Georgia Lady Bulldogs, Andy Landers Home to Play for Win No. 850


Andy Landers graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1974. On Saturday, forty years later, he will return to Tennessee Tech to likely claim his 850th victory as the University of Georgia head women’s basketball coach.

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With a win will come membership in the very small club of coaches with 850 wins at a single Division I school: Pat Summit (Tennessee), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Mike Kryzewski (Duke), Geno Auriemma (Connecticut), Dean Smith (North Carolina) and Adolph Rupp (Kentucky).

To set up the dramatic evening, the Georgia Lady Bulldogs defeated Colgate 66-35 on Wednesday night in Stegeman Coliseum, giving head coach Andy Landers his 849th victory in 36 seasons at Georgia.

“We played hard. I think the first thing we have to do is give Colgate some credit,” Landers told “They were gritty. I thought they played us well. I thought we played hard defensively, and we were very good. I thought we could have rebounded the ball a little better. Offensively, we executed. We hit some shots and missed some shots that we should have hit, but for the most part we executed well offensively.”

The Lady Dogs are 6 – 0 and appear to be on a mission to bring Coach Landers home for his milestone career opportunity. Against Colgate, Shacobia Barbee scored a team-high 16 points and a season best five assists while Merritt Hempe scored 10. Both also grabbed five rebounds. Krista Donald led the team in rebounds with seven.

Steals from Hempe and Tiaria Griffin fueled a Lady Bulldogs 11-2 scoring drive late in the first half to give Georgia 32-19 advantage at intermission. Georgia opened the second period with an 11-0 run to increase its lead to more than 20 points, eventually getting 18 bench points and 15 points-off-turnovers in the second half to seal the victory and set up the dramatic evening on Saturday.

Tipoff Saturday in 7 PM.