Lady Bulldogs Return to Magnolia State
Feb. 27, 2013
UGA returns to Magnolia State
No. 11 Georgia travels to Mississippi for the second time in five days and completes the road portion of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Thursday when the Lady Bulldogs venture to Starkville to face Mississippi State at 7 p.m. CT
Georgia improved to 23-4 overall and 11-3 in SEC play with Sunday's 73-54 win at Ole Miss. Jasmine Hassell's double-double of 23 points (a season and SEC career high) and 10 rebounds led the Lady Bulldogs in the 900th win in Andy Landers collegiate coaching career.
The "senior Jasmines" - the only players on the roster to start every game this season - continue to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Hassell paces the team at 12.7 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 and is second in both rebounds and assists.
Mississippi State is 12-15 overall and 4-10 in the SEC. The Lady Bulldogs opened conference play at 0-6 but are 4-4 in their last eight SEC dates.
Sophomore Martha Alwal leads State and ranks among SEC leaders in scoring (19th at 12.3 ppg), rebounding (2nd at 9.7 rpg) and blocks (2nd at 2.5 bpg). Kendra Grant also contributes at the double-digit level at 11.8 ppg.
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Series history with State
Georgia owns a 26-12 lead in its all-time series with Mississippi State; however, the advantage is a much closer 10-7 in Starkville.
In the most recent matchup last Feb. 2 in Athens, Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points each as No. 21 Georgia snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Mississippi State, 70-60.
That contest featured a series of runs.
The Lady Bulldogs took a quick lead with a 15-4 surge that lasted the first six minutes of the game.
Georgia led for all but 28 seconds of the opening half, when Mississippi State went up by one, 22-21. With 4:10 left, Erika Ford put Georgia back on top with a layup that sparked another 15-4 spurt which put UGA up 36-26 at halftime.
A 14-4 Mississippi State run to open the second half knotted the game at 40-40. A jumper and subsequent free throw by Hassell sparked a 15-0 Georgia push over the next four minutes. The Lady Bulldogs eventually led by 22 on three occasions, lastly at 70-48 with 2:15 left.
The most recent meeting in Starkville also was last season, on Jan. 15. Anne Marie Armstrong equaled what was then her career high with 22 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs in a 68-51 win.
Miller added 17 points and Hassell chipped in 12. The victory was even more impressive considering UGA played most of the game without starting point guard Jasmine James.
Georgia led 23-16 when James called timeout with 6:02 left in the first half after "tweaking" the right knee she originally sprained during the Montana State game on Dec. 20.
After play resumed, the Lady Bulldogs quickly scored five points to build their largest edge of the first half at 28-16.
Georgia notched the first five points of the second stanza in less than a minute to build a 13-point lead and maintained a double-digit edge throughout the rest of the evening.
Last time out...
Andy Landers became just the fourth major college women's basketball coach to record 900 career victories on Sunday as his 13th-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs dispatched Ole Miss, 73-54, at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Jasmine Hassell led the way with game-high tallies of 23 points and 10 boards, her fourth double-double in five games. Freshmen Shacobia Barbee and Tiaria Griffin added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Jasmine James had a season-high eight assists.
The Lady Bulldogs ended much of the drama early, racing to a 13-0 lead over the game's opening 2:57 and never looking back. Georgia led by 13 points and halftime and opened the second stanza with a 12-0 surge that all but guaranteed the victory.
"I'm most happy that our basketball team is now 23-4," Landers said. "Overall, as basketball team, we did what did what we needed to do to get in and out of here with a win and that certainly was our one and only objective.
"As far as the 900th win, I've been blessed have a lot of great players...assistant coaches...support staff...fans...there are a lot of people of have played a large part in those victories," Landers continued. "I'm thankful for all of them. They have all played a great part in our success through the years."
Landers' achievement was not recognized by most national news agencies because the NCAA lists his career win total at 818. From 1974-79, Landers garnered 82 wins at Roane State, a junior college in Harriman, Tenn. The NCAA only counts victories at four-year institutions in its career records.
"I get it," Landers said. "I understand that I am probably the only person who will ever have this situation. It doesn't upset me in any way. But I will say this. I am as proud of the 82 wins at Roane as I am of the victories at Georgia."
Barbee earns SEC honor
Shacobia Barbee was named the SEC Freshman of the Week Monday after scoring 13 points at Ole Miss.
Barbee averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in a pair of victories over Arkansas and Ole Miss. Barbee's scoring average was 2.5 ppg higher than her average entering the week, and she connected on 80 percent of her field goals in those outings.
Barbee dished a game-high six assists in a 66-34 victory over the Razorbacks. That tally also matched Barbee's season high for assists set against both TCU and Mercer. She then scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor at Ole Miss and also had a game-high four steals against the Rebels.
Ten Lady Bulldogs have captured SEC Freshman of the Week honors 21 times since the award's inception in 2006. Barbee joined teammates Krista Donald, Erika Ford, Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller as SEC Freshman of the week honorees.
Our take on Landers' "career"
As Andy Landers approached his 900th career win, the question came much 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 as a collegiate head coach.
Prior to arriving in Athens, Landers was 82-21 in four seasons at Roane State, a junior college in Harriman, Tenn. UGA chooses - and has since 1979 - to include Landers' 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.
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 2.9 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 14 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 averaged 13.9 ppg as a freshman, 20.0 as a sophomore, 30.1 as a junior and 24.1 as a senior.
Griffin is contributing 7.2 ppg in 27 games played this season. She has nine starts and eight double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 20 points at Alabama.
Hassell finishing career strong
Jasmine Hassell has played the best basketball of her career of late.
After recording four double-doubles in her first 121 games played as a Lady Bulldog, Hassell has notched four such performances in Georgia's last five games.
During that quintet of contests, the senior from Lebanon, Tenn., is averaging 17.2 ppg and 10.2 rpg.
Hassell's began the stretch with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance against Auburn. She then had a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds at LSU. Hassell posted 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Florida.
The three-game string was the longest streak of double-doubles 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 did so in four consecutive outings against LSU, Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn from Feb. 10-24.
Hassell's string was broken when she scored 14 points in 15 minutes against Arkansas but had just three rebounds.
Hassell picked up the pace against at Ole Miss, scoring 23 points (a career-best in SEC play) and grabbing 10 boards at Oxford.
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 11.8 and 29.5 mpg and on only 36 occasions in 27 games 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.
This season, James leads the team in PT 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 613 points, 246 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 611 points off of opponents' turnovers, a +327 margin that is well over double the opponents' 284 points off takeaways.
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 tonight's game with 1,354 points, 42 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 has developed consistently throughout her career. She averaged 6.2 ppg as a freshman, 9.6 ppg as a sophomore and a team-high 13.0 ppg as a junior.
Hassell now has 1,283 points and is chasing Jasmine James for the No. 20 spot...starting tonight 71 away.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 952 points, 48 shy of 1,000 for her career. Miller has 939 points, 61 from 1,000 that mark.
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