Dec. 18, 2012
Georgia Concludes Pre-Holiday Slate
No. 6 Georgia wraps up the pre-holiday portion of the 2012-13 campaign on Wednesday evening when it faces TCU in Fort Worth. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. CENTRAL and will air regionally on FOX Sports Southwest and nationally on the FOX College Sports Channel.
Georgia is 11-0 and one of only eight undefeated teams remaining in the nation. The Lady Bulldogs sport a gaudy +27.3 average margin of victory that ranks No. 4 nationally. Jasmine Hassell (12.3 pgg) and Jasmine James (11.6 ppg) both average double figures for a deep UGA roster.
The biggest story line to date, however, has been the Lady Bulldogs' depth. A year ago, four Georgia players averaged more than 30 mpg and five different Lady Bulldogs combined to notch 25 40-minute outings.
This season, nine Lady Bulldogs are averaging between 16.6 and 23.6 minutes per game and James' 33 minutes against Rutgers is the most PT by a Georgia player this season.
TCU is 5-3 and coming off a Sunday victory over Sam Houston State. The Horned Frogs' lineup features a trio of double-digit scorers -- Zahna Medley (15.5 ppg), Natalie Ventress (14.6 ppg) and Kamy Cole (10.3 ppg).
#Assists Per Game
Head Coach: Andy Landers
Record at Georgia / Years: 806-268 / 34th season
Overall Record/Years: 888-289 / 38th season
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#Assists Per Game
281-143 (.663) 14th at TCU
432-202 (.680) 21st overall
· UGA looks for its sixth 12-0 start during Andy Landers' 34 seasons at UGA
· UGA is one of only eight remaining undefeated Division I teams entering this week
· UGA is 5-1 all-time versus TCU, including 2-0 at Daniel-Mayer Coliseum. Two years ago, Anne Marie Armstrong's buzzer-beating 3 lifted UGA to victory in Fort Worth.
· A victory would equal the 12th-longest win streak in school history
· UGA is ranked in the top-10 nationally in five team stats and Jasmine James is No. 3 in assist-to-TOs
Keeping an eye on...entering the Lipscomb game:
Andy Landers is...
- 12 wins shy of his 900th career victory
- 10 points from No. 23 Angel Robinson among UGA's career leaders
- 7 steals from No. 10 Bernadette Locke among UGA's career leaders
- 18 points from No. 30 Kara Braxton among UGA's career leaders
Anne Marie Armstrong
- 4 3FGs from No. 9 Alexis Kendrick among UGA's career leaders
- 6 3FGAs from No. 9 Pam Irwin-Osbolt among UGA's career leaders
- 7 blocks from No. 10 Wanda Holloway among UGA's career leaders
- 141 points points shy of becoming UGA's 34th 1,000-point career scorer
Series History With TCU
Georgia owns a 5-1 lead in its all-time series with TCU, including a 2-0 mark in Forth Worth.
Anne Marie Armstrong posted career highs of 22 points, eight rebounds and five steals as No. 13 Georgia defeated the TCU, 83-60, last year's season opener in Athens.
Georgia both started and finished the game strong. The Lady Bulldogs opened with a 10-2 run in the first 3:30 and never relinquished the lead. TCU was within nine at 66-57 with 5:00 left before the Lady Bulldogs closed out the contest on a 14-3 surge.
Georgia used a balanced attack en route to victory.
Khaalidah Miller scored 17 points, largely due to knocking down five three-pointers. Jasmine James flirted with a "triple-double" with 14 points, nine assists and eight steals. Meredith Mitchell notched her fourth career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In the most recent matchup in Fort Worth two season's ago, Armstrong canned a 25-foot three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to lift Georgia to a 60-57 victory. The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Horned Frogs 7-0 in the final 1:06 to secure the "W."
Last time out...
The No. 6 Georgia Lady Bulldogs bettered their largest margin of victory this season in defeating Lipscomb, 93-42, Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia boasted an evenly distributed offense, as four Lady Bulldogs put up season-high scoring efforts.
Jasmine James and Tiaria Griffin both scored 18 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong notched 15 and Shacobia Barbee tallied 13.
Georgia used a six-point run by James to sail to a 14-0 lead and led by no less than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Lady Bisons attempted to get back into the game with a 9-2 surge that closed the gap to 32-21. However, layups on back-to-back Georgia possessions sparked a 17-1 run to end the period.
The Lady Bulldogs started the second stanza strong as well, with a 20-4 run that put them up 69-26.
Longer Line Produced Record 3's
The foot added to the distance for the three-point shot in women's basketball -- from 19-feet, 9-inches to 20-feet, 9-inches -- at the start of the 2011-12 season didn't seem to concern Georgia or TCU a year ago.
The Lady Bulldogs tied their school record for successful shots from behind the arc by knocking down 13 treys against TCU. That equaled the baker's dozen Georgia also made against Florida on Jan. 29, 1997 and versus Georgia State on Jan. 24, 1990.
TCU was hot as well and hit 11 threes.
Of starts and streaks...
The Lady Bulldogs' 11-0 record equals their sixth-best start ever and represents the 19th double-digit win streak in the program's history.
With a win over TCU, Georgia would equal the 1994-95 Final Four season for the fifth-best opening to a campaign and also would match the 12th-longest string of success in the Lady Bulldogs' record books along with the 1994-95 and 1986-87 teams.
Georgia's best-ever opening was a 16-0 beginning to the 2008-09 season, which was the freshman year of the current senior class.
The Lady Bulldogs' longest winning streak ever is a 20-game effort that stretched from New Year's Eve 1985 through the 1986 "Sweet 16."
Only 8 Remain Undefeated
Georgia is one of just eight remaining undefeated Division I women's basketball teams during the 2012-13 season.
With 11 victories, the Lady Bulldogs were the nation's winningest team entering this week. The others undefeated teams were: Dayton (10-0), South Carolina (10-0), Colorado (9-0), Stanford (9-0), Duke (8-0), Connecticut (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0).
Lady Bulldogs hit "magic number"
Georgia has furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport four times this season.
The Lady Bulldogs put up 80 or more points against Savannah State, St. Bonaventure, Furman and Mercer...and in the process improved to 423-6 when reaching the 80-point plateau under Andy Landers.
That converts to an almost unfathomable winning percentage of .986013986.
It also highlights the fact that Georgia has scored more than 80 points in over 50 percent of Landers' victories with the Lady Bulldogs.
UGA, James Top-10 Statistically
The Lady Bulldogs are among the nation's top-10 teams in five stats.
Georgia is currently No. 2 in turnover margin (+11.9), No. 4 in scoring defense (45.2), scoring margin (+29.5) and assist-to-TO ratio (1.33) and No. 7 in steals per game (14.5).
In addition, Jasmine James ranks No. 3 nationally in assist-to-TOs at a sterling 3.4 ratio.
Hassell hits millennium as well
Jasmine Hassell scored her 1,000th career point against Savannah State.
Hassell became the 33rd UGA player to reach that plateau. She has since moved past Saudia Roundtree and Megan Darrah into the No. 31 position.
The former McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American from Wilson Central High in Lebanon, Tenn., has developed consistently throughout her career. She scored 211 (6.2 ppg) as a freshman, improved to 327 (9.6 ppg) points as a sophomore and bumped that up to a team-high 402 (13.0 ppg) as a junior.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong needs 141 points to become the third member of Georgia's senior class to reach 1,000.
Armstrong could join Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell among the Lady Bulldogs' 1,000-point club and become just the second trio of classmates to join that sorority.
To date, the only three classmates to top 1,000 career points for the Lady Bulldogs are 1997's La'Keshia Frett (No. 7 with 1,850 points), Tracy Henderson (No. 9 with 1,764) and Kedra Holland-Corn (No. 13 with 1,566).
Playing time being distributed
A year ago, six Lady Bulldogs averaged 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, depth is allowing more equal distribution of playing time.
Nine Georgia players are averaging between 16.6 and 23.6 minutes played. Jasmine James leads the Lady Bulldogs in minutes played. By contrast, James averaged 35.4 mpg and played 24 minutes or more in 86 of 91 games played during her first three seasons at in Athens.
Freshmen garnering PT
Georgia's quartet of freshmen has logged significant minutes for the Lady Bulldogs from the get-go.
Freshmen have played 896 minutes during 2012-13, accounting for 40.7 percent of UGA's playing time, a mark that would be higher if Merritt Hempe had not missed the last two games.