Lady Bulldogs tavel to #25 Temple

Much of the early portion of the 2005-06 season has been a whirlwind for Georgia's Lady Bulldogs. On Nov. 11, Georgia departed to take on defending national champion Baylor in the State Farm Tip-off Classic. The Lady Dogs spent half of the next 20 nights sleeping in hotel rooms, planes or buses. Between the home opener on Nov. 18 and Georgia's next home date on Jan. 4, the Lady Dogs enjoyed all of four practices at Stegeman Coliseum.

After an extremely busy couple of weeks with eight games 22 days, the Lady Bulldogs have had a week to get back to the basics of practicing basketball. For that reason, Andy Landers is looking forward to tonight¹s game against Temple.

"When I look at it, I think this game gives us a truer sense of what kind of basketball team we have than any game we've played to date," Landers said. "With Temple, we've had the opportunity to practice consecutively and not worry about fatigue."

"The season opener was so early, and openers in my view are never a real good guage of how good your basketball team is or can be," Landers added. "Since then, we've been so busy playing games and missing practices ­ or sacrificing the quality of practices."

All that changed last Saturday night after Georgia dispatched Savannah State by a school-record margin of 72 points in a 106-34 drubbing.

Over the last eight days, the Lady Bulldogs have been able to take a sort of cleansing breath from basketball competition. With no games slated during UGA's Final Exams last Monday-Friday, the Lady Dogs were able to hold their own hoops-related cram sessions while practicing with the sole focus of improvement as their goal.

Landers stated prior to that time frame that he wanted to focus on defense and a couple of offensive wrinkles. He's been pleased with what he¹s seen.

"After two or three of those practices, I could see the focus toward the way Georgia wants to play return," Landers said. "The defense is come along nicely and quicker than I thought that it would. Offensively, it¹s just a matter of time. The last couple of days, the new wrinkles that we've put in ­ the new sets and schemes that we've put in ­ have looked good."


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