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Landers earns 800th victory as Georgia women win

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

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

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."

Jasmine James scored 18 points and freshman Tiaria Griffin added a career-high 15 for the Lady Bulldogs (5-0), who played their fourth games in seven days.

Andrietta Thomas led Savannah State (1-2) with 22 points.

Georgia led by as many as 38 points, forced 25 turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Tigers 44-26.

"Rebounding has been an Achilles heel for us this year, and they had great size inside and they pounded on the boards," Savannah State coach Cedric Baker said. "I think if we had rebounded better and controlled tempo and not given up so many second-chance shots and turnovers in the backcourt, it probably would have been a closer game and margin."

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