Lady Bulldog Game Notes: UGA vs. Georgetown
Nov. 25, 2011
Date: Saturday, November 26
Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. MT
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Arena: Cox Pavilion (2,500)
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-play
* First meeting ever between UGA and Georgetown
* UGA is 29-10 all-time against teams currently in the Big East
* UGA won the 2008 Round-up by defeating Cal State Fullerton and Eastern Washington
Georgia faces second ranked foe
No. 10 Georgia returns to action after a six-day break from competition when the Lady Bulldogs face No. 21 Georgetown on Saturday in the opening round of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-up. UGA and GU will tip off at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, following the opening contest between host UNLV versus Northeastern at 4 p.m. ET.
Though the Lady Bulldogs haven't played in nearly a week, the storyline surrounding the contest between the Lady Bulldogs and Hoyas is similar to that of last Sunday's date between UGA and Southern Cal - a pair of ranked teams looking for an early-season résumé-building victory.
The Lady Bulldogs are 4-0 to date, obtaining a quartet of victories in a span of just 10 days. Georgetown is 3-2 on the year, suffering setbacks to ranked foes Maryland and LSU.
First meeting with the Hoyas...
Saturday's contest will be the first-ever meeting between the Lady Bulldogs and the Hoyas.
Georgia has compiled a 29-10 record against teams currently competing with the Hoyas in the Big East Conference. The Lady Bulldogs are: 5-0 vs. Cincinnati, 1-3 vs. Connecticut, 2-2 vs. DePaul, 2-0 vs. Louisville, 1-1 vs. Marquette, 2-1 vs. Notre Dame, 1-0 vs. Pittsburgh, 8-3 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. St. John's, 4-0 vs. South Florida, 1-0 vs. Syracuse and 1-0 vs. Villanova.
...but familiar with their coach
Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was an assistant coach on Andy Landers' staff from 1997-2002. During that span, UGA made six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances including reaching the 1999 Final Four. Georgia also won the 1997 and 2000 SEC Championships and the 2001 SEC Tournament.
A native of Hampton, Va., Williams-Flournoy had a peripheral tie to Lady Bulldog Basketball when she arrived in Athens. She played at Pheobus High School, the alma mater of La'Keshia Frett Meredith, Georgia's current director of basketball operations.
Frett Meredith, a two-time All-American at Georgia, was a senior during Williams-Flournoy's first season at UGA.
Last Time Out...
Meredith Mitchell put up a career-high 21 points and notched five rebounds as the No. 12 Georgia defeated No. 23 Southern Cal, 67-60, Sunday afternoon.
"I thought our kids were well prepared," Andy Landers said. "(Assistant) Coach (Cameron) Newbauer did a great job of getting the information we needed and getting it to the team in a way they could understand. I thought we were the aggressive team and most of the time, the aggressive will win it."
After heading into the locker room with a 26-19 lead, the Lady Bulldogs started the second period with a 14-2 run and never looked back.
Khaalidah Miller tied her season high with 17 points, her fourth double-digit scoring effort this season. Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell led Georgia on the boards with nine rebounds each. James also had seven points and six assists, while Hassell added nine points to her season-high rebounding effort.
Mitchell stellar against USC
Meredith Mitchell, the lone senior on the Lady Bulldogs' roster, exploded for a career-high 21 points against No. 23 Southern Cal.
Mitchell keyed an early run that put Georgia in control. She scored 10 in a first-half span of 6:23 as the Lady Bulldogs pushed a four-point edge to 14.
"The great thing about Meredith's performance was that it was all within reason," Andy Landers said. "I didn't think one of her shots was ill-conceived. They were the shots I wanted her to take. She was driving the baseline, pulling up on the boards and then coming off of two screens she made a three. It was good day, about as good as it gets."
James earns SEC honor
Jasmine James was named SEC Player of the Week by the league office in Birmingham on Nov. 21 after averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals during a trio of Lady Bulldog victories during the previous seven days.
James scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor in Georgia's 68-49 win over Georgia Southern on Nov. 15. On Nov. 17, she flirted with a triple-double with game-high tallies of 17 points, seven assists and six steals - while also grabbing eight rebounds - in a 73-48 victory over College of Charleston. James led the Lady Bulldogs with nine rebounds and six assists and played all 40 minutes in a 67-60 win over No. 23 Southern Cal on Nov. 20.
The recognition represents the sixth weekly honor during James' two-plus seasons in Athens. As a freshman in 2009-10, she was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week a league-record five times.
"J.J." flirting with triple-double
Jasmine James flirted with a triple-double in two of the first three games of the season.
Against TCU, James scored 14 points, dished out nine assists and collected eight steals.
Versus College of Charleston, James notched 17 points, eight reoubnds, seven assists and six steals.
"To put up those kind of numbers, you not only have to play well, you have to play hard," Andy Landers said. "J.J. hasn't just played well, she's played extremely hard for extended minutes. She's been very impressive."