The Lady Bulldogs will host 11 games at Stegeman Coliseum this season. The home opener on Nov. 18 pits Georgia against Santa Clara, an NCAA Tournament team last season. On Dec. 4, the Lady Bulldogs also will host arch-rival Georgia Tech at Stegeman for the first time since 1989. In SEC play, the Lady Dogs will face 2005 Final Four teams LSU (Jan. 22) and Tennessee (Feb. 16), as well as traditional rivals such as Florida (Jan. 8) and Auburn (Feb. 26).
"For the entertainment value, I don't think you'll find a better bargain in college basketball than our season ticket package," head coach Andy Landers said. "We hope this will help expand what is already an extremely loyal fan base to another level."
The 2005-06 Lady Bulldogs will return four starters and four more letterwinners from last year's squad which finished 24-10 and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Ebony Felder -- a three-year letterwinner from 2002-04 -- was recently granted a sixth year to complete her collegiate eligibility by the NCAA. Georgia also will welcome a group of talented newcomers which includes: 6-5 Angel Robinson, a consensus first-team prep All-American; 6-6 Reicina Russell, a sophomore transfer who was a Freshman All-Big Ten performer for Penn State in 2003-04; and Danielle Taylor, the MVP of the 2005 Georgia North/South All-Star game.
During Landers¹ 26-season tenure, Georgia has compiled one of the most impressive competitive resumes in women¹s college basketball. Landers¹ average of 24.4 wins each season ranks second among all Division I coaches with as much tenure, and he enters this season 16 wins shy of his 650th victory at Georgia. The Lady Dogs have appeared in 22 of 24 NCAA Tournaments and are one of only six teams to reach the Final Four five times, doing so in 1983, ¹85, ¹95, ¹96 and ¹99. UGA¹s tallies of NCAA Tourney games played (65) and won (43) both rank fourth nationally. The Lady Bulldogs also have claimed seven Southeastern Conference Championships (1983, ¹84, ¹86, ¹91, ¹96, ¹97 and 2000) and have won four SEC Tournaments (1983, ¹84, ¹86 and 2001). Georgia has been a leader in supplying talent to the WNBA as well. All told, 16 former Lady Bulldogs have gone on to play in the league, the second-most of any school in the nation, including three-time WNBA All-Star Deanna ³Tweety² Nolan of the Detroit Shock.