Georgia Wraps up Homestand Against S. C. State

Nov. 25, 2013

Georgia Lady Bulldogs (5-0) vs. S.C. State Bulldogs (1-2)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - Tipoff Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Stegeman Coliseum (10,523), Athens, Ga.
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Khaalidah Miller

Georgia Wraps Up Homestand The No. 22-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs will look to put a bow on their homestand to open the 2013-14 season on Tuesday evening when they host South Carolina State at Stegeman Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be sixth contest in a 16-day span to christen the current campaign.

Georgia is a perfect 5-0 and has displayed a variety to strengths in progressing through its opposition to date.

The Lady Bulldogs grinded out a 45-30 win over Presbyterian in the opener. Georgia then displayed a lethal transition game in defeating Mercer, a 20-win team a year ago with four returning starters. A Nov. 17 win over Ohio State is the type of "W" over a perennial NCAA Tournament participant that may pay dividends in March. Against Furman, in-game adjustments helped Georgia turn a 17-point deficit into a 24-point victory. And on Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 9-0 lead and never trailed en route to besting arch rival Georgia Tech.

Georgia sports a balanced offensive attack, with six players averaging between 7.0-13.0 ppg. Tiaria Griffin leads the way at 13.0 ppg, followed by Khaalidah Miller (12.8 ppg), Shacobia Barbee (11.0 ppg), Erika Ford (9.4 ppg), Krista Donald (8.8 ppg and a team-best 9.4 rpg) and Merritt Hempe (7.0 ppg).

South Carolina State's Lady Bulldogs are 1-2 on the young season. After dropping road games to UNC Greensboro and USC Upstate, SCSU bested Presbyterian in its home opener last Thursday.

Kourtney William's 22.0 ppg average leads the Lady Bulldogs, while the other starters each chip in between 6.3-9.3 ppg. Persephone "Ci Ci" Goodwin is the team's top rebounder at 8.7 rpg.

The Starting Five

  • The SCSU game concludes a six-game homestand to open the 2013-14 season for UGA
  • UGA is 9-1 all-time against SCSU, with a perfect 6-0 record in Athens
  • UGA's first non-home game will be Friday against George Washington at the Georgia State Invitational
  • Khaalidah Miller's 20-point outburst against Georgia Tech on Sunday pushed her to No. 34 among UGA's career scoring leaders
  • Freshman Halle Washington was 3-of-4 on FTs in the final 77 seconds against Georgia Tech


Probable Starters

Georgia Lady Bulldogs S.C. State Bulldogs
No.NamePPGRPGPOSNo.NamePPGRPG
1 Khaalidah Miller 12.8 6.8 G 4 Cabriel Duren 6.7 5.3
(5-9; Sr.; Atlanta, Ga.) (5-6; Grad.; Oviedo, Fla..)
31 Erika Ford 9.4 4.6 G 10 Mykala Jones 9.3 1.0
(5-9; Jr.; Atlanta, Ga.) (5-5; R-Soph.; Augusta, Ga.)
20 Shacobia Barbee 11.0 8.8 G 25 Dayshaun Richbow 6.3 4.7
(5-10; Soph.; Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (5-6; Grad; Columbia, S.C.)
15 Krista Donald 8.8 9.4 F 1 Kourtney Williams 22.0 6.3
(5-11; Jr.; Lake, Miss.) (5-9; Jr.; Warren, Ohio)
13 Merritt Hempe 7.0 4.2 F 5 Persephone Goodwin 7.0 8.7
(6-2; So.; Fredericksburg, Va.) (6-2; Jr.; Decatur, Ga.)

Georgia sports a balanced offensive attack, with six players averaging between 7.0-13.0 ppg. Tiaria Griffin leads the way at 13.0 ppg, followed by Khaalidah Miller (12.8 ppg), Shacobia Barbee (11.0 ppg), Erika Ford (9.4 ppg), Krista Donald (8.8 ppg and a team-best 9.4 rpg) and Merritt Hempe (7.0 ppg).

South Carolina State's Lady Bulldogs are 1-2 on the young season. After dropping road games to UNC Greensboro and USC Upstate, SCSU bested Presbyterian in its home opener last Thursday.

Kourtney William's 22.0 ppg average leads the Lady Bulldogs, while the other starters each chip in between 6.3-9.3 ppg. Persephone "Ci Ci" Goodwin is the team's top rebounder at 8.7 rpg.

Quoting Coach Landers

On his team's Play to date... "This stretch has given a young basketball team the chance to be comfortable while it's trying to grow. There have been some things that we've established and there are some things that we are yet to get to, but you never go into a season thinking you're going to bat 1000 on every objective with every time line. I have been pleased that they seem to have the ability to focus on a daily basis. That's something that's somewhat unusual for a young team."

On starting the season 5-0..

"It's great. But what's really cool about it is that we're doing it with some young, inexperience players. We've done it without some players. We're doing it without a kid (Marjorie Butler) who is still banged up. When you put all that in there... young, inexperienced, kids playing two positions....wow. Being 5-0 means more when you factor all of that in."

Keeping an eye on...entering today's game:

Khaalidah Miller is...

  • 16 points from No. 33 Saudia Roundtree among UGA's career leaders
  • 42 points from No. 32 Megan Darrah among UGA's career leaders
  • 10 3-point FGs from No. 4 Kelly Miller among UGA's career leaders
  • 12 3-point FGs from No. 3 Kim Berry among UGA's career leaders
  • 121 3-point FGAs from No. 2 Kedra Holland-Corn among UGA's career leaders

The Last Meeting
South Carolina State46
Georgia62
November 16, 2012
Athens, Ga.
Georgia Rolls Past S.C. State
Anne Marie Armstrong scored a game-high 14 points to lead No. 10 Georgia past S.C. State, 62-46, Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Series history with S.C. State

In this series of Lady Bulldogs vs. Lady Bulldogs, Georgia sports a 9-1 advantage over S.C. State, including a perfect 6-0 record here in Stegeman Coliseum.

Last season in Athens, Anne Marie Armstrong scored a game-high 14 points to lead No. 10 Georgia past S.C. State, 62-46.

Erika Ford also put up double-digit points with 10 and recorded a game-high four steals, and Merritt Hempe notched a team-high nine rebounds while scoring seven points.

A free throw by Jasmine Hassell with 6:22 left in the first half initiated a 10-0 Georgia run to close out the opening period and put the homestanding Lady Bulldogs up 29-15 at the break. S.C. State pulled within nine three times in the second half, lastly at 50-41 with 6:40 remaining, but couldn't close the gap further.

Two years ago also in Athens, Jasmine James scored 17 points to lead four UGA players in double figures in a 85-48 victory on Nov. 30. No. 15 Georgia started that game with a dominant 16-0 run over the first 6:38 and never looked back.

Prior to the two most recent match-ups, UGA and SCSU hadn't met since the early stages of Georgia's 1996 NCAA runner-up campaign. La'Keshia Frett and Pam Irwin scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 10 Georgia to a 93-32 victory in a first-round contest at the 1995 Carolinas Beach Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Last Time out...

Khaalidah Miller scored a season-high and game-high 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers to open the game, to lead No. 23 Georgia to a 63-56 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon.

Georgia now holds a 32-4 lead in their all-time series with Georgia Tech, including a 14-0 mark in Athens.

Shacobia Barbee also scored in double figures for Georgia, turning in 14 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds and four assists.

Georgia opened the game on a 9-0 run thanks to three straight 3-pointers from Miller. Georgia Tech's first points did not come until nearly six minutes into the game.

Georgia opened up its largest lead of the day five minutes into the second half, as freshman Halle Washington scored on back-to-back possessions to extend the margin to 42-31.

The Yellow Jackets eventually cut Georgia's lead to just three twice, but Barbee answered each time with a Lady Bulldog bucket.

The Lady Bulldogs eventually managed to pull away as Miller knocked down a pair of free throws and a layup off an assist from Barbee to open up an eight-point edge with slightly over two minutes remaining in the game.

Miller spots an unrelinquished lead

Senior and Atlanta native Khaalidah Miller made the most of her final game against Georgia Tech. The Douglass High graduate knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers over the opening 4:15 to supply the Lady Bulldogs with a 9-0 lead they never relinquished.

Miller finished with a season-high 20 points, representing her fourth double-digit outing and first 20-point contest of the season. She now has 53 double-figure scoring games and seven 20-point outbursts in her Georgia career.

wGriffin back with a big bang

Tiaria Griffin opened her sophomore year with a career-high 21 points against Furman last Tuesday. Her previous best was 20 points against Alabama on Jan. 10 last season.

A second career high contributed greatly to the second 20-point outburst of her career. The Monticello, Miss., native notched six steals - doubling her previous best against Missouri and Lipscomb - that resulted in several easy layups at the other end of the floor.

Griffin missed the first three games due to a suspension. Marjorie Butler, who also was suspended for the first three games, is yet to play due to an injured shoulder.

More from the Magnolia state

Krista Donald, who hails from Lake, Miss., recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Furman. Donald also had 10 points and a career-high 16 boards against Ohio State.

Donald produced as many double-doubles in those back-to-back outings as she had in her first 50 contests in a Georgia uniform.

Andy Landers had high praise for the junior following the Ohio State victory. "The second half, that's like All-American type stuff," Landers said. "That 20 minutes was really terrific. This kid fought her tail off. She battled supremely with much taller, longer people than she was and she won the battle.."

Donald hauled in 12 of her career-high 16 rebounds after intermission against the Buckeyes and was the catalyst behind Georgia turning a -6 rebounding margin at halftime into a +3 tally on the final box.

And she did so against stiff competition. The 5-11 Donald was competing against an Ohio State rotation with four players 6-2 or taller.

Miller tops millennium, moves up more

Khaalidah Miller became Lady Bulldog Basketball's 35th 1,000-point scorer during the victory over Furman.

The Atlanta native used her 20-point performance against Georgia Tech to move past former teammate Anne Marie Armstrong into the No. 34 among UGA's career scoring leaders.

Miller is now 16 points off of the current No. 33 mark of Saudia Roundtree.

Barbee picks up where she left off

Shacobia Barbee capped a stellar season a year ago with a spectacular postseason run. She was voted by league coaches to both the SEC's All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams and then became the first Lady Bulldog freshman to earn NCAA Tournament All-Regional honors since Teresa Edwards in 1983.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native christened her second season in Athens with a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double against Mercer. She followed that with a eight points, nine rebounds and team highs of five assists and two steals against Ohio State.

Dating back to last season, Barbee posted three double-doubles in a seven-game span (14 points and 10 boards against California in the NCAA "Elite Eight" and 11 points and 10 rebounds versus LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament).

Barbee's 15 rebounds versus the Mercer bested her career-high of 12 boards in the Lady Bulldogs' thrilling upset of No. 4 Stanford in last year's "Sweet 16".

November 14 has a new name

Merritt Hempe scored a career-high 13 points against Mercer on Nov. 14, topping the previous mark of 11 she set last season against Presbyterian on...wait for it...Nov. 14.

Unofficially, Nov. 14 is now known within Lady Bulldog circles as "Hem-pee DAY!"...spoken with the same tone and emphasis as the camel in the popular television commercial pertaining to Wednesdays.

McCaskill Joins Freshman Starter list

Andy Landers continued his long-standing penchant for putting freshman starters on the floor during Georgia's 2013-14 season opener against Presbyterian.

Sydnei McCaskill got the nod to against the Blue Hose 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.

"I thought Sydnei looked comfortable, especially in the second half," Landers said. "She might have been a little bit tight to start the game but she should've been. The longer she played, the more comfortable and confident she looked in what we were doing."

Six current Lady Bulldogs - senior Khaalidah Miller; juniors Erika Ford and Krista Donald; and sophomores Shacobia Barbee, Tiaria Griffin and Merritt Hempe - all started as freshmen. Barbee is one of the 23 to start an opener.

UGA Ranked by AP for 500th Time

Georgia was ranked No. 24 team in the preseason edition of the Associated Press poll, the 500th AP poll appearance all-time for both UGA and Andy Landers.

"Five-hundred is a big number," Landers said. "I think I'm most proud of the consistency we've been able to maintain and the high level of play that has led to us being considered worthy of ranking all those times. Our university, athletic administration, staff, players and everyone associated with our program - and this year's team is no different - have committed themselves to competing at the highest level. To be recognized as one of the top teams in the country basically week after week after week for 30-plus years is certainly a reward for all that hard work and commitment."

The Lady Bulldogs first appeared in the Associate Press poll in the 1981-82 preseason, the first season women's basketball came under the auspices of the NCAA and the sixth campaign the AP compiled a weekly college women's hoops poll.

Despite a five-year gap prior from when the poll began to the Lady Bulldogs' first ranking, Georgia and Landers now rank No. 2 in all-time appearances by a program and a coach.

Now up to 503 weeks ranked

Since 1981-82, the Lady Bulldogs have been included in 503 of 578 polls, or 87.0 percent of those released.

Georgia also has made 268 top-10 appearances, 46.4 percent of polls during that span.

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