Lady Bulldogs Host Lipscomb Tuesday Night
Dec. 16, 2013
Lady Bulldogs Host Lipscomb
No. 16 Georgia wraps up the pre-holiday portion of its 2013-14 home slate on Tuesday evening when the Lady Bulldogs host Lipscomb at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia is 10-0 on the year, equaling the eighth-best start in the program's history and representing the Lady Bulldogs' 20th double-digit win streak all-time. UGA opened the year with a six-game homestand from before winning Georgia State's Thanksgiving Invitational. After an 11-day break from games during Finals, the Lady Bulldogs bested Belmont last Thursday and Kennesaw State on Sunday.
Tiaria Griffin leads a quartet of double-digit scoring averages for the Lady Bulldogs at 15.4 ppg. Khaalidah Miller (11.7 ppg), Shacobia Barbee (10.8 ppg) and Erika Ford (10.8 ppg) also chip in points at a double-figure pace. Barbee is Georgia's top rebounder at 8.8 rpg.
Lipscomb improved to 2-5 with an 86-76 win at Jacksonville State on Sunday.
Ashley Southern sports eye-popping averages of 15.6 ppg and 13.7 rpg. Former Florida Gator Chandler Cooper averages 16.2 ppg, while Sara Bliss chips in 13.1 ppg. Danay Fothergill scored 19 points in her first outing of the season against Jacksonville State.
Keeping an eye on...entering today's game:
Khaalidah Miller is...
Quoting Coach Landers
On his team's performance against Kennesaw state... "We shared the ball on a night when anybody could have gotten shots. That's discipline and teamwork and caring about your teammates, I was really pleased with that. We defended from the beginning to the end; there wasn't any drop in defense as we got closer to the end of the game or at any other point. We continued to defend the way we needed to defend. (It was) an overall good game on a day when we could have lost our discipline and gone in the wrong direction. But we stayed the course and did what we needed to do and did it well."
On the challenges Lipscomb presents... "Lipscomb presents a different kind of challenge than most of the teams we have faced. They run a motion-oriented offense, set numerous screens and make a lot of cuts. They're not a team that you can easily prepare for from a defensive perspective. They have good shooters on the perimeter and have a '5' (Ashley Southern) who is playing lights out and who can play face up so she's a difficult match-up. They'll play a four-guard lineup most of the time, and they have just added a new player (Danay Fothergill) to the lineup who got 19 points on her first time out."
Series History against Lipscomb
Georgia won its first-ever meeting with Lipscomb in impressive fashion 366 days ago. The Lady Bulldogs bested the Lady Bisons 93-42 in their most decisive victory of the season.
Georgia boasted an evenly distributed offense, as four Lady Bulldogs put up what were then season-high scoring efforts. Jasmine James and Tiaria Griffin both scored 18 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong notched 15 and Shacobia Barbee tallied 13.
James scored six points as Georgia sailed to a 14-0 lead and led by double figures the rest of the way. Layups on back-to-back Georgia possessions sparked a 17-1 run to end the opening half with Georgia up 49-22.
The Lady Bulldogs started the second stanza strong as well, with a 20-4 spurt that put them up 69-26.
Last Time out...
No. 16 Georgia used an early 16-2 burst and suffocating defense to pull clear of Kennesaw State early and never looked back en route a 91-32 win on Sunday.
Georgia opened the game with a Krista Donald lay-up to begin a 16-2 run in the first 8:19.
The Owls struggled to control Hempe in the low post early on. She collected 10 points by going 3-of-5 on field goals and 4-of-4 on free throws in the first 7:30 of the game. Hempe eventually outscored the Owls as a team, 14-11, in the first half.
After Kennesaw State closed the gap to 29 points, the Lady Bulldogs accelerated on a 25-0 run from the 15:30 to the 8:17 marks of the second half.
Barbee familiar with Lipscomb's Wild
Shacobia Barbee enjoyed a homecoming of sorts last Thursday when the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Belmont. Barbee is from Murfreesboro, Tenn., less than 30 minutes from the Bruins' campus in Nashville.
The staff of Lipscomb, another Nashville university, includes assistant coach John Wild, Barbee's coach at Riverdale High School during her junior and senior seasons.
Barbee starred at Riverdale from 2008-12, helping the Lady Warriors to the 2010 Tennessee Class AAA state title under coach Hillary Hodges. Wild then replaced Hodges as the Lady Warriors' head coach. Riverdale won another state championship in 2012 following a runner-up showing in 2011. The Lady Warriors finished ranked No. 5 nationally during Barbee's senior year and No. 27 during her junior season.
Barbee was tabbed Tennessee's Miss Basketball for Class AAA as both a junior and a senior and was named The Tennessean's Midstate Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2012, she was named the all-sports Female Athlete of the Year by the Nashville Sports Council.
UGA equals eighth-best start
The Lady Bulldogs' 10-0 start equals the 1985-86 SEC Championship team for the eighth-best start in the program's history as outlined below.
Lady Bulldogs' Best Starts ever
Make it 20 double-digit streaks
Georgia's 10-0 start also has supplied the 20th 10-game winning streak in the history of Lady Bulldog Basketball.
Georgia's longest string of success covered 20 games by that same 1985-86 squad when Lady Bulldogs defeated No. 4 Long Beach State on New Year's Eve and didn't lose again until the NCAA "Sweet 16."
Lady Bulldogs hit "Magic Number"
Georgia scored 80 points against George Washington, 81 at Belmont and 91 versus Kennesaw State...and in the process improved perhaps the greatest statistical indicator other than wins and losses.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 428-6 when scoring 80 or more points during Andy Landers' 35 seasons in Athens. That equates to a winning percentage of 98.6175115.
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.
The Atlanta native has since moved up to No. 32 among Georgia's career scoring leaders.
Miller used a 20-point performance against Georgia Tech to pass Anne Marie Armstrong at No. 34, supplanted 1996 National Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree at No. 33 during the George Washington game and inched past Megan Darrah to No. 32 versus Kennesaw State..
Miller now has 1075 points for Georgia and enters the Lipscomb contest 18 points away from No. 31 Kara Braxton.
Hempe outscores Owls In first half
Merritt Hempe bettered not only her career high with 14 first-half points against Kennesaw State, she also outscored the Owls as a team, 14-11, in the opening period.
Hempe collected 10 points in the first 7:30 of the game by going 3-of-5 on field goals and 4-of-4 on free throws. She bettered her previous career high - 13 points against both Mercer and Belmont this season - at the 1:42 mark of the first half and scored more points (14) than minutes played (13) in the half.
Hempe saw limited action in the second stanza and finished with 18 points in just 19 minutes of playing time.
Lady Bulldogs efficient on offense
Georgia entered the Belmont game shooting a respectable 40.3 percent from the field in its first eight games.
The Lady Bulldogs then connected on a season-best 58.2 percent against Belmont and followed that with a 48.6 percent effort versus Kennesaw State.
The combined 52.8 (67-of-127) field goal performances against the Bruins and the Owls raised Georgia's season percentage to 42.8.
Freshman Starter sorority grows
Andy Landers has continued his long-standing penchant of starting freshmen during the 2013-14 campaign.
Sydnei McCaskill got the nod 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.
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.
Halle Washington became No. 74 on the freshman starter ledger against S.C. State.
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 506 weeks ranked
Since 1981-82, the Lady Bulldogs have been included in 506 of 582 weekly Associated Press polls, or 86.9 percent of those released.
Of those weeks, Georgia was featured in the top-10 of 268 polls, 46.0 percent of the rankings released during that span.
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