Dec. 3, 2011
UGA vs. GT Game Notes The BasicsDate:
Sunday, December 4Tipoff:
2:00 p.m. ETLocation:
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)TV:
CSS Matt Stewart - play-by-play; Maria Taylor - colorRadio:
* Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens and 103.7 FM from Gainesville) Jeff Dantzler - play-by-playSeries:
* UGA leads 29-4 all-time. GT won the last meeting 69-53 on 12/5/10 in Atlanta
* UGA leads 12-0 in Athens, including a 56-50 win on 12/6/09
Lady Bulldogs host Tech
Georgia hosts intrastate rival Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The contest will be televised by CSS, one of 13 regular-season Lady Bulldog games slated to air on TV during the 2011-12 season. Matt Stewart and former Lady Bulldog letterwinner Maria Taylor will serve as the broadcast team.
Both UGA and GT are off to solid starts this season.
The Lady Bulldogs are 6-1 and ranked No. 14 and No. 15 in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches and Associated Press polls, respectively. The Yellow Jackets are 5-2 overall, with both setbacks coming to ranked opposition.
Series history with the Jackets
The Lady Bulldogs are are 29-4 all-time against Georgia Tech, including a 12-0 mark in Athens.
Georgia won the first 24 meetings in the series from 1975-2001 - and generally by a wide margin - before the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 65-61 upset at Philips Arena on Dec. 27, 2002.
A year ago in Atlanta, Ty Marshall's game-high 20 points led Georgia Tech to a 69-53 victory. The Jackets used a late first-half surge to gain a lead they never relinquished in the second stanza.
In the most recent matchup in Athens two seasons ago, Georgia rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to secure a 56-50 win. Porsha Phillips' game-high 14 points led the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 8-0 en route to a school-record 16-0 start to the 2009-10 season.
Quoting Coach Landers
On facing Georgia Tech...
"Georgia Tech is a team that has been in the NCAA Tournament on a regular basis, a team that has finished in the upper echelon of the ACC and a team that has already been ranked this season. You're talking about a quality opponent, a strength of schedule opponent and rpi opponent. This is one of those games that the NCAA (selection) committee looks at at the end of the year so it's an important game."
Last Time Out...
Jasmine James notched 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and four steals as No. 15 Georgia beat South Caroline State, 85-48, Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
"I'm proud of our team for the way it shot the ball," Andy Landers. "We shot very well from the floor and the best we've shot from the free throw line this season. We did some things that were good and we did some things we'd like to have do-overs on. We left a couple of fast-break layups on the table tonight. We left a couple of chip shots underneath out there."
Georgia started the game with a dominant 16-0 run in the first 6:38 and never looked back.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 18 of their first-half points by connecting on 60 percent from behind the three-point line.
After S.C. State trimmed the lead to 40-29 lead at halftime, the Lady Bulldogs quickly doubled their advantage in just 4:24 minutes with a 15-2 run.
In all, four Lady Bulldogs had double-digit scoring efforts. Jasmine Hassell and Khaalidah Miller scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Erika Ford recorded her second consecutive double-digit scoring effort with 10 points.
A sneak peek at some Madness
If the past half-decade is an indicator, Sunday's game will feature a pair of teams whose seasons will continue into NCAA Tournament play.
For decades, Georgia almost exclusively carried the battle flag for the Peach State into the "Big Dance." Georgia ranks No. 2 nationally in NCAA Tournament bids (28) and also ranks No. 3 in "Sweet 16s" (19) and No. 5 in both NCAA victories (52) and Final Fours (5).
Georgia Tech appeared in just two NCAA Tourneys from 1982-2006 but has earned bids to each of the last five editions of "March Madness."
A balanced attack
Six different Lady Bulldogs have led Georgia offensively this season.
Jasmine James has paced Georgia a team-best three times - against College of Charleston, Georgetown (shared honors with Khaalidah Miller) and S.C. State. Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine Hassell, Erika Ford, Khaalidah Miller and Meredith Mitchell also have led the Lady Bulldogs on the offensive end.
Lady Bulldogs hit "magic number"
Georgia has furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport three times this season.
The Lady Bulldogs put up 83 points against TCU, 81 versus Northeastern and 85 against S.C. State...and in the process improved to 428-7 when scoring 80 or more points during Andy Landers' 33 seasons in Athens.
That converts to an almost unfathomable winning percentage of .983908045.
Freshman starters sorority grows
Krista Donald and Erika Ford added their names to an impressive list of first-year Lady Bulldogs to start for Andy Landers on Nov. 27 against Northeastern. Donald and Ford became the 68th and 69th freshmen to get the nod in Landers' 33 seasons at UGA.
Ford certainly made the most of her opportunity, posting game- and career-high tallies of 18 points and seven rebounds. Donald chipped in seven points (on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor), five rebounds and a team-best four assists.
"I thought they played very well," Landers said. "I thought Ford was great defensively and very good offensively...same thing with Donald."
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. It was good day, about as good as it gets."
James earns SEC honor
Jasmine James was named SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 21.
James averaged 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals during a trio victories the previous week.
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 for James. As a freshman in 2009-10, she was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week a league-record five times.
Lady Bulldogs on TV 13 times
Thirteen Georgia games - including 10 of 16 Southeastern Conference dates - will be televised during the 2011-12 season.
"We've been fortunate to be one of the most televised programs in the nation over the years and are excited that we'll have a double-digit number of our SEC games on TV this season," Andy Landers said. "Television is a tremendous way to expose our program and brand of basketball, even more so now that being televised means most of those games generally show up on the internet and can be seen worldwide."
Television did dictate the change in originally announced game times for three SEC road dates - at Auburn is now at 2 p.m. ET, at Vanderbilt is now at 9 p.m. ET and at Florida is now at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Lady Bulldogs have appeared on TV more than 350 times all-time over the past 30 seasons.
School records of 15 regular-season games and 20 overall outings were televised last season.
Peach State products on display
Ten players in this afternoon's intrastate showdown are native Georgians - five from Georgia and five from Georgia Tech.
Lady Bulldogs Anne Marie Armstrong (Norcross), Brittney Crews (Jefferson), Erika Ford (Alapharetta), Khaalidah Miller (Atlanta) and Tamika Willis (College Park) are playing for their state school.
For Georgia Tech, Mo Bennett (Statesboro), Metra Walthour (Hinesville), LaQuananisha Adams (Hinesville), Sydney Wallace (Johns Creek) and Jasmine Blain (Atlanta) are from the Peach State.