Lady Bulldog Game Notes: UGA vs. Ole Miss
Feb. 22, 2012
Date: Thursday, February 23
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Athens, Ga.
Arena: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-play
* UGA leads 28-11 overall, including a 61-47 victory on 1/22 in Oxford
* UGA leads 14-1 in Athens; however, OM won the most recent meeting, 66-65, on 1/24/10
Lady Bulldogs host Ole Miss
No. 18 Georgia opens a two-game homestand to round out the regular season by hosting Ole Miss on Thursday at Stegeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Georgia is currently 20-7 overall and 9-5 in SEC action. With just two games to play, UGA mathematically could still finish anywhere from first to eighth in the league.
Jasmine Hassell leads a balanced Lady Bulldog attack by averaging 13.1 points per game. In addition, Khaalidah Miller contributes 12.1 ppg, Anne Marie Armstrong adds 12.0 and Jasmine James chips in 11.0.
Georgia is one of two teams in the SEC with four double-figure scorers...Vanderbilt being the other.
Ole Miss slipped to 12-15 overall and 2-12 in league play with a 66-56 setback to Tennessee last Sunday.
The Rebels feature one of the SEC's top inside-outside combos. Valencia McFarland contributes 13.6 points and 4.9 assists per game, while Nikki Byrd adds 11.9 points and 8.8 boards per contest.
Series history with Ole Miss
Georgia sports advantages of 28-11 overall and 14-1 in Athens in the Lady Bulldogs' series with Ole Miss.
Earlier this season, the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 30-2 lead en route to a 61-47 victory over Ole Miss on Jan. 22 in Oxford.
"It would be hard to imagine us playing much better out of the gate than we did today," Andy Landers said. "They moved. They passed. They cut. They caught. They shot. They defended. They crashed the boards and rebounded. You really couldn't ask for your basketball team to play any better than we did in the first half."
Three Lady Bulldogs posted double-doubles and career-bests for rebounds. Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, Khaalidah Miller chipped in 13 points and 11 boards and Meredith Mitchell added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Five different Lady Bulldogs scored on the first five possessions as Georgia opened up an 11-2 lead just 3:37 into the game.
Georgia eventually scored on its first eight trips to the offensive end and expanded the lead to 18-2 during that run.
The score bulged to 30-2 before Ole Miss finally notched its second field goal on a stickback by Nikki Byrd with 6:32 remaining in the first half.
In the most recent matchup at Stegeman Coliseum on Jan. 24, 2010, a Bianca Thomas three with 5.1 seconds left lifted the Rebels to a 66-65 win - their first-ever in Athens
Jasmine Hassell put up 20 points to lead Georgia. Meredith Mitchell added 12 points and 11 rebounds to secure her first double-double at UGA.
The Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a 10-point deficit early in the second half to take an eight-point lead with 2:05 to play. But Ole Miss rattled off a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 64-63.
Jasmine James then hit one of two free throws to push Georgia's edge to two with 41 ticks remaining before Thomas made her 25-foot three.
James' long-range attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Quoting Coach Landers...
On facing Ole Miss...
"They have an undersized, quick point guard who can shoot the three and penetrate and loves to makes plays. What a challenge she is out front and for our entire basketball team from a help and recovery standpoint. Then inside they have a quality big kid at 6-4 who really shoots the ball well from 15 feet on in. She is almost impossible to stop one-on-one from the block, but as important as that she is a great rebounder, too. "
On returning home following two tough road games...
"We played two quality teams on the road last week. We get a little bit of a smile in the schedule as we finish up with Ole Miss coming in on Thursday and LSU for the finale on Sunday. What it does is it helps you with your prep on Thursday and Sunday and gives you a little more rest time and a little bit more comfort being at home."
On playing close games and preparing for the post-season...
"I think that for this basketball team it is really important (to play tight games). I think that it is a piece we have to get better at, especially playing in front of a crowd that is pulling against you. I think there have been three or four times this season that it has affected us, more so maybe than I remember other teams in the past."
Last Time Out...
The No. 18 Georgia Lady Bulldogs dropped a 61-57 decision to Florida in Gainesville Sunday afternoon. There were nine ties and 15 lead changes in the back-and-forth contest.
Jasmine James led Georgia with 15 points, four steals and three rebounds. Anne Marie Armstrong recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, while Meredith Mitchell notched 10 points and seven rebounds.
"We had too many wasted opportunities offensively," said Andy Landers. "We had all the opportunities we needed and we fumbled balls and missed easy shots. We let them get to the offensive boards too much and we gave up far too many threes."
The Lady Bulldogs took the first significant lead of the game at 25-19 with 3:30 left in the opening period. The Gators then experienced an 8-0 surge to end the half and go up 27-25.
Neither team owned more than a five-point lead in the second stanza. The Lady Bulldogs led 54-53 with 2:47 remaining before the Gators closed out the contest on an 8-3 run, including making both ends of a pair of one-and-ones in the final 10 seconds.
SEC seeding a muddled mess
With just two games to play, it is still possible for Georgia to finish any where from first to eighth in the SEC.
The best seed the Lady Bulldogs could earn for next weekend's SEC Tournament is the No. 3 slot, while the low possibility is No. 8.
Since Georgia is locked in a four-way tie for third, chances are the following tiebreaking procedures will be employed at some point.
Two-Team Tie. The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:
A. Won-lost results of head-to-head competition between the teams.
B. Won-lost record of the two teams versus the No. 1 seed (and proceeding through the No. 12 seed).
C. Coin flip by the Commissioner.
Three-Team Tie (or more). When three or more teams are tied, the following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken. If two teams remain tied after a tiebreaker provision, the two-team tiebreaker formula will be used.
A. Best winning percentage of games played among the tied teams (Example: Team A is 3-1, Team B is 2-2 and Team C is 1-3 - Team A would be seeded highest, Team B second-highest and Team C lowest of the three).
B. Best winning percentage of the tied teams versus the No. 1 seed (and proceeding through the No. 12 seed, if necessary).
C. If two teams remain, coin flip by the Commissioner.
D. If three or more teams remain, draw by the Commissioner.
Donald faces home state school
Georgia freshman Krista Donald is a native of Lake, Miss., about a three-and-a-half drive south of Oxford.
Donald was named Miss Basketball by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011. She was a four-year starter at Lake High School, where she scored 2,456 points and grabbed 1,470 rebounds during her prep career.
Donald has made solid contributions in her initial collegiate campaign, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
Donald became the 69th freshman to start during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens when she got the nod against Northeastern in November. She also earned SEC Freshman of the Week accolades Feb. 6 after posting game-high tallies of 18 points and nine rebounds at Alabama.
Donald missed the initial game with Ole Miss while nursing a PCL injury in her left knee.
More Magnolia on the way
Georgia will welcome another Mississippi native to its roster next season when signee Tiaria Griffin arrives on the UGA campus.
Griffin is a 5-9, guard from Hattiesburg High School.
Last Saturday, she scored 37 points to lead HHS to a 67-63 win over Forest Hill in Mississippi's 6A South State Championship. Hattiesburg will now face Southaven next Wednesday in the overall state title game.
Griffin was named first-team All-State for Class 4A last season as a junior at Lawrence County High. She averaged 30.1 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while leading the Lady Cougars to a 26-9 record and a runner-up finish in the 4A State Tournament.
20 wins...yet again!
With last Thursday's win at South Carolina, the Lady Bulldogs notched their 27th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens.
According to us (Georgia includes his four seasons at Roane State in his career totals), Landers' total of 30 (three more at Roane) 20-win campaigns ranks third all-time behind Pat Summitt (36th this season) and C. Vivian Stringer (32nd this season).
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 19 entering a Friday game at Maryland), Robin Selvig (27..and 15 wins entering Saturday's game with Montana State) and Tara VanDerveer (27th this season).
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.
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 Ole Miss game 22 points from the No. 31 scoring tally in Lady Bulldog history of 1,038 points by 1996 National Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree. Roundtree was at the game in Columbia cheering on her alma mater and James, the first player to wear Roundtree's "No. 10" jersey since 1996.
Iron women to the end
Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine James, Khaalidah Miller and Meredith Mitchell played all 40 minutes against No. 25 South Carolina.
All told, five different Lady Bulldogs - 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 Southeastern Conference games only, Anne Marie Armstrong leads the league with nine top-10 listings among the 13 categories kept.
Armstrong is No. 5 in scoring; No. 6 in assists, minutes played and defensive boards; No. 7 in blocked shots; No. 8 in rebounding, steals and assists-to-TOs; and No. 9 in FG pct.
SEC Only Top-10 Stat leaders
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