Lady Bulldogs Open SEC Tournament Play Vs. LSU
March 6, 2013
Lady Bulldogs Open Postseason Play
No. 12 Georgia will make the short trek down either I-85 or Georgia 316 - bus driver's choice because they're both around 60-minute journeys - to compete in the SEC Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center this weekend.
The Lady Bulldogs are 24-5 overall and finished SEC play at 12-4 to earn the tournament's No. 3 seed. On Friday at approximately 8:30 p.m., Georgia will face No. 6 seed LSU who defeated No. 11 seed Auburn, 65-62. The contest will be televised on SportSouth, with Dave Baker calling the play-by-play and former Lady Bulldog Maria Taylor serving as color analyst.
Georgia is led by the "All-SEC Jasmines" - the only players on the roster to start every game this season. First-team All-SEC pick Jasmine Hassell paces the team in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) ppg, while second-team All-SEC selection Jasmine James chips in 11.0 ppg and a team-best 3.8 apg.
Freshman Shacobia Barbee, who was named to both the All-SEC Freshman and Defensive teams, leads Georgia in steals and is second in both rebounds and assists.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
Quoting Coach Landers
Keeping an eye on...entering the SEC Tournament:
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UGA's SEC Tournament history
The Lady Bulldogs sport a 43-29 (.597) all-time record in Southeastern Conference Tournament action.
Georgia has won four SEC Tournament titles, doing so in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001.
The Lady Bulldogs are a No. 3 seed for the ninth time, including being the No. 3 seed from the SEC East in 1983. Georgia also was the No. 3 seed 1989, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2012. The Lady Bulldogs won the 1983 and 2001 SEC Tournament titles from the No. 3 slot in the bracket.
In 1983 in Knoxville, Georgia dispatched three top-20 teams in as many days - No. 19 LSU, No. 8 Tennessee and No. 15 Ole Miss - to capture its first-ever SEC title. That squad also became UGA's first Final Four team.
In 2001 in Memphis, the Lady Bulldogs topped Ole Miss, Arkansas and No. 15 Vanderbilt (on Kelly Miller's buzzer-beater with 0.8 of a second remaining) to win the SEC crown.
Georgia is 21-10 in quarterfinal round games of the SEC Tournament.
UGA's record versus each league school in SEC Tournament play can be found below.
UGA vs. SEC Tourney Foes
Series history with the Lady Tigers
Georgia is 21-18 overall against LSU, including a 5-3 mark in SEC Tournament competition.
On Feb. 10 this season, Jasmine Hassell posted her second consecutive double-double; however, LSU defeated No. 9 Georgia, 62-54, in Baton Rouge.
Hassell scored a game-high 18 points and tied what was then her career high with 12 boards.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by six with 15:15 left before an 8-0 run that put Georgia up 40-38. LSU responded much in the same fashion, with an 8-0 spurt that made it 46-40 just 1:47 later.
Georgia pulled within one or two points five times over the next 6:05 but never regained the lead. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 53-52 with 1:47 remaining when a Theresa Plaisance jumper in the lane started a 9-2 LSU run over the final 1:33 to secure the upset.
In the most recent SEC Tourney matchup in the 2005 semifinals, top-seeded LSU pulled away late from fourth-seeded Georgia to win 79-65.
LSU led 67-65 with 5:02 left before scoring the game's final 12 points - largely due to going 8-of-8 from the line.
Seimone Augustus scored 22 points and Tameka Johnson dished out 17 assists to lead the top-ranked Tigers. Tasha Humphrey's 33 points paced the Lady Bulldogs.
Series history with the Tigers
Georgia owns a 25-16 lead in the all-time series with Auburn; however, the Tigers possess a 3-2 edge in SEC Tournament matchups.
On Feb. 7, No. 9 Georgia used a 61-58 win over Auburn to secure the 28th 20-win season in program history
The Lady Bulldogs used an 12-1 surge to go up 19-7 and another 9-0 run soon thereafter gave Georgia its largest lead of the game at 30-15.
Auburn whittled the lead to 42-41 early in the second half and then tied the game twice, lastly at 53-53. Georgia pulled ahead 60-55 with 11 ticks left before the Tigers hit a long three with four seconds remaining. Barbee connected one of two free throws, and time ran out before Auburn could attempt a potential game-tying shot.
The Lady Bulldogs last faced Auburn in the SEC Tourney in the 1997 quarterfinals, when the ninth-seeded Tigers upset top-seeded UGA, 75-47.
Auburn raced to an early 14-2 lead, led 41-23 at halftime and held Georgia to its lowest scoring output of the year.
Tiffany Krantz led four Tigers in double figures with 24 points, while Kedra Holland-Corn paced UGA with 11.
Auburn, which defeated No. 8 seed Ole Miss in the first round, went on to top No. 5 seed Tennessee and No. 3 seed Florida to become the lowest seed ever to win the SEC Tourney.
Staff associations with either foe
There will be close associations with the opposing staff whether Georgia plays LSU or Auburn on Friday evening.
Georgia associate head coach Joni Crenshaw was an assistant coach at LSU during the 2010-11 season.
Lady Bulldog graduate assistant manager Katherine Graham played for the Lady Tigers from 2007-11. She is the only player in LSU history to record a triple-double in SEC play and was a member of the SEC's All-Defensive team in 2011.
At Auburn, first-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was an assistant coach on Andy Landers' staff for six seasons from 1996-2002.
During that span, UGA made six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 1999 Final Four. Georgia also won the 1997 and 2000 SEC Championship and the 2001 SEC Tournament.
Former Lady Bulldog Sherill Baker - also known as the "Queen of Thieves" - is Auburn's Director of Basketball Services. Baker started 122 of 131 games played from 2002-06 and tallied 1,665 points, which is No. 10 all-time at UGA.
Baker scored many of those points in the same fashion...with steals and layups. She holds UGA and SEC single-season and career records for takeaways with 149 and 426, respectively.
In addition, former Lady Bulldog graduate assistant manager Danielle Bell is the Tigers' Director of Basketball Operations. She spent the previous two seasons in Athens after playing for former UGA associate head coach Michael Shafer at Richmond.
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 as outlined below.
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 819 wins at UGA.
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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 approached his 900th career win, the question came much more frequently.
"Hey, the NCAA Records Book says that Andy Landers only had 795 career victories entering the 2012-13 season. 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.
After recording four double-doubles in her first 121 games as a Lady Bulldog, Hassell has notched four more in Georgia's last seven regular-season games.
During that stretch, the senior from Lebanon, Tenn., averaged 15.4 ppg and 9.9 rpg.
Hassell's became the first Lady Bulldog to have three straight double-doubles in league play in nearly five years.
Hassell did so with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance against Auburn. She then had a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds at LSU. Hassell followed that with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Florida.
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.
She did pick up another double-double at Ole Miss, scoring 23 points (a career-best in SEC play) and grabbing 10 boards at Oxford.
Barbee earns SEC honor
Shacobia Barbee was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 25, a day 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.
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.
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 12.0 and 30.2 mpg and on only 41 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 12 times. James has seen more action of late, logging 40 minutes in four of the last seven games.
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats" this season - directly and indirectly.
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 628 points, 250 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 634 points off of turnovers, a +334 margin that is well over double opponents' 300.
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 the SEC Tournament with 1,368 points, 28 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 1,305 points and is chasing Jasmine James for the No. 20 spot...starting tonight 63 away.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 964 points, 36 shy of 1,000 for her career. Miller has 943 points, 57 from 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).