Landers earns 800th victory as Georgia women win
- Associated Press
- November 20, 2012 - 8:52 PM
ATHENS, Ga. - Andy Landers became the seventh Division I women's coach to reach 800 career victories when No. 8 Georgia beat Savannah State 94-57 on Tuesday night.
Landers is 800-268 in his 34 seasons at Georgia. He was presented with a framed red team jersey with the No. 800 on it in a postgame ceremony.
Jasmine James scored 18 points and Tiara Griffin added a career-high 15 for the Lady Bulldogs (5-0), who played their fourth games in seven days.
Andrietta Thomas led Savannah State (1-2) with 22 points.
Georgia led by as many as 38 points, forced 25 turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Tigers 44-26.
Georgia used a 16-2 run to take a 37-13 lead with 7:38 left in the first half. Griffin and fellow freshmen Marjorie Butler each scored six points to key the run.
Jasmine Hassell added 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who shot 50.7 percent from the field (38 of 75).
Georgia dominated from the outset, taking a 27-11 lead 10 minutes into the game.
Landers started freshmen Merritt Hempe and Shacobia Barbee and then substituted his starting five with another group that included Butler and Griffin.
Eleven Georgia players scored in the rout.
"We had a lot of people play well, and some had more opportunity to play better and they cashed in on it," Landers said. I say it all the time, but basketball is such a game of opportunity.
Hassell scored the first basket of Georgia's 16-2 run, but freshmen accounted for the rest with Butler and Griffin alternating the scoring.
After Hempe scored, Butler made two free throws.
Griffin came back with a 3-pointer for a 30-13 lead with 9:35 left, before Butler hit a jumper. Griffin hit another 3-pointer before Butler closed the run with a layup to give Georgia a 37-13 advantage.
Barbee hit a 3-pointer with 13:24 left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 63-35 lead.
Hassell, a senior, surpassed the 1,000 career points and now has 1,004.
Ezinne Kalu, Savannah State's leading scorer, picked up her second foul with 14:24 left in the first half and had 10 points, 7.5 points below her average.
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