ATHENS, Ga. -- A panel of national and regional media has predicted the Georgia Lady Bulldogs will finish second in the Southeastern Conference during the upcoming basketball season, the league office in Birmingham, Ala., announced on Tuesday. In addition, seniors Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell were named first- and second-team All-SEC, respectively.
The media voting was held in advance of 2012 SEC Basketball Media Day slated for this Thursday in Birmingham. Voters ranked the SEC teams from first through 14th, with "points" awarded in descending order (14 for 1st, 13 for 2nd, etc.). Five-player first and second team All-SEC squads also were selected.
Kentucky was tabbed to win the SEC, receiving 376 points. The Lady Bulldogs garnered 352 points, followed by Vanderbilt (336), Tennessee (316), Texas A&M (284), LSU (251), South Carolina (194), Arkansas (168), Florida (144), Auburn (124), Mississippi State (116), Ole Miss (47), Missouri (39) and Alabama (36).
Armstrong, a 6-3, guard/forward from Norcross, Ga., was named first-team All-SEC by league coaches and second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press last season. In stats for SEC gams only, Armstrong ranked among the top-10 league leaders in nine of 13 statistical categories kept - No. 3 in steals, No 6 in rebounds, No. 6 in defensive rebounds, No. 6 in assists, No. 6 in minutes, No. 7 in scoring, No. 7 in blockeds, No. 8 in FG percentage and No. 9 in assist-to-TO ratio. For the season, Armstrong averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Hassell, a 6-2, forward from Lebanon, Tenn., was a second-team All-SEC pick of league coaches and the AP a year ago. She was Georgia's leading scorer, averaging 13.0 points per game, and also ranked third in the SEC and No. 10 nationally in field goal percentage at .543. Hassell was the Lady Bulldogs' leading scorer in a team-high 11 games during the 2011-12 season and tied for team-best number of double-digit scoring performances with 23 such outings.
Georgia returns four starters and five additional letterwinners from last season's team that finished 22-9 and ranked No. 20 in the nation. The Lady Bulldogs' 2012-13 roster also features five freshmen. Coach Andy Landers enters his 34th season at Georgia within reach of two significant milestones. He is five wins shy of his 800th victory with the Lady Bulldogs and 23 "Ws" away from his 900th win as a collegiate head coach.
The Lady Bulldogs will open the season on Sunday, Nov. 11, when they host Rutgers at Stegeman Coliseum at 2 p.m. Landers and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer currently rank No. 3 and No. 1, respectively, in career wins among major college women's basketball head coaches.
Season tickets for Georgia's 16-game home slate are just $40 and are available via georgiadogs.com, by calling the UGA Ticket Office at 877-542-1621 or at the Butts-Mehre Ticket Office from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays.
Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will be available at the Butts-Mehre ticket office from 8:30-4:30 beginning on Nov. 1. In addition, tickets will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off.
UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.
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