Landers looks for Historic Victory Against Savannah State Tuesday
Nov. 19, 2012
Landers looks for historic victory
No. 10 Georgia wraps a busy homestand of five games in 10 days to open the 2012-13 season when the Lady Bulldogs host Savannah State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. UGA has defeated Rutgers, Presbyterian, S.C. State and Belmont since last Sunday.
The contest provides Andy Landers with the opportunity to join an extremely elite list of coaches. Landers enters the game just one victory shy of securing his 800th win at Georgia.
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.
"That's an elite list of really special people," Landers said after being read the company who will soon keep. "I respect and admire each of them, but to be grouped or associated with them is not even part of my thought process. Those are extraordinary coaches...obviously some of the greatest that our game has ever known."
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Scouting Savannah State
Savannah State arrives in Athens with a 1-1 record, defeating Columbia College in its opener before falling to South Carolina last Thursday.
Guard Ezinne Kalu and forward Andrietta Thomas lead the Lady Tigers' offensively, averaging 17.5 and 12.5 points per game, respectively. Erin Hogue's 7.0 rebounds per game paces Savannah State on the boards.
Series history vs. Savannah State
Georgia is 5-0 all-time against Savannah State, including an 80-45 decision in the most recent matchup on Dec. 30, 2009, in Savannah.
The Lady Bulldogs raced to a 27-3 lead less than nine minutes in en route to what represented the 13th "W" in the Lady Bulldogs' best-ever 16-0 start to a season in 2009-10.
A trio of then-freshmen led the Lady Bulldogs to victory. Jasmine Hassell and Anne Marie Armstrong scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Jasmine James dished out seven assists and collected seven steals.
Georgia began the contest with a quick 6-0 run. The Lady Bulldogs continued their onslaught to eventually build a 24-point lead with 11:36 remaining in the first half.
In the most recent meeting in Athens, Georgia secured a 74-28 win on Jan. 15, 2009 that represented Andy Landers' 800th overall career win as a collegiate head coach.
Last time out...
Jasmine Hassell put up season-high numbers of 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Georgia to victory over Belmont, 70-38, on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
"We had our season-high assists and our season-low turnovers today, so the kids really did a good job with the basketball with passing and catching and getting it to the right people at the right time," Andy Landers said. "I was encouraged not just by how they got it inside to our post players, but what happened once they got it in there. Hassell went to work and (Kaelyn) Causwell really did a nice job inside." Hassell's performance marked Georgia's first double-double of the season.
After Belmont scored the first points of the game, Georgia cruised to a double-digit lead with a 19-0 run that lasted nine minutes.
The Bruins sank their second basket of the game with 9:05 on the clock, before Hassell sparked a 12-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs, which brought the score to 31-4.
Belmont opened the second period strong, sinking two treys in the first minute of play, but it was too little too late, as Georgia maintained a lead of at least 24 points throughout the remainder of the game.
Hassell 10 shy of 1,000
Jasmine Hassell enters the Savannah State game 10 points shy of becoming Lady Bulldog Basketball's 33rd 1,000-point career scorer.
The former McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American from Wilson Central High in Lebanon, Tenn., scored 211 and 327 points as a freshman and sophomore, respectively.
A year ago, Hassell was Georgia's leading scorer at 13.0 ppg (402 points total). She produced more double-digit outings as a junior (23) than she did in 68 games played during her first two seasons combined (20) in Athens.
Hassell is averaging a team-best 12.5 ppg through the Lady Bulldogs' first four games this season, reaching double figures in three of the first four outings.
Three seniors should reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Playing time being distributed
A year ago, six Lady Bulldogs earned the vast majority of Georgia's playing time, averaging between 20.0 and 34.5 minutes per game. All told, five different players logged 40 minutes of playing time a combined 25 times.
This season, Andy Landers is utilizing his team's depth - largely due to the addition of five freshmen - to distribute Georgia's playing time on a much more equal basis.
Through four games, nine Georgia players are averaging between 16.0 and 24.0 minutes per game. The most minutes played this season is Jasmine James' 33 against Rutgers in the season opener. In the Belmont win, 10 Lady Bulldogs logged between 17 and 22 minutes of action.
Freshmen garnering PT
Georgia's freshman class played significant minutes in the Lady Bulldogs' first four outings. They logged 49 minutes of playing time against Rutgers, 98 MP versus Presbyterian, 93 against S.C. State and 95 in the Belmont game.
All told, freshmen can claim 41.9 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."
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