Lady Bulldogs to take on Savannah State

Before Andy Landers' hiring as Georgia's first full-time women's hoops head coach back in 1979, the Lady Bulldogs, who are now No. 4 in the all-time Associated Press women's basketball poll, probably wasn't the fourth-best women's hoops program in the state.

Georgia was a woeful 27-67 (.287) versus in-state opposition at that point, regularly falling to the likes of Fort Valley State, North Georgia, Shorter and West Georgia.

A great deal has changed since Landers became the first head coach Vince Dooley ever hired after assuming his role at Georgia's Director of Athletics. Georgia has since compiled virtually a mirror-image of that pre-Landers mark ­ 84-15 (.848) ­ versus in-state competition.

In Landers' first season, UGA was 9-8 against other state schools, a mark which improved to 12-3 during 1980-81 before the Lady Dogs strung together a two-decade long 54-game streak which began in the early portions of the 1981-82 season and remained intact until the midway portion of the 2002-03 campaign.

Following last Sunday's win over Georgia Tech, Georgia is currently 111-82 (.575) all-time versus other schools within the Peach State.

This evening at Stegeman Coliseum, the Lady Bulldogs host Savannah State with a chance to build upon that mark.

"Any time you play an in-state opponent, there's bragging rights associated with it," Landers said.

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