Andy Landers claims 850th Win as Georgia Women’s Basketball Coach


Andy Landers is the seventh basketball coach to win 850 games at one Division 1 school.

The No. 22 Georgia womens basketball team beat Tennessee Tech Saturday night 74-51 and Andy Landers, Georgia’s only full-time womens basketball coach ever, claimed his 850th Bulldog win in 36 seasons at Georgia.

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“Let’s make sure we get the record straight,” Landers told “These aren’t my wins. They belong to a lot of people. I’ve been at Georgia for 36 years so, yeah, that piece is mine. But the wins, the first one in 1979 all the way through tonight, those belong to a lot of people other than me.”

The win came at Landers’ alma mater, Tennessee Tech, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1973 and 1974. The Lady Dogs went undefeated, including road wins at Georgia Tech and Ohio State, bringing Coach Landers home to Cookeville, TN, and the milestone night.

Landers becomes the seventh college basketball coach – men’s or women’s – to record 850 victories at a single Division I school. The six coaches to reach that milestone are Pat Summitt (1,098 wins at Tennessee), Jim Boeheim (953 wins at Syracuse), Mike Krzyzewski (916 wins at Duke), Geno Auriemma (882 wins at Connecticut), Dean Smith (879 wins at North Carolina) and Adolph Rupp (876 wins at Kentucky).

Landers also is closing in on his 950th career victory. He now has 932 career wins including the 82 recorded from 1975-79 at Roane State, a junior college in Harriman, Tenn.

Shacobia Barbee scored 14 points to lead four Lady Bulldogs in double figures.

Georgia led just 31-25 at halftime and was up 44-35 with 10:06 remaining before a quick 9-0 scoring surge over the next 2:52 doubled that lead.

Barbee scored 12 straight second-half points for the Lady Bulldogs, the last five igniting the decisive run. Merritt Hempe finished with 12 points for Georgia, while Krista Donald and Tiaria Griffin added 11 and 10, respectively.

Nov 23, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Andy Landers coaches against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second half at McCamish Pavilion. Georgia defeated Georgia Tech 64-57. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Tech (1-4) was led by Samaria Howard’s 14 points.

The undefeated Lady Bulldogs will return to Athens and host a pair of home game this week. Georgia faces Coppin State on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

Next Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs will take on No. 16 Michigan State at 4 p.m. The first 750 fans and 250 UGA students in attendance for the matchup with the Spartans will receive a free Lady Bulldog coffee tumbler.

In addition, the Michigan State contest will serve as a “Rally the Dawgs” school challenge day. Elementary schools in Clarke and Oconee counties will compete to see which can bring the most fans to the game.

The school with the most fans in attendance will win $1000, second place will win $750 and third place will win $250. At each timeout, an elementary student will be selected to win various prizes such as an iPad, Xbox, bikes, gift cards and Beats by Dre Pill.