2009-10 Outlook M E D I A
“We’re going to have somebody competing with and “I think Jasmine has outstanding potential.” Landers supporting our starter at every position,” Landers said. said. “JJ has speed. She has quickness. She has the “That is something that should be a valuability to score in a variety of ways... able asset to this basketball team.” the dribble, from deep, penetrating, “I think we have one off running the floor. She has a great opThe Backcourt portunity to factor in early on.” of the best point To witness where the added depth Though a newcomer to Athens, Criner guards in the country is battled-tested will be welcomed, one need look no in the college basketball and on any given further than the point. For the past two world after playing at Arkansas State as years, Ashley Houts has played more night, she’s the best.” a freshman in 2007-08 and starring at minutes than any player in Lady Bulldog Butler Community College in Kansas a – Andy Landers year ago. history. A year ago, she logged all but 67.6 seconds of 14 SEC regular-season “Angie is a person who can fit where games, once playing 16 minutes with four fouls. we need her on the perimeter,” Landers said. “We have “I think we have one of the best point guards in hopes that she can play some ‘1.’ We know that she the country, and on any given night, she’s the best,” can play either wing. She’s benefitted by having played Landers said. “I’m hoping she’ll play 33-34 minutes a Division I and junior college basketball. Although she’s a game instead of 40. If so, I think Ashley will play better, new player, she has all the qualities and characteristics maybe not in game 1 or 5 or 10, but in game 15 or 20 of a junior.” and beyond. That’s when a season starts to take its Four more guards will be competing for playing time physical and mental toll. Not only because of games on the wings. The loss of Marshall, the 2007 SEC Sixth but because of having taken, at times, twice as many Woman of the Year who has displayed periodic glimpses reps in practice because of the absence of another of the physical tools to take over a game throughout player at that position.” her career in Athens, put a strain on Georgia’s amount Two newcomers – freshman Jasmine James and of perimeter experience. She was injured in a team junior Angie Criner – will likely vie for time backing up workout just 48 hours before the first official practice Houts; however, both of those players are also expected of the fall on October 16. to make an impact on the wing. “Christy has experience our other wings don’t posJames is the first three-time winner of the Memphis sess, and she will definitely be missed,” Landers said. Commerical Appeal’s Best of Preps award as the city’s “It just rips my guts out every time a kid fall and grabs player of the year in the 40-year history of the honor. their knee. It’s an all-too-common injury in women’s She arrives in Athens with a slew of prep stats, most basketball. My heart goes out to Christy. We’re all in a notably with scoring averages in the mid-20s. state of shock at this point.” 2009-10 Lad y Bulldo G Basketball
Junior Jaleesa Rhoden has been plagued by injuries of both the substantial and slight nature over the past two seasons. A year ago, she was the Lady Bulldogs’ most aggressive perimeter defender, a valuable characteristic for any team. “Unfortunately, Jaleesa has been a poster child for injuries but has rehabbed and overcome off season injuries and has had a very good fall,” Landers said. “At times last year, she was a person who brought the fight and the aggression to the table that it takes to win. If she can stay healthy and be consistent with that, she could develop into a key player.” Meredith Mitchell became more and more comfortable as last season progressed and chipped in meaningful minutes at times, including a serious spark against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament when she scored seven quick points to all but single-handedly erase a nine-point deficit. “Meredith has given credibility to the thought that the greatest improvement in a college player occurs from the end of their freshman year to the beginning of their sophomore year,” Landers said. “She’s been diligent in the weight room. She’s worked on specific skills that she needed to work on and has improved those. She’s a much better player going into her sophomore year than she was going into her freshman year.” Mention the potential of freshman Anne Marie Armstrong and a smile quickly crosses Landers’ face. An all-sports phenom at the Wesleyan School, Armstrong combined to win 10 team and individual state titles in basketball, volleyball and track & field. “I said it when we signed her and I’m saying it again now, Anne Marie is someone who it’s going to be fun 31
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