SEC Showdown: Lady Dawgs take on LSU

ATHENS - Georgia, undefeated in six home dates this season, will face its stiffest challenge to date at Stegeman Coliseum this afternoon when No. 3 LSU invades Athens.

Georgia vs. LSU
Date: January 22, 2006
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Stegeman Coliseum; Athens, Ga.
TV: FSN South
Radio: Magic 102.1 FM

³I think with LSU, you¹re talking about what possibly could be the most athletic starting lineup in the country,² Andy Landers said. ³They have extreme quickness and athleticism at every position, an incredible presence inside with (Sylvia) Fowles and an almost unstoppable player in Seimone (Augustus). It is a basketball team with all the parts and they function together very well.²

The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tigers were pre-season top-5 picks by virtually every prognosticator. While LSU has lived up to its billing, Georgia has struggled somewhat. The Lady Dogs dropped out of the top 10 following a 2-2 start but have played much better since new calendars were issued.

³For the most part, overall, we¹re pleased,² Landers said. ³There are still some areas that tend to be inconsistent at times, particularly rebounding the basketball and, at times, our defensive effort, but overall I think we¹ve been a good basketball team in January.² Lady Bulldogs lead series

Georgia enters today¹s matchup with LSU sporting a 18-11 advantage in its all-time series with the Lady Tigers, including a 9-3 mark in Athens. However, LSU has won each of the last three meetings.

The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tigers most recent meeting was in the quarterfinals of last season¹s SEC Tournament, a 79-65 LSU victory. Tasha Humphrey poured in what was then a career-high 33 points (she has since upped that mark to 38 against Santa Clara this season), but that was not enough to help Georgia upset the top-ranked Lady Tigers. Seimone Augustus scored 22 points to lead five LSU players in double digits.

In the most recent matchup in Athens during the 2003-04 season, clutch free throw shooting late in the game prevented the first four-game losing streak in Andy Landers¹ 25 seasons at Georgia. Christi Thomas and Janese Hardrick hit both ends of one-and-ones with less than 40 seconds left to lead the Lady Dogs to an 80-74 win. Augustus tied the game with a three-pointer with 55 seconds left before Georgia hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch. Hardrick finished with what was then a career-high 25 points, while Augustus led LSU with 24.

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