Lady Dawgs return home with momentum

ATHENS - Building momentum while playing on the road is a difficult challenge in any sporting endeavor. That's why Andy Landers was extremely pleased with his team¹s outings in victories at South Carolina and Florida last week.

In Columbia last Thursday, Sherill Baker keyed a 12-2 run at the start of the second half which turned a tie game at intermission into an outing which was never a one-possession contest the rest of the way.

In Gainesville on Sunday, Tasha Humphrey and Baker ignited an 18-2 surge midway through the first half which turned a four-point deficit into a 31-19 lead and Georgia cruised thereafter.

³It would always have to be considered a great week when you go on the road in the Southeastern Conference and win two games, I think, against quality teams in South Carolina and Florida,² Landers said.

While the Lady Dogs are no doubt excited about returning to the friendlier confines of Stegeman Coliseum, the opponent at hand is perhaps more daunting than those of a week ago. Kentucky arrives in Athens riding high after knocking off No. 1 Tennessee last week.

³Kentucky is an improved basketball team,² Landers said. ³They¹re very athletic. They have size inside. They have quickness on the perimeter. They have perimeter shooting. They¹re a very balanced and dangerous basketball team at every position."

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