Kendall's Take: Lady Dawgs start NCAAs

Trenton, N.J. - Josh Kendall breaks down the Lady Dawgs' first game in the NCAAs.

Georgia vs. Marist
Time/place: Today, 2 p.m., Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, N.J.
Broadcast: ESPN
Records: No. 12 Georgia is 21-8, Marist is 23-6

About Marist: The Red Foxes are the champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They are 0-1 all-time against Georgia, with that loss coming last year on their home floor. … Forward Fifi Camara, a 6-foot senior, leads Marist with 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Six-foot-3 center Meg Dahlman is next in both categories at 14.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

About Georgia: The Lady Bulldogs have had 15 days off. "The first thing you do is try to keep your team in condition," Coach Andy Landers said. "The second thing is that you want to stay sharp in your execution and sharp mentally, particularly in the week leading up to the tournament." … Georgia's Cori Chambers was a teammate of Camara and Marist's Julianne Viani and Kristen Vilardi on a team that competed in New York's Empire State Games. … Georgia's 1995 and 1999 Final Four teams each were ranked No. 12 heading into the tournament, just as this year's team is.

Scouting report: The last time these two teams played, with largely the same players, Georgia led by just five points with six minutes left before closing strong. The Red Foxes weren't intimidated by the Lady Bulldogs the last time, which is quite a feat for a smaller school going against Georgia's pressure on the perimeter. Inside, Marist has no answer for Lady Bulldogs forward Tasha Humphrey, but Georgia has problems of its own. Camara is big and quick, which is a combination the Lady Bulldogs can't match in the post.

Up next: Winner plays Temple/Harvard winner, Tuesday


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