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They Came, They Saw, They Conquered

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Our Lady Bulldogs just wrapped up a successful tour of Italy that saw them taking on The Old Country’s finest ballers in a series of international exhibition games. You’re used to coming here and seeing photos of the Lady Dawgs at Stegeman Coliseum. Well…today we’re proud to present a shot of the team and support staff at THE Colosseum in Rome.

Team in Italy

Everybody’s back home now and hitting the books…but another season of Fastbreaking action is just around the corner!


NCAA TOURNAMENT: St. Joseph’s – 67, Georgia – 57

Sunday March 23, 2014

The season is over…sooner than we’d hoped, unfortunately. Here’s the game recap, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

STORRS, Conn.—-Georgia was unable to recover from two scoring droughts in either half and, despite a second half surge, fell to the St. Joseph’s Hawks 67-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia was led by Erika Ford with 16 points, while Merritt Hempe notched 13 points and Krista Donald scored 10. Donald also recorded her fourth double-double of the season and sixth of her career.

"Give credit to Saint Joseph’s," head coach Andy Landers said. "They came out and seized control of the game and maintained that for the rest of the first half. In the second half, we were able to come back and take the lead. At that point, there were a couple of possessions where they got an offensive rebound or we fumbled a ball out of bounds. We were forced to play defense over and over, and I think we dissolved. All the hard work we put in to come back went away at that point."

Georgia encountered some early offensive difficulties with the Lady Bulldogs shooting just 20 percent from the floor through the first 8:02 of action as the Hawks were able to open up an early 14-7 lead. Those offensive struggles were compounded as the Lady Bulldogs struggled to contain an effective and energetic St. Joe’s offensive that would shoot 47.8 percent in the first half.

After St. Joe’s extended their lead to double digits on a fastbreak jumper by Kelsey Berger, the Lady Bulldogs began to chip away at the Hawks lead, trimming it to three points on two occasions. With 6:10 on the clock a Hempe tip-in saw the deficit close to 24-21.

After the teams exchanged buckets, St. Joseph’s was able to open a six point cushion before an Erika Ford 3-pointer closed the score to a single possession game. The Hawks, however, were able to find their offensive rhythm to close the half, taking advantage of three successive Lady Bulldogs’ turnovers to end the first half with an eight point lead with the score at 38-30.

Krista Donald led Georgia in the first stanza with nine points and seven rebounds while Erika Ford closed the period with eight points.

The Lady Bulldogs came out of the locker room ready to fight for their postseason lives in the second period and soon found themselves within two points behind two layups and a free throw from Shacobia Barbee trimming the Hawks lead to 42-40.

Georgia would eventually rally back to tie the game at 46-46 at the 11:56 mark in the second half. After an Erika Ford 3-pointer from trimmed the deficit to just one point, Hempe was fouled during a physical tussle in the post and went to the line with the chance to give Georgia its first lead since early in the first period. Despite missing her first shot Hempe coolly slotted her second to tie the game.

Georgia was able to take the lead with 10:02 left in the game on a Tiaria Griffin 3-pointer that gave the Lady Bulldogs their first lead since the first half. From there, however, St. Joseph’s was able to open a lead which stretched to eight with 5:39 left in the game as the Hawks found continued success offensively while stifling Georgia.

The Hawks were able to stretch the lead back to double digits on a pair of free throws by Natasha Cloud that moved the score to 53-63. From there the teams exchanged buckets with the Lady Bulldogs unable to close the gap.

Click here for the Georgia/St. Joseph’s stats and box score.


NCAA TOURNAMENT TOMORROW: #8 Georgia vs. #9 St. Joseph’s

Saturday March 22, 2014

ladygNot much to add here. This is what you play for…March Madness. Here’s tomorrow’s official Georgia/St. Joseph’s game preview, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

Georgia vs. St. Joseph’s

Starting five

  • UGA is making its 31st NCAA Tournament appearance and 20th consecutive trip to "March Madness"
  • UGA is meeting Saint Joseph’s, its NCAA first-round foe, for the first time ever
  • UGA has secured its 29th 20-win year in Andy Landers’ 35 seasons at UGA
  • Khaalidah Miller has climbed from No. 36 to No. 22 among UGA’s career scoring leaders this season
  • Shacobia Barbee is the only player in the SEC – and one of seven Division I wbb players nationally – to lead her team in ppg, rpg, apg and spg

Lady Bulldogs Return To NCAAs

Any suspense there might have been about the NCAA Tournament fate of the Georgia Lady Bulldogs ended pretty quickly Monday night. About 45 seconds after the unveiling of the bracket began, Georgia appeared as the No. 8 seed in the Lincoln Regional.

The Lady Bulldogs will take on ninth-seeded Saint Joseph’s at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Host and top-seeded Connecticut will face Prairie View A&M in the second game of the day at approximately 8:00 p.m. ESPN will televise both contests, with Dave O’Brien and Debbie Antonelli handling the play-by-play and color analyst responsibilities, respectively.

Sunday’s contest will represent the first-ever match-up between the Lady Bulldogs and Saint Joseph’s.

The Lady Bulldogs enter their 31st all-time NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record, the 29th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers’ 35 seasons on the sidelines in Athens. Georgia finished Southeastern Conference play with a 7-9 mark and in a five-way tie for sixth in the league standings.

This season, Georgia raced to an 11-0 start – equaling the seventh-best beginning in school history – and climbed as high as No. 15 in the national polls before losing five of its next six and starting SEC play 0-4 for the first time ever. The Lady Bulldogs are 8-6 since, including a quintet of victories over "March Madness" participants – Florida (twice), Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Shacobia Barbee paces a trio of guards averaging double figures for Georgia. Barbee actually leads the Lady Bulldogs – average wise – in scoring (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg), assists (3.2 apg) and steals (an SEC-best and No. 19 nationally 2.7 spg). Khaalidah Miller and Erika Ford offer identical 10.7 ppg scoring averages for UGA.

Saint Joseph’s sports a 22-9 overall record and finished 10-6 and tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Hawks also feature three double-digit scorers in Erin Shields (14.9 ppg), Sarah Fairbanks (12.9 ppg) and Natasha Cloud (11.5 ppg). Cloud leads Saint Joseph’s and ranks No. 2 nationally in assists (7.8 apg) and tops the Hawks’ rebounding efforts (6.7 rpg).

Keeping an eye on…entering today’s game:
Khaalidah Miller is…

  • 105 points from No. 21 Camille Lowe among UGA’s career leaders
  • 44 3-point FGAs from Cori Chambers’ UGA career record
  • 35 3-point FGs from No. 2 Kedra Holland-Corn among UGA’s career leaders

Quoting Coach Landers…

On making a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament…
"It’s what everybody dreams about, playing in the big show and the NCAA Tournament. It’s what players aspire to do. It’s what coaches aspire to do. It’s what your fans want to see you do. To have been able not only to play in 20 in a row, but to play well and advance has been a real joy."

On being a No. 8 seed…
"I think the challenge becomes a little greater, as it should. The lower seed that you are the greater the challenge in the earlier rounds. There are always challenges. Normally, those hit for a higher seeded team later in the tournament. We understand that; that’s part of it. We, as anyone else, would have loved to been a No. 1 but our play, our body of work in the regular season, didn’t drive us there so this is where we are and now is the time to make the very most of this situation."

On the strength of the SEC this season…
"Our conference was the No. 1 RPI conference in the country…very competitive from top to bottom. In all my years at Georgia, this is easily the most competitive the conference has been from top to bottom. I think there have been years when we had more great teams than we had this year, and I think we’ve had years when our best teams were better than the best teams this year but there’s never been a year where there’s been so many good teams that could and did beat each other."

On facing Saint Joseph’s…
"You’re talking about a very good basketball team. This is a basketball team that I think is driven by guard play, two outstanding guards, but is very balanced throughout the lineup, with two very capable forwards and excellent wings and depth. They probably employ movement in the half court more than any team we’ve played all year long. This is a team that likes to cut, screen and get to the basket."

buffalosFASTBREAK CLUB TV-WATCH PARTY: Your Fastbreak Club pals will be gathering at Buffalo’s Southwest Café (located at 196 Alps Road in Athens) to watch all the Georgia/St. Joe’s March Madness on the big screen. Get there early (before the scheduled 5:30 PM tip-off) if you want to throw down a little dinner before the game. As always, any food and drinks are on your tab…we provide you with the fun and fellowship. See you there!

We’ll have a Georgia/St. Joseph’s game recap and web links posted right here sometime late tomorrow night.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Lady Dawgs Will Dance In Storrs This Weekend

Tuesday March 18, 2014

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ladygYesterday, for the 31st time in 33 years, our Lady Bulldogs received an invitation to The Big Dance. They will open NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship tournament action this Sunday at 5:30 PM (Eastern) against St. Joseph’s. Saint Joe is the number-nine seed in the Lincoln, Nebraska Region, while our Lady Dawgs are the eight seed. Whoever wins that game can rest reasonably assured of a showdown with top-seeded Connecticut that following Tuesday…but, hey…one game at a time, right? Here are all the details, including ticket information, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia had little suspense on Monday night. Just minutes into the NCAA Tournament selection show, the Lady Bulldogs appeared on screen as the No. 8 seed in Lincoln, Neb., Regional.

Georgia will face ninth-seeded Saint Joseph’s at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The day’s second game will feature top-seeded Connecticut against Prairie View A&M.

"We’re excited," head coach Andy Landers said. "It seems like this is the second or third time in the past couple of years that our name has shown up early on the bracket. I guess that’s better than waiting. This is the time of year that every coach and player dreams of. We’ve been working hard to get to this point, and we’re pleased that we will again have the opportunity to compete for a national championship."

Georgia secured its 31st invitation in the 33 years that the NCAA has staged an intercollegiate women’s basketball championship, a tally that ranks No. 2 nationally. The Lady Bulldogs have traditionally made the most of their opportunities, reaching the "Sweet 16" 20 times, the "Elite Eight" on 11 occasions and the Final Four in five tourneys. Georgia finished as NCAA runner-up in both 1985 and 1996.

The Lady Bulldogs will be making their 20th consecutive trip to "March Madness" and join Tennessee, Connecticut, Stanford and Duke as the only five programs to make every NCAA Tournament during that span.

"It feels great," Khaalidah Miller, the lone senior on the Georgia roster, said. "Not too many players can say that they were a part of four NCAA Tournament teams. I’m proud of that and it’s something I’ll always be proud of. It feels great to be a part of the winning tradition here at UGA."

This season, Georgia raced to an 11-0 start and as high as No. 15 in the national polls before dropping five of its next six games and opening Southeastern Conference play 0-4 for the first time ever. The Lady Bulldogs rallied to win eight of their next 14 games. Five of those victories came over other SEC Tournament teams – Florida (twice), Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt.

The SEC placed eight teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament bracket.

Georgia returned to practice last Friday following a weeklong layoff during spring break.

"We needed that because we’ve gone hard at since Christmas," Landers said. "It’s the most time we’ve had off since we started practice back in October. They came back and practiced with an eye on making sure our conditioning was in tact. Each day, we’ve focused on something different to make sure we didn’t rust over during the break. I’ve been reasonably pleased with how things have gone the last four days."

All-session tickets for games contested Sunday and Tuesday in Storrs are $40 for adults and $30 for seniors 62 and older and youth 18 and younger. Single-session tickets also are available for $22 for adults and $17 for seniors 62 and older and youth 18 and younger. Tickets can be ordered online via http://www.uconnhuskies.com/tickets/ticket-center.html.

We’ll have a Georgia/St. Joseph’s game preview and other NCAA Tournament news posted right here sometime during the day on Saturday.


SEC TOURNAMENT: South Carolina – 67, Georgia – 48

Friday March 7, 2014

And now…we wait. After being eliminated from the SEC Tournament by South Carolina today, the Lady Bulldogs will now set their sights on March 17. That’s the day they’ll find out if the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament selection committee will punch their ticket to March Madness. Charlie Creme of ESPN.com Bracketology fame projects Georgia as one of eight SEC teams that will be selected for The Big Dance. We shall see. Here’s today’s official Georgia/South Carolina game recap, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

DULUTH, Ga. — No. 5 South Carolina recorded its second win over Georgia in eight days – much in the same fashion as the first match-up – in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday.

The Gamecocks (27-3) grabbed an early lead and held a comfortable margin for much of the game en route to a 67-48 victory over the Lady Bulldogs (20-11).

"It was almost identical in many ways to the game in Columbia last week," head coach Andy Landers said. "Did I see it coming? No. Disappointed? Yes. Were we competitive? Absolutely not."
Erika Ford led Georgia with 10 points, while Krista Donald grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

South Carolina opened up a 10-2 lead just over five minutes into the game as the Lady Bulldogs struggled from the field and made just one of their first 11 shots from the floor.

The Gamecocks’ advantage reached 18 points at 27-9 with 5:49 left in the half before Merritt Hempe and Donald combined to score all the points in a 9-2 run to trim the margin to 29-18 two minutes later.

South Carolina then scored the final six points of the period to push its lead back to 35-18 at the intermission.

The Gamecocks’ edge bulged to 25 points four minutes into the second half, and Georgia never pulled closer than 15 points thereafter.

"We got whipped, plain and simple," Landers said. "South Carolina came out and did the exact things that we talked about not wanting them to do. They transitioned us. They got the ball to the basket early in the game and created the same lead they created in Columbia. They did that off of turnovers and missed jump shots early in the game.

"At that point I’d be remiss if I didn’t say they were terrific," Landers continued. "They did what they wanted to do. They got the ball inside, they got it in transition. They had a couple big baskets in the first half coming off the bench in the form of three-point shots. They should feel very good about what they did today."

The Lady Bulldogs will now await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket a week from Monday, on March 17.

We’ll see you back here on March 17…hopefully with some good news to report.

Click here for the Georgia/South Carolina stats and box score.


SEC TOURNAMENT TOMORROW: #9 Georgia vs. #1 South Carolina

Thursday March 6, 2014

sectourn2014GEORGIA – 53, VANDERBILT – 43. Always nice to get out of the gate with a win at the SEC Tournament. And it’s especially nice to avenge an earlier loss to Vandy. Now it’s time to dish out a little payback to South Carolina. The number-one seeded Gamecocks are next for the Lady Bulldogs tomorrow at noon. Here’s the official Georgia/Vanderbilt recap, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

DULUTH, Ga. — Georgia used a 19-3 run late in the first half to gain a comfortable lead and maintained that advantage throughout the second stanza en route to a 53-43 win over Vanderbilt in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday.

With the victory, Georgia secured its 29th 20-win season during Andy Landers’ 35-year tenure as the Lady Bulldogs’ head coach.

Senior Khaalidah Miller led Georgia (20-10) with 12 points, while Krista Donald and Erika Ford chipped in 10 points apiece. Christina Foggie paced Vanderbilt (18-12) with 19 points.

"It was the kind of game I think that we thought it would be – extremely competitive," Landers said. "We just felt challenged defensively by a very good Vanderbilt team, a team that has skillful players who cannot only make shots, but make plays and execute extremely well. That was a big challenge for us."

Foggie, the SEC’s leading scorer, opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers in the first 2:12 to spot the Commodores a 6-0 lead. Georgia scored the next seven points in a span of just 70 seconds and took its first lead on a Khaalidah Miller 3-pointer at the 17:25 mark.

After Vanderbilt regained a 12-9 advantage, back-to-back layups by Merritt Hempe opened a 19-3 Lady Bulldog surge over the final 9:17 of the half. Georgia held the Commodores without a field goal for 9:36 until Marqu’es Webb closed out the first-half scoring on a lay-in with 12 ticks on the clock.

"Defensively that’s when a lot of things just came together," Landers said. "We knew what we wanted to do. We knew how we wanted to defend them. We started the game that way. But we had some cracks. We had some little breakdowns. I think as the game got played, after about 10 minutes, all five of our kids were on the same page. We were playing close to exactly the way that we wanted, the way that we hoped we could play defensively and affect the things Vanderbilt was trying to do offensively."

Georgia pushed its lead to 15 points twice early in the second half before consecutive, back-door layups by Foggie pulled Vanderbilt within 32-24 with 16:19 left. The Lady Bulldogs answered with back0-to-back 3-pointers from Tiaria Griffin and Miller over the next 59 seconds to regain a 14-point advantage and another Ford 3-pointer gave Georgia its largest lead at 43-26 with 13:28 on the clock.

Vanderbilt closed the gap to 10 points on four occasions but never got within single digits the rest of the way.

Georgia will now face top-seeded South Carolina in Friday’s quarterfinal round at noon.

We’ll have a Georgia/Vanderbilt game recap, web links, and other SEC Tournament results and news posted right here sometime tomorrow evening.


SEC TOURNAMENT TOMORROW: #9 Georgia vs. #8 Vanderbilt

Wednesday March 5, 2014

sectourn2014The “second season” begins tomorrow for the Lady Dawgs as they head just down the road a bit to the Arena at Gwinnett Center to open SEC Tournament action versus Vanderbilt. So far tonight in Duluth, Mississippi State has knocked off Missouri while Arkansas and Ole Miss are locked up in a tight one about midway through the second half. The winner of the Georgia/Vandy date will have a date with number-one seeded South Carolina at noon on Friday. Here’s the official Georgia/Vandy game preview, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Starting five

  • UGA is 44-30 all-time in the SEC Tournament, winning tourney titles in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001
  • UGA is 32-26 against VU, including 6-6 in SEC Tournament match-ups
  • UGA is one win shy of its 29th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers’ 35 seasons in Athens
  • Khaalidah Miller has climbed from No. 36 to No. 22 among UGA’s career scoring leaders this season
  • Shacobia Barbee is the only player in the SEC – and one of eight Division I wbb players nationally – to lead her team in ppg, rpg, apg and spg

Georgia Opens SEC Tourney Play

The Georgia Lady Bulldogs begin postseason competition at noon on Thursday when they face Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. SportSouth will televise the match-up, with Dave Neal calling play-by-play and LaChina Robinson serving as the color analyst.

Ninth-seeded UGA and eighth-seeded VU were among five teams that tied for sixth place in the SEC standings. Georgia is 19-10 overall, while the Commodores are 18-11. Both teams finished 7-9 in conference play.

This season, Georgia raced to an 11-0 start – equaling the seventh-best beginning in school history – and climbed as high as No. 15 in the national polls before losing five of its next six and starting SEC play 0-4 for the first time ever. The Lady Bulldogs are 7-5 since, including victories over No. 13 Kentucky and No. 19 LSU.

Shacobia Barbee paces a trio of guards averaging double figures for Georgia. Barbee actually leads UGA – average wise – in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (an SEC-best 2.7 spg). Khaalidah Miller (11.0 ppg) and Erika Ford (10.8 ppg) also average double digits for UGA.

In SEC action, Barbee paced the Lady Bulldogs at 13.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg,while Ford (11.1 ppg) and Miller (10.7 ppg) contributed double-figure scoring averages as well.

Vanderbilt raced to 16-3 overall start and a 5-1 mark in league action before dropping eight of its last 10 outings. The Commodores were ranked No. 16 prior to that stretch.

Senior Christina Foggie leads the league in scoring at 19.1 ppg, while classmate Jasmine Lister adds 14.2 ppg. Morgan Batey is Vanderbilt’s top rebounder at 5.3 rpg.

Against SEC competition, Foggie and Lister put up 19.3 ppg and 13.5 ppg, respectively, while Batey upped her average to 5.9 rpg.

Keeping an eye on…entering today’s game:
Khaalidah Miller is…

  • 119 points from No. 21 Camille Lowe among UGA’s career leaders
  • 51 3-point FGAs from Cori Chambers’ UGA career record
  • 37 3-point FGs from No. 2 Kedra Holland-Corn among UGA’s career leaders

Quoting Coach Landers…

On beginning postseason play…
"This is the time of year I think that all basketball teams and coaches look forward to. You work all year, all offseason, through the non-conference schedule and then the conference schedule to get to this – tournament time. What we do now is essentially the ribbon that goes on the entire package."

On facing Vanderbilt a 2nd time
"Coming up short any time as a team or as an athlete motivates you. That we lost the game isn’t to me as motivating as how we played. I think our players feel the same way. I think that we are confident that we can play better basketball than we did in Nashville in the first of January."

On the 5-way tie in the SEC standings
"Our conference has never experienced a year like this one. The competitiveness of our league is illustrated perfectly in the final standings. I doubt that anyone would have believed prior to the season that this type of finish was possible, but I suspect that everyone in our league believed that this could occur after about three weeks into conference play. It was upside down then."

We’ll have a Georgia/Vanderbilt game recap, web links, and other SEC Tournament results and news posted right here sometime tomorrow evening.


Khaalidah Takes A Bow…Georgia – 77, Mississippi State – 48

Monday March 3, 2014

Technical issues at home kept me from posting yesterday’s game recap last night. So let’s go straight to the Georgiadogs.com official recap of Khaalidah’s lights-out Senior Day performance at Stegeman Coliseum:

ATHENS, Ga.—-Lone senior Khaalidah Miller led Georgia past Mississippi State 77-48 in the Lady Bulldogs regular season finale Sunday in Stegeman Coliseum.

The Atlanta native scored 18 points and was joined in double digits by Merritt Hempe, whose 22 points led all scorers and was a career-high, Tiaria Griffin with 16 points and Shacobia Barbeewith 10. Barbee led the team on the boards with 7 rebounds while Krista Donald led the team in assists, dishing four scoring passes.

"We had to do a better job at the four and the five. I thought we did that, with the exception of the fouls. We had some totally unnecessary fouls that allowed their four and five and some of their guards to get to the free throw line. But defensively we, for the most part, were where we needed to be, doing what we needed to do," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said. All in all it was a terrific defensive effort that led to some teriffic offense. Excellent shooting, excellent ball movement and excellent sharing of the ball. What a terrific way for Khaalidah Miller to finish her home career."

Smothering defense and one of the most efficient offensive showings of the season allowed the Lady Bulldogs to open up a double digit lead midway through the first half and extended that advantage to nearly 30 points at the half time buzzer.

Miller appeared set to enjoy her final appearance in Stegeman Coliseum as the senior scored five of Georgia’s 13 points as the home side opened up an early lead with a 13-0 run from 19:21 remaining in the first half until the 14:47 mark. 

On the defensive end of the court Georgia’s early dominance was highlight in forcing three Mississippi State turnovers in the first five minutes of action. Another steal by Girffin led to the Mississippi native racing the length of the court and opening up the Lady Bulldogs lead to double digits at the 13:41 mark.

The Lady Bulldog lead continued to grow and hit the 20 point mark with 8:16 left to play on a beautiful dime by Barbee who found Halle Washington underneath the basket to complete the move with a simple layup.

Miller continued her impressive 16 first half minutes at the very last second as she nailed a deep 3-pointer to push the Lady Bulldogs to a 19 point lead, their largest lead of the game at that point.

Miller led Georgia in the first half with 13 points with Hempe chipping in another 10. Barbee has five rebounds in the first stanza while as a time Georgia collected 12 steals. Barbee, Krista Donald and Griffin had three each. The Lady Bulldogs shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first period.

While the Lady Bulldogs second half was not as dominant as the first, they continued to maintain the advantage from the first period with the lead never falling below 25 points.

While Mississippi State was able to become more effective offensively, Georgia offensive performance continued to ensure they stayed well out of reach of the visitors. Miller’s brilliant final home performance continued in the second stanza until she was taken out to a standing ovation with 4:55 left in the game.

The second half eventually became a tick-for-tack performance with both teams managing to answer each other’s scores with buckets at the other end of the court.  The Lady Bulldogs found themselves in the double bonus early in the second stanza and would go on to shoot 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Georgia’s largest lead of the game came with 4:52 left in the game.

Hempe led the home team in the second period as she notched 12 points. Washington and Griffin led the team in the final 20 minutes with 3 rebounds apiece.

Georgia returns to action in the Southeastern Conference Tournament which will be hosted in Duluth, Ga., at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The Lady Bulldogs will face Vanderbilt at noon Thursday in opening-round SEC Tournament action. We’ll have a Georgia/Vandy preview and a quick look at Wednesday night’s first-day tournament results posted right here sometime Wednesday evening.

Click here for the Georgia/Mississippi State stats and box score.


REGULAR SEASON FINALE TOMORROW AFTERNOON: Georgia vs. Mississippi State

Saturday March 1, 2014

ladygThe 2013-14 regular season comes to a close tomorrow afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum as the Lady Bulldogs welcome Mississippi State to town. They’ll be looking to avenge a Super Bowl Sunday loss to State and to send senior Khaalidah Miller off on a high note as she performs for the Lady Bulldog faithful for the last time in Athens. Unfortunately, the official Georgiadogs.com game preview hasn’t been posted yet and I’ll be away from the computer for the next day or so…meaning I’ll be unable to update the site when it’s posted. But all you Fastbreakers know the drill for this one: It’s Senior Day…so grab a friend (or two) and bring them out to the Coliseum for Khaalidah, one of the classiest, friendliest, and funniest players to ever don the red and black. She will be missed.

Of course…there’s still meaningful basketball being played, too. The Lady Bulldogs will be looking to improve their seeding for next weeks SEC Tournament and to post a big win boosting their hopes as an NCAA Tournament “bubble” team. So there’s plenty on the line. Plus…the promotions team will be handing out the ever-popular replica team jerseys to the first 500 kids through the doors. So let’s rock the Coliseum one last time this year for our Lady Dawgs. 

DON’T FORGET: The final Fastbreak Club Chalk Talk scouting report presentation of the season takes place in the hospitality room behind the main Stegeman Coliseum scoreboard 50 minutes prior to tip-off (12:10 PM). See you there!

We’ll have a Georgia/Mississippi State game recap and web links posted right here sometime tomorrow night.


Slow Start Dooms Lady Dawgs…South Carolina – 67, Georgia – 56

Thursday February 27, 2014

Our Lady Bulldogs watched the Gamecocks celebrate their first outright SEC championship as they dropped a game they desperately needed to win in Columbia. Here’s the official game recap, courtesy of Georgiadogs.com:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 4 South Carolina opened up a double-digit lead midway through the first half and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the evening en route to a 67-56 victory over Georgia on Thursday evening at Colonial Life Arena.

Erika Ford scored 17 points to lead Georgia (18-10, 6-9 SEC), while Shacobia Barbee added 14.
Tiffany Mitchell paced South Carolina (26-2, 14-1 SEC).

The Lady Bulldogs missed their first five shots from the field as South Carolina opened up a 6-0 lead 3:04 into the game. Georgia trimmed the margin to 12-7 on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Halle Washington but then failed on three opportunities to cut further into the lead. Carolina responded with a 10-0 run over the next 3:29 to build a 22-7 lead with 7:35 left in the period.

"The first three of four minutes of the game were really our undoing," head coach Andy Landers said. "We turned the ball over and settled for 3-pointers."

The Gamecocks’ first-half lead topped out at 28-12 before Georgia cut that to a dozen at the break.

South Carolina made only one more field goal than the Lady Bulldogs in the period but converted on 12-of-12 trips to the line. Mitchell did much of the damage, scoring 16 points before intermission by making 5-of-7 shots from the floor and all six attempts at the line.

A Ford 3-pointer to open the second-half scoring got the Lady Bulldogs within nine and a pair of Khaalidah Miller free throws made it 32-25 with 17:17 left. Georgia forced a defensive stop but turned the ball over on its next possession, resulting in a breakaway layup by Khadijah Sessions. South Carolina pushed the margin back to 13 points just over a minute later.

"We played with more energy to start the second half and make a run and then we do the same things that we did at the start of the game," Landers said. "I think we had it to six or seven and then we let them get it back to 12. It’s frustrating."

Georgia actually made four more field goals and three more 3-pointers than South Carolina. The Gamecocks scored 30 points at the line, however, connecting on 30-of-38 trips to the stripe.

Georgia will wrap up its 2013-14 regular-season schedule on Sunday when Mississippi State travels to Stegeman Coliseum for a 1:00 p.m. match-up. That contest will serve as "Senior Day" for the Lady Bulldogs, with Khaalidah Miller honored in pre-game ceremonies. In addition, the first 500 fans in attendance will receive replica Lady Bulldog jersey t-shirts.

We’ll have a Georgia/Mississippi State preview posted right here sometime during the day on Saturday.

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