Lady Bulldogs look to turn over new leaf

Following a 10-day holiday layoff, Georgia receives its first chance to get the taste of losing out of its mouth this evening when the Lady Bulldogs face Memphis at the FedEx Forum. The Lady Dogs dropped a 69-66 overtime decision Temple on Dec. 19, not the Christmas present Andy Landers and his team was looking for in Philadelphia.

In many ways, the setback to the Owls was a snapshot of Georgia's season. Though the Lady Dogs have handled overmatched opponents in a fashion you would expect of a top-25 team, they have struggled mightily against quality foes.

The most recent NCAA statistics before Christmas list Georgia at No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense (82.8) and No. 15 in field goal percentage at .472. What those numbers doesn't accurately reveal is dramatic difference in UGA's wins vs. losses.

Georgia has scored 89.4 points in its wins but just 67.3 points in its setbacks. The Lady Dogs have connected on 236-of-464 (.509) field goals in their 10 victories. In losses to Baylor, UCLA and Temple, Georgia has hit only 74-of-193 (.383) of its shots from the floor. Shooting from behind the three-point arc mirrors those percentages: .409 in wins vs. .273 in losses.

Other deficiencies unfortunately have been consistent throughout the first 10 games of the campaign, primarily on the defensive end of the floor.

The Lady Bulldogs rank No. 240 and No. 201 in the nation (of 324 teams competing at the Division I level this season) in field goal percentage defense (.426) and scoring defense (66.9), respectively.

Games at Memphis and Tennessee-Martin are Georgia's final chance to display improvements during the 2005 calendar.

The Lady Bulldogs enter conference play a week from this evening where they will face the likes of the three teams to hand them defeats on a regular basis.

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