Lady Dogs prepare for Oakland

Coach Landers and the top 10 Lady Dogs prepare for Oakland.

No. 10 GEORGIA at OAKLAND
When/Where: Today, 6 p.m. ET, Athletics Center Arena, Rochester, Mich.

Records: Georgia 7-0, Oakland 3-5

Radio/TV: WMGM 102.1 FM in Athens area

Oakland starters: G Lori Kipp, 5-7, Sr. (3.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game); G Romica Clint, 5-5, Jr. (9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg); F Katie Wolfe, 5-9, Jr. (20.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg); F Amanda Batcha, 6-0, Fr. (4.9 ppg, 6.4  rpg); C Sarah Judd, 5-11, Sr. (17.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Georgia starters: G Camille Murphy, 5-6, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg); G Whitney Law, 5-11, Fr. (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg); F Ebony Felder, 6-2, Fr. (9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg); F Christi Thomas, 6-5, So. (11.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg);  C Kara Braxton, 6-6, Fr. (15.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg).

Outlook: Georgia is 7-0 for the third time in four years and is in the AP top 10 for the eighth straight year. Georgia is ranked No. 8 by the coaches. This is the first time the Lady Bulldogs have played the Oakland Grizzlies of the Mid-Continent Conference. Georgia is 8-1 all-time against teams from the conference. Georgia boasts three Michigan natives on its roster — freshman twins Kara and Kim Braxton and senior center Tawana McDonald. Kara Braxton leads Georgia in scoring and rebounding.

Utilizing a lineup especially deep with front-line players and seven freshmen, Coach Andy Landers has tried four different starting lineups in the first seven games.   McDonald had started 50 straight games until she was held out of Sunday's overtime 68-63 win at North Carolina State with a hyperextended knee. She had not missed a start since her sophomore season. Georgia returns home after tonight's game and will play Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Shootout at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Dec. 27. It then plays its first home game of the month on Dec. 30 against Virginia Commonwealth.


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