Lady Bulldogs To Take on Belmont Sunday
Nov. 17, 2012
Lady Bulldogs host Belmont
No. 10 Georgia continues a busy stretch of four games in seven days when the Lady Bulldogs host Belmont on Sunday afternoon. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a black 2012-13 Lady Bulldog schedule cup.
Georgia began its every-other-day schedule by defeating Presbyterian and S.C. State on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The Lady Bulldogs also will host Savannah State on Tuesday.
Georgia is 3-0 on the young season and looking to continue to build on the newfound depth on this year's roster. Nine Lady Bulldogs are averaging between 15.0 and 25.0 minutes per game on the young season.
The Bruins arrive in Athens with a 1-2 record. Alyssa Visbeen leads Belmont offensively at 14.3 ppg, while Vanderbilt transfer Jordan Coleman paces BU on the boards at 7.3 rpg.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Series history vs. the Bruins
Georgia won its only previous meeting with Belmont.
The Lady Bulldogs earned a 53-36 victory over the Bruins in a 2007 NCAA Tournament first-round contest in Minneapolis, Minn.
Georgia opened with an 11-0 run over the initial 2:33 and held a relatively comfortable lead most of the rest of the afternoon. Belmont did close to within 34-29 with 14:56 remaining, but the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 12-2 run to end any doubt.
Georgia went on to top Iowa State, 76-56, in the second round before falling to Purdue in the "Sweet 16" in Dallas.
Last time out...
Anne Marie Armstrong scored a game-high 14 points to lead No. 10 Georgia past S.C. State, 62-46, Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia took the lead 20 seconds into the game with a Shacobia Barbee layup. S.C. State answered with a jumper, to mark the only tie of the game.
With 6:22 remaining in the opening period, a free throw by Jasmine Hassell sparked a 10-0 Georgia run to close out the half and put the Lady Bulldogs up 29-15 at the intermission.
S.C. State pulled within nine three times in the second half, lastly at 50-41 with 6:40 remaining.
With 5:27 on the clock, S.C. State committed two simultaneous technical fouls, sending Armstrong to the free throw line for four shots. She connected on all four and put Georgia up 54-41.
Hassell's mom one of Bruins' best
Jasmine Hassell's mother, the former Gail Corder, is a prominent name throughout the Belmont women's basketball record book.
Corder played for the Bruins from 1981-84 and was Belmont's all-time scoring leader at the end of her career with 1,814 points. She still ranks No. 4 in career scoring, rebounding (942), field goals made (746), as well as No. 5 in field goal attempts (1,361) and free throw attempts (494); No. 8 in field goal percentage (.548) and free throws made (322); and No. 9 in blocks (90).
A familiar face on the Bruins' bench
Belmont head coach Brittney Ezell was a standout guard for Alabama during the late-90s.
Ezell was a four-year starting point guard for the Tide, helping lead Alabama to a combined 95-34 record and four consecutive NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" appearances from 1995-98. She ranks in the school's top-20 career scorers, with 1,022 points, and also is second all-time in career assists (620) and games started (114). Ezell was a second-team All-SEC selection in 1998 and was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 1996.
Landers closing in on 800 at UGA
Andy Landers enters today's game just three victories shy of securing his 800th win at Georgia.
Landers first chance to reach the milestone could come Tuesday against Savannah State. Ironically, Landers posted his 800th overall career win (including 82 victories at Roane State from 1975-79) with a 74-28 decision over Savannah State on Jan. 15, 2009.
Landers' tally of "Ws" in Athens now warrants expansion from just women's hoops to NCAA Division I basketball overall. The Lady Bulldogs' first - and still only - full-time women's basketball head coach, Landers will soon become the eighth coach - men's or women's - to secure 800 victories at a single Division I school as outlined below. Active coaches are in bold.
in the column below. Active coaches are in bold.
Division I Wins at One School
(through games on Nov. 17)
Freshmen garnering PT
Georgia's freshman class played significant minutes in the Lady Bulldogs' first three outings.
Freshmen logged 49 minutes of playing time against Rutgers, 98 MP versus Presbyterian and 93 against S.C. State.
All told, freshmen can claim 40.0 percent of the Lady Bulldogs' total playing time to date.
"We have a freshman class that's going to be able to help us; there's no question about that," Landers said following the season opener against Rutgers. "You saw glimpses of that today. They'll grow and mature as we move along and in another month or so they'll look totally different than today."
Injury ends Jones' career
Ebony Jones will not play during 2012-13 due to recurring issues with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in her left knee.
The senior from Cedar Hill, Texas, played in only one game (at Mercer) last season after injuring her knee during preseason practices.
For her career, Jones played in 36 games, with one start, and averaged 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.
Freshman starter sorority grows
Andy Landers' penchant for putting freshmen into the Lady Bulldogs' starting five has continued this season.
Against Rutgers, Shacobia Barbee became the 70th freshman to start for Georgia during Landers' 34 seasons in Athens...and the 22nd to get the nod for her collegiate debut.
Against S.C. State, Merritt Hempe joined her classmate to become the 71st freshman on that ledger.
Eight current Lady Bulldogs started as freshmen - seniors Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James; junior Khaalidah Miller; sophomores Krista Donald and Erika Ford; and freshmen Barbee and Hempe.
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