When Andy Landers came to Georgia, Plains native Jimmy Carter lived in the White House and gas cost 80 cents a gallon.
More than three decades and 750 wins have passed since Landers’ debut on the Georgia sideline. He will coach his 1,000th game at Georgia when the Lady Bulldogs (1-0) play Chattanooga (0-2) at 7 tonight at Stegeman Coliseum.
In that first game at Georgia, Landers’ team beat Piedmont 88-69 on Nov. 10, 1979, less than a week after the start of the Iranian hostage crisis. That night began a historic 32-season-and-counting association between Georgia and Landers.
Landers has a 751-248 record at Georgia. He has led the Lady Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four five times and won seven Southeastern Conference titles. In 2007, he was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tonight will be more about playing Chattanooga than coaching in a milestone game for Landers.
“They are traditionally a 3-point shooting team, and I expect this year to be no different,” Landers said. “We’re going to have to make sure we’re on our toes defensively on the 3-point line.”
Georgia has made a habit of beating the Lady Mocs, winning 12 of the 13 all-time contests. But that one Chattanooga win came in Landers’ second season at Georgia. Chattanooga beat Georgia 79-74 on New Year’s Eve 1980 in Landers’ 32nd game with the Lady Bulldogs.
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