Lady Bulldogs' Home Opener is Friday

ATHENS - The No. 10-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Friday night when they host Santa Clara in their home opener at 7:00 p.m. The first 750 youth in the eighth grade and younger in attendance on Friday will receive a free Lady Bulldog string backpack.

Georgia opened its season last Sunday with an 84-72 loss to Baylor, the defending national champion, in the State Farm Tip-off Classic. The Lady Bulldogs played exceptionally well into the second half of that contest, leading by as many as 18 points with 15:48 left in the game, before the Lady Bears rallied to victory.

"I'm excited that we'll be able to get back out there and play again," head coach Andy Landers said. "The fact that it is our home opener makes the excitement even moreso. We'll definitely be challenged, which is a good thing for any basketball team, especially early in the year when as a team you're still in a developmental phase. Santa Clara will really challenge us from the perimeter. Hopefully, some adjustments we've made from last week's game will show improvement in areas which needed our attention."

Season-ticket packages for the Lady Dogs' 11-game home schedule are just $25 and are still available via the internet at Season tickets purchased this week will be available for pickup at the Will Call booth prior to Friday's game.

In addition, single game tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off on Friday at Stegeman Coliseum. Reserved lower-level seats are $5. General admission upper-level tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth high school age and younger.

The Lady Bulldogs return four starters from last year's team which finished 24-10 and advanced to the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament.

Friday's matchup will mark the third meeting with Santa Clara in as many seasons. Two years ago, Georgia notched a 77-65 road victory over the Broncos. Last season, the Lady Dogs topped Santa Clara, 87-68, in a consolation round game at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.

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