Lady Dogs take on ISU in NCAA Second Round

March 24, 2013

Georgia Lady Bulldogs (26-6, 12-4 SEC)
vs.
Iowa State Cyclones (24-8, 12-6 Big12)
Monday, March 25, 2013 - Tipoff Time: 9:50 p.m. (ET)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000), Spokane, Wash.
RANKINGS
Georgia: No. 14 AP, No. 13 USA Today/ESPN || Iowa State: No. 23 AP, No. 23 USA Today/ESPN
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Krista Donald

Lady Dogs take on ISU in NCAA Second Round

The No. 14-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs will face No. 23 Iowa State on Monday evening at 9:50 p.m. EDT in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play and Sean Farnhan serving as color analyst.

The winner will advance to next weekend's "Sweet 16" Regional round, which also will be contested in Spokane.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 26-6 with Saturday's 70-50 victory over Montana in the NCAA's opening round. Jasmine Hassell scored a game-high 16 points to lead Georgia, while Shacobia Barbee and Jasmine James added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Georgia is led by the aforementioned "All-SEC Jasmines" - the only Lady Bulldogs to start every game this season.

Hassell, a first-team All-SEC pick, paces the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) ppg, while James, a second-team All-SEC selection chips in 10.9 ppg and a team-best 3.7 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.

Iowa State is 24-8 on the season and defeated host Gonzaga, 72-60, on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor to lead the Cyclones. Hallie Christofferson added 18 points and Brynn Williamson scored 17.

Christofferson is Iowa State's leading scorer at 15.7 ppg. Poppens (13.3 ppg) and Anna Prins (11.9 ppg) also average double figures in the scoring column. Nikki Moody averages an eye-catching 7.5 apg.


Probable Starters

GEORGIA LADY BULLDOGS
Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG
G 10 Jasmine James 5-9 Sr. Memphis, Tenn. 10.9 3.3
G 11 Tiaria Griffin 5-7 Fr. Monticello, Miss. 7.1 2.9
G 20 Shacobia Barbee 5-10 Fr. Murfreesboro, Tenn. 6.6 5.8
F 3 Anne Marie Armstrong 6-3 Sr. Norcross, Ga. 6.9 4.9
F 12 Jasmine Hassell 6-2 Sr. Lebanon, Tenn. 13.0 6.4

#Assists Per Game

Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 821-274 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 903-295 / 38th season

IOWA STATE CYCLONES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG
G 4 Nikki Moody 5-8 So. Euless, Texas 8.4 3.6
G 22 Brynn Williamson 5-11 So. Kansas City, Mo. 8.5 4.6
F 5 Hallie Christofferson 6-3 Jr. Hamlin, Iowa 15.7 6.8
F 33 Chelsea Poppens 6-2 Sr. Aplington, Iowa 13.3 9.4
C 55 Anna Prins 6-7 Sr. Broomfield, Colo. 11.9 5.3

#Assists Per Game

Head Coach: Bill Fennelly
Record at Montana / Years: 396-181 (.686) 18th at ISU
Overall Record/Years: 562-234 (.706) 25th overall


Starting Five

  • UGA has earned its 30th all-time bid to the NCAAs, and its 19th consecutive
  • UGA has secured its secured its 28th 20-victory campaign and its 19th 25-win season under Andy Landers
  • Andy Landers became the fourth major college wbb coach to reach 900 career wins at Ole Miss on Feb. 24
  • UGA's "senior Jasmines" both were named All-SEC. Hassell was a first-team selection, while James was a second-team pick
  • In specialty stats, UGA is: +345 in points off TOs, +295 in paint points and +244 in bench points

Lady Dogs take on ISU in NCAAs

The No. 14-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs will face No. 23 Iowa State on Monday evening at 9:50 p.m. EDT in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play and Sean Farnhan serving as color analyst.

The winner will advance to next weekend's "Sweet 16" Regional round, which also will be contested in Spokane.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 26-6 with Saturday's 70-50 victory over Montana in the NCAA's opening round. Jasmine Hassell scored a game-high 16 points to lead Georgia, while Shacobia Barbee and Jasmine James added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Georgia is led by the aforementioned "All-SEC Jasmines" - the only Lady Bulldogs to start every game this season.

Hassell, a first-team All-SEC pick, paces the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) ppg, while James, a second-team All-SEC selection chips in 10.9 ppg and a team-best 3.7 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.

Iowa State is 24-8 on the season and defeated host Gonzaga, 72-60, on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea Poppens scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor to lead the Cyclones. Hallie Christofferson added 18 points and Brynn Williamson scored 17.

Christofferson is Iowa State's leading scorer at 15.7 ppg. Poppens (13.3 ppg) and Anna Prins (11.9 ppg) also average double figures in the scoring column. Nikki Moody averages an eye-catching 7.5 apg.

Keeping an eye on...entering the SEC Tournament:

Jasmine James is...

  • 67 points from No. 17 Tina Price
  • 3 assists from No. 9 Saudia Roundtree
  • 18 steals from No. 7 Janet Harris
  • 15 FGAs from No. 9 Katrina McClain
Jasmine Hassell is...
  • 29 points from No. 20 Camille Lowe
Khaalidah Miller is...
  • 7 3FGs from No. 5 Rachel Powell
  • 158 3FGAs from No. 2 K. Holland-Corn
  • 52 points from becoming UGA's 34th 1,000-point scorer
Anne Marie Armstrong is...
  • 22 blocks from No. 8 Porsha Phillips
  • 15 points from becoming UGA's 34th 1,000-point scorer

Series history against the Cyclones

Georgia is 2-0 all-time against Iowa State, with both victories coming in NCAA Tournament play.

The Lady Bulldogs topped the Cyclones 89-71 in the 1999 Mideast Regional Final in Cincinnati and 76-56 in the 2007 second round in Minneapolis.

In 1999, Regional MOP Kelly Miller poured a career-high 33 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to victory. Pam Irwin-Osbolt, the lone senior on Georgia's roster that season, also was named to the All-Regional team.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the game in impressive fashion, racing to a 31-10 lead with 7:20 left in the first half. After Georgia led 68-47 with 5:24 remaining, the Cyclones pulled within 76-66 at the 3:03 mark but never cut the margin to single digits.

In 2007, Georgia also opened the game extremely well, building a 20-2 lead over the first 6:39.

Tasha Humphrey led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points; however, Cori Chambers did much of the early damage, scoring all 18 of her points in the opening half.

Georgia's advantage topped out at 32 points and Iowa State never got closer than 17 points in the second stanza.

Georgia's NCAA résumé

The 2013 NCAAs represents Georgia's 30th bid to "March Madness" since women's athletics came under the auspices of the NCAA beginning with the 1981-82 season.

The Lady Bulldogs' tally of 30 NCAA bids ranks second nationally. And UGA has made the most of those opportunities. Georgia also is among the nation's top-5 programs in NCAA Tournament games played (81), NCAA wins (52), "Sweet 16s" (19) and Final Fours (5).

Make it 19 straight for UGA

Georgia has now received bids to each of the last 19 NCAA Tournaments, beginning with the Lady Bulldogs' 1994-95 Final Four season.

That represents the fourth longest active streak in the nation.

During that span, UGA has compiled a 35-18 (.660) record in NCAA play and advanced to:

  • 12 "Sweet 16s" (1995-96-97-99-00-03-04-05-06-07-10-11);
  • Six "Elite Eights" (1995-96-97-99-00-04);
  • Three Final Fours (1995-96-99);
  • The 1996 NCAA title game.
Updating UGA's career marks

Three Lady Bulldog seniors all moved up on career statistical leaders ledgers during Saturday's win over Montana.

At the opening tip, Jasmine Hassell registered her 131st game played at Georgia and moved to No. 8 among the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders. Hassell is tied with Sherill Baker (2002-06), Kelly Miller (1997-01) and Janet Harris (1981-85).

Against Iowa State, Hassell would move to No. 5 along with Megan Darrah (2004-08), Alexis Kendrick (2002-06) and Lisa O'Connor (1982-86).

Jasmine James' 11 points against the Lady Griz pushed her from No. 20 to No. 18 among UGA's career scoring leaders. James now has 1,398 points and passed Camille Lowe (1,396 points from 1989-93) and Lady Hardmon (1,397 points from 1988-92).

Against Iowa State, James should start for the 121st time as a Lady Bulldog. That would tie Coco Miller (1997-01) for No. 9 all-time at UGA.

Anne Marie Armstrong swatted four shots versus Montana, upping her career tally to 119. That tied her for No. 9 all-time in Lady Bulldog annals along with Tasha Humphrey (2004-08).

Hassell a beast in post-season

Jasmine Hassell's game-high 16 points against Montana continued an impressive post-season surge.

Including a pair of SEC Tournament games, Hassell is averaging 17.3 ppg while connecting on a blistering 21-of-33 (.636) shots from the floor.

A USA staff association

Georgia athletic trainer Shannon Becker and Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly were on the USA Basketball staff of the National Team that won the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China.

Go West...young woman

Georgia has a long history of trekking west for the NCAA Tournament. While the use of geographic names for Regionals was discontinued in 2005, this is what any second grader would consider the Lady Bulldogs' ninth assignment to a "West" Regional.

Officially Georgia was assigned to the West Regional of the bracket in 1985 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1990 (Stanford, Calif.), 1991 (Las Vegas, Nev.), 1993 (Missoula, Mont.), 1997 (Missoula, Mont.), 2000 (Portland, Ore.) and 2004 (Seattle, Wash.).

Since then, the Lady Dogs' unofficial assignments to the West came in 2010 (Sacramento, Calif.) and 2013 (Spokane, Wash.).

Georgia won the 1985 West Regional en route to an NCAA runner-up finish that season and reached the "Elite Eight" rounds of the West in 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2004.

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 averaging between 11.2 and 30.7 mpg and on only 46 times in 32 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 only 15 times.

Depth showing up elsewhere

Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats" - one directly and another indirectly.

The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 658 points (including 19 against Montana), 244 more than the opposing teams' reserves.

Georgia has scored 678 points off of turnovers (including 22 versus Montana, a +345 margin that more than doubles the opponents' 333.

Freshmen garnering PT

Georgia's freshmen have logged major "PT" from the get-go, contributing 49 minutes against Rutgers in the opener.

All told, freshmen have played 2,145 minutes, accounting for 33.5 percent of the Lady Bulldogs' total playing time, a mark that would be higher if Merritt Hempe had not missed four games with a foot injury.

A milestone in the making

Anne Marie Armstrong could become the third Georgia senior to reach 1,000 points. She enters the Iowa State game 15 shy of the millennium mark.

The Norcross, Ga., native would join Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell and make them the second trio of Lady Bulldog 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).

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