Lady Dogs remain perfect

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Georgia coach Andy Landers has seen his stellar program lose its edge the past few seasons.

The Lady Bulldogs have done a good job so far of gaining it back.

Angel Robinson had 12 points and 14 rebounds and No. 9 Georgia improved to 12-0 for the second time in three seasons with a 59-47 win at Clemson on Monday night.

Most schools would be pleased with the women's basketball team's performance this decade. Georgia's won 20 or more games seven times, including a 27-7 mark three seasons ago.

But Landers watched the Lady Bulldogs struggle through a five-game losing streak in the Southeastern Conference last season, the worst such stretch of the coach's 31 seasons at the school.

"This team has been really, really focusing on what we need to do to restore the luster of Georgia basketball. We feel like we've lost that the last two, three years," Landers said. "And they want it back."

The Lady Bulldogs will have to shore up their offense once the SEC season begins Sunday at Alabama.

Leading scorer Jasmine James was 2 of 12 for 8 points, off her average of 14 coming in. Georgia was 2 of 15 on 3-pointers and just 15 of 24 on foul shots.

Where Georgia excelled was on defense. The Lady Bulldogs had 12 steals and outrebounded Clemson 50-39.

"We're capable of playing offensively like we do defensively," Landers said. "We're going to get there."

Robinson, a 6-foot-5 senior, showed her skill at both against the Tigers. Along with 14 boards, she had five blocks and hit four of her six shots from the field.

Robinson said the team played its past five games at home and had to adjust to the road atmosphere. "Even though our shots weren't falling, we pretty much held back on defense, rebounded, did a good job," she said.

The win moved Georgia two games away from its best-ever start, a 14-0 run in 1998-99 which ended with the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four.

GEORGIA TECH 63, HAMPTON 54: Brigitte Ardossi scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead No. 24 Georgia Tech to victory in the 25th annual FIU Sun and Fun Classic.

Alex Montegomery had 12 points and Deja Foster added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (11-2), who will play the host school in the championship game today. FIU beat Bryant 68-60.