Kendall's Take: Lady Dawgs take on State

ATHENS - Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's game with Mississippi State.

Time/place: Today, 7 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.

Broadcast: CSS television

Records: No. 13 Georgia is 12-4, 2-1 SEC; Mississippi State is 6-11, 1-3 SEC

About Mississippi State: Robin Porter, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard, leads the Lady Bulldogs with 10.5 points and also grabs 5.5 rebounds. Senior center Mamie McKinney leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game. … Mississippi State is 26-65 all-time against ranked opponents under Coach Sharon Fanning.

About Georgia: Coach Andy Landers gave his Lady Bulldogs two days off this week instead of the regular one. "I think it's a good week, playing two games at home, to get mentally and physically refreshed as much as we possibly can," Landers said. "It's been a long season, and we're only a little more than halfway through it." … Sherrill Baker is averaging 5.1 steals per game, one more per game than any other player in the country.

Scouting report: Mississippi State starts three freshman and has two more underclassmen who are big contributors off the bench. "Any time you do that, you tend to have some inconsistencies, but you also have great potential with young players," Landers said. "I'm sure that as they come in here, they'll be excited about playing Georgia." Mississippi State will not be happy to see Tasha Humphrey again. Last year, she scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the other Lady Bulldogs. That, plus Georgia's huge experience advantage in the backcourt, should mean and easy Georgia win.

Up next: Georgia vs. LSU, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Mississippi State at Arkansas, Sunday, 3 p.m.


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