Lady Bulldogs To Take on Belmont Sunday
Jasmine James

Nov. 17, 2012

Georgia Bulldogs (3-0, 0-0) vs. Belmont Bruins (1-2, 0-0)
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Tipoff Time: 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Stegeman Coliseum - Athens, Ga.
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Jasmine James

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.

Probable Starters

Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG
G 10 Jasmine James 5-9 Sr. Memphis, Tn. 6.2 2.3
G 31 Erika Ford 5-9 So. Alpharetta, Ga. 9.0 4.0
G 20 Shacobia Barbee 5-10 Fr. Murfreesboro, Tn. 3.0 4.3
F 13 Merritt Hempe 6-2 Fr. Fredericksburg, Va. 6.0 5.7
F 12 Jasmine Hassell 6-2 Sr. Lebanon, Tn. 11.0 5.7

#Assists Per Game

Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 798-268 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 880-289 / 38th season

Starting Five

  • Andy Landers is now just two wins shy of his 800th victory at Georgia...and becoming the eighth basketball coach with 800 Ws at one Division I school
  • Georgia is 1-0 all-time against Belmont, with only meeting coming the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tourney
  • Shacobia Barbee and Merritt Hempe have become the 70th and 71st freshmen to start for UGA under Andy Landers
  • Jasmine Hassell is 27 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points
  • Freshmen have accounted for 40.0 percent of UGA's minutes played

Keeping an eye on...Entering the Belmont game:

Andy Landers is...

  • 2 wins shy of his 800th victory at UGA
  • 20 wins shy of his 900th career victory
Jasmine James is...
  • 23 points from No. 29 Kara Braxton among UGA's career leaders
Khaalidah Miller is...
  • 8 3FGs from co-No. 10s Coco Miller and Pam Irwin-Osbolt among UGA's career leaders
Jasmine Hassell is...
  • 27 points shy of becoming UGA's 33rd 1,000-point career scorer
Anne Marie Armstrong is...
  • 14 blocks from No. 10 Wanda Holloway among UGA's career leaders

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.

Christy Marshall scored 11 points to lead Georgia, while Ashley Houts chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals.

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.

Erika Ford also put up double-digit points with 10 and recorded a game-high four steals, and Merritt Hempe notched a team-high nine rebounds while scoring seven points.

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)

Rk.Coach, SchoolWins
1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee 1098
2. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 891
3. Dean Smith, North Carolina 879
4. Adolph Rupp, Kentucky 876
5. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 856
6. Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary's 830
7. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut 805
8. Andy Landers, Georgia 798
9. Jody Conradt, Texas 783
10. Robin Selvig, Montana 775

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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