2010-11 Recap: Lady Bulldogs reach 28th NCAA Tourney, advance to 19th "Sweet 16"
FINAL RECORDS: Overall: 23-11; SEC: 10-6 (t-3rd)
800th all-time win highlights solid season
The Lady Bulldogs secured their 800th all-time victory at No. 20 Arkansas on Jan. 13 – the 10th NCAA Division I women's basketball program to reach that plateau.
Georgia has been quickly ascending the ledger of women's basketball's winningest programs at a steady rate. The Lady Bulldogs were the 22nd team to post 500 wins on Dec. 1, 1998; the 17th school to reach 600 victories on Feb. 21 2002; and the 15th program to notch 700 "Ws" on Nov. 29, 2006.
That milestone headlined another strong campaign by the Lady Bulldogs in 2010-11. Other marquee achievements included...
Landers coached his 1000th game for UGA on Nov. 19 when the Lady Bulldogs topped Chattanooga, 79-69.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Landers became just the fifth major college women's hoops coach to secure 850 career victories when Georgia dispatched Alabama 81-54 at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia notched its 26th 20-win season under Andy Landers.
The Lady Bulldogs reached the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time.
Make it 17 straight Dances for UGA
Georgia has now received bids to each of the last 17 NCAA Tournaments, beginning with the Lady Bulldogs' 1994-95 Final Four season.
During that span, UGA has advanced to:
All told, UGA ranks No. 2 nationally with invitations to 28 of 30 editions of the "Big Dance" since women's basketball came under the auspices of the NCAA in 1981-82. The Lady Bulldogs have made the most of their bids to "March Madness," advancing to 19 "Sweet 16s," 10 "Elite Eights" and five Final Fours.
Quartet earns SEC accolades
Porsha Phillips was named first-team All-SEC in balloting of league coaches announced on March 1. In addition, Jasmine James was tabbed second-team All-SEC, Meredith Mitchell was named to the SEC's All-Defensive squad and Khaalidah Miller was included on the Freshman All-SEC unit.
On March 15, Phillips and James were named first-team and honorable mention All-SEC, respectively, by the Associated Press.
Phillips joined a list of just five other Lady Bulldogs to earn consensus first-team All-SEC recognition from coaches and the AP. In 1997, the first year the AP tabbed All-SEC honors in women's hoops, La'Keshia Frett and Kedra Holland-Corn were first-team selections of both. Kelly Miller and Tasha Humphrey were four-time first-team picks from 1998-01 and 2005-08, respectively. Sherill Baker also secured consensus All-SEC recognition in 2006.
Porsha averages a double-double
Porsha Phillips became the first Georgia Lady Bulldog to average a double-double in nearly a quarter-century after contributing 10.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The most recent Lady Bulldog to average a double-double was Katrina McClain in 1986-87, the same season she was consensus National Player of the Year.
All told, five different Lady Bulldogs have averaged a double-double for a season on eight occasions: Phillips in '10-11; McClain in '86-87 and '85-86; Janet Harris in '84-85, '82-83 and '81-82; Wanda Holloway in '80-81; and Cynthia Collins in '79-80.
Record number of TV dates
The Lady Bulldogs appeared in a school-record 20 television contests during 2010-11. The previous high of 19 overall TV dates was established during both the 2006-07 and 2009-10 campaigns.
In addition, a Lady Bulldog-record 15 regular-season games were televised. That topped the 14 regular-season contests that also aired in 2006-07 and 2009-10.
All told, the Lady Bulldogs have now appeared on TV 162 times during the 2000s, compiling a 106-76 mark in those contests.
Honoring historic leaders
Two important figures in the history of Lady Bulldog Basketball were honored at halftime of the Kentucky game on Feb. 17 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the University of Georgia.
Cynthia Collins and Bernadette Locke (Mattox) were the first two African-Americans recruited to enroll at UGA and play for the Lady Bulldogs on scholarship. They were teammates on Andy Landers' first Georgia team in 1979-80.
Collins starred at Madison County High not far from Athens and was a four-year starter at UGA. She became the first Lady Bulldog to average a double-double, contributing 14.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a freshman.
Locke was both the program's first All-American and Academic All-American. Locke averaged 20.6 points per game in 1979-80, the same season she established a Lady Bulldog steals record that stood for nearly two decades.
Winning isn't everything...
but it is all Georgia's Lady Bulldogs have done under Andy Landers.
With a Jan. 23 victory over Mississippi State, the Lady Bulldogs guaranteed their 32nd straight winning season.
Landers' personal streak of winning efforts is the second longest all-time among Division I women's basketball head coaches.
The University of Georgia's school string of 32 winning seasons is the fourth longest active stretch in the nation, behind Louisiana Tech and Tennessee (both with 38), and Wisconsin-Green Bay (34).
In fact, those also are the only four programs to finish with a winning record every season since women's hoops came under the auspices of the NCAA in 1981-82.
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