March 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia seniors Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James were named first- and second-team All-SEC, respectively, in balloting of coaches released by the league office on Tuesday. In addition, Shacobia Barbee was named to both the SEC's All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams.
Hassell, a 6-2 forward from Lebanon, Tenn., leads Georgia and ranks among SEC leaders in scoring (15th at 12.6 ppg), rebounding (15th at 6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (2nd at .532). She also paces Georgia in double-digit scoring games (20), double-figure rebound efforts (five), 20-point games (four) and double-doubles (five).
"Jas has had a great year," head coach Andy Landers said. "I would have been disappointed if she had not earned first-team all-conference honors. She's had that kind of impact in the league this year. She's been tremendous offensively, defensively and in every way. She's played like a seasoned, skilled veteran."
James, a 5-9 guard from Memphis, Tenn., averages 11.0 ppg, which ranks 28th among league leaders. In addition, she ranks No. 5 in steals (2.5 spg), No. 9 in assist-to-TO ratio (1.4) and No. 11 in assists (3.8 apg). James is currently No. 20 among the Lady Bulldogs' career scoring leaders (1,368 points) and ranks No. 8 in steals (258) and No. 9 in both assists (409) and games started (117).
"I don't think J.J. gets enough credit for all the things that she does that go unnoticed," Landers said. "She does a lot of things that a lot of people don't want to do. She takes charges and sacrifices herself defensively. She's a great assist person and a terrific playmaker. She's an excellent leader. She's earned the respect of the coaches throughout our league over the past four years."
Barbee, a 5-10 guard/forward from Murfreesboro, Tenn., became the 70th (of now 72) freshmen to start for the Lady Bulldogs under Andy Landers. Barbee has started 28 of 29 games and leads the team in steals and ranks second in both assists and rebounds. Overall, she is averaging 6.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg, with five double-digit scoring games, two double-figure rebound outputs and a double-double at Arkansas.
"I'm not surprised that Shacobia is on the all-freshman team," Landers said. "She's been a huge part, an important part of what our basketball team has been able to do this season. That coaches around the league have recognized her efforts defensively even though she's a freshman is really spectacular and a great compliment to her and her unselfish ways."
Georgia finished the regular season 24-5 overall and 12-4 in SEC play. The Lady Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed for this weekend's SEC Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. On Friday night at 8:30 p.m., Georgia will face the winner of Thursday's game between No. 6 seed LSU and No. 11 seed Auburn.