Georgia Set to Host Razorbacks
Feb. 20, 2013
Georgia set to host Razorbacks
The No. 13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs return to Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday evening to host Arkansas in a SportSouth regionally televised matchup. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m., with the award-winning tandem of Dave Neal and Debbie Antonelli handling the play-by-play and color analyst duties, respectively.
The contest is a rematch of the Lady Bulldogs' 57-53 victory five weeks ago in Fayetteville. Georgia trailed by 15 points in the first half and 13 early in the second stanza before rallying for the win.
Last Sunday, Georgia improved to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in SEC play with a 62-57 win at Florida. Jasmine Hassell's 16-point, and career-best 16-rebound effort - her third straight double-double - led the Lady Bulldogs.
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 12.2 ppg, while Jasmine James chips in 11.3 ppg.
In addition, freshman Shacobia Barbee, who has started all but one contest (at Georgia Tech), leads the Lady Bulldogs in steals (64) and is second in both rebounds (143 is 10 behind Hassell) and assists (69 is 19 behind James).
Arkansas arrives in Athens at 17-8 overall and 5-7 in league action following back-to-back wins over Alabama and Missouri.
Sarah Watkins comes off the bench to lead Arkansas offensively at 13.1 ppg, while Quistelle Williams adds 10.4 ppg and a team-high 7.2 rpg.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Series history with the Razorbacks
The Lady Bulldogs own a 27-4 lead in their series with Arkansas, including an 12-2 mark in Athens.
Georgia defeated the Razorbacks, 57-53, five weeks ago in Fayetteville as Shacobia Barbee's career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds also supplied her first career double-double.
The Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit and an 11-point halftime gap to win.
"It was a gutty comeback, and I think everyone who played in the second half did something significant to put us in a position to come back and win that basketball game," Andy Landers said. "It wasn't a great individual effort; it was a great team effort made by individuals."
After trailing 30-19 at the half and falling behind by 13 early in the second period, Georgia outscored the Razorbacks 36-19 over the final 15:51.
The first half was a different story altogether when a 14-0 run moved the scoreboard from a 9-8 Georgia lead to a 22-8 Arkansas advantage. The Razorbacks' largest edge came at 25-10 following a Keira Peak basket with 4:34 remaining in half.
In the most recent meeting in Athens on New Year's Day 2012, Hassell's game-high 19 points led No. 17 Georgia to a 67-57 win in last year's SEC opener for both teams.
Over the next 10 minutes, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Razorbacks 20-10, entering the locker room with a 38-28 lead. Georgia started the second half much like it ended the first, with a 12-4 run that lasted five minutes.
Last time out...
Jasmine Hassell notched her third straight double-double, including a career-high 16 rebounds, to lead No. 13 Georgia to a 62-57 victory over Florida at the O'Connell Center on Sunday.
Hassell's 16 points and 16 boards paced the Georgia, while Jasmine James chipped in a dozen points. Nine different Lady Bulldogs scored, including key late three-pointers by Khaalidah Miller and Anne Marie Armstrong.
Early on, it appeared the Gators would avenge their 17-point loss last month in Athens. Florida led 24-12 midway through the first half before the Lady Bulldogs rallied to tie the game with a 12-0 run. Georgia took a halftime lead by virtue of a pair of Hassell free throws with 2.8 seconds on the clock.
The Lady Bulldogs led for most of the second half but could never gain significant distance on the scoreboard. Armstrong's three with 3:03 left put Georgia up 55-51; however, consecutive jumpers by the Gators knotted the score for the 10th and final time with 2:21 left.
James canned a jumper and Miller knocked down her third three of the second half with 39 seconds remaining to put Georgia up 60-55.
Following a missed three by Carlie Needles, the Gators fouled over the final 32 seconds but could pull no closer.
Hassell on double-double streak
Jasmine Hassell has recorded double-doubles in each of the Lady Bulldogs' last three outings, the longest such steak by a Georgia player in SEC regular-season play in nearly five years.
Hassell entered the Feb. 7 game with Auburn with one double-double during the 2012-13 season and four in 121 games played at UGA.
The senior from Lebanon, Tenn., began her streak with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance against Auburn's Tigers. She then recorded a game-high 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds versus LSU's Lady Tigers on Feb. 10. Last Sunday, Hassell posted 16 points and 16 rebounds in Georgia's victory at Florida.
Hassell hauled in nine of Georgia's 12 second-half defensive rebounds in Gainesville. All told, her 16 boards represented 42.1 percent of the individual rebounds the Lady Bulldogs collected in the contest.
The last time a Lady Bulldog recorded three straight double-doubles in regular-season league play was during the 2007-08 season. Tasha Humphrey actually did so in four consecutive outings against LSU, Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn from Feb. 10-24, 2008.
Double-digit deficit...no problem
Last Sunday's rally from a 12-point deficit marked the third time in SEC play that Georgia has trailed by double digits on the road but come back to win.
At Arkansas on Jan. 17, the Lady Bulldogs fell behind by 15 points in the first half and were down by 13 points in the second stanza before outscoring the Razorbacks 36-19 over the final 15:51.
No. 8 Kentucky led by 13 points in each half in Lexington on Feb. 3. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 67-59 with 6:04 left before outscoring the Wildcats 16-4 down the stretch
The Lady Bulldogs were down 24-12 with 8:18 left in the first half last Sunday in Gainesville before a 12-0 run leveled the scoreboard 5:23 later.
Landers approaching No. 900
Andy Landers enters tonight's game with Arkansas just two victories shy of his 900th career win.
Landers compiled an 82-21 record in four seasons at Roane State College from 1974-79 before becoming Georgia's first - and still only - full-time women's basketball head coach as a 26 year old on April 24, 1979.
Now in his 34th season in Athens, Landers is 816-272 at UGA.
Landers will become the fourth or fifth major college women's basketball head coach to reach the 900-win plateau as outlined below. Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer has 899 career wins entering Saturdays' game at St. John's.
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Editor's Note: NCAA does not recognize Landers' 82 wins at Roane State...read on...
Our take on Landers' "career"
UGA politely disagrees with the NCAA on Landers' career record.
Prior to arriving in Athens in 1979, Landers was 82-21 in four seasons at Roane State, a junior college in Harriman, Tenn.
The University of Georgia chooses - and has since 1979 - to include his Roane State results in his career record as a collegiate head coach.
The NCAA does not recognize Landers' wins at Roane because it is not a four-year institution.
Therefore, the NCAA lists Landers' "career" record as only his coaching efforts at Georgia.
20 wins...once again
The Lady Bulldogs earned 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 followed by C. Vivian Stringer (32) and both Jody Conradt (29) and Sylvia Hatchell (29th this season).
Playing time being distributed
A year ago, six Lady Bulldogs averaged between 20.0 and 34.5 minutes of playing time per game. All told, five different players logged all 40 minutes a combined 25 times.
This season, playing time is being much more evenly distributed.
Ten Georgia players are averaging between 11.5 and 29.4 mpg and only 36 times in 25 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, including 31 games of 40 or more MP.
This season, James leads the team in mpg but has only played more than 30 minutes in 10 contests.
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats".
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 574 points, 243 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 565 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 265 - a massive +300 margin.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 939 points, 61 shy of the millennium milestone.
Miller has 930 points, 70 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).