Lady Dawgs get ready for State

Mississippi State is the first of three SEC teams Georgia is facing for the second time in home-and-home pairings.

MISSISSIPPI STATE at No. 19 GEORGIA 
When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga. 
Records: Georgia 14-5 (3-4 in Southeastern Conference), Mississippi State 14-6 (5-2 SEC) 
Radio/TV: WMGM 102.1 FM in Athens area/College Sports Southeast 

Mississippi State starters: G Tan White, 5-8, Fr. (19.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game); G Jessica Carter, 5-7, Sro. (3.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg); F Keisha Stringfellow, 5-9, Jr. (4.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F LaToya Thomas, 6-2, Jr. (23.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg); C Jennifer Fambrough, 6-0, Sr. (12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg). 

Georgia starters: G Nikki Eason, 5-6, Sr. (1.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg); G Mary Beth Lycett, 6-0, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg); F Jessica Pierce, 6-2, Fr. (5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg); F Kara Braxton, 6-6, Fr. (16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg); C Tawana McDonald, 6-4, Sr. (7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg). 

Outlook: Mississippi State is the first of three SEC teams Georgia is facing for the second time in home-and-home pairings. On Jan. 13 in Starkville, Miss., LaToya Thomas scored 43 points — the most ever for a player against Georgia — in leading State to an 84-82 win over the Lady Bulldogs. That was only the fifth time in Coach Andy Landers' 23 seasons at Georgia that his team had scored 81 or more points in a loss. Overall, his 
record is 333-5 in those games. 

State features an outside complement to Thomas in freshman guard Tan White, who is averaging 19.1 points per game. That gives State the balance that Landers can only dream of in this down season. Though Georgia still has a solid overall record, its weaknesses have been exposed in its losing SEC efforts, and there is no sign of help coming for its backcourt blues. 

Despite Georgia's ranking, it would be difficult to call a Mississippi State victory tonight an upset, even though this game will be played in Athens. Georgia has lost four of its last six games, including a 73-64 loss at Florida on Sunday. 

Mary Beth Lycett
Mary Beth Lycett, 6-0, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

After tonight's game, Georgia plays back-to-back road games at Kentucky and at South Carolina before returning to play host to Tennessee on Feb. 10.


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