March 2, 2013
Seniors celebrated prior to finale
No. 11 Georgia wraps up its 2012-13 regular-season slate on Sunday when the Lady Bulldogs host Vanderbilt in an ESPNU nationally televised matchup at 1:30 p.m. ET. Melissa Lee will call play-by-play while Steffi Sorensen will serve as color analyst.
Prior to tipoff, 12 members of the Lady Bulldog Basketball family - seven players, four managers and one athletic trainer - will be recognized during traditional pre-game "Senior Day" ceremonies.
Georgia will then look to bounce back from Thursday's 50-38 loss at Mississippi State. The Lady Bulldogs are 23-5 overall and 11-4 in SEC play and had two of their best outings of the year in defeating Arkansas and Ole Miss prior to their setback in Starkville.
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 12.5 ppg, while Jasmine James chips in 11.0 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.
Vanderbilt is 19-9 overall, 9-6 in the league and has won its last three outings including Thursday's 59-44 victory over Auburn.
Tiffany Clarke leads the Commodores in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg), while Christina Foggie (15.1 ppg) and Jasmine Lister (12.3 ppg) also contribute double-digit scoring averages.
|GEORGIA LADY BULLDOGS|
|G||10||Jasmine James||5-9||Sr.||Memphis, Tenn.||11.0||3.3|
|G||11||Tiaria Griffin||5-7||Fr.||Monticello, Miss.||7.1||2.8|
|G||20||Shacobia Barbee||5-10||Fr.||Murfreesboro, Tenn.||6.3||5.6|
|F||3||Anne Marie Armstrong||6-3||Sr.||Norcross, Ga.||7.1||4.9|
|F||12||Jasmine Hassell||6-2||Sr.||Lebanon, Tenn.||12.5||6.4|
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 818-273 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 900-294 / 38th season
|G||11||Jasmine Lister||5-4||Jr.||Corona, Calif.||12.3||3.1|
|G||32||Gabby Smith||5-10||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio||1.7||1.2|
|G||30||Elan Brown||6-0||Sr.||Atlanta, Ga.||6.4||4.4|
|F||3||Heather Bowe||6-0||Fr.||Eau Claire, Wis.||6.4||4.4|
|F||34||Tiffany Clarke||6-0||Sr.||Duluth, Ga.||16.6||8.3|
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Melanie Balcomb
at Vanderbilt: 257-103 (.714) 12th season
Overall: 420-207 (.670) 21st season
- UGA is 31-25 all-time agianst VU, including a 16-7+ lead in Athens
- UGA will honor 12 seniors - seven players, four managers and an athletic trainer - before tipoff of their final game at Stegeman Coliseum
- Andy Landers secured his 900th career win with UGA's victory at Ole Miss last Sunday
- Jasmine Hassell is averaging 15.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg over the past six games with four double-doubles
- In specialty stats, UGA is: +332 in points off TOs, +265 in paint points and +250 in bench points
Keeping an eye on...entering the Vanderbilt game:
Jasmine James is...
- 17 assists from No. 9 Saudia Roundtree
- 22 steals from No. 7 Janet Harris
- 38 points from No. 19 Camille Lowe
- 69 points from No. 20 Jasmine James
- 8 3FGs from No. 5 Rachel Powell
- 168 3FGAs from No. 2 K. Holland-Corn
- 59 points from becoming UGA's 34th 1,000-point scorer
- 5 blocks from No. 9 Tasha Humphrey
- 38 points from becoming UGA's 34th 1,000-point scorer
Series history with Vandy
Georgia owns a 31-25 lead in matchups with Vanderbilt and a 16-7 advantage in Athens.
In the most recent matchup last Feb. 12 in Athens, Anne Marie Armstrong's career-high 23 points led a quartet of double-digit Lady Bulldogs in a 76-63.
Jasmine Hassell posted her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine James recorded 17 points, four assists and three steals, while Khaalidah Miller notched 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.
The Lady Bulldogs led by at least eight on four different occasions in the first 8:00. With 3:45 left in the period, the Commodores closed the gap to 28-25, but a pair of treys by James gave the Lady Bulldogs some breathing room and a 34-27 lead.
Georgia built an 18-point lead and then stalled a bit, when Vanderbilt started a 14-1 run and decreased the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 52-47. A jumper by Hassell sparked an 11-3 push that reestablished a comfortable margin Georgia maintained the rest of the way.
Last time out...
Mississippi State raced to a 10-0 lead and withstood several rallies to upset No. 11 Georgia, 50-38, at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday night.
Anne Marie Armstrong notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards in a losing effort for the Lady Bulldogs.
State opened up a double-digit lead just 2:35 into the game before Jasmine James canned a 15-foot jumper to get the Lady Bulldogs on the board.
The margin quickly grew to 19-4 and then 24-9 before a 13-0 UGA run to end the first half.
State regained an eight-point lead early in the second period, but Georgia methodically cut into the margin and pulled within two at 35-33 with 6:27 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs failed on four attempts to tie the game.
State connected on 12-of-14 free throw attempts down the stretch to clinch the upset. In addition to a season-low 38 points, the Lady Bulldogs also had their worst field goal shooting performance of the season both overall (18.2 percent) and from three-point range (9.1 percent).
Seniors to be honored
Georgia's senior class, which already can count four 20-win campaigns and two "Sweet 16" appearances to its credit, includes the following members: Players Anne Marie Armstrong, Danielle Bennett, Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James, Ebony Jones, Marisela Rodriguez and Tamika Willis Managers Eryn Delaney, Will Dyer, Mac MacIntosh and Connor Starrs Athletic Trainer Sarah Parker
SEC Tourney seeding scenarios
As usual, the final weekend of the season has resulted in a muddled mess of potential tiebreakers. To date only the No. 1 (Tennessee), No. 2 (Kentucky) and No. 13 (Alabama) seeds are set.
Georgia will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed for next weekend's action at the Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth.
The Lady Bulldogs would be the No. 3 seed if UGA is: in a two-team tie with UK for second place; in a three-team tie with UK and TAMU for second; or alone in third.
UGA would be the No. 4 seed if it is: in a two-team tie with TAMU for third; in a three-team tie with TAMU and SC for third; or tied with SC for fourth.
Double-digit quartets are back
Georgia and Vanderbilt were two of five teams in the nation returning four players who averaged double digits in scoring in 2011-12.
Duke returned five double-digit scorers, while Georgia, Loyola Chicago, Pacific and Vanderbilt all had four double-figure averages back.
This season, Hassell is averaging 12.5 ppg, James 11.0 ppg, Miller 8.9 ppg and Armstrong 7.1 ppg.
For Vanderbilt, Christina Foggie led the way a year ago at 17.7 ppg, while Jasmine Lister (12.5 ppg), Tiffany Clarke (11.1 ppg) and Stephanie Holzer (11.0 ppg) also sported double-digit averages.
Clarke leads this year's Commodores at 16.6 ppg, Foggie adds 15.1 ppg and Lister scores 12.3 ppg. Holzer was lost for the season due to a knee injury suffered during a preseason exhibition game against Alabama-Huntsville.
Crossing state lines
Georgia's roster features four Tennessee natives, while Vanderbilt's lineup includes four Georgia natives.
For the Commodores, Morgan Batey, Elan Brown and Tiffany Clarke are from metro Atlanta, and Jasmine Jenkins is from Gainesville.
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.
Landers earns win No. 900
Georgia's victory at Ole Miss on Feb. 24 represented the 900th win in Andy Landers' career as a collegiate head coach. Landers became just the fourth women's coach to reach that milestone, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell.
C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth coach to secure 900 wins two days after Landers did so.
Landers collected 82 "Ws" 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 has 818 wins at UGA.
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.
Hassell finishing career strong
Jasmine Hassell has played the best basketball of her career of late.
During the last six contests, the senior from Lebanon, Tenn., is averaging 15.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg.
After recording four double-doubles in her first 121 games as a Lady Bulldog, Hassell has notched four more in Georgia's next five games.
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 streak was the longest series 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 action 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.
She failed to post a double-double at Mississippi State, scoring six points and grabbing 12 boards.
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 29.9 mpg and on only 39 occasions in 29 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 11 contests.
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats" this season - on directly and one in an indirect manner.
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 618 points, 250 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 620 points off of turnovers, a +332 margin that is well over double opponents' 284.
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 contest with 1,358 points, 38 away from the current 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 1,289 points and is chasing Jasmine James for the No. 20 spot...starting tonight 69 away.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 962 points, 38 shy of 1,000 for her career.
Miller has 941 points, 59 from 1,000 that mark.
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 this season 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).