Georgia Ends Non-Conference Slate vs. Illinois
Dec. 27, 2012
Georgia ends non-conference slate
The No. 6-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs complete the non-conference portion of their schedule on Friday when they trek to Champaign, Ill, to face the Illinois Fighting Illini at on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Georgia is 12-0 and one of only seven undefeated teams remaining in the nation. The Lady Bulldogs sport a gaudy +28.1 average margin of victory that ranked No. 4 nationally in the latest NCAA statistics through games of Dec. 16.
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 15.7 and 24.6 mpg and only eight times has someone logged more than 30 MP.
Illinois is 6-5 to date under first-year head coach Matt Bollant. Karisma Penn is the first player Georgia has faced this season who averages a double-double. Penn paces the Illini with averages of 19.2 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Ivory Crawford and Amber Moore also sport double-digit scoring averages of 15.3 ppg and 13.8 ppg, respectively.
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Series history with Illinois
Georgia is 2-1 all-time against Illinois, including a loss to the Illini in the Lady Bulldogs' only visit to Assembly Hall.
Georgia is 25-8 versus schools currently competing with Illinois in the Big Ten Conference.
In the most recent meeting on Jan. 4, 2001, freshman Christi Thomas returned from a four-game hiatus due to a slight bout with mononucleosis to score 24 points in a decisive 100-59 victory at Stegeman Coliseum. Coco Miller chipped in 23 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who opened up a 50-20 halftime lead and cruised thereafter.
The victory in Athens avenged an 82-65 upset by No. 17 Illinois over No. 5 Georgia on Jan. 32, 2000, in Champaign. That setback was one of just four the Lady Bulldogs suffered en route to a school-record 32 wins during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Last time out...
Georgia watched TCU whittle a 22-point lead down to seven before securing a 72-59 victory in Fort Worth on Dec. 19.
Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 14 points apiece, while Erika Ford chipped in 13, 10 in the first half. Hassell grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, and Shacobia Barbee contributed six assists.
A Jasmine James jumper with 18:13 left in the game put Georgia up 45-23 and seemingly in control. TCU trimmed the margin to 15 points three times before eventually pulling within 53-46 at the 9:29 mark.
"You hoped they wouldn't get back in it like they did," Andy Landers said. "We had some defensive breakdowns and they cashed in. It seemed like we were riding along up 20 and all of a sudden they scored and scored and scored and it became a 10-point game the rest of the way. We did make plays when we had to, though."
The Lady Bulldogs took control midway through the first half. Ford scored seven points in a 10-0 run that staked Georgia with a 25-12. Georgia's first-half lead topped out at 36-18 on a Barbee three at the 2:21 mark.
The second half started much like a continuation of the first, with Georgia opening on a 7-2 run as the lead bulged to 22 before the Horned Frogs began their comeback.
A successful trip to Champaign
Georgia's loss to Illinois two days after the beginning of current millennium was the Lady Bulldogs' second trip to Champaign that season. The first one went much better.
The semifinals and championship of the 1999 Preseason WNIT were played at Assembly Hall. No. 3 Georgia defeated No. 20 Boston College, 78-70, and No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 85-63, to capture the WNIT title.
Tawana McDonald, who averaged 18.0 points while shooting 69.2 percent from the field in the semis and title tilts, was named the tournament's MVP, while Kelly Miller, who had 24 points and nine assists against UCSB, also was named to the all-tourney team.
Of starts and streaks...
The Lady Bulldogs' 12-0 record equals their fifth-best start ever and represents the 19th double-digit win streak in the program's history.
With a win over Illinois, Georgia would equal the 1989-90 team for the fourth-best opening to a campaign. It also would match the eighth-longest string of success in the Lady Bulldogs' record books along 13-game winning streaks during 1984-85, 1989-90, 2000-01 and 2007-08.
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 7 remain undefeated
Georgia is one of just seven remaining undefeated Division I women's basketball teams.
With 12 victories apiece, the Lady Bulldogs and Dayton are the nation's winningest team. The others undefeateds are Stanford (11-0), Connecticut (10-0), Colorado (10-0), Duke (10-0) and Oklahoma State (9-0).
UGA, James top-10 statistically
The Lady Bulldogs were among the nation's top-10 teams in five categories in the latest NCAA rankings through games of Dec. 17.
At that point, Georgia was 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 ranked No. 3 nationally in assist-to-TOs at a sterling 3.4 ratio.
Lady Bulldogs hit "magic number"
Georgia has furthered one of the greatest statistical indicators in any sport five 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 424-6 when reaching the 80-point plateau under Andy Landers.
That converts to an almost unfathomable winning percentage of .986046512. It also highlights the fact that Georgia has scored more than 80 points in over 50 percent of Landers' victories with the Lady Bulldogs.
James climbs list...more to come
Jasmine James has ascended from No. 31 to No. 24 among UGA's career scoring leaders during 2012-13.
The Memphis native inched past Megan Darrah at No. 30 during the Presbyterian game on Nov. 14 and then moved ahead of Kara Braxton versus Savannah State.
During the victory over New Mexico, James' 17 points leapfrogged her over No. 28 Pam Irwin-Osbolt, No. 27 Carla Green and No. 26 Cynthia Collins.
James moved to No. 25 against Mercer, passing Alexis Kendrick, and then to No. 24 versus Lipscomb, passing Sherelle Warren.
James enters the Illinois game with 1,186 points, only two from current No. 23, Angel Robinson.
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 127 points to become the third member of Georgia's senior class to reach 1,000.
The only three classmates to top 1,000 points at UGA are 1997's La'Keshia Frett (1,850), Tracy Henderson (1,764) and Kedra Holland-Corn (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, PT is being more equally distributed. Nine Georgia players are averaging between 15.7 and 24.6 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 five freshmen has logged significant minutes from the get-go.
Freshmen have played 941 minutes during 2012-13, accounting for 39.2 percent of UGA's playing time, a mark that would be higher if Merritt Hempe had not missed the Mercer and Lipscomb games and only played two minutes at TCU.