Lady Bulldogs travel to The Pit
Nov. 21, 2012
Lady Bulldogs travel to The Pit
No. 8 Georgia will return to action this Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. ET when the Lady Bulldogs take on Saint Bonaventure in the opening round of the University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tournament at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Lady Bulldogs are 5-0 on the young season, dispatching a quartet of opponents in a span of just 10 days by an impressive 23.8 points per game.
Senior Jasmine Hassell, who scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday's win over Savannah State, is the lone double-digit scorer on a deep Georgia roster at 12.8 ppg.
To date, nine Lady Bulldogs are averaging between 16.4 and 23.6 minutes per game, and Jasmine James' 33 minutes against Rutgers is the largest portion of playing time by a Georgia player this season.
By contrast, last season four Georgia players averaged more than 30 MP per game, and five different Lady Bulldogs combined to play all 40 minutes 25 times.
Saint Bonaventure, which advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" last season, is 3-1 to date. Doris Ortega leads the Bonnies offensively at 11.3 ppg and also averages 7.3 rpg, while Alaina Walker chips in 10.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
Quoting Coach Landers
On his impressions of UGA's performance in its first five games... I've been impressed with how consistent we've been in our effort and our ability to play just a bit better each time out. As far as things to work on, there isn't any one thing. There are a lot of things. We've made a list of three or four items from each game from staying intense off the ball to footwork when we're trapping. We'll continue to work on those, but I like where we're at and we have a long time to improve."
A pair of first-time foes ahead
Friday's matchup will be the Lady Bulldogs' first-ever with the Bonnies. In addition, Saturday's contest with either New Mexico or North Texas will represent the initial meeting with that school as well.
The Pit a special place for UGA
While the Lady Bulldogs have never faced anyone in the UNM Thanksgiving Tournament field, the event will mark UGA Basketball's fourth trip to The Pit...and the second for the Lady Bulldogs.
In 1983, the Bulldog men played in the Final Four at The Pit. In UGA's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the Dogs topped VCU in the round of 32 and then topped St. John's and North Carolina at the East Regional in Syracuse, N.Y., to advance to the Final Four.
There, the Bulldogs lost 67-60 to an N.C. State team that went on to top Houston and win the national title. The 1983 tournament marked the first time in NCAA history that a school sent both its men's and women's teams to the Final Four in the same season as the Lady Bulldogs advance to the Final Four in Norfolk, Va.
The Bulldogs returned to The Pit in the 1996 NCAAs and defeated Clemson and No. 1 seed Purdue in the first and second rounds, respectively, to advance to the "Sweet 16" in Denver. Georgia then fell to Syracuse in overtime.
The Lady Bulldogs made their first appearance in The Pit in a 2003 NCAA "Sweet 16" game, falling to No. 1 seed Duke, 66-63.
The injury-ridden Lady Bulldogs, with only eight players in uniform, built an 11-point advantage on two occasions in the first half before going into the locker room with a 32-28 edge at intermission.
Georgia led for more than 10 minutes in the second half before the Blue Devils edged ahead for good.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled within three with 42 ticks left on the clock and regained possession with 11.7 seconds remaining following a shot clock violation by Duke but failed to capitalize on the final possession.
Georgia had five players put up double-digit points and junior Christi Thomas notched her ninth double-double of the season.
Last time out...
The No. 8 Georgia Lady Bulldogs recorded their highest score in five years in beating Savannah State, 94-57, and celebrating head coach Andy Landers' 800th win at UGA on Tuesday night.
The last time the Lady Bulldogs scored more than 94 points was Dec. 17, 2007, when Georgia defeated Mercer 102-45.
Georgia was highlighted by three double-digit scorers, with Jasmine James putting up a season-high 18 points, Jasmine Hassell recording 14 and Tiaria Griffin also having a season-high performance of 15 points.
Georgia jumped to an early lead with a 19-4 run to open the game and never looked back. A 17-2 surge later in the period increased the margin to 40-15.
Georgia's largest lead of the game of 38 points occurred three times, the first of which was with 5:15 left.
Landers secures No. 800 at UGA
Tuesday's victory over Savannah State represented Andy Landers' 800th win at Georgia...and placed the Lady Bulldogs' head coach on a list with some of the greatest coaching names of all time.
The Lady Bulldogs' first - and still only - full-time women's basketball head coach, Landers became 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 list. "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."
Division I Wins at One School
(through games on Nov. 20)
Hassell tops 1,000 vs. Savannah St.
Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points against Savannah State and in the process became Lady Bulldog Basketball's 33rd 1,000-point career scorer. She reached the milestone with two free throws with 11:36 left in the game.
The former McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American from Wilson Central High in Lebanon, Tenn., has developed consistently throughout her four seasons in Athens.
Hassell scored 211 as a freshman, improved to 327 points as a sophomore and bumped that up to 402 as a junior. She was Georgia's leading scorer last season at 13.0 ppg and 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 12.8 ppg this season and has reached double figures in four of the first five outings.
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 a combined 25 times.
This season, the Lady Bulldogs' new-found depth - largely due to the addition of five freshmen - is allowing more equal distribution of playing time.
Nine Georgia players are currently averaging between 16.4 and 23.6 minutes played per game. The most minutes played in a single game this season is Jasmine James' 33 against Rutgers in the season opener.
Freshmen garnering PT
Georgia's five-player freshman class has logged significant minutes for the Lady Bulldogs during their first five outings of 2012-13.
Freshmen played 49 minutes against Rutgers, 98 MP versus Presbyterian, 93 against S.C. State, 95 in the Belmont game and 88 versus Savannah State
All told, freshmen can claim 42.3 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."
James climbs list...more to come
With a season-high 18 points against Savannah State, Jasmine James moved from No. 29 among the Lady Bulldogs' career scoring leaders.
James enters this weekend's games in New Mexico with 1,097 points in a Lady Bulldog uniform and could ascend higher on the aforementioned ledger while in Albuquerque.
James is 14 points away from the current No. 28 mark of 1,111 points by Pam Irwin-Osbolt from 1995-99, 18 shy of the No. 27 tally of 1,115 by Carla Green from 1985-89 and 21 off the pace of No. 26 Cynthia Collins, who scored 1,118 points from 1980-84.
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