Lady Dawgs need win against Vandy

NASHVILLE - Following a pair of hard-fought losses at No. 2 LSU last Sunday and to No. 5 Tennessee on Thursday, the Georgia Lady Bulldogs look to return to their winning ways this afternoon when they face No. 21-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville.

³Vanderbilt is a very good basketball team that¹s very strong where we¹re weak,² Andy Landers said. ³They have three excellent inside players. We¹re playing on their court. They¹re an excellent offensive team. We¹re not that good of a defensive team. There are challenges there that we¹re going to have to raise up and meet to be successful.²

For much of their past two outings, the Lady Bulldogs have gone toe-to-toe with two of the nation¹s elite. The contest between Georgia and LSU featured no less than nine ties and 17 lead changes before the Lady Tigers used a 12-0 surge to gain control late in that contest. Against the Lady Vols, the Lady Bulldogs led virtually the entire game, including a pair of 14-point advantages in the second half, before Tennessee took the lead with just 20 seconds left.

Georgia will be attempting to prevent a rare three-game losing skid under Landers. Only four times in his 27 seasons in Athens have the Lady Bulldogs dropped three straight.

Two seasons ago, Georgia lost to No. 20 Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss in mid-January. The other three such strings were in the first three games of the 1991-92 season and during the latter stages of the 1988-89 and 1979-80 campaigns. The Lady Bulldogs have never lost four straight under Landers.

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