ATHENS, Ga. – Just like a year ago, we visited the Georgia Bulldogs as they faced a major conference team during their non-conference schedule. In a Sunday afternoon matchup versus TCU, the Lady Dawgs found a way to stretch their lead out throughout the course of the game winning 62 to 53. Here are five takeaways from the win and our day in Athens:
You can read our in-game thoughts from Georgia vs TCU here: Georgia Game Blog – Nov. 16, 2014
1) Shacobia Barbee is playing like a No. 1 option.
This time a year ago, we mentioned the need for Barbee to step forward and essay writing help outline play like an all-SEC caliber selection. She did finishing with Second Team All-SEC honors in ’13-14 and has not looked back to start the 2014-15 season. Last year, Barbee became the first player in program history to lead the Lady Bulldogs in average points (12.2 ppg), rebounds (7.9 rpg), assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.6 spg). Against the Horned Frogs, she had 12 points, 14 rebounds and five steals in the game all the while leading the way for Georgia with her leadership as well. Landers will look to Barbee to once again shoulder the load as the Lady Dawgs attempt to make the NCAA Tournament again this season.
2) Krista Donald is a rebounding machine.
Now a senior, Donald was a thorn in the side of TCU’s custom essays co uk interior play all game long. The swing forward finished with 10 rebounds on a night where she was seemingly everywhere finishing with 13 points as well. Donald lacks ideal size around the rim but like Oklahoma’s Sharane Campbell-Olds, Donald uses her motor and body strength to make then finish plays. She logged 32 minutes even going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
3) Mackenzie Engram isn’t far away from being a consistent producer.
Ranked No. 39, Engram showed herself to be the potential power forward of the future for the Lady Dawgs. At 6-foot-2, she has the size to be effective around the rim with the touch to contribute facing the basket. Engram’s energy and skill set are a perfect combination for a system where the essay writing basics power forward plays both inside and outside. In that way, her game is similar to current junior teammate Merritt Hempe. Add in a willingness to rebound and it is easy to see why Engram played quality minutes in key stretches of the win.
4) Andy Landers is still that guy.
Now in his 36th season, Landers passion for both the game itself and the program is evident. Even at an 8:00 am shoot around on the morning of the TCU game, he was adamant about doing things the right way. In game, he was locked in to the ebb and flow of the contest making substitutions and constantly coaching both the players on the floor, the bench and his coaches. His attention to detail has Barbee, Donald and Griffin playing with essay writing how i spent my summer vacation a true upperclass feel.
5) The recruiting train is back on track in Athens.
Following up on a 2014 recruiting class that was rated No. 13 by ProspectsNation.com, Landers and his staff are back it hauling in some of the nation’s top frontcourt prospects. With commitments from two four-star plus forwards in No. 44 HS senior Caliya Robinson and JUCO Sophomore ELITE 25 recruit Shanae Armbrister, Georgia has secured depth for the foreseeable future.
Brandon Clay is the owner of the JumpOffPlus.com International Report, Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. The JumpOffPlus.com is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com