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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Barbee is Ms. Versatility for Georgia

Gampel Pavilion is no stranger to a guard leading a team in all sorts of different categories as Shabazz Napier leads the UConn men's basketball team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

Well, late tomorrow afternoon, another player who accomplished that same feat will also take to Gampel for the first game in the Storrs subregiional.

When she was asked which of the statistical categories she is most proud of, Georgia sophomore Shacobia Barbee mentioned everything but scoring.

"Steals, rebounds and assists," Barbee said. "It is good getting everybody involved, everybody is sharing the ball and defense is key to winning games so I think that is a big step up for me. Anything that the team needs me to do, I am willing to do, I am willing to sacrifice anything whether it is going out and getting so and so rebounds or defending the other team's best player, I accept that challenge."

"She is special," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "She was the only player in the Southeastern Conference who led her team in four different categories, scoring being one of them. She is an excellent rebounder. She is a terrific off the ball defender, she is a terrific on the ball defender. She understands how the game is going to be played, she anticipates well, she visualizes well, that leads to steals and that leads to assists because she can pretty much anticipate what you are thinking and when you are cutting, she is a rare player, she is a playmaker on defense and she is a playmaker on offense. She excelled last year especially in the second half of the Southeastern Conference season, she just kept getting better and better. She and Tiaria Griffin are two of the main reasons that we got into the Elite Eight last season. They were the only two freshman starters, they had the luxury of playing with three terrific seniors so they didn't have to sweat anything so they were loose and they were free."


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