Landers Shoots for Win Number 900
Feb. 23, 2013
Landers looks for career win 900
No. 13 Georgia travels to Oxford, Miss., on Sunday afternoon with head coach Andy Landers one win shy of his 900th victory on the collegiate level. The Lady Bulldogs will face Ole Miss at Tad Smith Coliseum at 1 p.m. CT. The matchup will be televised regionally by CSS and also available via espn3.com.
Georgia improved to 22-4 overall and 10-3 in league play with Thursday's 66-34 win over Arkansas. The Razorbacks' 34 points represented the fewest ever by a UGA opponent in SEC regular-season play.
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 12.3 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 is second in both rebounds and assists.
Ole Miss is currently 9-17 overall and 2-11 in the SEC. The Lady Rebels dropped an 82-53 decision at No. 10 Texas A&M.
Tia Faleru comes off the bench to average a team-high 11.8 ppg for Ole Miss, slightly better than point guard Valencia McFarland at 11.5 ppg. Diara Moore also averages double digits at 10.7 ppg.
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UGA is 29-11 all-time agianst Ole Miss; however the series is a much closer 8-7 in UGA's favor in Oxford
Andy Landers is one win shy of his 900th career win, including 82 "Ws" at Roane State from 1974-79
UGA's Krista Donald and Tiaria Griffin are Mississippi natives from Lake and Monticello, respectively
In specialty stats, UGA is: +322 in points off TOs, +256 in bench points and +237 in paint points
Jasmine Hassell is averaging a double-double of 15.8 ppg and 10.3 rpg over the past four games
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Series history with Ole Miss
Georgia sports a 28-11 lead in the series with Ole Miss; however, the Lady Bulldogs own a slim 8-7 advantage in games contested in Oxford.
Last season, Georgia swept home-and-home matchups, winning 61-47 in Oxford and 87-52 in Athens.
Meredith Mitchell's 20 points led a quartet of double-digit scoring Lady Bulldogs as No. 18 Georgia steamed past Ole Miss in Athens on Feb. 24. The Lady Bulldogs led just 36-34 at halftime but outscored the Rebels 51-18 - including a decisive 30-3 surge - following the intermission.
With 18:53 remaining in the game and the score tied at 39-39, the Lady Bulldogs took control and never looked back. Sparked by a Mitchell trey, Georgia executed the 30-3 surge that put the Lady Bulldogs up by 27, 69-42.
In the most recent trip to Tad Smith Coliseum last Jan. 22, the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 30-2 lead en route to a 61-47 victory over the Lady Rebels.
Three Lady Bulldogs posted career-bests rebound tallies en route to double-double performances. Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, Khaalidah Miller chipped in 13 points and 11 boards and 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.
Last time out...
Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and Jasmine James chipped in with 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals to lead 13th-ranked Georgia to a 66-34 victory over Arkansas on Thursday evening.
Georgia scored the game's first nine points over the opening 2:46 and never looked back.
"We started very well and played that way for all 40 minutes," Andy Landers said. "The thing that was cool was that we played so hard early, and when we needed to go to the bench, it didn't fall off. Everyone looked terrific."
Arkansas' 34 points represented the fewest by an SEC opponent in regular-season play in Lady Bulldog history. The previous mark was established in a 78-35 victory over South Carolina on Feb. 1, 1997.
Landers approaching No. 900
Andy Landers enters today's game at Ole Miss just one victory shy of his 900th career win.
Landers was 82-21 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 817-272 at UGA.
Landers will become the fourth or fifth major college women's basketball head coach to reach the 900-win plateau as outlined in the next column. Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer had 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"
As Andy Landers approaches his 900th career win, the question has come more frequently.
"Hey, the NCAA Records Book says that Andy Landers only had 795 career wins entering 2012-13. What gives?"
The University of Georgia politely disagrees with the NCAA on what constitutes 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.
UGA chooses - and has since 1979 - to include his Roane results in his 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.
"I get it," Landers said. "I understand it. I don't have a problem with it in any way, shape or form. But I will say this. I am as proud of those 82 wins at Roane State as I am of the 800 wins that I've had at the University of Georgia. I loved my time at Roane. "
Returning to the Magnolia State
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 is averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 13 appearances this season.
Griffin was a two-time first-team All-State performer, earning 4A honors as a junior at Lawrence County High and 6A accolades as a senior at Hattiesburg. She was a prolific scorer prep scorer, averaging 13.9 ppg as a freshman, 20.0 as a sophomore, 30.1 as a junior and 24.1 as a senior.
Griffin is averaging 7.0 ppg in 26 games played this season. She has eight starts and seven double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 20 points at Alabama.
Stifling "D" vs. Arkansas
Georgia held Arkansas to 34 points in a Feb. 21 over the Razorbacks in Athens. That represented the fewest points by an UGA foe in SEC regular-season play in program history.
The previous record was established in a 78-35 victory over South Carolina on Feb. 1, 1997.
In addition, Arkansas' 34 points, 14 FGs made and 26.4 FG percentage all were season-best defensive efforts for the Lady Bulldogs during 2012-13.
Double-double streak ends
Jasmine Hassell stretch of three straight double-doubles ended during the Arkansas win. Hassell scored 14 points in 15 minutes of PT but grabbed just three boards.
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. She then had a game-high 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds versus LSU. Hassell posted 16 points and 16 rebounds 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.
The three-game string was the longest such steak by a Georgia player in SEC regular-season play in nearly five years.
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.
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).
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 shots from the floor and 10-of-12 (.833) of her trips to the line.
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.
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 Lady Bulldogs are currently averaging between 11.5 and 29.3 minutes per game and on only 36 occasions in 26 games this season has a Georgia player 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.
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 1,345 points, 51 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.
With 1,246 points, she is now chasing Jasmine James for the No. 20 spot...starting today's game 85 away.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 948 points, 52 shy of the millennium milestone.
Miller has 939 points, 61 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 601 points, 256 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 595 points off of opponents' turnovers, a +322 margin that is well over double the opponents' 273 points off takeaways.