Miller hits 3 to win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Khaalidah Miller hit a 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds remaining to lift Georgia to a 59-56 win over No. 20 Arkansas on Thursday night.
Coach Andy Landers’ Georgia club won the 800th game in program history Thursday at Arkansas.
The win was the Lady Bulldogs’ second straight over a ranked opponent following a victory at then-No. 10 Kentucky on Sunday. It also marks the first time Georgia (13-3, 3-0 SEC) has won back-to-back road games over ranked teams in 15 seasons.
The win is also the 800th in school history, with Georgia becoming the 10th program with that many wins.
The Razorbacks (14-2, 2-2) trailed by as many 12 points in the first half before rallying behind Lyndsay Harris, who finished with 26 points. Harris tied her career high with eight 3-pointers, six in the second half.
Arkansas took a 56-55 lead with less than a minute remaining on a jumper by Sarah Watkins, but Miller’s 3-pointer put Georgia up 58-56. Jasmine James, who led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, added a free throw for the final margin.
Georgia took a 25-13 lead in the opening half when Miller lobbed a pass to a cutting Meredith Mitchell for an alley-oop layup. Mitchell finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Arkansas responded from behind the 3-point line, connecting on three straight possessions from behind the arc for a 9-0 run that closed the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 25-22. Harris hit two 3-pointers during the run, with C’eira Ricketts adding another.
Georgia took control for the remainder of the half behind a dominating rebounding effort. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Razorbacks 28-19 in the half, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and scoring 15 second-chance points. They went on a 7-0 run to close out the half and took a 32-22 lead at halftime.
Arkansas fell behind by as many as 12 again early in the second half before Harris took control of the game. The junior hit six 3-pointers in less than eight minutes, giving the Razorbacks a 46-43 lead midway through the half.
Georgia responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Miller basket on the break to put the Lady Bulldogs up 53-46.
Ricketts then put Arkansas up 54-53 with a layup, the first of four lead changes in the final two minutes before Miller put Georgia ahead for good.
Strong start carries Lady Dogs
Georgia coach Andy Landers wanted the Lady Bulldogs to play with more of a sense of urgency to accompany the turning of the calendar.
Georgia guard Jasmine James drives around South Carolina guard Samone Kennedy in the first half Sunday.
His team responded with one of its best first halves of the season as it beat South Carolina 61-51 on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
"We played exceptionally well in that first half," Georgia guard Jasmine James said. "Everybody came out and did everything we were prepared to do both defensively and offensively. We were able to knock down some shots and get some steals. I feel like we did a really good job of containing them and stopping them on the defensive end. That within itself just led to a great first half and it feels good for that to be our first SEC game."
Georgia (11-3, 1-0 in SEC) held South Carolina without a field goal for the final 9:48 of the first half and outscored the Gamecocks 28-5 over that stretch to open a 40-17 halftime lead.
"It felt good to get that first win because after that first game, half the teams will be at the top and half of the teams will be at the bottom," Georgia freshman guard Khaalidah Miller said. "You definitely want to be in the top half."
The Lady Bulldogs weren’t as dominant in the second half as South Carolina outscored them 34-21.
"I don’t know what I told them at halftime, but I must have put them to sleep," Landers said. "That’s the only rational I can give. I must not have been very effective in my halftime speech."
South Carolina (8-6, 0-1) pulled as close as seven points, but the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 9-1 run and took a 61-46 lead with 2:56 left on a layup by Jasmine Hassell.
"Maybe there was a little bit of lack of focus in the second half because we had such a big lead after the first half," James said. "I think that was a lot of it."
Miller hit 5 of 6 from the 3-point line and scored a team-high 15 points. Mitchell scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Porsha Phillips had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Miller hit 4 of 4 from the 3-point line and scored 12 points in the first half. Mitchell also scored 12 points in the first half to help key Georgia’s initial outburst.
"Meredith played great – offensively, defensively, rebounding," Landers said. "I thought her two offensive rebounds and putbacks early in the game is what kind of sparked us to that roll that existed the entire half."
Georgia held South Carolina to 5 of 32 (15.6 percent) shooting in the first half as the Gamecocks missed all 15 of their 3-pointers.
South Carolina shot 13 of 54 (24.1 percent) from the field and 2 of 21 (9.5 percent) from the 3-point line in the game.
"We wanted to start things off on a good note," Mitchell said. "It felt like everything was working in the first half. We felt like we got the looks that we wanted on offense. We got offensive rebounds and putbacks and transition buckets off of steals."
Georgia held South Carolina without a field goal for more than 14 minutes from near the midway point of the first half and into the second half.
"I don’t know the team that showed up in the first half, but that isn’t us," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. "We just had a lot of missed shots and missed assignments. We turned the ball over more than we would like and we just looked really discombobulated."
South Carolina was led by Ashley Bruner, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. La’Keisha Sutton added 11 points.
► NOTES: Ebony Jones made the first start of her career and had two rebounds. … Georgia will get the conference bye early this year. The Lady Bulldogs are off the next week and do not play again until Jan. 9 at Kentucky. … Miller has hit double figures in three straight games. … South Carolina outrebounded Georgia 44-38. The Gamecocks had 21 offensive rebounds that they turned into 15 second-chance points. … Former national player of the year Saudia Roundtree was in the crowd for the game. … Georgia has won 24 of its last 29 SEC openers.
Phillips keys Lady Dogs’ tourney title
LOS ANGELES – Porsha Phillips and Khaalidah Miller each scored 15 points, and No. 17 Georgia used a balanced offense to beat Loyola Marymount 76-44 in the championship game of the Westside Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
Phillips, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists in 25 minutes of playing time. She now has five double-doubles in six games.
“I think she gets better getting better, which we’re all very pleased with,” coach Andy Landers said. “She’s worked hard to get herself into the position she’s playing.”
Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell both scored 10 points for Georgia (5-1), which wrapped up a three-game West Coast trip with a 2-1 record.
“I think they were having fun,” Landers said. “They find each other and it’s like a machine gun going bam, bam, bam. It happened so quickly and all of a sudden you have four, five, six people who have scored in different ways.”
Georgia seized control early. After Alex Cowlings hit a shot-clock-beating 3 on the Loyola Marymount’s first possession, the Lady Bulldogs scored the game’s next 15 points.
Phillips capped the run with a 3-pointer at the 19:11 mark and a jumper with 14:23 left in the half. All told, six different Georgia players combined to hit seven field goals during the surge.
Georgia expanded the margin to 21 points at the half, outscoring the Lions 11-1 over the final 2:55 of the period to enter the locker room with a 40-19 advantage.
Cowling finished with 13 points and Candice Nichols had 12 points on three 3-pointers for host LMU (3-3), which lost for the first time at home this season.
The Lady Bulldogs will host Southern Miss at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stegeman Coliseum' past Denver
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Jasmine Hassell scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half while Porsha Phillips had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 17 Georgia beat Denver 73-51 in the semifinals of the Westside Thanksgiving Classic on Friday.
Jasmine James added 17 points for the Lady Bulldogs (4-1), who built up a double-digit lead midway through the first half and didn’t look back.
Hassell played a big role in opening things up, scoring nine points during an 11-0 run that broke open a tie game and resulted in a 24-13 advantage.
“We did a good job of squaring up and establishing position inside,” coach Andy Landers said. “The guards did a really good job of getting them the basketball. As impressive and outstanding as all that was, I enjoyed most the authority that they played with. The forwards established great position before they received the ball and once they got it they moved and finished with authority.”
Phillips took over with 10 of her points coming in the second half, while helping key a run of eight straight points for the Lady Bulldogs. James made a 3-pointer to finish the spurt for her team’s largest lead at 59-38 with 9:45 remaining.
The Pioneers got within 63-49 before Hassell made a layup to seal the win.
Britteni Rice finished with 12 points and Brianna Culberson had 10 for Denver (1-3).
The Lady Bulldogs will now face host Loyola Marymount in the championship game at 6 p.m. today.
No. 17 GEORGIA 73, DENVER 51
Phillips 8-12 2-2 18, Willis 2-3 0-2 4, Armstrong 3-7 0-0 8, James 5-9 4-6 17, Mitchell 1-4 0-1 2, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Ransford 1-3 0-0 2, Hassell 9-12 4-5 22, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-52 10-16 73.
Murdoch 3-7 3-4 9, Culberson 4-8 2-2 10, Noonan 2-7 0-0 6, Rice 3-8 4-4 12, Smith 0-4 0-0 0, Michel 2-3 0-0 4, Shell 2-5 0-0 4, Feeney 1-5 2-2 4, Hunter 1-1 0-0 2, Leichliter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 11-12 51.
Halftime-Georgia 41-29. 3-Point Goals-Georgia 5-14 (James 3-5, Armstrong 2-4, Phillips 0-1, Miller 0-2, Mitchell 0-2), Denver 4-18 (Rice 2-4, Noonan 2-5, Smith 0-2, Culberson 0-2, Shell 0-2, Feeney 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Georgia 32 (Phillips 11), Denver 25 (Culberson 7). Assists-Georgia 20 (James 6), Denver 14 (Smith 4). Total Fouls-Georgia 16, Denver 16. Technical-Rice. A-249.
Lady Bulldogs clobber Hoosiers
Georgia’s defense goes hand-in-hand with its offense.
The more turnovers and missed shots the Lady Bulldogs create, the more fast-break points they get.
Georgia smothered Indiana from the beginning and overpowered the Hoosiers 84-51 on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.
“That was fun,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “The kids came out and played hard and played well. The things that we talked about needing to do, they got done. They were right where we needed to be.”
No. 18 Georgia (3-0) blew the game open beginning with the opening tip, scoring the first seven points of the game and forcing three turnovers in the first three minutes. The Lady Bulldogs built a 19-point halftime lead and Indiana never mounted a serious challenge.
“We knew that they were really quick on offense, so we had to really pressure the ball and not be intimidated by their quickness,” Georgia forward Anne Marie Armstrong said. “We keyed up our defense. We had good ball pressure. We’ve done really well running the court, especially when we get something from our defense.”
Jasmine James came close to personally outscoring Indiana in the first half. The sophomore guard scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as Georgia built a 44-25 lead.
“The basket just looked good and everything felt good,” James said. “I just felt like I was in a really good rhythm.”
James hit 7 of 11 field goals and finished with 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Armstrong added 15 points and six rebounds. Jasmine Hassell scored 10 points and Porsha Phillips tallied nine points.
“Once we got the lead, we felt a lot more comfortable about ourselves,” Phillips said.
“That helped us through the whole game. Coach really loves our fast transitions and it was working tonight.”
Georgia hammered the Lady Hoosiers both on offense and defense. The Lady Bulldogs held Indiana to 16 of 51 (31.4 percent) shooting, including 6 of 24 (25 percent) in the second half. Georgia forced 20 turnovers and scored 23 points off transition.
The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Indiana 44-28 and hit 8 of 19 (42.1 percent) from behind the 3-point line.
“We saw on film how good they can be when they’re allowed to run their offensive sets,” James said. “So we felt like we needed to disrupt them and get them out of their comfort zone.”
Indiana came into Sunday’s game hitting 35 percent from beyound the arc. But the Lady Bulldogs limited the Hoosiers to 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) shooting from the 3-point line.
“They (Indiana) are terrific dribble-drivers and they’re terrific 3-point shooters,” Landers said. “It took us about three or four minutes to get under the drive and once we got under it, we kept them from doing that the rest of the game.”
Indiana (2-2) was led by Hope Elam with 16 points. Whitney Lindsay added 13 points and Jori Davis had 10 points.
► NOTEWORTHY: Armstrong’s 15 points set a career high. She also hit a team-high 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. Her previous career high was 14 against Southern Mississippi last season. … Tamika Willis made her second straight start, scoring six points with five rebounds and four steals. … Arieal Johnson played for the first time this season and scored four points in three minutes.
Lady Bulldogs sluggish in opener
Despite shooting an unsightly 33 percent from the field Sunday, No. 19 Georgia came away with a 58-43 victory over Georgia Southern in the Lady Bulldogs’ season opener at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia guard Ronika Ransford (4) fights for a loose ball with Georgia Southern guard Ro-Ro Smith (22) and guard Jamie Navarro (5) in Sunday’s 58-43 victory.
Senior forward Porsha Phillips turned in the 12th double-double of her career with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Meredith Mitchell also posted double-digit points with 11, including three 3-pointers in the second half.
All nine of Georgia’s players who got in the game scored and the Lady Bulldogs received 22 points from their bench, including a nine-point, eight-rebound performance from sophomore forward Tamkia Willis.
"In some ways, the bench played well and in some ways they didn’t," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "We have some depth – a lot of people played a lot of minutes. Some players, including the starters, played close to their potential and some may have underachieved."
Two of the Lady Bulldogs’ stronger shooters, Jasmine James and Anne Marie Armstrong, managed but six points between them.
Georgia’s shooting challenges from last season may have convinced Landers to adopt a more aggressive approach in transition this year and the team did a serviceable job running the floor, scoring eight points off turnovers and four fast-break points.
"We pushed the ball, but they did a pretty good job of getting back on defense," said Mitchell, who recorded the 14th double-figure scoring game of her career. "We didn’t want to force anything, but we definitely wanted to move the ball up the floor quickly. We did a pretty good job in transition."
Georgia made 22 of 66 field-goal attempts and connected on 6 of 30 from beyond the 3-point line. Although they clearly had control of the contest for the final 22 minutes of the game, the Lady Bulldogs were no doubt aided by Georgia Southern’s equally ugly 30.9 shooting percentage (17 of 55).
"We didn’t shoot a lot of bad shots and we shot a lot of 3s, but just didn’t hit them," Landers said. "We probably need to work more on our pull-up jump shots."
Georgia tallied 30 first-half points, just 10 of which came from perimeter shooting. The Lady Bulldogs were slightly better in the second half, making four 3-pointers and three shots outside the paint.
"We were scoring down low," Landers said. "Tamika Willis was 4-for-4 and had eight rebounds in 13 or 14 minutes. … Ebony Jones (four points, one rebound) keeps getting better. I thought she played well when she got in there in the first half. I thought we were pretty good inside offensively. On the perimeter, we didn’t shoot it as well as we have been in practice."
"Everybody was just anxious," Phillips said. "Once we start getting comfortable in our complete game, those shots will start falling."
Besides the scoreboard, one area where Georgia excelled was on the glass, outrebounding the Lady Eagles 49-38. Phillips was paced on the boards by Willis (eight), James (with six) and freshman Khaalidah Miller (six).
"(Landers) stresses rebounds a lot in practice, so we really want to go after that," Willis said.
Shooting 12 of 31 (38.7 percent) in the first half, Georgia went on two strong runs, but also was the victim of a 10-point spree that put the Lady Eagles ahead 15-14 with 7:35 remaining.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped ahead 14-9, thanks to a 9-0 run (that was highlighted by six points from Jasmine Hassell, who finished with eight points and four rebounds), and after Jamie Navarro broke a five-minute scoring drought with a jumper at 12:45, Georgia Southern went on its run.
But Georgia closed out the half strong, outscoring the Lady Eagles 16-4 in the final seven minutes as James and Phillips tallied 3-pointers and Ebony Jones made a couple of nice plays inside.
NOTES: The Lady Bulldogs will host Chattanooga at 7 p.m. Friday. …With Sunday’s victory, Georgia now holds a 21-9 lead in its all-time series with Georgia Southern, including an 11-3 mark in Athens. … The Lady Bulldogs have won 19 straight against the Lady Eagles and haven’t lost to Georgia Southern in almost 30 years. … Georgia Southern was led by Jamie Navarro (10 points, nine rebounds), Meredyth Frye (nine points) and Ro-Ro Smith (nine points). Freshman MiMi DuBose, a former Jefferson High School standout, played 14 minutes and finished with two points on 1 of 5 shooting from the field. … Phillips turned in the 19th double-digit rebounding performance of her career. … Freshmen Miller and Ronika Ransford combined for nine points and five rebounds in their first collegiate game.
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