb. 25) and Tara VanDerveer (27, with 20 wins already secured in 2011-12).
James tops 1,000 mark
Jasmine James became Lady Bulldog Basketball's 32nd 1,000-point career scorer on a driving layup with 7:42 left in the second half at South Carolina on Feb. 16.
She enters the Florida game 37 points shy of the current No. 31 scoring tally in Lady Bulldog history of 1,038 points by 1996 National Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree, who was at the game in Columbia cheering on her alma mater.
Iron women to the end
Four Lady Bulldogs - Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine James, Khaalidah Miller and Meredith Mitchell - played all 40 minutes against No. 25 South Carolina.
All told, five different Georgia players - add Erika Ford to the mix - have combined to play 40 minutes 23 times this season.
Conversely, only six opposing players have played every second of a game.
Armstrong leads SEC stats leaders
In statistics for SEC games only, Anne Marie Armstrong leads the league in most top-10 listings.
Armstrong is included among the conference's top-10 individuals in nine of 13 categories kept - No. 5 in scoring and minutes played; No. 6 in assists, blocked shots and defensive boards; No. 7 in rebounding, steals and assists-to-TOs; and No. 9 in FG pct.
SEC Only Top-10 Stat leaders
||Anne Marie Armstrong, UGA
||Glory Johnson, UT
||Valencia McFarland, OM
||Tiffany Clarke, VU
||A'dia Mathies, UK
||Christina Foggie, VU
||Jennifer George, UF
Hassell a double-digit fiend
Jasmine Hassell recorded her 20th double-figure performance of the season at South Carolina, the Lady Bulldogs' 26th game of 2011-12.
Hassell had 20 double-digit outings in 68 games combined during her first two seasons at UGA.
A balanced attack
Four Lady Bulldogs sport double-digit averages. Jasmine Hassell is putting up 13.3 ppg, followed Khaalidah Miller (12.4) Anne Marie Armstrong (12.0) and Jasmine James (10.8).
A balanced attack: Take II
Seven different players have paced Georgia offensively this season.
In fact, six Lady Bulldogs did so 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.
Krista Donald joined that ledger of Lady Bulldog leaders when she tied Jasmine James for top scoring honors at Alabama on Feb. 5.
Those players have a combined 85 double-digit scoring performances.
"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 III
Five Georgia players scored in double-digits in outings against No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 19 and at Alabama on Feb. 5.
Georgia has produced three or more double-figure individual tallies in 20 games to date. On 10 occasions, four or more players popped for 10 or more.
Peach State products on display
Florida's roster features a pair of Gators from Georgia.
Suwanee native Jordan Jones and Decatur's Kayla Lewis played at Collins Hill High and Southwest DeKalb High, respectively.
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.
Georgia hitting its "magic number"
The Lady Bulldogs have furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport seven times this season.
Georgia has scored 80 or more points on seven occasions and improved to 432-7 when scoring 80 or more during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens. That converts to a 98.4054669704 winning percentage.
Armstrong earns SEC honor
Anne Marie Armstrong was tabbed SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 13 after scoring a career-high 23 points against Vanderbilt the previous day.
Armstrong connected on 11-of-16 shots from the floor and logged a career-high 40 minutes of playing time against the Commodores.
Armstrong leads Georgia in scoring in league action at 13.5 points per game and also paces the Lady Bulldogs both overall and in SEC play in rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots.
Armstrong is Georgia's second SEC Player of the Week honoree.
Jasmine James was selected on Nov. 21 after averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals in wins over Georgia Southern, College of Charleston and No. 23 Southern Cal.
All told, 21 different Lady Bulldogs have combined to secure SEC Player of the Week accolades 42 times since the award's inception in 1985.
FOW honors roll in too
Both of the Lady Bulldogs' freshmen have garnered SEC Freshman of the Week accolades this season.
Krista Donald was named as such on Feb. 6, a day after she posted game-high tallies of 18 points and nine rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs' victory at Alabama.
Erika Ford won the accolade on Jan. 2 after averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of wins over Furman and Arkansas.
Nine Lady Bulldogs have captured SEC FOW honors 20 times since the award's inception in 2006. Donald and Ford joined teammates Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller as winners of the award.
Miller joins season threes top 10
Khaalidah Miller moved into the Lady Bulldogs' top-10 all-time leaders for three-pointers in a season during the Alabama game on Feb. 5.
In Tuscaloosa, Miller moved into a tie for the No. 9 spot. She then climbed over Mary Beth Lycett to the No. 8 position against Vanderbilt.
Miller enters the Florida game five threes shy of No. 7 Kedra Holland during UGA's 1995-96 NCAA runner-up campaign.
J.J. back with a bang
Jasmine James returned to action for the first time in five games to score a season-high 18 points at Alabama on Feb. 5...and followed that with 17 points versus Vanderbilt.
James had been out of action with a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee originally suffered in a victory over Montana State on Dec. 20 and then "tweaked" at Mississippi State on Jan. 15.
After a Feb. 2 win over Mississippi State in Athens, Andy Landers said he was expecting to play James in Tuscaloosa. Her insertion came a little earlier than expected, however, when Meredith Mitchell received a nasty knot above her right eye while diving for a rebound at the 17:39 mark of the first half.
"That was the darndest thing," Landers said. "You go into that game knowing that J.J. could play more minutes than you wanted to play her. But being safe and cautious and careful, in my mind I'm thinking 18-20 minutes. Two minutes into the game, here we go again, bam, Meredith's got a knot on her head the size of a ping-pong ball and is out for the rest of the game. In comes J.J. and she basically stays in until there's two minutes left in the game. It's same-old, same-old of what we've encountered all year long."
James eventually played 32 minutes against the Tide.
Practice time hard to come by
Andy Landers says he can't remember anything like this in his 33 season at the University of Georgia.
Entering an open date on Thursday, Feb. 9, Injuries, illnesses and even dental procedures had forced Lady Bulldogs to miss a combined 158 individual days of practice. That tally doesn't even include losing 6-4 Marisela Rodriguez before the year due to a pre-existing knee injury.
An extremely brief recap of each Lady Bulldog's individual setbacks this season goes like this...
Anne Marie Armstrong - illness and left ankle
Brittney Crews - Illness
Krista Donald - left PCL and dental
Erika Ford - stress fracture in right leg and dental
Jasmine James - right MCL
Ebony Jones - left PCL and right ankle
Meredith Mitchell - eye and right ankle
The only four Lady Bulldogs not to miss a workout due to a health condition so far this season are Jasmine Hassell, Khaalidah Miller, Tamika Willis and Danielle Bennett.
"We're calling those four our `birthday party ponies,'" Landers quipped. "They're healthy as horses so we ride them hard for two hours every day."
Mitchell's production up in SEC play
Meredith Mitchell's statistical contributions have made significant jumps in SEC action.
Mitchell averaged 7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 13 non-conference games.
Mitchell is averaging 9.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2.6 apg in 13 SEC dates...numbers deflated slightly by the fact that she only played two minutes at Alabama before receiving a knot above her right eye diving for a rebound.