Nov. 27, 2012
Lady Bulldogs Return to Stegeman
No. 8 Georgia hosts Furman on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. following a successful trip to Albuquerque last weekend for the University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs dispatched St. Bonaventure, a 2012 "Sweet 16" team, by 36 points and then steamrolled previously undefeated New Mexico by 30 in the championship. Those wins improved Georgia to 7-0 and upped the Lady Bulldogs' average margin of victory to 26.4 points per game.
Jasmine James was tabbed the tourney's Most Valuable Player after posting game-high tallies of 17 points, six steals and five assists in the win, while Jasmine Hassell also earned a spot on the all-tournament squad.
Hassell (12.4 pgg) and James (10.7 ppg) both average double figures for a deep UGA roster. To date, nine Lady Bulldogs are averaging between 16.4 and 23.9 minutes per game, and James' 33 minutes against Rutgers is the most playing time by a Georgia player this season.
|GEORGIA LADY BULLDOGS|
|G||10||Jasmine James||5-9||Sr.||Memphis, Tn.||10.7||2.7#|
|G||1||Khaalidah Miller||5-9||Jr.||Atlanta, Ga.||8.1||3.7|
|G||20||Shacobia Barbee||5-10||Fr.||Murfreesboro, Tn.||3.9||4.7|
|F||13||Merritt Hempe||6-2||Fr.||Fredericksburg, Va.||6.3||5.4|
|F||12||Jasmine Hassell||6-2||Sr.||Lebanon, Tn.||12.4||6.1|
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 802-268 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 884-289 / 38th season
- UGA looks for its ninth 8-0 start during Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens
- Georgia is 8-0 all-time against Furman, including a 4-0 mark in Athens
- Three Wesleyan Lady Wolves are in action tonight, with UGA 's Anne Marie Armstrong and Kaelyn Causwell taking on Furman's Holli Wilkins
- Jasmine James was MVP of University of New Mexico's Thanksgiving Tourney last weekend
- Three freshmen have started for UGA this season and first-year players have accounted for 43.0 percent of the Lady Bulldogs' minutes played
Series History With Furman
The Lady Bulldogs own a perfect 8-0 all-time record against Furman, including a quartet of victories over the Paladins in Athens.
Anne Marie Armstrong's 19 points led four double-digit Lady Bulldogs as No. 17 Georgia rolled past the Furman Paladins, 83-58, last Dec. 28.
A complete box score from that outing - as well as game-by-game results in the series - can be found on Page 3 of these Game Notes.
Erika Ford scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds to record her first career double-double. Jasmine Hassell and Meredith Mitchell rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Armstrong also notched seven rebounds, three blocks and four steals. The Lady Bulldogs blocked six shots, a team season high.
"A couple of times tonight, Anne Marie reminded me of Larry Bird," Landers said. "She has crazy size, point guard and forward skills and passes it well because of the way she sees the floor. She played super tonight."
Last Time Out...
Jasmine James scored 17 points, grabbed six steals and dished out five assists to lead No. 8 Georgia to a 72-42 victory over New Mexico in the championship game of the Lobos' Thanksgiving Tournament before 6,509 at The Pit last Saturday.
James was named the event's MVP and was joined on the all-tourney team by Jasmine Hassell, who scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor.
"The entire team played very, very well, but I'm so happy for Jasmine James," Andy Landers said. "This is a kid who's been hurt, beat up, overplayed the past few years. Now, in her senior year she is enjoying herself and playing well and playing with people who play well with her."
A steal and layup by Shacobia Barbee ignited a 10-0 Lady Bulldog run that put Georgia up 14-4. That theme continued throughout the first half as UGA converted seven steals into easy buckets on the other end.
The lead reached 20 points at 34-14 with 3:09 remaining in the period and grew to 30 on a Hempe layup less than three minutes into the second half.
The Lady Bulldogs held New Mexico to 29.4 percent shooting from the field.
"We were pretty good defensively," Landers said. "(New Mexico) is a good offensive team. They shoot the ball 30-40 percent from the three. For us to come out and hundcuff them was impressive."
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 all 40 minutes of a game a combined 25 times.
This season, the Lady Bulldogs' newfound depth - largely due to the addition of five freshmen - is allowing more equal distribution of playing time.
Nine Georgia players are averaging between 16.4 and 23.9 minutes played. Jasmine James leads the Lady Bulldogs in minutes played. By contrast, James played 24 minutes or more in 86 of 91 games played during her first three seasons at UGA.
Freshman Garnering PT
Georgia's quartet of freshmen has logged significant minutes for the Lady Bulldogs from the get-go during the 2012-13 campaign.
All told, freshmen have played 602 minutes this season, accounting for 43.0 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."