The Lady Bulldogs entered the 2009-10 campaign with a theme of "change" on their mind. Georgia, one of the nation's premier programs since the early-80s, hadn't lived up to those lofty standards of late.
"Where we've been lately from a competitive standpoint and from a success standpoint isn't where we want to be," Andy Landers said in the pre-season. "Expectations run high for myself. I know that we haven't met my expectations.
"I think sometimes, if a guy's a millionaire, he doesn't think about going down to the bank and taking out $50 or $500 or $50,000. The thing is full of money as far as he's concerned," Landers said. "In the past four or five years...the investment and the deposits haven't been made. But we've continued to live like millionaires. We just keep making withdrawals. That's not the way this works."
So the youthful Lady Bulldogs - with more freshman on the roster (six) than returning letterwinners (five) - invested themselves into returning UGA to its glory days. What resulted was an enjoyable and memorable winter indeed. Most experts expected Georgia to experience some growing pains at the season's onset. What resulted was a school-record 16-0 start that was equally impressive in its quality as its quantity. Included in that stretch were victories over six teams included in the NCAA bracket - Oklahoma, Chattanooga, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Kentucky.
Georgia was 18-1 following a victory over Tennessee but then dropped six of its next eight outings. The Lady Bulldogs then finished the season strong, winning three of their last four regular-season dates and advancing to the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament.
Second-most ranked team ever
The March 1 edition of the Associated Press poll included a quiet but significant shift among two of the nation's powerhouse programs. As confirmed by AP women's hoops guru Mel Greenberg, the Lady Bulldogs moved past Louisiana Tech to become the second-most ranked team in the history of the AP poll. At that point, Georgia had been included in 448 weekly editions of the rankings, one more than the Lady Techsters.
"First of all, to be the second-most ranked basketball team in America...ever...according to the Associated Press, means there's only one team that has been consistently in the top-25 more than you have," Andy Landers said. "That's a great statement on behalf of the present team and all those former teams and players who have ever played at the University of Georgia."
Georgia earned its first-ever AP ranking in the pre-season poll prior to the 1981-82 campaign, five seasons after the poll originally began.
Landers notches No. 750 at UGA
Andy Landers notched his 750th victory at the University of Georgia with the Lady Bulldogs thrilling OT victory over Oklahoma State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Landers became the sixth women's basketball head coach to secure 750 victories at four-year institutions and only the third to secure 750 "Ws" at a single school.
Seniors make their marks
Ashley Houts and Angel Robinson completed their collegiate careers in 2009-10 but their legacies will live on in Lady Bulldog annals. Houts, who earned All-America recognition from the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Full Court Press, logged more playing time than any other player in the history of Lady Bulldog Basketball - 4,768 minutes to be exact. Among UGA's career leaders, she also ranks No. 14 in points (1,514), No. 3 in assists (565), No. 3 in steals (264), No. 3 in starts (130), No. 3 in games played (133), No. 3 in free throws made (439), No. 5 in free throw attempts (555), No. 6 in three-point attempts (452) and No. 8 in threepoint field goals (145).
Robinson, who became the first Georgia player to lead the SEC in rebounding in two decades as a junior, finished her career at No. 25 in points (1,188), No. 5 in rebounds (982) and No. 4 in blocked shots (213). Georgia's third senior, Christy Marshall, suffered a torn ACL in her right knee just before the opening of fall practices and was unable to compete in her final season in Athens.
"JJ" ties SEC record for FOW awards
Jasmine James was tabbed as the SEC's Freshman of the Week on March 1 and in the process equaled the league record by earning the honor five times during the 2009-10 season. The Memphis native tied the mark shared by Candace Parker of Tennessee, Angie Bjorklund of Tennessee and Ciera Ricketts of Arkansas.
Winning seasons keep on coming
Georgia easily extended its streak of consecutive winning seasons to 31 years, a string that also coincides with Andy Landers being named the Lady Bulldogs first - and still only - fulltime head coach.
The win over Oklahoma State supplied the Lady Bulldogs with their 25th victory during the 2009-10 season. Georgia has now won 25 or more games 17 times under Landers.
The Lady Bulldogs collected their 20th victory of the season against Alabama, representing the 25th 20-win effort on Landers' watch.
A perfect non-conference run
Georgia put a bow on its run through the non-conference slate at Savannah State. The Lady Bulldogs posted just their fourth perfect non-conference regular-season mark ever.
Trio joins freshman starter sorority
During the first five games the season, Jasmine James (Chattanooga), Jasmine Hassell (Alabama State) and Anne Marie Armstrong (Texas A&M-CC) became the 63rd, 64th and 65th freshmen, respsetively, to earn a starting nod for Andy Landers at Georgia.
Record amount of tube time
Nineteen Lady Bulldog games were televised in 2009-10, equaling their most TV appearances ever in 2006-07. Fourteen regular-season games were televised, which also matched 2006-07 for the most in Georgia history