Lady Bulldogs Face First Road Foe in Georgia State
Nov. 30, 2013
Georgia faces first road foe
No. 22 Georgia faces Georgia State in the championship game of GSU's Thanksgiving Invitational on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. The contest will tip 30 minutes after the completion of the 12:30 p.m. consolation match-up between George Washington and Jacksonville State.
Sunday's game will be the Lady Bulldogs' first "road" outing of the 2013-14 season. Georgia christened its campaign with a perfect 6-0 homestand which included solid victories of traditional NCAA Tournament teams Ohio State and Georgia Tech before dispatching George Washington in Friday's opening round at GSU.
Tiaria Griffin leads a quartet of double-digit scoring averages for the Lady Bulldogs at 15.3 ppg. Atlanta native Khaalidah Miller (12.7 ppg), Alpharetta native Erika Ford (11.7 ppg) and Shacobia Barbee (11.0 ppg) also chip in points at a double-figure pace. Barbee is Georgia's top rebounder at 8.4 rpg.
Georgia State improved to 2-5 on the year with back-to-back victories over Belmont and Jacksonville State.
Kendra Long's 14.1 ppg scoring average tops the Panthers on the offensive end. No less than six more players averaged between 9.0 ppg and 6.4 ppg for State.
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Series history with the Panthers
Georgia owns a 16-10 lead in its all-time series with Georgia State, a ledger that Andy Landers has had a significant impact upon.
Georgia State won the first six match-ups from 1977-79 before Lander was hired as the Lady Bulldogs' first full-time head coach in April 1979. After the Panthers won four of the first five contests from 1979-82, Georgia has won 15 straight dates with the Panthers.
Georgia and Georgia State haven't met in just over a decade. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Panthers, 87-48, in the season opener of their 2003-04 "Elite Eight" campaign. Five Lady Bulldogs reached double-figures in the victory.
Last Time out...
Tiaria Griffin scored a game-high 19 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as Georgia secured a decisive 80-60 victory over George Washington at the GSU Sports Arena on Friday afternoon.
Griffin's point production was aided by her 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. In addition, Khaalidah Miller scored 14 points, Halle Washington added a career-high 12, Shacobia Barbee chipped in 11 and Erika Ford notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams traded buckets in the opening moments of the game before a Griffin 3-pointer at the 12:45 mark ignited an 18-2 run covering 6:59 that put Georgia 33-15.
At the under 8:00 media timeout with 7:39 left in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs were 13-of-16 from the field, a blistering 81.3 percent. Georgia was a perfect 10-of-10 on 2-point field goal attempts at that point.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half quickly as well, outscoring the Colonials 7-2 over the first 1:31 and forcing a quick George Washington timeout.
The lead eventually topped out at 31 points on a Griffin 3-point play with 5:58 left on the clock that made it 75-44.
Familiar faces on the GSU bench
Three members of the Georgia State staff - head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener and assistant coaches Adrienne Shuler and Jocelyn Wyatt - have ties to Lady Bulldog Basketball.
Baldwin-Tener both played for and coached the Lady Bulldogs. She transferred to UGA in 1988 following her sophomore year at Kennesaw State. In two seasons with the Lady Bulldogs, Baldwin-Tener started 31 of 57 games played and averaged 7.5 ppg. She helped Georgia to a 23-7 record and a No. 10 finish in 1988-89 and a 25-5 campaign and a No. 7 national finish in 1989-90.
Baldwin-Tener was an assistant coach from 1991-98 and helped recruit players who led the Lady Bulldogs to a 1996 NCAA runner-up finish; the 1995, 1996 and 1999 Final Fours; the 1996, 1997 and 2000 SEC Championships; and the 2001 SEC Tournament.
Shuler started 95 of 118 games played for the Lady Bulldogs from 1987-91. During that span, Georgia compiled a 97-26 record and posted four top-10 finishes. As a senior, Shuler helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-4 finish, the SEC title and the NCAA "Elite Eight."
Shuler shares Georgia's single-game records for free throw percentage (11-of-11 vs. Tennessee on Jan. 28, 1991), assists (14 vs. Florida State on Jan. 31, 1991) and steals (10 vs. Howard on Feb. 22, 1989). Among the UGA's career leaders, she ranks No. 4 in both assists (553) and steals (308).
Wyatt was a graduate assistant manager at Georgia for two seasons from 2006-08.
Lady Bulldogs hit "Magic Number"
Georgia scored a season-high 80 points against George Washington and improved perhaps the greatest statistical indicator other than wins and losses in the process.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 426-6 when scoring 80 or more points during Andy Landers' 35 seasons in Athens. That equates to a winning percentage of 98.611111111.
Miller tops millennium, moves up more
Khaalidah Miller became Lady Bulldog Basketball's 35th 1,000-point scorer during the Nov. 19 victory over Furman. She has since moved up to No. 33 among Georgia's career scoring leaders.
The Atlanta native used a 20-point performance against Georgia Tech to pass former teammate Anne Marie Armstrong into No. 34.
Miller supplanted Saudia Roundtree at No. 33 during the George Washington game.
Miller now has 1047 points for the Lady Bulldogs and enters the Georgia State contest 17 points away from No. 32 Megan Darrah.
Georgia State Tourney history
This weekend's Georgia State Thanksgiving Invitational marks Georgia's fourth holiday tournament appearance at the Atlanta school.
The Lady Bulldogs won the 1986 Southern Invitational and the 1993 and 1994 ISES Invitationals hosted by Georgia State.
Freshman Starter sorority grows
Andy Landers has continued his long-standing penchant for putting freshman starters on the floor.
Sydnei McCaskill got the nod to against Presbyterian in the season opener to become the 73rd freshman to start for the Lady Bulldogs during Landers' 35 seasons in Athens and the 23rd to do so in her collegiate debut.
Halle Washington became No. 74 on the freshman starter ledger against S.C. State.
McCaskill not only started but played all 40 minutes. She and Coco Miller are the only two freshmen in Lady Bulldog history to start their debut and play all 40 minutes.
Now eight current Lady Bulldogs - senior Khaalidah Miller; juniors Erika Ford and Krista Donald; sophomores Shacobia Barbee, Tiaria Griffin and Merritt Hempe; and McCaskill and Washington - all started as freshmen. Barbee is one of the 23 to start an opener.
Now up to 503 weeks ranked
Since 1981-82, the Lady Bulldogs have been included in 503 of 578 polls, or 87.0 percent of those released. Georgia also has made 268 top-10 appearances, 46.4 percent of polls during that span.
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