Lady Bulldog Game Notes: UGA vs. LSU
Brittney Crews is one of two Lady Bulldog seniors playing their final game at Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday.


Brittney Crews is one of two Lady Bulldog seniors playing their final game at Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday.
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The Basics
Date: Sunday, February 26
Tipoff: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Athens, Ga.
Arena: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
TV:    
* ESPN2; Brenda VanLengen - play-by-play; Brooke Weisbrod - color analyst
Radio:    
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-play
Series:    
* UGA leads 20-17; however, LSU won the last meeting, 47-41, on 1/30/11 in Baton Rouge
* UGA leads 11-5 in Athens; including a 49-46 win on 2/4/10
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28 down, 1 big one to go!    
No. 18 Georgia wraps up its regular-season slate on Sunday by hosting LSU at Stegeman Coliseum in a contest that will determine whether the Lady Bulldogs are the No. 3, No. 4 of No. 5 seed for next weekend's SEC Tournament. ESPN2 will televise the contest, with Brenda VanLengen calling play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod as color analyst.

The Lady Bulldogs are 21-7 overall and 10-5 in SEC action following Thursday's 87-52 win over Ole Miss.

Georgia sports a balanced offensive attack, with four Lady Bulldogs averaging in double digits both overall and in SEC play.

Overall, Jasmine Hassell paces Georgia by averaging 13.1 points per game, while Khaalidah Miller contributes 12.2, Anne Marie Armstrong adds 12.1 and Jasmine James chips in 10.8.

In SEC action, Armstrong leads the way at 13.5 ppg, followed by Hassell at 12.2, Miller at 10.9 and Meredith Mitchell at 10.1. Jasmine James is a single point shy of a fifth double-digit average at 9.9 ppg.

LSU arrives in Athens with records of 20-8 overall and 10-5 in the SEC.

LaSondra Barrett leads the Lady Tigers with averages of 12.8 points and 7.3 boards per game, while six other players average better than 5.0 ppg.


Quoting Coach Landers...
On facing LSU...
"LSU presents a different challenge from a defensive standpoint. They match up in the half court in the zone unlike anyone I have seen in the conference. They will press you some...you know their personnel is athletic. They have excellent size...they can put three big kids on the court at the same time. They will bring some unique challenges to the Coliseum on Sunday. "

On returning home following two tough road games...
"We got a little bit of a smile in the schedule as we finish up with Ole Miss coming in on Thursday and LSU 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."


Series history with LSU
The Lady Bulldogs are 20-17 overall against LSU, including an 11-5 mark versus the Lady Tigers at Stegeman Coliseum.

In the most recent meeting last Jan. 30 in Baton Rouge, Georgia failed on 12 attempts to tie or take the lead in the second half before eventually falling to the Lady Tigers 47-41 at the Maravich Assembly Center.

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.

"We got some good looks, and we had the right people getting those looks," Landers said. "I thought we executed very well during most of that stretch. Some of the shots really looked good as they were going, but we couldn't get any of them to fall."

Georgia last hosted the Lady Tigers at Stegeman Coliseum on Feb. 4, 2010. Jasmine James scored a team-high 15 points - including the game's final three - and Angel Robinson grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds - including an LSU miss as time expired - to lead Georgia in a 49-46 OT victory over the No. 19-ranked Lady Tigers.

That represented just the second time in Landers' 987 (of now 1060) games coached at Georgia that the Lady Bulldogs scored less than 50 and won.


Last Time Out...
Meredith Mitchell's 20 points led a quartet of double-digit scoring Lady Bulldogs as No. 18 Georgia steamed past Ole Miss, 87-52, Thursday night.

The Lady Bulldogs led just 36-34 at halftime but outscored the Rebels 51-18 - including a decisive 30-3 surge - following the intermission.

"The second half was as good as the first half was disappointing," said Andy Landers. "I have to give our kids credit for turning something that didn't look very good into something that was pretty impressive."

Georgia shot a blistering 52.6 percent from the floor, its highest shooting percentage of the season.  

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 a 30-3 surge that put them up by 27, 69-42.


Seniors celebrated before game
The regular-season finale will serve as "Senior Day," with players Meredith Mitchell and Brittney Crews and student athletic trainer Candice Gaither honored during pre-game ceremonies.

Mitchell, the one four-year letterwinner on this year's squad, has developed consistently throughout her career. A three-year starter, Mitchell earned a spot of the SEC's All-Defensive team a year ago. She already secured her bachelor's degree in Management from UGA's Terry College of Business in December and plans to complete a master's degree.

Crews left a scholarship at Brenau University in Gainesville to join the Lady Bulldogs as a walk on in the fall of 2010. She practiced with the team but could not play last season per NCAA regulations regarding transfers. She has been a positive presence on the squad throughout her time in Athens. Crews will soon earn a degree in Biology.


SEC seeding? UGA No. 3, 4 or 5
The Lady Bulldogs enter the day in a three-way tie with LSU and Arkansas for third place in the SEC. UGA is capable of obtaining the No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 seed for next weekend's SEC Tournament in Nashville.

If UGA defeats LSU, the Lady Bulldogs will be the No. 3 seed and will play next Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET against the winner of Thursday's game between the No. 6 and No. 11 seeds.

If UGA loses to LSU and South Carolina defeats Arkansas, Georgia will be the No. 4 seed and will play at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday against the winner of Thursday's matchup between the No. 5 and No. 12 seeds.

If UGA loses to LSU and Arkansas beats South Carolina, the Lady Bulldogs will be the No. 5 seed and play the No. 12 seed at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.


A bet's a bet!
PGA golfer and UGA grad Bubba Watson, who is married for former Lady Bulldog Angie (Ball) Watson, will serve as a guest coach for the LSU game.

Watson won his bench seat in a bet with Andy Landers last fall when Watson boasted he could easily hit a golf ball from the goal line at Sanford Stadium over the third deck at the opposite end of the venue.

Success meant Watson could be an assistant coach for a Lady Bulldogs' game of his choice this season.

Failure meant Landers would caddy for Watson at a practice round prior to this year's Master's in Augusta.

Watson proved true on his word...and then some. He blistered several balls - including one over an outstretched Landers laying on the ground in front of him - easily out of the Sanford Stadium.


A little more on Angie
Angie Ball Watson was a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs and played on teams that advanced to the 1999 Final Four and won the 1997 and 2000 SEC Championships.

A native of Scarborough, Ontario, outside of Toronto, Ball missed the second half of her freshman year due to a shoulder injury. She blossomed during the rest of her career and averaged 4.7 points as a sophomore and 7.2 as both a junior and senior. The Lady Bulldogs won a school-record 32 games during Ball's senior season.

Ball earned a spot on the roster of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting before a knee injury ended her professional career.


Former teammates face off
Today's contest marks the sixth time a Lady Bulldog has faced a former prep teammate during the  2011-12 campaign.

Georgia's Meredith Mitchell and LSU's Courtney Young were classmates at Midfield (Ala.) High where they were the driving force behind a dominant four-year run by the Lady Patriots.

Midfield captured back-to-back Alabama state titles teams in 2007 and 2008, as well as a runner-up finish in 2005. As seniors in 2007-08, Mitchell and Jones led the Lady Patriots to a 32-1 finish and a final ranking of No. 12 nationally by USA Today.

The other reunions occurred when the Lady Bulldogs played at Georgia Southern, at Mercer, at Auburn and versus Mississippi State twice.

A half-dozen former teammates played against each other in Statesboro - Westlake High School's Tamika Willis and Danielle Spencer; Chattahoochee High School's Erika Ford and Kayla Upchurch; and Jefferson High School's Brittney Crews and MiMi DuBose.

Willis also faced Westlake alum Sharnea Boykin in Macon.
Sophomore Khaalidah Miller and Auburn senior Morgan Jennings played together for two seasons at Frederick Douglass High in Atlanta.

Mitchell and MSU's Brittany Young also played also together for two seasons at Midfield High.


Equal opportunity thieves
Georgia sports four players with 50-plus steals, a first for the Lady Bulldogs since 1982-83.

Meredith Mitchell's career-high six steals against Ole Miss made her the fourth player to top the 50-steal mark.

Anne Marie Armstrong owns a team-best 62 steals on the year. Jasmine James has 57 steals and the team's best per-game average of 2.7 spg. Khaalidah Miller has 54 steals.

The last quartet to have 50-plus steals for UGA was Teresa Edwards (70), Janet Harris (61), Cynthia Collins (53) and Wanda Holloway (52) in 1982-83 - the first of Georgia's five Final Four teams.

This marks the third time a quartet of Lady Bulldogs secured 50 or more thefts. The 1980-81 team also four players with more than 50 takeaways.


Armstrong leads SEC stats leaders
In statistics for SEC games only, Anne Marie Armstrong leads the league with nine top-10 listings among the 13 categories kept.

Armstrong is No. 6 in ppg; No. 6 in rpg; No. 6 in def. rpg; No. 6 in MP; No. 7 in bpg; No. 8 in FG pct.; No. 8 in apg; No. 8 in spg; and No. 9 in assts-to-TOs.
SEC Only Top-10 Stat leaders

Rk. Player, School Cat.
  1. Anne Marie Armstrong, UGA   9
  2. A'dia Mathies, UK   7
  3. Glory Johnson, UT   6
Valencia McFarland, OM   6
  5. Tiffany Clarke, VU   5
Christina Foggie, VU   5
Jennifer George, VU   5
C'iera Ricketts, AR   5

  

James tops 1,000 mark
Jasmine James became Lady Bulldog Basketball's 32nd 1,000-point career scorer with 7:42 left in the second half at South Carolina on Feb. 16.

James enters the LSU game 15 points from the No. 31 scoring tally in Lady Bulldog history of 1,038 points by Saudia Roundtree.

Roundtree, who was the 1996 National Player of the Year, 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.


20 wins...yet again!
UGA's Feb. 16 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 Sunday game with Duke), 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, with 17 25-win efforts and three 30-win marks.


Hassell a double-digit fiend
Jasmine Hassell recorded her 20th - of now 21 - double-figure performance of the season at South Carolina, the 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 scoring averages, both overall and in SEC play.

Overall, Jasmine Hassell paces Georgia by averaging 13.1 points per game, while Khaalidah Miller contributes 12.2, Anne Marie Armstrong adds 12.1 and Jasmine James chips in 10.8.

In SEC action, Armstrong leads the way at 13.5 ppg, followed by Hassell at 12.2, Miller at 10.9 and Meredith Mitchell at 10.1. Jasmine James is a single point shy of a fifth double-digit average at 9.9 ppg.


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 of the 2011-12 campaign. 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 92 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 and at Alabama.

Georgia has produced three or more double-figure individual tallies in 22 games to date. On 11 occasions, four or more players popped for 10 or more.


Georgia hitting its "magic number"
The Lady Bulldogs have furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport eight times this season.

Georgia has scored 80 or more points on eight occasions and improved to 433-7 when hitting that mark during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens.

That converts to a 98.409090909 winning percentage.


Peach State products on display
LSU's Taylor Turnbow is a native of Stone Mountain where she played at Stephenson High School.

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 22 players who are Peach State natives or played for Georgia high schools.

The Lady Bulldogs' roster sports five home state standouts.


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 to a tie with Kelly Miller (1998-99) and Angela Puleo (2007-08) for the No. 9 spot. She ascended past Mary Beth Lycett (2002-03) into the No. 8 position against Vanderbilt.

Miller enters the regular-season final vs. LSU one threes shy of No. 7 tally of Kedra Holland during Georgia's 1996 NCAA runner-up campaign.
   

Practice time hard to come by
Andy Landers says he can't remember anything like this in his 33 seasons at the University of Georgia.

To date, Injuries, illnesses and even dental procedures had forced Lady Bulldogs to miss a combined 166 individual days of practice. Landers says a season usually includes 25-30 missed practices.

That tally doesn't even include losing 6-4 Marisela Rodriguez before the year due to a pre-existing knee injury.

An brief recap of each Lady Bulldog's setbacks 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 10.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2.7 apg in 15 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.

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