Georgia women's basketball coach Andy Landers reaches milestone

Georgia women 94, Savanah State 57

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ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 799 went up on a whiteboard in Georgia’s locker room earlier this week.

Georgia forward Merritt Hempe holds on to a loose ball after battling with Savannah State guard Jasmine Kirkland. Hempe scored four points in the win.  AJ REYNOLDS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
AJ REYNOLDS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia forward Merritt Hempe holds on to a loose ball after battling with Savannah State guard Jasmine Kirkland. Hempe scored four points in the win.

The Lady Bulldogs were sending a message to coach Andy Landers that they knew about his impending milestone.

Landers became the seventh Division I women’s coach to reach 800 career victories when No. 8 Georgia beat Savannah State 94-57 on Tuesday night.

“They put it up after the last game. They thought that was cute,” Landers said. “I didn’t even know they knew about it. I think they were kind of giddy. If this kind of thing is something that kids find to be fun, and they take a lot of pride in it, it’s a good thing.”

Landers, who is 800-268 in his 34th season at Georgia, was presented with a framed red team jersey with the No. 800 on it in a postgame ceremony.

He became the school’s first full-time women’s basketball coach when he was hired in 1979 and has led the Lady Bulldogs to seven SEC regular-season titles, four SEC tournament championships and five Final Four appearances.

“(This is) not something that’s been on my radar. It is what it is. It happened,” Landers said.

“At some point, maybe later. Ten years from now. Fifteen years from now. Twenty years from now, if I live that long, I’ll look back and say, ‘Wow.’ But today, we’re just out there doing what we do.”

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 93, MERCER 36

In South Bend, Ind., Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 22 points to lead Notre Dame to a rout over Mercer.

Freshman Jewell Loyd added 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting for the Fighting Irish (3-0), who jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 94, CENTRAL FLORIDA 73

In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Sara Hammond scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense and Louisville routed Central Florida in the opener of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.

Sheronne Vails added 13 points, and Megan Deines and Monique Reid each had 12 for the Cardinals (4-0).

NO. 15 TEXAS 80, JACKSON STATE 53

In Austin, Texas, Nneka Enemkpali had 24 points and a career-best 20 rebounds to lead Texas to a win over Jackson State.

Enemkpali, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, has had double-doubles in all three of the Longhorns’ games this season.

Chassidy Fussell scored 16 points and Cokie Reed had 14 for Texas (3-0).

NO. 16 OHIO STATE 70, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 54

In Columbus, Ohio, Tayler Hill scored 23 points and the Ohio State women pulled away in the second half for a victory over St. Francis (Pa.).

The Buckeyes (3-1) got double-figure scoring from four others.

Amber Stokes had 12 points and Darryce Moore, Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston added 10 apiece.

NO. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 96, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 42

In Stillwater, Okla., Liz Donohoe scored 19 points, leading seven Oklahoma State players in double figures, and the Cowgirls rolled past Texas-Pan American.


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