2008-09 Women's Basketball History
FINAL RECORDS: Overall: 18-14; SEC: 7-7; Home: 10-3; Away: 4-9; Neutral: 4-2
Georgia enjoys fruitful campaign
The 2008-09 campaign may have fallen a couple notches shy of the traditional performance of Lady Bulldog Basketball; however, the achievements during the winter months were numerous and worthy indeed.
When the dust settled following the season, the University of Georgia and head coach Andy Landers had certainly helped further cement their status among national leaders.
Georgia earned a spot in the bracket of the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in 28 editions of "March Madness" since the NCAA took over staging of the intercollegiate event in 1982.
In the process, UGA moved into sole possession of the No. 2 position on the NCAA Tournament's leaders' ledger for all-time bids. Traditional national powers Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion both missed this year's tournament and remained stuck on 25 invites.
All told, the Lady Bulldogs - all under Andy Landers - have now reached 26 of 28 NCAA Tournaments (92.9 percent). Georgia has advanced to 17 of 27 "Sweet 16s" (63.0 percent), 10 of 27 "Elite Eights" (37.0 percent) and five of 27 Final Fours (18.5 percent).
Lady Dogs secure 750th victory
Georgia continues winning record string
The Lady Bulldogs guaranteed their 30th straight winning record with the victory at Kentucky on Feb. 26.
Georgia is one of only four schools to finish better than .500 during each of the 28 seasons since women's basketball first came under NCAA guidance with the 1981-82 season. Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Wisconsin-Green Bay are the other three.
Andy Landers has coached the Lady Bulldogs to all 30 winning seasons, the second-longest streak among Division I mentors.
Landers notches 800th career "W"
Andy Landers became the fifth Division I women's hoops coach to record 800 wins with a Jan. 15 victory over Savannah State.
Pat Summitt was the first coach to achieve the milestone and was then successively joined by Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell, who notched her 800th "W" just five days before Landers.
Landers reached the exclusive "800 Club" in 1052 games, the second-fastest progression. Summitt did so in 961 contests, with Conradt taking 1,062 games, Stringer using 1,064 contests and Hatchell utilizing 1,074 dates.
Juniors Ashley Houts and Angel Robinson were tabbed All-SEC in balloting of league coaches and the Associated Press. Both players were named second-team All-SEC by coaches, while Houts was a second-team pick and Robinson was an honorable mention selection by the media panelists.
Houts led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring (12.0 ppg), free throw percentage (.779), assists (4.7 apg), steals (2.2 spg) and minutes played (and SEC-best 37.7 mpg).
Robinson was second on the team in scoring at 11.5. She led the SEC in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and topped Georgia in field goal percentage (.555) and blocks (2.2 bpg).
The Engergizer Bulldog keeps going...
Ashley Houts played all 40 minutes in 21 of 32 games during 2008-09 - not to mention a pair of "40-" games vs. Vanderbilt in Athens and against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament when she played all but six seconds of each.
The junior from Trenton, Ga., led the SEC in minutes at 37.6 and broke her own Georgia record for average MP of 36.8 mpg established the previous season.
In 2008-09, Houts mpg average jumped to 39.9 in SEC play where she played at but 67.6 seconds in 14 regular-season games. During her three seasons in Athens, Houts has now played 1638 of a possible 1685 minutes in 42 SEC regular-season games...all but 47 MP or 97.2 percent of the time.
Yet another freshman gets the nod
Meredith Mitchell notched her first career start against Savannah State, becoming the 62nd freshman to start for Andy Landers at Georgia.
Unranked for first time in a while
The last time the Lady Bulldogs were not ranked in the Associated Press pre-season women's basketball poll Jimmy Carter was still in the White House.
The initial 1980-81 edition of the AP poll was released on Nov. 25,
1980...just months before Ronald Reagan would take up residence on
The following fall, Georgia was No. 12 at the opening the 1981-82 season, which also represented UGA's first-ever AP ranking of any kind.
Upstart Andy Landers had just begun to make some noise in Athens, leading Georgia to the 1981 WNIT Championship and landing Chicago native Janet Harris, the top-ranked prep prospect in the country.
Since then, Georgia has been a mainstay in the polls. The Lady Bulldogs had been ranked in 27 straight pre-season polls, including 21 times in the top 10.
That changed when this year's pre-season poll was announced on Nov. 1 and the Lady Bulldogs were in the No. 32 position among the teams receiving votes.
Georgia was included in the pre-season edition of the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. However, the Lady Bulldogs dropped from No. 23 to outside the top-25 on Nov. 24. That represented first week without the Lady Bulldogs in a national poll in nearly six years. Georgia last wasn't ranked during the week of Jan. 13, 2003.