Lady Dawgs travel to S. Carolina

ATHENS - Georgia¹s Lady Bulldogs take to the road tonight to face a South Carolina team which features perhaps the tallest rotation in the SEC. That¹s a trait Andy Landers thought his team might display during the 2005-06 season...until Georgia lost four post players measuring 6-6, 6-5, 6-3 and 6-2 before the regular-season opener.

³They¹re huge, and we¹re not,² Landers said. ³All of our big kids are hurt so it becomes a magnified challenge when you look at the size of South Carolina. And it¹s not only the size, it¹s how well those big kids are shooting it.²

Much more than South Carolina¹s height worries Landers.

³The thing that is deceiving about South Carolina is their record,² Landers said. ³They¹ve lost to quality basketball teams. They¹ve been beaten by Purdue. They¹ve been beaten by Texas, Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky at Kentucky. All of a sudden, they¹ve got all these losses and if you¹re not careful, your basketball team thinks that they¹re not competitive when indeed they are very competitive. This is not the South Carolina of a year ago. This is a South Carolina basketball team with juniors who are ready to go.²

Big week on tap

Playing on the road in the SEC is always a daunting task, a challenge Georgia gets to face twice this week at South Carolina tonight and at Florida on Sunday.

³I think, to date, it¹s the most important week of our Southeastern Conference schedule because not only are we going on the road to play two games this week, we¹re playing two very good basketball teams in South Carolina and Florida,² Landers said.

Lady Dogs lead series

Georgia enters tonight¹s matchup sporting a 24-4 edge in its all-time series with South Carolina, including a 10-2 mark in Columbia.

Last season, a 10-0 run early in the second half gave Georgia a 48-28 and South Carolina never pulled closer than 14 points the rest of the way. Sherill Baker led the Lady Dogs with 13 points, while Megan Darrah and Cori Chambers chipped in 12 and 10, respectively.

For just one of three times in 50 career games, Tasha Humphrey did not reach double digits, scoring eight points 17 minutes of action due to foul trouble. She picked up her second foul with 11:57 left in the first half and sat the rest of that period. Humphrey garnered her third personal 20 seconds into the second half.

In the most recent meeting in Columbia late in the 2003-04 regular season, Alexis Kendrick, Jessica Pierce and Christi Thomas scored 14 points apiece to lead Georgia to a 73-50 win over the Gamecocks.

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