Lady Dawgs ready for SEC home opener

ATHENS – The dust has settled on the carnage that marked the preseason for Georgia's women's basketball team.

What's left from a team that was expected to be one of the nation's elite is one with plenty of good qualities but plenty to prove. To recap, Georgia lost post players Angel Robinson (torn ACL), Rebecca Rowsey (torn ACL), Ebony Felder (shoulder) and Reicina Russell (left team) for at least the year before the start of the regular season.

"We go from being what I thought would be a nine- or 10-man rotation to six," Coach Andy Landers said. "It's not a rotation. It's a sub."

With the conference season beginning this week, No. 17 Georgia (10-3, 1-0 SEC) has six players averaging 21 or more minutes per game and three averaging more than 30.

"I don't see anybody stepping up, saying I want to be the seventh (player in the rotation)," Landers said.

Florida plays at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens today at 2:30 p.m. for Georgia's first SEC home game. How will the Lady Bulldogs get through the grueling SEC schedule, in which they play No. 1 Tennessee and No. 3 LSU twice each, with such a thin lineup?

"You've got to be lucky, and you've got to be smart," Landers said. "If anybody fouls out, we're in trouble."

The Lady Bulldogs still have their most important player, sophomore forward Tasha Humphrey. The reigning national co-freshman of the year is leading the team with 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Overall, Georgia leads the SEC in scoring with 83.8 points per game.

"There are some things we can do with six," Landers said. "We put a lot of points on the board."

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