Defense key for Lady Dawgs now

ATHENS - Georgia is – and has been – ranked among the nation's top-20 teams in virtually every offensive statistics this season. Scoring, field goal percentage, three-pointers per game, assists, etc., etc. Every where you look, you'll likely find the Lady Dogs.

To find Georgia's ranking in defensive categories, you'll have to scroll to the third or fourth page, however. Of 324 teams ranked in Division I this season, the Lady Dogs are a lowly 155 in scoring defense and 210 in field goal percentage defense.

Those deficiencies were probably most notable in giving up 94 points at Tennessee three and a half weeks ago. That contest might have taught the Lady Dogs a new trick...putting relatively massive points (to the tune of 85 points in Knoxville) ain't enough to beat the truly elite teams.

Since that setback, Georgia's efforts on the "other" end of the floor have been much improved. Opponents have hit only 38.4 percent of their field goals in the Lady Dogs' last six games, including a paltry 20.6 percent from three-point range. During that same span, Georgia has forced 130 turnovers – 21.7 per game.

Said Carolyn Peck after Georgia's 92-55 win over the No. 23-ranked Gators last Sunday: "You can't score if you're chasing Georgia back on the other end."

The Lady Bulldogs return to action this afternoon looking for another Super effort on the defensive end. While Alabama has struggled of late, Andy Landers knows the Crimson Tide will be eager at a chance to knock off Georgia.

"Alabama is a team with a new coach and a new energy," Landers said. "Any time we're seen that in this league, that particular team always has come out each and every time and played hard and tried to prove itself."

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