Georgia Remains in Spokane to Face Stanford
March 27, 2013
Georgia Remains in Spokane to Face Stanford
Rumors that the No. 14 Georgia Lady Bulldogs have established residency in Spokane, Wash., are unfounded. However, the Lady Bulldogs have become quite familiar with the city since arriving late PT on Wednesday, March 20.
Fourth-seeded Georgia dispatched 13th-seeded Montana, 70-50, last Saturday and then topped No. 23-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa State, 65-60, on Monday at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA's "Sweet 16" for the 20th time in 30 appearances in "March Madness."
Since this weekend's Regional action also will be contested in Spokane - 1.4 miles from the MAC at Spokane Arena - Georgia elected to remain in Eastern Washington instead of making the 2,000-mile trek to Athens for what would have amounted to approximately a 24-hour visit.
The Lady Bulldogs will now face No. 4-ranked and top-seeded Stanford at 9:04 p.m. EDT on Saturday evening. The nightcap will feature third-seeded Cal taking on sixth-seeded LSU in a second SEC-PAC 12 matchup at approximately 11:34 EDT.
The "All-SEC Jasmines" - the only players to start every game this season - lead Georgia.
Jasmine Hassell, a first-team All-SEC pick of league coaches and a second-team selection of the AP, paces Georgia in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Jasmine James, who was tabbed second-team and honorable mention All-SEC by coaches and the AP, respectively, chips in 10.8 ppg and a team-best 3.7 apg.
Shacobia Barbee, who was named to both the All-SEC Freshman and Defensive teams, leads the Lady Bulldogs in steals and is second in both rebounds and assists.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn., has stepped up her game in the post-season. In two NCAA Tournament games, Barbee is averaging a team-high 16.5 ppg while making 56.5 percent of her FGs.
Stanford rolled through its two opening-round NCAA foes - Tulsa (72-56) and Michigan (73-40) - to advance to its 20th "Sweet 16" as well.
PAC-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike leads the Cardinal with eye-popping averages of 22.3 ppg and 13.0 rpg. Joslyn Tinkle and Amber Orrange also contribute double-digit scoring averages at 11.9 ppg and 10.7 ppg, respectively.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Head Coach: Tara VanDerveer
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Georgia's NCAA résumé
The 2013 NCAAs represents Georgia's 30th trip 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 (83), NCAA wins (54), "Sweet 16s" (20) and Final Fours (5). T
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 36-18 (.667) record in NCAA play and advanced to:
Series history vs. the Regional
The Lady Bulldogs are 3-7 all-time against Stanford, 3-0 against Cal and 22-18 in matchups with LSU.
Saturday's game will mark the seventh NCAA matchup between the Lady Bulldogs and the Cardinal, with SU owning a 4-2 edge to date. Most recently, Stanford defeated Georgia in the "Sweet 16" round of the 2010 Sacramento Regional during the freshman campaigns of this year's senior classes.
Georgia beat Stanford in the second round of the 2000 NCAAs in Athens and in the semifinals of the 1996 Final Four in Charlotte, N.C.
The Cardinal's NCAA wins include the aforementioned 2010 decision, a 1997 "Elite Eight" date in Missoula, Mont.; a 1993 second-round contest at Stanford; and a 1991 "Elite Eight" contest in Las Vegas, Nev.
Georgia's wins over Cal include a victory in the semifinals of the 1981 WNIT Championship in Amarillo, Texas, and sweeping both ends of a home-and-home series contested during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 campaigns.
The Lady Bulldogs are obviously most familiar with SEC rival LSU. Georgia's record against the Lady Tigers includes a 6-4 mark in post-season play - 6-3 in the SEC Tourney and 0-1 in the NCAAs.
This season, Georgia christened LSU's impressive late-season surge to secure an NCAA bid. The Lady Tigers upset No. 9 UGA, 62-54, on Feb. 10 and have since won nine of their last 10 outings, including "Ws" over No. 7 Kentucky, No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 20 Green Bay and No. 8 Penn State.
LSU's only loss during the stretch was a 71-53 setback to the Lady Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tourney.
Staggering sidelines numbers
It would be difficult to find a list of all-time coaching leaders in women's basketball history without finding Georgia's Andy Landers and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer among the top-10.
Landers and VanDerveer, who both are in their 34th seasons at the Division I level, have been quite productive for their current employers. For UGA and SU, they have a combined...
Landers vs. VanDerveer
Tara VanDerveer possesses a 7-3 edge in all-time matchups with Andy Landers' teams. The Hall of Famers first faced on Dec. 29, 1984, VanDerveer's final campaign at Ohio State, when No. 6 Georgia earned a 58-57 win over the No. 9 Buckeyes.
Ranked matchups are a recurring theme in contests between Landers and VanDerveer. For four of the 10 dates, both teams have been ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll at game time. The only time Landers and VanDerveer have met when both teams were ranked was a 2000 NCAA Tournament game in Athens.
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.
Record numbers behind the arc
Georgia's tally of 12 three-pointers made and 30 attempts from three-point range against Iowa State represented the Lady Bulldogs' most ever in NCAA Tournament action.
Previously, UGA's NCAA three makes high was 10 versus Marist in 2012.
The Lady Bulldogs' top tally of three takes was 26 against Oklahoma State in a 2010 second-round contest.
Updating UGA's career marks
Three Lady Bulldog seniors all moved up on career statistical leaders ledgers during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Jasmine Hassell registered her 131st and 132nd games played at Georgia and moved to No. 5 among the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders. Hassell is tied with Megan Darrah (2004-08), Alexis Kendrick (2002-06) and Lisa O'Connor (1982-86).
Against Stanford, Hassell will move to a tie at No. 3 with Ashley Houts (2006-10) and Janese Hardrick (2003-07). FYI, Cori Chambers (2003-07) owns the UGA record for GPs at 135.
Jasmine James' 11 points against Montana pushed her from No. 20 to No. 18 among Georgia's career scoring leaders.
James now has 1,407 points and passed Camille Lowe (1,396 from 1989-93) and Lady Hardmon (1,397 from 1988-92) against the Lady Griz. She is 59 points shy of No. 17 Tina Price (1,466 between 1974-78).
James' five assists against Iowa State moved her past Saudia Roundtree to No. 9 at UGA with 423 dishes
Against Iowa State, James started for the 121st time as a Lady Bulldog. That tied Coco Miller (1997-01) for No. 9 all-time at UGA. Versus Stanford, a 122nd nod would move James up to a tie at No. 7 with Tasha Humphrey (2004-08) and Sherill Baker (2003-07).
Anne Marie Armstrong swatted four shots versus Montana, upping her career tally to 119 and tying No. 9 Humphrey all-time in UGA annals.
Armstrong recorded her 131st GP against Iowa State to move to No. 9 all-time in UGA annals. The Stanford game would push her to 6.
Hassell hits millennium
Jasmine Hassell scored her 1,000th career point against Savannah State, becoming the 33rd Lady Bulldog to reach that milestone.
Hassell now has 1,364 points and is chasing Camille Lowe for the No. 20 spot...starting the Stanford game 32 shy of that tally.
Our take on Landers' "career"
As Andy Landers approached his 900th win, the question came frequently.
"Hey, the NCAA Records Book says that Andy Landers only 795 career wins entering 2012-13. What gives?"
Georgia politely disagrees with the NCAA on 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 overall record as a collegiate head coach.
Conversely, the NCAA does not recognize Landers' wins at Roane State because it is not a four-year institution.
Therefore, the NCAA lists Landers' "career" record as only his coaching efforts at Georgia. "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.".
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong needs just two points against Stanford to become the third Georgia senior to reach the 1,000 career points.
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 UGA classmates with 1,000 points are the Class of 1997's La'Keshia Frett (1,850), Tracy Henderson (1,764) and Kedra Holland-Corn (1,566).
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 10.9 and 30.9 mpg and on only 49 occasions in 33 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 played 30 minutes or less in 17 contests.
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats" - one in a direct manner and another in an indirect fashion.
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 666 points, 249 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 684 points off of turnovers, a +347 margin that more than doubles the opponents' 337.
Lady Bulldogs secure 25th win
A March 8 win over LSU gave Georgia its 19th 25-win campaign during Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens.
This year's senior class also won 25 games as freshmen in 2009-10, when the Lady Bulldogs finished the season 25-9 overall.
Freshmen garnering PT
Georgia's freshmen have logged major "PT" from the get-go this season, contributing 49 minutes against Rutgers in the season opener.
All told, freshmen have played 2,208 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.
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