Expectations high for Georgia’s women’s basketball team

A quick update on Georgia’s women’s basketball team, which began practice this past Sunday. Coach Andy Landers met with reporters Tuesday. . . .

GEORGIA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL.

  • Last season: 22-9, 11-5 SEC
  • Starters returning: 4 – F Jasmine Hassell (13.0 ppg), G Khallidah Miller (12.4), F/G Anne Marie Armstrong (11.5), G Jasmine James (10.6)
  • Starters lost: 1 – G Meredith Mitchell (9.2 ppg)
  • Lettermen returning: 5 – G Erika Ford (5.5 ppg), F Krista Donald (5.0), F Tamika Willis (3.5), F Ebony Jones (2.0), G Danielle Bennett (1.7)
  • Newcomers: 5 – G Tiara Griffin (5-7), F Merritt Hempe (6-2), G/F Shacobia Barbee (5-10), G Marjorie Butler (5-8), F Kaelyn Causwell (6-4)

COACH ANDY LANDERS

On general outlook . . .

“Tempered excitement, this time around. . . . I like this team, I like this senior class and I like what they did in the offseason. They worked extremely hard and I like the way they handled their business. I like the way they talk; I like the way the walk. Their heads are in the right place. They understand this is their last year. They understand while they’ve accomplished some good things we’ve left some opportunities on the table in the past.”

On last year’s first-round loss to Marist in NCAA tournament and trying to get back to Final Four . . .

“The year before last we were in the Sweet Sixteen and were beaten by the eventual national champion, so it’s not like we laid an egg. Last year we went out in the first round. That’s unusual. Not acceptable. . . .

“I coached roughly 25 years before we had a serious injury. That’s crazy; that’s unbelievable; that’s unheard of. So I became somewhat spoiled and didn’t even know it. I thought it was the normal. Then in the past 10 or 12 years, it’s been injury after injury after injury. If you’re going to compete anywhere close to your potential – and it doesn’t matter what sport you’re talking about – your players have to be healthy. And there’s no way to guarantee that. When you play short-handed and go stints of seasons without key players, it takes a poll.”

On Tennessee without Pat Summitt . . .

“I think Tennessee’s a program that will be in transition because of the coaching change and also because of the graduating class. I don’t have a crystal ball; I just think in many ways it’s going to be very different. That’s not to say it won’t be good or as good; it’s just going to be different. It’s just that Tennessee the last 36 or 37 years has been built around Pat.”

On the SEC . . .

“I think most people will probably pick Kentucky as the team to beat. I think you’ll have a number very good teams. I think you’ll have as many as four or five will be ranked in the top 10 at some point. Texas A&M’s presence will be felt right away, because they’re good and talented and experienced and well-coached. It’ll be a different kind of year in the Southeaste4rn Conference. Fans around the league probably need to study a little bit, because the teams you’re accustomed to wanting to go see when they come to your town may not be the teams you’ll want to see this year.”

On how lineup is expected to shape up . . .

“I think we have three or four positions obviously that are solid and have experienced starters coming back. But we’ll have to evaluate as we go forward how the new people are doing in practice and what their potential is. I’m not opposed to change. I’m not opposed to sitting a starter down and starting a freshman. I’m not opposed to moving starters around to difference positions that they played last year. All those are thoughts and options that I believe to be on the table.”

24 comments Add your comment

chuck

October 9th, 2012
5:45 pm

Go Lady bulldogs.

BjohnDawg

October 9th, 2012
5:49 pm

Looking forward to a great season with all those returning starters.
I have season tickets and hope to see a number of those games in person with my daughter.

Chiefdawg

October 9th, 2012
7:26 pm

Andy will never win a championship. He is a middle of the pack coach.

MsGaDawg

October 9th, 2012
8:01 pm

I almost choked on my spit when I read the Headline “Expectations high…” Since when does the AJC ever write about anything about the Georgia women’s BB team. I have followed and supported them forever. Just like the football team, they always have high expectations and nothing ever happens. No championships, just middle of the pack. I’m bored. Wake me up when Andy and Richt are gone. I would love to be proved wrong.

Greg

October 9th, 2012
8:02 pm

That’s it, Andy, don’t flat out lie, just don’t tell the whole truth. UGA did lose to the eventual national champion two years ago, but it’s not like it was the least bit competitive. 79-38 was the final score and it could have been much worse. It was 27-2 after 10 minutes. A beating like that is almost as bad as losing to a nobody like Marist.

Janet McDade

October 9th, 2012
8:13 pm

We need a new Womens basket Ball coach…..

MsGaDawg

October 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

Yes, I was in Dallas to watch the women’s debacle against Texas A&M. I missed the Marist breakdown. Thank goodness I wasn’t in Columbia, SC this past Saturday night. I think I’ve had enough!

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Top Row Dawg

October 10th, 2012
12:55 am

Good luck Lady Dawgs. Win the SEC!

Concerned

October 10th, 2012
1:09 am

The biggest underachieving coach at Georgia…and that is a heckuva indictment.

Moobs Johnson

October 10th, 2012
9:14 am

Landers is just another decent coach that is stuck in a program that not only accepts mediocrity but endorses it. He should have been gone years ago but somehow keeps his bosses happy by winning just enough to be a little bit above average.

FBfan

October 10th, 2012
11:40 am

Forget football season! Let’s talk lady’s basketball!

This is new territory for Dawg nation a new low!

Hahahaha

prpldawg

October 10th, 2012
11:46 am

TO CHIEFDOG and OTHERS: Landers is a middle of the road coach? He is the 3rd or 4 th winningest womens coach of all time, in a conference that used to be far and away the best. For years the SEC would have 3-5 or more in the top 10.

all his players graduate, too. They do not act like idiots.

i KNOW IT’S A PUBLIC BLOG. IT IS ASHAMED FACTS AND REALITY ARE NOT PART OF IT.

georgedawg

October 10th, 2012
12:07 pm

mcdawg we’ve had ernough of your type that’s for sure. sports is for fun – getting all tough and serious is for your personal – go win some personal championships.

59bulldawg

October 10th, 2012
12:31 pm

I like Andy personally! He’s done a lot for women’s basketball at Georgia. But I also think he plateaued several years ago. I think there’s something to the opinion that he’s underachieved . . . especially with the talent he’s had . . . and especially in the NCAA tourney. Hope this is the year his team returns to the form his early teams used to display.

won't happen

October 10th, 2012
12:47 pm

Richt, Landers, Fox, ……………will never win the BIG games……period!!

Girls BBall fan

October 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

@prpldawg here are some facts the state of georgia has 3 of the top 7 sr’s in the country for girls BBall. 12 of the top 100 and none of them are going to UGA. Andy Landers should have been fired years ago. He couldnt even win it all with Teresa Edwards And McClain. Now he is just plain irrelevant and has taken the program down with him. he lost to Marist in the 1st round last year. He cant get the kids in state to play for him and doesnt even try very hard. Landers is a joke.

Unanimous

October 10th, 2012
9:30 pm

And he is still gettin’ paid regardless of the ish we type on here.. He doesn’t kiss ass to get kids and I don’t blame him. That is why a lot of girls don’t go to Georgia.. He is doing just fine with the kids he does get. Those kids love him to death. There is more to life than winning championships. I would love to see him win one.. Some of you on here need to “get your life”…

Parent of a recruit

October 11th, 2012
9:48 am

The AD has to hold Landers to a higher standard. UGA is now a middle of the pack SEC team. The lack of effort on the Recruting trail should concern the administration and fans every since the coach left who is now at Auburn Georgia has fallen behind. Missing on all the great talent in state this year will hunt this program the next few years.

Snoop Dawg

October 11th, 2012
9:47 pm

Why are expectations high for Andy Landers’ latest team? His record is just like Mark Richt’s: choke, choke, choke. When is the last time either won an SEC championship? Every NCAA playoff, the Lady Bulldogs have been inconsistent and have underachieved.

It is time to get rid of both of these buffoons. If McGarrity won’t do it, then we need to send him back to Florida.

Snoop Dawg

October 11th, 2012
9:48 pm

Mediocrity is leaking into all UGA teams. Where does that point? Mr McGarrity, that’s who.

Seems like Florida has sold us a dud…

Snoop Dawg

October 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

Unani: mou Laissez faire is everywhere bs like that is the problem in Athens these days. You are an enabler to our morass.

If an athlete isn’t dedicated to championships, they need to apply their athleticism to manual labor to make money.

There is no eye of the tiger anymore…

I hope the Bulldog Nation likes mediocrity, because that is what you are getting. That is what you are buying, and that is what you are enabling and tolerating…

Snoop Dawg

October 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

It’s pretty sad when five games into UGA football that the best thing the AJC can talk about it to try to hype up another Andy Landers mediocre Lady Bulldog basketball team.

This is the sad depth to which the Bulldog Nation has sunk.

Defense wins Championships

October 12th, 2012
10:55 pm

This is your last chance Andy. Win or get replaced. Mr. McGarity will not put up with your mediocrity. UGA needs a new energetic youthful aggressive coach. Win or resign you greedy basket.