Holding serve becomes Lady Dawgs' objective

ATHENS - Andy Landers knows a thing or two about competing in the Southeastern Conference. During his 27 years in Athens, Landers has led the Lady Bulldogs to a combined 11 SEC Championships and SEC Tournament titles.

For the most part, Landers doesn't get caught up in anything but the immediate future when league play rolls around. Sure, he knows what's looming ahead. And he also knew the 2005-06 slate would be among the most challenging any team had ever faced, what with home-and-home dates against both LSU and Tennessee – half the Final Four field last year for anyone with a short memory.

A strange thing happened last week, however. Landers took a sneak peak at what lies ahead for his team during the rest of the regular season.

"The SEC is always difficult," he said. "SEC schedules are always tough. But when I glanced at our schedule – and it was a quick glance – I just got the sense that this one is really unforgiving when you look at our depleted numbers and the challenge after challenge we have in front of us."

Therefore, winning at home, which is always key, takes on even added significance in Landers' mind this winter.

"I think its critical," he said. "I was thinking about that on the plane back from Ole Miss. We really need to try to run the table at home this season."

Even starting that proposition is daunting as No. 25 Florida comes to Stegeman Coliseum riding an 11-game winning streak.

UGA leads series with Gators

Georgia enters this afternoon's matchup with a 36-10 advantage in its all-times series with Florida, including an even more impressive 18-3 mark at Stegeman Coliseum.

Last season in Athens, Tasha Humphrey scored 21 points and Sherill Baker added 18 to lead the Lady Bulldogs to an 81-61 victory. Georgia used an 8-0 run early in the second half to break open a tight game. The Lady Bulldogs led 54-49 with 8:11 left before using an 11-2 run to end any doubt.

In the most recent meeting, in Gainesville last season, Georgia exploded from a 25-22 halftime deficit to secure a 63-38 victory which was key to earning a first-round SEC Tournament bye.


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