Jan 5, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Jasmine James (10) brings the ball up court against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the game at Thompson Boling Arena. Tennessee won 80-51. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Women’s Basketball: Georgia Game Preview

The Illinois Fighting Illini will host the #6 Georgia Bulldogs in their last non-conference game of the season.

This game against the Bulldogs will be Illinois’ third straight non-conference game at Assembly Hall.

Georgia is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They finished third in the SEC last season with a conference record of 11-5.

Currently, the Bulldogs are 12-0 this season. This success can be related to Georgia’s two biggest scorers, seniors Jasmine Hassel and Jasmine James.

Because of these two players, Georgia has been making it a habit of running up the score and “running opponents out of the gym” this season. They are defeating their opponents by an average of 28.1 points per game and have won seven of their 12 games by 30-plus points.

So far, Hassel and James are the only Georgia players to be averaging double-digit points this season.

Hassel leads the team with 12.4 points per game while James is averaging 11.3 points per game.

Hassel also lead the Bulldogs with 5.8 rebounds per game. Freshman Shacobia Barbee is second on the team and is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game.

Another player that the Fighting Illini will need to watch is senior Anne Marie Arnstrong. She is the block artist for Georgia this season with at least one block per game.

This will be the fourth meeting between the Fighting Illini and the Bulldogs. Georgia leads the series 2-1. In their last meeting, Illinois was blown out by Georgia, 100-59, on January 4th, 2001.

This will be the Fighting Illini’s toughest non-conference game this season. The Bulldogs are the sixth best team in the nation and are a perfect 12-0. If Illinois wants to win this game, they will need to produce on offense at the same level as the Bulldogs. So far under head coach Matt Bollant, the Illini are averaging 73.6 points per game.

Illinois will get a good game from seniorKarisma Penn, but will need more than just her to step up on offense if they want to have a chance of winning this game.

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